The Cowboys had four players not in attendance for Wednesday's practice that was moved to Cowboys Stadium because of early-morning rain in the area.
Safety Danny McCray, who has been bothered by an ankle injury, returned to practice as did Orlando Scandrick, Miles Austin, Kyle Kosier and Gerald Sensabaugh.
Among the four not practicing included defensive end Jason Hatcher, who has been out with a calf strain since the Sept. 26 game against the Redskins. Hatcher had replaced Marcus Spears in the lineup, but Spears has since started the last two games and will likely start again Sunday in New England.
Veteran guard Derrick Dockery was not on the practice field as well and it appears he won't be returning this week from a broken tibia/sprained knee that has kept him out for the last two games. Look for rookie Bill Nagy to start his third game on Sunday.
Kicker David Buehler didn't practice with a groin injury that has bothered him the last two weeks. Rookie Dan Bailey has handled the kickoff duties along with the place-kicking.
And fullback Tony Fiammetta, who has been bothered by a hamstring injury, didn't practice as well. Fiammetta has only played one game for the Cowboys this year, missing the last two.