N.Y. suspension helps Cowboys

OXNARD, Calif. -- It’s too early to think about the Cowboys’ Sept. 8 regular-season opener, but their opponent, the New York Giants, suffered a slight blow on Saturday when safety Will Hill was suspended for four games by the NFL.

Hill is a backup safety and core special-teamer, but he will not return until Sept. 30.

The Giants could also be without defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who had offseason back surgery. After the June operation, Pierre-Paul was looking at a three-month recovery period, which would have him ready the week of the opener. Even if he can play, will he be 100 percent football-ready?

Last season, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was not himself following offseason foot surgery in the season opener against the Cowboys.

For the Cowboys, any absences from the Giants’ lineup will help against a team they have yet to defeat at Cowboys Stadium (0-4).