Preview: Steelers at Cowboys

After a sluggish start, wide receiver Dez Bryant has made his presence felt as the Dallas Cowboys have risen in the standings. While dealing with a fractured left index finger, Bryant's presence itself is now in question heading into Sunday's game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers. Bryant, who has expressed his desire to play, suffered the injury as Dallas recorded its fourth win in five contests with a 20-19 triumph over Cincinnati last week.

Pittsburgh knows a thing or two about injuries, although it welcomed back Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, rib) in last week's 34-24 home loss to San Diego. Roethlisberger struggled before throwing three touchdown passes - albeit with the game no longer in doubt and the Steelers skidding to their third loss in four contests. Pittsburgh is clinging to the final wild-card berth in the AFC, while Dallas sits one game behind NFC East-leading New York.

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Steelers -1, O/U 44

ABOUT THE STEELERS (7-6): Although Pittsburgh hosts Cincinnati next week in a game with AFC North and wild card implications, the Steelers need to keep their focus on the task at hand. Mike Tomlin's rushing carousel has careened off its tracks as Jonathan Dwyer struggled to move the ball last week while Rashard Mendenhall's displeasure with his inactivity has reportedly led to a one-game suspension.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (7-6): While Dallas has been faring well on the field, the team is still dealing with the death of practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown. Many of the Cowboys attended the memorial - including Josh Brent, who was released from jail on intoxication manslaughter charges stemming from the one-car accident that killed Brown. Back on the field, Tony Romo has thrown seven touchdowns in his last three games.


1. Pittsburgh will feature its fifth different offensive line in as many games on Sunday. First-round pick G David DeCastro will make his first career start versus Dallas.

2. Bryant, who has seven touchdowns in his last five contests, has scored all nine of his TDs this season in the second half of games.

3. The Steelers have played in the new Cowboys Stadium - although Dallas was not their opponent. Pittsburgh lost to Green Bay in Super Bowl XV.

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Last Injuries

Dallas Cowboys

  • Demarcus Lawrence

    Prob Sun | probable

    Lawrence has a knee injury, but he is likely to play Sunday versus the Seahawks.

  • Tyron Smith

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith missed the last game with neck stingers, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Seahawks on Sunday.

  • Chidobe Awuzie

    Out indefinitely | out

    Awuzie is sidelined with a hamstring injury, and it is unclear how long he will be idle.

  • Anthony Brown

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brown has been moved to the injured reserve list, and it has yet to be established when he will return to the fold.

  • Trevon Diggs

    Prob Sun | probable

    Diggs is bothered by a shoulder injury, but he is expected to be in Sunday's lineup versus the Seahawks.

  • Cameron Erving

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Erving will miss an undetermined length of time while on the injured reserve list due to a sprained MCL in his left knee.

  • Blake Jarwin

    I-R | I-R

    Jarwin has hit the injured reserve list after tearing his right ACL.

  • Luke Gifford

    Prob Sun | probable

    Gifford sat out the previous game with a hamstring injury, but he is projected to suit up against the Falcons on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Diontae Johnson

    Prob Sun | probable

    Johnson is managing a toe injury, but it is likely that he will line up against the Texans on Sunday.

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster

    Prob Sun | probable

    Smith-Schuster is bothered by a knee injury, but it is projected that he will take the field Sunday versus the Texans.

  • David DeCastro

    Prob Sun | probable

    DeCastro has sat out the previous two games with a knee injury, but it is likely that he will play against the Texans on Sunday.

  • Tyson Alualu

    Prob Sun | probable

    Alualu is tending to a knee injury, but he is expected to face the Texans on Sunday.

  • Bud Dupree

    Prob Sun | probable

    Dupree has a shoulder injury, but it is anticipated that he will play Sunday versus the Texans.

  • Stefen Wisniewski

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Wisniewski has hit the injured reserve list with a pectoral injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Zach Banner

    I-R | I-R

    Banner is on the injured reserve list with a torn right ACL.

  • Stephon Tuitt

    Prob Sun | probable

    Tuitt is dealing with an Achilles injury, but it is anticipated that he will be available against the Broncos on Sunday.