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August 12, 2013

Darrion Weems injured when he drops bench-press bar on his chest

Offensive tackle Darrion Weems missed practice Sunday after dropping the bench-press bar on his chest. Weems, who has a injured thumb, couldn't get a good grip on the bar, and 325 pounds fell on him.

"He was lifting weights, and he dropped the 325-pound bench press bar on his chest," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "So that's what he is dealing with right now. He has a thumb issue where he can't put his thumb around the bar, so it's kind of an open hand and the thing just kind of rolled off on him. So that's the issue there. We will see how he is day to day. We don't think he is going to practice today."

The injury could have been far worse. Former USC running back Stafon Johnson nearly died in a weightlifting accident. He needed several surgeries after the dropped bar ruptured Johnson's larynx.

"I’ve certainly seen it before in the weight room," Garrett said. "Sometimes that happens or sometimes they have to throw the weight off of one side or throw the weight off the other side or whatever.

"We think he’s going to be back, but I’m sure it’s pretty painful."

Defensive tackle Sean Lissemore (groin), linebacker Ernie Sims (groin) and defensive back Eric Frampton (hamstring) will be out at least a few days, Garrett said, after the three defenders left Sunday's practice.

Linebacker Alex Albright (back) still is not ready to return.

"I’m not so sure it’s Cincinnati for all of them [to return]," Garrett said. "It might be Houston [for the final preseason game]. Some of them might practice toward the end of this week. We’ve just got to see how they respond to stuff."

Cornerback Morris Claiborne (knee) will miss another day of practice, though Garrett remains hopeful Claiborne can return sometime this week. Claiborne called it a minor injury when he hurt himself Tuesday, but he now has been out a week.   

-- Charean Williams

 

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