Fullback Tony Fiammetta has been cleared and will practice Wednesday and play Sunday, he said. Fiammetta missed three games with an unknown illness.
"It’s going to be awesome," Fiammetta said Monday. "I’ve been waiting for it. I feel great. It’s a good time to come back, big game, and I want to make a difference."
Fiammetta's symptoms included nausea, dizziness and "an uneasy feeling kind of thing." He said his illness was never diagnosed.
The Cowboys moved rookie Shaun Chapas off the practice squad last week to have a true fullback on their roster for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. But they still struggled to run the ball. In the past three games, without Fiammetta, they have averaged 3.5 yards per carry and 92.3 yards per game.
In the six games Fiammetta has played, the Cowboys averaged 145.8 yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry.
"You know he did a nice job for us when he was playing, so we're certainly hopeful that he'll come back and play to the level that he was playing at before," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We ran the ball well when he was playing true fullback for us and hopefully we can get that going again."
In regards to Chapas' future on the 53-player roster, Garrett said the Cowboys are evaluating "a couple of different roster scenarios that we've been talking about already."
-- Charean Williams