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Cowboys hope pass catchers ready Week One

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By Eric Edholm

The Cowboys face a haunting notion: WRs Dez Bryant (knee) and Miles Austin (hamstring) and TE Jason Witten (spleen) all could miss the season-opening game against the Giants on Sept. 5. The early start (four days prior to the Sunday games) at least makes it likely that all three players will be at less than full health.

QB Tony Romo has been talking positively and putting on a good face when asked about his three best pass catchers, along with a few pieces on his offensive line. But even Romo has to be concerned.

Witten’s status for the opener is unknown, but the good news is that there is no internal bleeding and he should know more next week when he meets with his doctor to monitor his progress.

Bryant, who has had a strong camp and preseason otherwise, likely will play against the Giants but probably will be slowed by the right knee, which has patellar tendinitis. It likely will be a pain-monitoring issue, as no ligaments appear to be affected.

Austin has been bothered by chronic hamstring issues since he showed up to training camp out of shape in 2011. There is growing concern he will have to play with the slow-healing injury for much of the season. The Cowboys' bye week falls in Week Five, which at least gives him an early chance for additional rest.

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