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December 29, 2010

Official injury report: Cowboys hurting at WR

Cowboys starter Roy Williams (groin) was limited in Wednesday's practice, and backups Sam Hurd (head) and Jesse Holley (knee) did not practice. That leaves the Cowboys thin at the position with only Miles Austin, Manny Johnson, and Teddy Williams fully healthy.

"We've just got to see how those [injured] guys do," interim coach Jason Garrett said. "We do have some guys banged up, and we'll see how they do over the next couple of days. We have to be able to manage it like we do every week with different personnel groups, regardless of what the position is. Sometimes the runners are limited, or the tight ends are limited. In this case, it's the receivers. You've got to be able to do it different ways, and we practiced a little bit that way today and we'll see how the other guys progress as the week goes on."

Williams was called up from the practice squad last week and has never played an NFL game. He was inactive against the Cardinals. Johnson was called up from the practice squad two weeks ago and played against the Redskins when Williams sat out with his injury. Johnson was inactive last week.

Williams might be a long shot to play. He hasn't played a game since high school. He was an All-America sprinter at UTSA, who the Cowboys signed in training camp as a project. Williams started his career as a defensive back before switching to receiver after receivers Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree went on injured reserve.

"Teddy is growing as a player," Garrett said. "He hasn't played a lot of football in his life. He's really improved immensely in a short period of time. To think that he's basically a track guy to come in here at training camp and play defensive back and now play wide receiver, and make the strides that he's made, it's impressive. I think there are degrees of readiness, and we'll see."

-- Charean Williams 


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