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Cowboys in “Very Good Shape” as Key Players Expected Back This Week

The Cowboys were missing lots of key players, particularly on , in last week's blowout of the . But according to , Dallas is in “very good shape” with these players all due back and a playoff game coming Sunday.

Highlighting last Saturday's absences were (COVID), (foot), (COVID), Cornerbacks (other illness) and (COVID), and (hamstring).

Linebacker left the Eagles game with arm and shoulder issues but isn't expected to miss Dallas' playoff meeting against the . He and others with to nurse will benefit from an extra day off between last Saturday's finale and the game on Sunday.

The one player that McCarthy expressed concern about returning this week was Kearse. But Jayron, a starting safety and surprising leader of this year's defense, did practice in a limited capacity all last week and was reportedly held out in Philadelphia for more precautionary reasons. That's a positive sign for him getting back for the 49ers.

To be fair, there are no guarantees for the other players despite McCarthy's optimism. We were burned earlier this year when reports had Tyron Smith returning for the Kansas City game but then saw him declared inactive in the hours leading up to kickoff.

And of course, with still nearly a full week between now and kickoff, who knows what the surge in COVID issues nationwide could do to player availability for both Dallas and San Francisco?

Whatever happens on that front, the Cowboys will hopefully enjoy the services of Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs, Tyron Smith, and others as they attempt to advance in the 2021 .11

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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