The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are opening the 2015 NFL regular season for Sunday Night Football, and it’s a great divisional matchup on the first Sunday. Now that Friday has arrived, the practice week is officially over and the injury reports are out for both teams. A couple of big-time names are out for Sunday night’s game, but who is in and who won’t be playing for the Cowboys and Giants?
For the New York Giants, they have a rather short injury report, but some big names are on it and will be sitting out this week per NFL.com.
LB Jon Beason (knee) – Out
WR Victor Cruz (calf) – Out
DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (calf) – Probable
DT Cullen Jenkins (hamstring) – Probable
LB Jonathan Casillas (neck) – Probable
The good news is that most of the Giants’ injury report includes players that are listed as probable. Unfortunately, the two listed as out are big-time starters who will be missed. Victor Cruz being gone gives Eli Manning, and his brand new contract, one less target.
Jon Beason is a big loss on the defense as well, and it’s good for the Giants that Jonathan Casillas is able to play. He practiced fully on Friday and will be ready for the Cowboys on Sunday night.
This is not even mentioning the loss of Jason Pierre-Paul for the Giants. Even though he is injured, he is not listed on the injury report because he’s technically not a member of the team.
Over on the Dallas Cowboys‘ side of the field, they are actually looking much healthier. Yes, their injury report is a bit longer, but not a single player is listed as lower than “probable” when it comes to their game status per DallasCowboys.com.
WR Dez Bryant (hamstring) – Probable
TE James Hanna (knee) – Probable
OLB Anthony Hitchens (foot) – Probable
G Zack Martin (neck) – Probable
DB Danny McCray (neck) – Probable
QB Tony Romo (back) – Probable
WR Devin Street (ankle) – Probable
OT Jordan Mills (undisclosed) – Probable
FS J.J. Wilcox (neck) – Probable
QB Brandon Weeden (concussion) – Probable
The Cowboys are looking to be in good shape for Sunday night, and it’s a truly important game even though it is the first of the season. The winner will already go ahead in the division by one game and pave the way for the rest of the season.
Tony Romo did miss Wednesday’s practice with a sore back, but he was a full-go for the final two days of practice this week. Dez Bryant is listed, but it is more of a precautionary measure even though he practiced fully for all three days.
The New York Giants are ready for the season opener, but their injury report showing Victor Cruz and Jon Beason out does hurt. The Dallas Cowboys are looking healthier than anyone has seen them in a long time, and seem to have the upper hand going into Sunday night’s game.
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