Safety Jeff Heath Availability in Question for Cowboys at Lions

Mike Fisher

FRISCO - The Dallas Cowboys believe they'll get healthier along the offensive line, but have a new concern regarding a starter in their secondary.

As Dallas continues its preparation on Thursday here inside The Star for a Sunday visit to Detroit, they are dealing with the possibility that starting safety Jeff Heath might be unavailable.

Health was listed as "limited'' in Wednesday's workout, meaning young vet Darian Thompson could get more playing time or even the start on Sunday. Thompson, a former Giants first-teamer, has made a start in place of Heath before and in last week's loss to Minnesota subbed in at safety as Heath was dealing with a shoulder problem that seems to be lingering.

I asked coach Jason Garrett about the concern level of Heath's availability and he noted that Heath actually has problems with both shoulders. And yes, it's a concern.

Meanwhile, Dallas is hoping for advancement in the work level of its offensive line. Zack Martin and La’el Collins were not participants on Wednesday, and of course Connor Williams is out due to knee surgery. Tyron Smith was officially listed as "full'' though we believe he participated on a limited basis only.

We're also told that Michael Bennett was absent (maybe due to it being his birthday and for what Garrett today called a "family situation'') and that C.J. Goodwin missed the workout due to knee soreness.

And as is generally the case, receiver Amari Cooper (knee) will likely not do much this week until Sunday.