CeeDee Lamb, WR (DAL)

Practices fully, clears protocol

Lamb was a full participant in Monday's practice and is in line to play Thursday against the Saints after clearing the NFL's five-step concussion protocol, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. "Going through the protocol, it was tough," Lamb said. "I feel a lot better."

After he was diagnosed with the concussion following his early exit from the Cowboys' Week 11 loss to the Chiefs, Lamb made a strong push to clear the five-step protocol for head injuries ahead of the team's Thanksgiving Day game four days later, but he ultimately didn't receive the green light from an independent neurologist ahead of Dallas' 36-33 overtime loss to the Raiders. Lamb confirmed that he was able to pass all neurological testing at some point shortly after the game against Las Vegas, putting him on track to handle his normal starting role Thursday. Meanwhile, fellow starting wideout Amari Cooper didn't practice Monday while he was subject to cardiac testing after completing a 10-day quarantine following a positive COVID-19 test, but he should be ready to play this week if he's able to get back on the practice field at some point over the next two days. At this stage, No. 4 wideout Cedrick Wilson -- who injured his ankle Thanksgiving Day and didn't practice Monday -- looks to be the Dallas receiver most at risk of sitting out Week 13.

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Jake Ferguson

TE | DAL

Back at practice

Ferguson returned to practice Monday after picking up a hamstring issue last Tuesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Michael Gallup

Michael Gallup

WR | DAL

Working on agility

Gallup (knee) was spotted running and cutting on the side at Monday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott

RB | DAL

Likely won't play in preseason

Elliott isn't expected to suit up for any of the Cowboys' preseason games, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. "This is my seventh year (in the NFL). I've seen a lot of football. I don't think I need a preseason game, especially with the joint practices (with the Broncos and Chargers)," Elliott said this week.

CeeDee Lamb

CeeDee Lamb

WR | DAL

Headed for increased volume

Lamb is the clear top option at wide receiver for the Cowboys this season, and quarterback Dak Prescott indicated Thursday he intends to look for the third-year player every chance he gets, Nick Eatman of the team's official website reports.

Tony Pollard

Tony Pollard

RB | DAL

Might get real look as receiver

Pollard could be used as more than just a receiving option out of the backfield, Patrik Walker of the Cowboys' official website reports. "He's not going to run just the RB route tree. He can go vertically and put defenders in tough spots as to how they wanna cover him," offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said Wednesday.

Noah Brown

Noah Brown

WR | DAL

No competition incoming

Brown will get an opportunity in training camp to prove the Cowboys don't need to bring in veteran help at wide receiver, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.