Austin, Spears & Costa Back, But Not Newman

The Cowboys were back to work at Valley Ranch on Wednesday, their midday practice featuring the return of several players who had been dealing with injuries, and at least one notable absence.

Cornerback Terence Newman (groin) continued to sit out. Jason Garrett said he would have to practice to play, which leaves only two opportunities before the final injury report of the week is released on Friday. Also out was tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle).

Returning to practice were several guys who sat out considerable portions of the preseason as well as Monday's bonus session in preparation for New York.

Defensive end Marcus Spears worked back into the mix coming off a groin injury, and new starting center Phil Costa was suited out as well. Receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), who had dressed for Monday's workout but did not participate in all the drills, was back on the field Wednesday, as was linebacker Bradie James (foot), who spent at least part of Monday performing a rehab assignment with athletic trainers.

The Cowboys will release their first injury report detailing player participation in Wednesday's practice later in the day.

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