Whitehead injured his hamstring during OTAs and was unable to finish practice, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The hamstring bug is going around Dallas, while fellow receiver Cole Beasley has also been sidelined this week due to a similar issue. Whitehead's pulled hamstring isn't expected to be a long-term problem, but he may be held out until next week's OTAs. In the meantime, fourth-rounder Ryan Switzer has an opportunity for additional reps on offense.
Whitehead ended the regular season with 589 return yards, but just 13 touches on offense in 15 games.
Other than the occasional jet sweep, Whitehead's involvement on offense remained low during his second NFL season, but with Cole Beasley seeing more work as the Cowboys' slot receiver, Whitehead added primary punt return duties to his portfolio in addition to returning kickoffs. With Terrance Williams potentially not coming back in 2017 there could be more snaps and targets available for Whitehead next season, but as yet he hasn't convinced the coaching staff he can be a reliable receiving option.
Whitehead did not travel with the team Sunday night after he failed to show up for team meetings Saturday. "We felt it was in our best interest for him and our football team not to make the trip," head coach Jason Garrett said. Look for more updates to come throughout the week, with Cole Beasley expected to handle return responsibilities should Whitehead receive further discipline.
Whitehead will not play Sunday against the Giants due to a violation of team rules, ESPN reports.
The details of his situation aren't clear, but Whitehead didn't even make the trip to New York. Being the Cowboys' primary return man, Whitehead's absence opens the door for Cole Beasley to take over on punt return duties while Darius Jackson handles kickoffs.
Whitehead had one carry for 26 yards, caught his only target for 35 yards, and returned one kickoff for 21 yards in Sunday's win over the Packers.
Talk about making the most of your opportunities. The catch was his first of the season and came at a crucial time, converting a third down as the Cowboys drove for a fourth quarter TD that put the game out of reach. With Dez Bryant (knee) expected back in the lineup after the team's Week 7 bye though, Whitehead will have an even tougher path to snaps and looks on offense ahead of him.
|P0||8/3/17||@ ARI||8:00 pm|
|P1||8/12/17||@ LAR||9:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ HOU||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|3||9/25/17||@ ARI||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/22/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ WAS||4:25 pm|
|10||11/12/17||@ ATL||4:25 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ OAK||8:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|