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September 19, 2012

Injury report: Good news and bad news at safety position

Starting free safety Gerald Sensabugh is out of his boot, but his calf injury has not healed enough for him to practice. He could miss Sunday's game.

The good news, though, is strong safety Barry Church did make it through all of Wednesday's practice, including special teams, despite having a quad contusion. Church took a knee to the thigh during Sunday's game against Seattle.

"I felt really good out there, warmed it up," Church said after practice. "I should be ready for this game, ready to drive the bus, whatever I’ve got to do."

Church played only 13 of 68 plays Sunday, while Sensabaugh played 52 of 68 before feeling a pop in his calf. Mana Silva played 17 plays at safety, with Danny McCray getting 50 snaps.

"It’ll be a little bit more emphasis on me making all the calls back there," Church said when asked how his responsibilities will change if Sensabaugh doesn't play. "Usually, I have Gerald helping me, or I’m helping him. This week I’ll have Danny McCray back there. He’s a pretty smart guy. We’ll get through it pretty good. We should be good back there communicating."

At Wednesday's practice, the Cowboys also were without linebacker Alex Albright (neck), defensive end Kenyon Coleman (knee), center Phil Costa (back), safety Matt Johnson (hamstring), defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle) and defensive end Marcus Spears (knee). Linebacker Sean Lee (hip) was limited.

Receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), linebacker Kyle Wilber (thumb), tight end Jason Witten (spleen), linebacker DeMarcus Ware (hamstring), receiver Andre Holmes (knee) and cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean



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