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Practice Update: D-Line Getting Healthier


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys are holding a light practice leading up to Thursday's home game against Washington, and it appears they're getting healthier on the defensive line.

Three Cowboys defensive linemen who did not play last Sunday against Atlanta due to injury – Taco Charlton, Antwaun Woods and Daniel Ross – were on the field during the open portion of Tuesday's practice. It remains to be seen how much work they'll get, however.

Starting right guard Zack Martin was not practicing during the open portion, but he has been able to play through a sprained knee the last few weeks. Starting left tackle Tyron Smith was dressed for practice and told reporters after the Falcons game that he'd be fine after suffering a neck stinger on the final drive.

With a short turnaround, Tuesday's practice is similar to a typical Friday workout before a Sunday game. There's less time and fewer reps to determine the overall health players who have been dealing with injury.

"It's challenging, but you have to do your best," Garrett said. "We had some guys work after the walk-through yesterday. We'll have some guys work after the practice today just to see what they're capable of doing leading up to the ballgame and make those decisions."

Wide receiver Michael Gallup is currently not with the team following the loss of his brother.

Others not on the field during the open portion: wide receiver Tavon Austin (groin), linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring), defensive lineman David Irving, and tight end Geoff Swaim (wrist), who is expected to have surgery and could miss three to four weeks, according to Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones.