The Dallas Cowboys appear to have gotten a wrap on the illness that has been making its way through the team locker room over the course of November. Corner Trevon Diggs and receiver Michael Gallup were the only two players to miss time this week due to the bug that has affected numerous players on the team. Indy is in a similar situation this week as two players are also listed with a Did Not Practice status this week due to injury.
The Cowboys’ most recent update on the health of Gallup and Diggs indicates that both are expected to be ready and available on Sunday when Dallas faces the Colts. The Cowboys update says that Diggs — one of the more dangerous pass defenders in the league — “feels much better” than earlier in the week. Diggs and Gallup attended practice virtually on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Cowboys’ defense should be close to full strength on Sunday after a mini-bye week. Dallas last played on Thanksgiving, a Thursday game the team won 28-20 over the division-rival New York Giants. The Cowboys listed Quinton Bohanna, Jayron Kearse, and Anthony Barr as limited in practice, but all three are anticipating being ready to play when the team travels to Indiana. Demarcus Lawrence was listed as a limited participant with a foot injury but is also anticipated to be available against the Colts.
Barr has missed significant time with a hamstring injury suffered in Week 8. The injury was trending in the right direction until a Saturday setback ahead of the game against the Minnesota Vikings, his former team. Barr was inactive for the Vikings game and then again last week against the Giants. He is a key part of the run defense at the linebacker position.
The Colts will be without cornerback Kenny Moore, who is listed as out for Sunday. Moore went down with a shin or ankle injury in the fourth quarter last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Moore was seen in the locker room at practice with a walking boot or a cast and using a scooter this week, a sign that the injury may be serious.
Wide receiver Keke Coutee was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday with an illness, while tight end Kylen Granson was a full participant after missing last week with an illness. Granson is the top tight end for the Colts and is expected to play Sunday. However, the tight end group is likely to be without Jelani Woods, who is reported to be dealing with a shoulder and quad injury and has a DNP designation this week in practice. On Thursday, Indianapolis added offensive tackle Brayden Smith to the injury report with an illness, and he has been ruled out for the game.
The Colts listed defensive end Ben Banogu and center Ryan Kelley as limited on Wednesday’s walkthrough, but both were full participants on Thursday. Thursday’s update saw corner Isaiah Rodgers added as a limited participant on Thursday with a knee injury.
The Cowboys and the Colts play on Sunday Night Football in Dallas. Kickoff is at 7:20 pm CST.