Cowboys have hope for injured players returning

IRVING, Texas -- When the Dallas Cowboys hold their brief workout today, don’t look for any of their injured players to take part.

With the Cowboys off this week, why put them at any risk?

When the Cowboys return to practice on Monday the team’s hope is that Morris Claiborne, J.J. Wilcox, DeMarcus Ware, Miles Austin and Jason Hatcher will be able to do at least something on the field besides rehab.

Claiborne said his hamstring is not 100 percent but definitely better. He has been running for the last four days and has not had any setbacks. He has always viewed the Nov. 24 game against the New York Giants as his return to the field after missing the last two games.

But he knows hamstring injuries are tricky.

“One minute you can be feeling good and the next minute it feels like the worst thing ever,” Claiborne said. “I can’t predict it. It’s just one of those things you’ve got to feel your way through.”

Ware tweaked his quadriceps strain on his sack of Drew Brees in last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints. He was in and out thereafter before the coaches pulled him in the fourth quarter of the blowout.

On Wednesday Ware said the tweak was not as bad as the first time he suffered the injury that knocked him out for three games.

“I’m doing everything I can to not let it happen again,” Ware said. “It’s just like something minor on the sack. My knee hit the ground and I tweaked it a little bit so it was like that the whole game.”