Much of the focus today was on the Dez Bryant injury situation, but good news was had overall as several Dallas Cowboys returned to the field as the team kicked off the first of two days practicing with the San Diego Chargers.
On top of the Dez Bryant knee injury scare, the Cowboys also lost receiver Andre Holmes (back) and Donovan Kemp (knee) in the practice with the Chargers. While the results of Kemp's MRI won't be known until later Monday night, both Holmes and Bryant are day-to-day with their respective injuries.
With Miles Austin (hamstring) and Jason Witten (spleen) also sitting because of injury, the Cowboys were able to work several young receivers into practice. Danny Coale, who had missed most of training camp with a broken foot, received extra snaps in practice and was able to work in time with the first team offense and is planning on playing this weekend against St. Louis.
Guard Nate Livings also returned to practice after suffering a hamstring strain on the third day of camp. Livings is expected to start at left guard for the Cowboys this season and took limited snaps with the first-team offense as the coaches slowly work him back into practice.
Running back Lance Dunbar, who also missed two weeks with a hamstring injury, returned to practice on Monday and hopes to get significant time on the field on Saturday against the Rams. Dunbar, an undrafted free agent out of North Texas, has impressed coaches with his vision and versatility. The Cowboys suddenly have a fierce battle at running back behind DeMarco Murray, with Felix Jones unimpressive so far in camp and UDFA Jamize Olawale turning heads so far in the preseason.
Demarcus Ware (hamstring) will likely not play again this weekend as he is till working through tightness in the muscle after straining it in a walk-through last week.