- The Dallas Cowboys are opening the season almost at full strength.
The only player ruled out of Sunday's game vs. the New York Giants is linebacker Anthony Hitchens (knee), as expected. Rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis (hamstring) is listed as questionable.
Lewis returned to practice this week, but was limited every day. He might not be ready until next week at Denver as the Cowboys may not want to rush him back too soon.
"It's been pretty frustrating," Lewis said. "Having my first NFL reps padded actually being Wednesday was kind of crazy if you think about it. You're a rookie and you're just getting into your first padded practice. It's definitely been frustrating.
"You can't go out there and try and push it for one game. You'd rather miss one game than the whole season."
The Cowboys also listed defensive backs Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring) and Xavier Woods (hamstring), defensive lineman Taco Charlton (shoulder), left guard Chaz Green (ankle), tight end James Hanna (hamstring) and fullback Keith Smith (knee) on their injury report, but all should be available to play.
Awuzie, in particular, is excited to make his professional debut. He couldn't ask for a better opening opponent, either, as the Giants boast a formidable receiving corps with receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard, as well as rookie tight end Evan Engram.
"You want to go against the best," said Awuzie, the second-round pick out of Colorado. "No matter who it is, I'm going to go in there confident, challenge, compete. That's the name of the game, especially on our team that's something we're trying to do. That's why they took me, I'm competitive dude. That's my winning edge. When it comes down to it, I'm going to look at them like regular football players and try to do my best to win."