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Dallas Cowboys Roundup: News, Opinions, and Updates for Week 1

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 11:  Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against  Michael Boley #59 of the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Bo MartinContributor ISeptember 2, 2012

Here at Bleacher Report, the Dallas Cowboys roundup is our way of saving you time. 

In case you missed last week's installment, the purpose of this article is to provide you headlines, injury updates, roster transactions and up-to-date previews of what's ahead.

 

Injury Updates

- Cornerback Mike Jenkins returned to practice Sunday after missing Saturday with migraines and the preseason with a shoulder injury. It was Jenkins' first practice since surgery, and it is unknown if he will be able to participate in the NFL opener against the New York Giants.

Head coach Jason Garrett has been saying Jenkins will need practice time, and I'm not sure two days is enough.

- Tight End Jason Witten returned to practice and was wearing pads Saturday.

- Jay Ratliff, Danny McCray and Matt Johnson remain out of practice. 

Week 1: New York Giants News/Injury Updates

- The Giants are having cornerback injuries again. Terrell Thomas was placed on season-ending IR while opposite starter Prince Amukamara is reported as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Cowboys.

 

- Linebacker Michael Boley expects to play Wednesday after suffering a hamstring injury. Other injured players—Will Beatty, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul—are expected to return to practice Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys Roster Moves

The Dallas Cowboys finalized their practice squad roster, bringing back pretty much everyone they wanted from training camp.

Here is the final practice squad roster:

DE Ben Bass

WR Tim Benford

DT Robert Calloway

WR Danny Coale

OG Ron Leary

RB Lance Dunbar

LB Orie Lemon

RB Jamize Olawale

 

One player I'm glad to see back is Coale. The Cowboys haven't been able to see much of him because of injuries, but I think the guy possesses all the right skills. 

Another player whom the Cowboys were lucky to get back was Lance Dunbar, who looked good in his limited work.

Quick Hits

- Call me crazy, but I think Morris Claiborne will have a very good game against the New York Giants.  Claiborne continued to get better in his work this preseason, and by the end of it, he seemed like he could handle himself in one-on-ones.

Claiborne is expected to face growing pains, but already looks like he can be a very good DB.

- It's my opinion that Witten plays unless Jerry Jones tells him he can't. Witten has only missed one game in his entire career. He's tough and will do everything he can for this team.

- Hakeem Nicks is coming back from injury, and I'm not sure how effective he will be against the Cowboys. I can't believe I'm saying this, but if he looks like he's struggling with the pain, it might be smart to keep Claiborne with him while Brandon Carr handles Victor Cruz. 

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