The unofficial preseason opener for the Cowboys will be next Friday against the Oakland Raiders, per coach Jason Garrett.
Only three starters on offense and just one on defense played in Sunday's official preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins in the Hall of Fame game.
Garrett said the decision to sit stars like quarterback Tony Romo, tight end Jason Witten, defensive end DeMarcus Ware and linebacker Sean Lee was by decision as the Cowboys took advantage of the extra preseason game to look at young players.
"You always appreciate the extra week," Garrett said. "We made an effort as a staff to use the extra game to our benefit not to our detriment. Now we can get into the normal rhythm of the preseason starting next week. But any time you get young guys an extra chance to play in a game I think its a positive."
Garrett said the starters will begin their normal preseason work of getting about a couple of series, maybe a quarter of work against the Raiders, then progress to playing into the second quarterback against the Cardinals in week three before the unofficial dress rehearsal of the season against the Bengals in the fourth preseason game.