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Cowboys to be Without 16 Players at Hall of Fame Game, As Many As 9 Starters

The Dallas Cowboys announced on Wednesday that many of their players currently dealing with injuries will not travel from Oxnard to Canton for tomorrow’s Hall of Fame game. Of the players that do travel it remains to be seen who will actually take the field, but we know the Cowboys will be without Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Bradlee Anae, Josh Ball, Francis Bernard, Chauncey Golston, C.J. Goodwin, Trysten Hill, Malik Hooker, Blake Jarwin, DeMarcus Lawrence, Jourdan Lewis, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, T.J. Vasher, and Greg Zuerlein.

David Helman on Twitter: “as expected, the Cowboys are leaving a long list of guys behind in Oxnard for the HOF Game.no sense putting guys on a five-hour flight and multiple hour-long bus rides if they aren’t going to play. pic.twitter.com/MYWIK7odKp / Twitter”

as expected, the Cowboys are leaving a long list of guys behind in Oxnard for the HOF Game.no sense putting guys on a five-hour flight and multiple hour-long bus rides if they aren’t going to play. pic.twitter.com/MYWIK7odKp

The Cowboys are still being cautious with Prescott’s throwing shoulder, along with rehab for Cooper and Lawrence – who was just activated off PUP on Tuesday. Getting through the Hall of Fame game can feel like a chore for players that know three preseason games remain ahead of a 17 game regular season schedule. Other penned-in starters that gain an extra beach day in Oxnard include Tyron Smith and Zack Martin. The absence of two starting linemen may not be what QBs Garrett Gilbert and Cooper Rush want to see, but there is a possibility La’el Collins makes his return at RT.

Other players that could have done well beginning their fight for roster spots and playing time include Anae, Ball, Bernard, Golston, and Vasher. Newly-signed safety Malik Hooker has yet to begin fully practicing with the team, which explains his inability to suit up against the Steelers.

The intensity of Cowboys training camp will pick up immediately after tomorrow’s game, as a joint practice with the LA Rams is scheduled for Saturday. The Cowboys will have four quarters of live football to base this practice on, and given the names that won’t even be on the sideline, there should be plenty of players eager to put the pads back on and prove themselves.

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  1. It isn’t a good situation when you are trying to make the 53 man roster and are nursing a injury. Godspeed the players who are working through their injuries. Especially those who will be playing a lot of reps without a break.

  2. Stubbed toe out for 2 weeks, seems WHAT football is anymore. What team can have the least amount of injuries. Seriously, draft players that stay healthy. Doesn’t matter how good a player is if they can’t be on the field they are useless to the team.
    Now that doesn’t mean I am insensitive to injured players, heck I was a injury causality. But seems last several years all cowboys have been is the back up team on the field. Wonder why our record is WHAT It is.
    Just gets old reading and hearing about injuries on this team. When are we going to have a healthy team?
    Why isn’t Prescott suiting up? His shoulder hurts? He has been out for a season. Of course his shoulder hurts. That is football. Should have been doing strength training in the off season on the arm.
    Stop making excuses all of u players and get on the field and play football, u are hurting your team. Stubbed toe, out for 2 weeks

  3. I think most of these absent players are simply precautionary moves. As it stands today I think most if not all should be ready to roll in plenty of time for the season opener. As the author states the challenge is to get thru preseason unscathed. To be game ready for the opener the starters have to play some in the preseason. Not much but some.

  4. Missing time now, obviously, is better than in regular season games, although missing any time is not good overall for continuity sake. Seems like its been way longer than one off season for our team and fans, I guess because of that miserable last season. Want to get last year in the rear view, ASAP.

    One story line I’m anxious to see tonight is how our new D-Line and LBs additions do against Pitts newly drafted RB, N Harris. Should be a good early test.

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