FRISCO - As the Dallas Cowboys prep for their upcoming Week 4 meeting with the visiting Carolina Panthers, they good news on the “availability” front.
One of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ favorite slogans is, “The most important ‘ability’ is … ‘avail-ability.”
Entering Friday’s workout here at The Star, there were some illness issues, some injury situations and some, well, “avail-ability” concerns.
And now, with the final practice report of the week before the noon kickoff at AT&T Stadium?
Here’s the rundown:
*Defensive end Randy Gregory did not practice on Thursday while nursing a knee injury. The Cowboys suggested to us that it was a “minor” issue. On Friday, coach Mike McCarthy reiterated that, saying he “fully expects” Gregory play Sunday.
“This is something he’s had in the past,” McCarthy said, “so we’re just being smart with it.”
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Nevertheless, Gregory’s official designation for Sunday is “questionable.”
*Running back Tony Pollard missed the Thursday practice - not due to injury, sources told us, but rather, for personal reasons. He was back working and is slated to play.
*Safety Donovan Wilson, a starter when healthy, has been trying to work through a groin problem. But he will not play.
*Coach Mike McCarthy has indicated that both linebacker Keanu Neal and defensive end Bradlee Anae remain in the COVID protocol.
*Additionally, offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe, defensive tackle Carlos Watkins and defensive end Dorance Armstrong are hurt and will not play this week.
*The top names for Carolina? Star running back Christian McCaffrey is out. Defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos and guard John Miller have both popped up on the injury list for the Panthers this week.