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Cowboys ILB Keanu Neal is game-time decision vs. 49ers

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Aug 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (2) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keanu Neal (42) in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (2) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keanu Neal (42) in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keanu Neal is a game-time decision for the NFC wild-card game against the visiting the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said there is concern the inside linebacker won’t be ready to go due to a biceps strain.

McCarthy said Monday he expected Neal to be on the field without restrictions by the end of the week, but that didn’t happen. And on Friday, McCarthy said a decision on Neal’s status would “come down to the wire.”

Twice this season, the Cowboys have been without Neal due to positive COVID-19 tests. He most recently went on the COVID-19 list on Dec. 31.

Neal could be critical facing the 49ers’ power-running game and a passing offense that leans on tight end George Kittle.

If Neal is inactive, backups Luke Gifford and Francis Bernard would be called upon to play more significant roles.

–Field Level Media