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Practice Report: Leary, Romo Sitting Out; New Offensive Players On Field

IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys had a few key players missing from Wednesday's practice, but nothing that wasn't expected.

Tony Romo is scheduled to sit out of all Wednesday practices for now, and that didn't change as Brandon Weeden took the reps.

But left guard Ron Leary (groin) was not on the practice field. He's the one injured player that seemingly has a chance to play this week against the Eagles. Both Leary and head coach Jason Garrett have said "day-to-day" when describing the left guard's injury that occurred Sunday night against the Giants. Leary suffered the injury in the first half and tried to play through the pain but only went one more series before being replaced by Mackenzy Bernadeau. The Cowboys will likely start Bernadeau at left guard for Leary with rookie La'el Collins being active this week as a backup – if Leary doesn't play.

Dez Bryant, who had successful foot surgery on Tuesday, was not on the field as expected. The status was the same for rookie defensive end Randy Gregory, who is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a high-ankle sprain.

Gregory missed most of the second half with the right ankle injury but the Cowboys are somewhat optimistic he won't be out a full four weeks as initially expected. With Gregory likely to miss Sunday's game in Philly, rookie Ryan Russell, a fifth-round pick from Purdue could be active this week as a backup rusher.

  • Newly-acquired receiver Brice Butler was on the field wearing No. 19. The last receiver to wear that number for the Cowboys was Miles Austin, who coincidentally plays for the Eagles and will face Dallas this week.
  • Offensive tackle Charles Brown also practiced for the first time with the Cowboys, who signed him on Tuesday and waived tackle Darrion Weems.
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