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McCarthy Provides Injury Updates & Availability for 3 Key Players

The continue their this week with joint practices and a game against the on Saturday night. provided updates last night on key players who could be returning to action this week, plus another who may have to miss some time.

McCarthy was optimistic that backup QB candidate will be able to return to practice after a minor groin suffered last week in Denver. He also confirmed that veteran OT should be back on the field this week after an ankle issue that cropped up in the practices against the Broncos.

On the other side of things, defensive leader will be held out this week with some tightness in his back.

Getting Grier back in action is probably the biggest news for , especially regarding the next preseason game. The poor play from last Saturday in Denver has only heightened concerns about QB2 and put increased attention on Grier as the potential solution.

Still, any hype around Grier is purely speculative at this point. We've yet to see him throw a pass as a Cowboy in a live game. Hopefully, that changes in Los Angeles.

Getting Tyron Smith back is never a bad thing but still doesn't solve the lingering question about his backup. Josh Ball arguably had the worst night of anyone in Denver and the Cowboys have to start assessing other options fast.

While Jayron Kearse will be missed it does open the door for prospects like , , and to get more work against the first-team . It will be interesting to track who gets those opportunities this week and in the next game, perhaps indicating where these players currently rank in the coaches' minds.

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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