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Starters to play a lot against the Vikings, with Dez set to make debut

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) lines up against cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) in a recent walk-through.
Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) lines up against cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) in a recent walk-through. TNS

Coach Jason Garrett couldn’t woudn’t give up specific details but he said the starters will play a lot in the preseason home opener against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday night at AT&T Stadium.

Garrett also expects receiver Dez Bryant, who has missed the two preseason games with a strained hamstring, to get some action for the first time.

“Saturday night will be a good test for our football team,” Garrett said. “Our starters will play the most in this game than they will in any of the preseason games, so it’ll be a good opportunity for them to get their feet underneath them a little bit and just to play some football.”

Bryant has been in and out of practice the past couple of weeks, mostly out of precaution. He left practice early on Thursday, though Garrett refused to elaborate.

“Don’t really want to get into any specifics,” Garrett said of Bryant. “Dez has been practicing and not practicing over the last few weeks coming off a hamstring injury, so we’re hopeful that Dez will play and the other guys will play. If they don’t we’ll get them ready for the season another way.”

Quarterback Tony Romo and the first team offense only played three snaps against the San Francisco 49ers last week. So he could go at least the first two quarters.

Also slated to play for the first time are linebacker Sean Lee, tackle Tyron Smith, defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford and cornerback Morris Claiborne.

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