Despite earlier reports and the optimism expressed by Head Coach Jason Garrett, corner back Terence Newman has been officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Jets. It is unlikely he will even make the trip to New York. The bad news was posted on Friday’s final injury report.
With Newman out, that means Orlando Scandrick will get the start at corner back. Scandrick recently signed a new 5 year, $26 million contract extension.
Also on the final injury report was the status of wide receiver Miles Austin. Although he is listed as probable for Sunday night’s game, Austin says he’ll be ready to go:
“I’m feeling good, you know. Taking it day by day. Getting ready one day at a time to play in this first game. It’s obviously a big one. Getting the season started, we’re all ready.”
The report also listed corner back Mike Jenkins and tackle Tyron Smith as questionable for the big game. This news comes as no surprise as both players were hobbled with knee injuries while practicing just a couple days ago.
Jenkins appears more likely to play than Smith at this point. Jenkins has been practicing for the past two days. Smith, however, sat out Thursday’s practice. Smith did practice today but for a very limited time and while wearing a knee brace. His will most likely be a game time decision.
Without Smith in the lineup, it figures to be a long night for Tony Romo. Untested swing tackle Jermey Parnell is behind him in the depth chart. Parnell is a former basketball player who played only one season of football at Ole Miss. And that was a defensive end! Let’s hope Smith is a gamer and plays Sunday night…for Romo’s sake.
Also listed as out for Sunday’s game was tight end Martellus Bennett.