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REPORT: Cowboys Xavier Woods, Tavon Austin Practicing Today

With a tough road game coming up in New Orleans on Sunday night, the will be happy to get back their top and . According to one , and are returning to practice today after recent absences.

Woods suffered an ankle in Week 2 against the Redskins. He sat out last week against Miami, but the initial 4-6 week recovery timetable that was reported appears to have been way off the mark.

Austin has been out for two weeks due to a concussion from the Giants game in Week 1.

It's only Wednesday, so there's still time for Antwaun Woods and Michael Gallup to get back to practice and play against the Saints. Woods could potentially return from his knee sprain, but Gallup is highly unlikely this soon after having a minor surgery to repair a meniscus tear.

As for the players we know are coming back, Xavier Woods will move right back into his starting role after filled in against the Dolphins. The team's best safety in coverage, Woods will be important to Sunday's gameplan in trying to slow down a .

While backup QB only had 177 passing yards last week, he still had two touchdowns and led a road victory in Seattle.

Getting Tavon Austin back is no small thing, either. With Gallup missing at WR, Austin can provide some depth on offense and give a different kind of weapon to work with.

But it's punt returns where Austin may provide the biggest boost. He's a natural talent there with big play potential, as we saw last year, and this game could come down to just a few major moments.

If you're a fan, don't worry. Even if Tavon gets his PR job back this week, Wilson should stick around for WR depth at least until Gallup returns.

Many are looking at the Saints game as the Cowboys' first real test of 2019. Thankfully, it appears we're getting two important players back to help.

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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