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August 02, 2013

Livings knee surgery 'not too severe,' Garrett says, but typical recovery of four weeks pushes close to season opener

The Cowboys will be without guard Nate Livings for two weeks or more following arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday morning.

Coach Jason Garrett said the club didn’t consider it “too severe,” but such knee surgeries commonly require four weeks. Considering that Livings would also need practice time, it could put him in doubt for the season opener on Sept. 8, five weeks and two days from now.

“Still, it’s very early,” Garrett said. “Better to address those things right now and give those guys a chance to be ready for the start of the season.”

For Livings, it continues an offseason with injuries. He hyperextended the knee in spring practice, and he had a foot injury before training camp. He was cleared to practice this week, but the knee became sore.

Garrett also updated the status of some other injured players.

He said linebacker Alex Albright has a back problem and won’t play Sunday.

He said guard Mackenzy Bernadeau (hamstring) and tight end James Hanna (hamstring) will practice.

He said guard Jeff Olson got hit in the head and also hurt his eye and is out indefinitely.

He said defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (hamstring) continues to work by himself and progress.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

 

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