Dallas Cowboys Player News: All Positions

News: Bennett (foot) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Impact: Bennett recorded a 70-percent snap share in Week 14's loss to the Bears after being a limited participant in the three practices preceding the contest, so there's no major concern about his status for this Sunday's matchup against the Rams. Since arriving in Dallas, Bennett has generated four sacks and 14 quarterback pressures over six games, but Jared Goff has been a tough man to take down this year, recording the fourth-best sack percentage in the league (3.8).
News: Jones (hip) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Impact: Jones shook off a hamstring injury to suit up in last Thursday's loss to the Bears, but now he's hampered by a hip issue. There's no indication of the severity of Jones' injury, but potential absence in Week 15 would be quite disruptive to the Cowboys' defense against the Rams' sixth-ranked passing game (276.8 yards per game). The 2015 first-round pick plays an every-down role, allowing 6.5 yards per target and three touchdowns in coverage this year.
News: Lee (pectoral) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.
Impact: Lee was able to play through this injury in this past Thursday's loss to the Bears, logging an 84-percent snap share and five tackles (four solo). The veteran linebacker didn't miss a practice leading up to that contest, so while it's possible the Cowboys are just exercising caution, it's certainly a situation to monitor since Leighton Vander Esch (neck) is already expected to miss Sunday's game against the Rams.
News: Pollard (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Pollard sat out Week 14's loss to the Bears due to an ankle injury, but he now appears to be trending in the right direction for Sunday's tilt against the Rams. The rookie fourth-round pick will have two more opportunities to increase his practice activity and avoid an injury tag entirely for Week 15. If he's indeed cleared to retake the field Sunday, Pollard will reprise his usual uncontested backup role behind Ezekiel Elliott.
News: Prescott (hands) practiced in full Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Prescott hasn't missed an offensive snap since Week 1 but nonetheless emerged from last Thursday's loss in Chicago with a pair of injuries. Fortunately, his sprained left hand and right index finger didn't impact his practice reps Wednesday, though the latter was taped up during the session, per Todd Archer of ESPN.com. Prescott will seek to get the Cowboys back in the win column Sunday against a Rams defense that has given up 18 touchdowns versus nine interceptions in 13 contests this season.
News: Vander Esch (neck) didn't have a further evaluation as planned Monday, but the Cowboys don't plan to put him on IR yet, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.
Impact: The fact that the Cowboys are pondering IR for Vander Esch puts the second-year linebacker on track to miss a fourth straight game, and his absence from Wednesday's practice supports that notion. Coach Jason Garrett does believe Vander Esch's condition is improving, so possibly the team is hoping he'll be healthy for playoffs.
News: Austin was unable to bring in either of his targets during Thursday's 31-24 loss to Chicago.
Impact: Austin was unable to build on his Week 13 two-catch performance and now has not touched the ball on offense in four of Dallas' six games since its bye. The Cowboys are still in the thick of the race in a weak NFC East, but the offense hasn't shown the life it had earlier in the season against a murderer's row of pass defenses over the past three weeks, resulting in losses to New England, Buffalo, and Chicago. The challenges, and potential struggles, continue Sunday as Austin and the Cowboys take on the league's 10th-ranked pass defense in the Rams.