Teams should be as healthy as they’re going to be all year when the first game of the regular season approaches. That concept definitely doesn’t apply to the two teams who will open the regular season on Wednesday night.
In all, 24 names appeared on the first injury report of the 2012 regular season, three days in advance of the season-opening game between the Cowboys and Giants.
The home team has 10 injured players. Cornerback Prince Amukamara (ankle), defensive tackle Marvin Austin (back), tackle James Brewer (back), and receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot) didn’t practice. Limited in practice were tackle Will Beatty (back), linebacker Mathia Kiwanuka (groin), and linebacker Adrian Tracy (hamstring).
Three others fully participated despite injury: linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (hand), and cornerback Jayron Hosley (toe).
For the Cowboys, 14 players showed up on the list. Safety Matt Johnson (hamstring), safety Danny McCray (neck), and defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle) didn’t practice Sunday. Limited where linebacker Dan Connor (hip), receiver Andre Holmes (knee), cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder), linebacker Kyle Wilber (thumb), and tight end Jason Witten (abdomen).
Full participants with injury included receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), receiver Dez Bryant (knee), center Phil Costa (back), running back DeMarco Murray (wrist), running back Phillip Tanner (hand), and linebacker DeMarcus Ware (hamstring).
Another report will be issued today, and on Tuesday the labels will be applied. For now, no players have been ruled out.
Miles Austin appeared in no preseason games this year with a recurring hamstring problem, and Bryant has been fighting patellar tendinitis in his knee. The fact that both were able to fully participate in practice is a very good sign for a receiving corps that isn’t very deep.