The Dallas Cowboys could be going into today’s game against the Denver Broncos without two of their starting wide receivers. On the teams’ final injury report, Miles Austin is listed as “doubtful” due to a continued issue with his hamstrings. He was unable to practice at all this week, for the second week in a row. Austin is a game-time decision as he will try to “give it a go” prior to the game.
Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (19) celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown with receiver Dwayne Harris (17) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Dwayne Harris, who struggled with a hip pointer injury last week, was limited in practice this week and is listed as “questionable” for today’s game. Harris is expected to play despite the questionable tag, but things can change.
If one or both receivers are unable to play today for the Cowboys, expect to see a lot of rookie wideout Terrance Williams and the diminutive Cole Beasley. Both played bigger roles in last week’s loss to the San Diego Chargers. Beasley had three receptions for 16 yards. Williams made his first start in the NFL and had seven catches for 71 yards. Unfortunately, his immaturity also made an appearance as the rookie fumbled near the goal-line as the Cowboys were attempting a last minute comeback. The Cowboys will need big games from both of them to defeat the high-powered Denver Broncos offensive.
The only other Cowboys player to miss all of practice this week is linebacker Justin Durant, who is struggling with a groin injury. If he is unable to play veteran linebacker Ernie Sims will take his place. Sims replaced linebacker Bruce Carter on the depth chart this week after Carter was burned several times by Chargers’ quarterback Phillip Rivers last weekend. If Durant is out, Carter will retain his starting role and Sims will move over to cover for his absence.
On the other side of the ball, the biggest name on the injury report for the Broncos is veteran cornerback Champ Bailey. The 12-time Pro Bowler hasn’t played a game so far this season due to a foot injury he sustained in the second week of the preseason. Despite being limited in practice all week, the Broncos are in no rush to bring the 35-year old back too early. Especially considering their undefeated record. Chances are Bailey is shelved until after their bye-week in Week Seven.
Here is the entire injury report for both teams as published by dallascowboys.com: