Newman Practices After 7-Week Absence

The Cowboys were back to work at Valley Ranch on Thursday after an extra day off this week, and getting back into practice for the first time since training camp's opening week was Terence Newman.

The cornerback had suffered a groin injury that kept him out of the season's first two games, as the Cowboys exercised all precaution considering a similar injury in 2008 led to Newman missing essentially half the season. Newman tweeted earlier this week that he would play against the Washington Redskins.

In addition to Tony Romo, who watched the action while resting his broken ribs, the most notable absence was that of wide receiver Dez Bryant, who sat out Sunday's game in San Francisco with a thigh bruise. Bryant had been listed as questionable, but was scratched before the game when he was unable to get the muscle to loosen up during warmups.

Receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) also missed practice, and is expected to be out against Washington on Monday night. Also out for the Redskins game will be cornerback Orlando Scandrick (ankle).

Starting center Phil Costa (knee) and starting left guard Derrick Dockery (knee), were out for Thursday's session as well. Rookie Bill Nagy, who had hurt his neck in practice last week, worked back in with the first-team at guard, while undrafted rookie Kevin Kowalski took the snaps at center.

Also dressing out were tight end Jason Witten (ribs) and cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder, knee).

Felix Jones, who suffered a dislocated shoulder in Sunday's game, wore a jersey and baseball cap, but went into the training room for treatments early in the session.

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