Matt Johnson ready to knock off rust

IRVING, Texas – Matt Johnson is not a fan of the Cowboys’ bye week because he would be able to practice.

Now the rookie safety has to wait until Monday to get on the practice field for the first time this season.

A hamstring injury kept him out of most of training camp and in the preseason game against St. Louis on Aug. 25 he hurt his other hamstring and has not practiced since. He had his helmet with him on Wednesday to go through conditioning work.

“I wish I could stay and practice all weekend but I know the guys are sore and need it,” Johnson said. “We’ll be ready to go for Monday.”

Johnson needs clearance from the team’s athletic training staff to practice Monday but that should happen as long as he doesn’t have any setbacks during the four-day break.

The Cowboys have a need at safety with Barry Church out for the year and Danny McCray pressed into the starting lineup. Veteran Eric Frampton was added to the roster last week but he is mostly a special teams’ player.

“As quick as I can,” Johnson said how long it will take before he can help. “I kept in the playbook. I’m up on it there. Just have to knock the rust off and get ready to go.”