Injury roundup: Cowboys' Dez Bryant expected to play

Cowboys star wideout Dez Bryant appeared on the team's injury report on Friday with a back injury but is expected to play today, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Bryant had 11 receptions for 248 yards and two touchdowns in the three games since his return from a knee injury.

It will be a matchup of division leaders when the first-place Cowboys (8-1) take on the first-place Ravens (5-4) in Dallas.

Other injuries we are keeping an eye on Sunday:

  1. Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) is inactive against the Vikings.
  1. Packers tight end Jared Cook (ankle) is expected to make his return to the field tonight at the Redskins for the first time since Week 3, according to Rapoport.
  1. Chiefs sack-master Justin Houston (ACL) will be playing for the first time all season today, as the team has listed him as active. Teammate Marcus Peterswill not play vs. the Buccaneers, however, with a hip pointer. Wideout Jeremy Maclin (groin) is also inactive.
  1. Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, hospitalized for dehydration earlier this week, has said he's hopeful at being out on the field against the Dolphins. He and running back Todd Gurley (thigh) are expected to play, according to Rapoport.
  1. Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (shoulder) is expected to play against the Packers, a source tells Rapoport. His recovery has impressed the team.
  1. Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (back spasms) is in the game plans today and expected to play at the Seahawks, per Rapoport.
  1. Dolphins center Mike Pouncey will not play against the Rams, but his hip injury is not believed to be long term, according to Rapoport.
  1. Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (groin) and wide receiver Robert Woods (foot) are both active against the Bengals.
  1. Bears wide receiver Eddie Royal (toe) is active against the Giants.
  1. Browns cornerback Tramon Williams (knee) is inactive.
  1. Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (back) is active against the Ravens. Quarterback Tony Romo is active and will be the backup.
  1. Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (ankle) will be active and teammate Theo Riddick are both active against the Jaguars. Rapoport reported that running back Ameer Abdullah (IR, foot) will see Dr. Robert Anderson on Tuesday to see if he can start practicing again.
  1. Dolphins wide receivers Jarvis Landry (shoulder) and Kenny Stills (calf) are both expected to play, according to Rapoport. Teammate Mario Williams (ankle) however, is a game-time decision.
  1. Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (foot) are expected to play against the 49ers, according to Rapoport.
  1. Niners wide receiver Torrey Smith (shoulder) is a long shot to play, per Rapoport.
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