Tony Fiammetta still sick, status in question

IRVING, Texas – Fullback Tony Fiammetta’s illness remains somewhat of a mystery, putting his status for Thursday’s game against the Dolphins in jeopardy.

Head coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys’ medical staff does not believe that the illness is a long-term concern, but they still have not determined what is causing Fiammetta to feel nauseous, especially when he exercises.

“We do not have an idea,” Garrett said Monday evening. “He’s been sick the last week or so, so we are just kind of attending to those symptoms as much as anything else. We are hopeful he can be around as soon as possible, but we will continue to test him to see how he’s doing to get him back to full strength. So, it’s a short week, so it will be interesting to see if he can progress enough to play in this ballgame.”

Fiammetta, who was claimed off waivers from the Carolina Panthers in September, has played a key role in the Cowboys’ running game.

With Fiammetta active, the Cowboys have averaged 145.8 rushing yards per game and 5.6 per carry. In the four games he has not played, the Cowboys have averaged 85.6 rushing yards and 3.1 per carry.