DENVER - AUGUST 16: Safety Ken Hamlin #26 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up prior to facing the Denver Broncos during preseason NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on August 16, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 23-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
On Friday, the Cowboys received some encouraging injury updates, while the Packers, wholly unable to catch a break, it seems, got some bad, if predictable, news about Pro Bowl linebacker Aaron Kampman.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week that Kampman was further off than initially thought. According to the report, he was held out of practice, and even weight training this week. Kampman, the Packers best pass rusher, will likely be replaced by rookie Brad Jones, as his normal backup, Brady Poppinga, attempts to recover from swelling on one of his thighs.
Both safety Ken Hamlin and center Andre Gurode practiced again on Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News, after missing Wednesday's workout with a groin and ankle injury, respectively. They returned, but were limited, on Thursday.
Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips said that if they went through the full practice, they would likely be okay to play on Sunday in Green Bay. Hamlin hasn't missed a game since 2005, following a skirmish outside a Seattle nightclub, which ended with the safety being hit over the head with a stop sign.
If Gurode were to miss Sunday's game, it would mark the first time in 2009 that the Cowboys have a change along the offensive line.