Austin Still Out Of Practice; FB Exercising

The Cowboys practiced on Thursday with most of the same missing pieces as Wednesday, most notably wide receiver Miles Austin, who appears likely to get at least another week of rest for his hamstring injury.

In all, five players were out, including Austin. Fullback Tony Fiammetta (illness), backup quarterback John Kitna (back), nose tackle Josh Brent (knee) and running back Phillip Tanner (hamstring) rested on Wednesday.

Fiammetta, who had been reporting nausea when attempting to run or exercise and had to miss the last two games, was seen riding a stationary bicycle inside the team weight room, alongside Austin.

The fullback said on Wednesday that he has been feeling better in recent days, and hopes for a return next week against New York. He has essentially been ruled out for this week's trip to Arizona, however, as the Cowboys called up practice squad lead-blocker Shaun Chapas on Wednesday.

Kitna also is already expected out for Sunday.

Brent sprained his knee in the Thanksgiving Day win over Miami. Tanner has been dealing with the hamstring soreness for several weeks, and the team wanted to give him a rest. Running back Chauncey Washington was signed to the practice squad on Wednesday.

Returning to practice on Thursday was guard Kyle Kosier, who has sat out Wednesday practices for most of the season as rest for a foot injury.

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