On Monday, a sullen Wade Phillips addressed the media, giving his take on what was a painful 20-17 loss at the hands of the San Diego Chargers. On the injury front, the news was mixed.
DeMarcus Ware, who was at the center of a scary incident during the loss Sunday--Ware was carted off the field, his neck stabilized, after an awkward hit left him lying on the turf for around ten minutes--was described by Phillips as "a lot better" on Monday, improved enough, apparently, to be listed by the coach as day-to-day.
Safety Ken Hamlin, Phillips said, would "begin to work back in" this week, after missing the last four games with a high ankle sprain. Although Hamlin will practice, his availability for Saturday night's game against the Saints in New Orleans is unclear.
Martellus Bennett has been ruled out for that game already, per the newly mandated league rules with respect to concussions. Any player diagnosed with a concussion must exhibit no symptoms for a week before returning to the field. Bennett, as of Sunday, was still experiencing the lingering effects of the hit he took in New York.
"Bennett will still be out this week...because the clock hasn't started as far as him being symptom-free," Phillips said. "You have to be at least a week symptom-free."
The Cowboys will watch film today, and return to practice on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday night's showdown with the undefeated Saints at the Superdome.