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Cowboys, 49ers both almost full go

The Cowboys’ postseason opener is here and they’re near 100% as a unit as they begin their playoff run. After a week of rest, caution and COVID in Week 18, Dallas welcomes back running back Tony Pollard and left tackle Tyron Smith to the offense.

On the defensive side, safety Jayron Kearse was a full participant in practice and is active against San Francisco. The biggest absence for the Cowboys’ defense is linebacker Keanu Neal. Luke Gifford saw extra snaps in Week 18 and could see more against the 49ers in Neal’s absence.

Dallas has six inactives, including cornerbacks Nahshon Wright and Maurice Canady, setting up. a big day for Kelvin Joseph against the likes of Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk. Offensive guard Matt Farniok, wide receiver Simi Fehoko and nose tackle Quinton Bohanna round out the list.

For San Francisco, there was concern around All-Pro tackle Trent Williams’ status with an elbow injury but he’s active and will wear a brace against Dallas. Similar to the Cowboys, it’s all systems go with linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair also active after being questionable for the contest.

Running back Trey Sermon was activated this week from IR but is one of six inactive for San Francisco. The Cowboys-49ers rivalry is renewed and both teams will be almost fully healthy for their wild card matchup.


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