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August 28, 2009

Roy Williams could miss rest of preseason

Wide receiver Roy Williams will most likely miss Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers after suffering a shoulder injury in Thursday's practice. X-rays were negative. But look for the Cowboys to be cautious with Williams and sit him Saturday even he can play.

If he does sit, look for him to sit also out Thursday's final against the Vikings. The starters rarely play in the final game of the preseason.

So it's highly feasible that he doesn't see the field again until the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 13.

The good news for the Cowboys is that injury wasn't as serious as originally feared.

That was certainly the motive for Williams' angry reaction as he walked off the field Thursday night. Williams had some terse words for cornerback Orlando Scandrick whose hit caused the injury.

Later Williams said in a text that he had "no hard feelings" toward Scandrick and the two were "all good."

Scandrick expressed pleasure when he was told the x-rays were negative.

"I hope. We need him. He is a great player," said Scandrick in a text.

Still there is no questions part of Williams' frustrations are born out of the intense pressure he is under to replace the departed Terrell Owens as the No. 1 receiver.  Williams is determined to prove his doubters wrong and it would have killed him to miss any time due to any injury suffered in what should have been a glorified walk through practice.

The Cowboys didn't have pads on but were juiced up because of the 26,000 fans in attendence at the open practice at the new Cowboys Stadium.

Clarence E. Hill Jr.


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