Vikings get WR Diggs, CB Newman back to face Cowboys

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Terence Newman, left, tackles New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz during the first half of an NFL football game, in Minneapolis. Thirteen years after the Dallas Cowboys drafted Terence Newman, the old cornerback is still going strong for the Minnesota Vikings. His current team faces his original team on Thursday. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have wide receiver Stefon Diggs (knee) and cornerback Terence Newman (neck) back in the lineup against Dallas. Both players were held out of the last game because of injuries.

Previously ruled out for the Vikings on Thursday night: center Joe Berger (concussion) and punt returner Marcus Sherels (rib). Berger's injury forced the Vikings to use their seventh different offensive line combination in 12 games this season. Rookie Mackensie Alexander (groin) was also out, leaving the Vikings with only four available cornerbacks.

For the Cowboys, cornerback Morris Claiborne (groin) missed his fifth straight game and linebacker Justin Durant (hamstring) was out after getting hurt in the last game. Safety Barry Church (broken forearm) returned from a four-game absence. His replacement, J.J. Wilcox, was out with a thigh injury.

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