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Dalton Schultz 'Game-Time' Injury Update: Cowboys at Giants; Young TE's Time?

The Dallas Cowboys young tight end duo of Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot know it's time to "show who we are" if Dalton Schultz misses this Giants game.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Dalton Schultz is going to try. If not? Reinforcements may be on the way for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3.

That applies to other spots, too, as both wide receiver Michael Gallup and nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters are in the game-day news. However, one key piece of the offense may not suit up: tight end Schultz.

Schultz injured his knee in the Cowboys 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in week 2, but MRIs revealed a knee sprain with no major damage. Nonetheless, Schultz's status for Dallas' Week 3 divisional matchup against the New York Giants is now in jeopardy. 

Worth noting, however: Coach Mike McCarthy said that if Schultz “is on an incline,'' and that “if he gets through Sunday clean (practicing and healthy), then we’ll have a chance” for him to play Monday night at Giants.

And now it's Monday. And the latest? He's "unlikely'' to play but will give it a try before kickoff here at MetLife Stadium.

On Thursday, Schultz was officially a DNP, along with Dak Prescott and four others. That group included Micah Parsons, who missed due to cold symptoms and is now sort of promoting this as his Michael Jordan "Flu Game.''

If Schultz does miss time, Cowboys fans can expect to see a lot more of rookie tight ends Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot.

“They’ve gotten a ton of reps all offseason,'' offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said about a just-in-case situation. "I feel great about them. I really do.”

Ferguson, the fourth-round rookie, and Hendershot, a UDFA rookie, are both ready for the challenge if Schultz is a no-go against New York.

"I've just got to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way," Ferguson said. "(Schultz's status) doesn't change my preparation at all."

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Said Hendershot: "I just put my head down and keep putting in the work and preparing like you're going to be the starter. Last week (when Schultz exited against the Bengals) was an instance of that. I hadn't played (in Week 1) but it comes down to two minutes - the most important part of the game - you gotta go in there.

"Anything can happen. This is my opportunity to go in there and get a big chunk of reps, so I'm ready to make the most of my opportunities."

Seizing the moment has always been something that assistant coach Lunda Wells has instilled in the Cowboys tight end room.

"It's your time to go," Ferguson said of the message Wells has given the young tight ends. "He's definitely gotten me up to speed and he's continuously reminded me, 'Hey, it's your time right now. You're going to have to go.'

"It's our time to go. We're here now. It's time to show who we are.'"

Avoiding an 0-2 start was a building point for Dallas and a milestone in itself. Now, Dallas will look to take a 1-0 record in the NFC East, as they face off against a divisional rival for the first time the season. It's time for Dallas to show who they really are as a team ... and time for Ferguson and Hendershot to show who they are as well.

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