IRVING, Texas –The Cowboys got their quarterback back on the field Thursday for practice in preparation for the Eagles. But Tony Romo will certainly have to do without the services of Dez Bryant for a while.
The group of Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Devin Street and Lucky Whitehead figure to be the lead receivers this week, with the chance of newly-acquired veteran Brice Butler getting himself ready for the game.
Another question for the Cowboys this week will be at left guard, where Ron Leary was again missing from practice with a groin injury.
While Mackenzy Bernadeau filled in last week to finish the game, head coach Jason Garrett said La'el Collins will compete for reps this week and has a chance to start.
"There'll be a competition between those guys this week and if Ron is not able to go," Garrett said. "We'll determine by week's end who is going to play and what the rotation might be."
[embeddedad0]With Bernadeau serving as the backup to both guard spots and center, it might make more sense to keep him in that role and let Collins start at left guard. But that will likely depend on Collins' response this week to the added reps.
Offensive tackle Darrion Weems is back with the Cowboys, this time on the practice squad.
Weems was waived from the active roster Tuesday and veteran offensive tackle Charles Brown replaced him.
To make room for Weems on the 10-man practice squad, the Cowboys waived Gus Johnson, the undrafted rookie running back who led the Cowboys in rushing in preseason.
Johnson had a good training camp filling in while Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar all missed time with injuries. But running back has gotten crowded since Christine Michael was added to the active roster via trade last week.