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Practice Update: DeMarcus Lawrence Absent; Orlando Scandrick Returns

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys' practice attendance shifted a bit from Wednesday, with multiple players moving on and off the field.

Most notably for a team that struggles to get sacks is that DeMarcus Lawrence was not present for the second practice of the week. The third-year defensive end was listed on Wednesday's injury report with a back problem.

That isn't exactly news. Lawrence has been listed on the injury report for the majority of the season, going back at least as far as the Philadelphia game. But while he's been listed as "limited" on many occasions, the injury hadn't caused him to sit out of practice.

Elsewhere, Orlando Scandrick returned to practice after taking a personal day to attend to a death in his family. J.J. Wilcox was once again absent with the thigh injury he suffered against Washington. But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett announced that the fourth-year safety recently welcomed a son into the world.

The Cowboys also saw an encouraging sign for their secondary in the shape of Morris Claiborne. It's important to note that Claiborne did not participate in Thursday's practice. But he was on the field in gym clothes for the team stretch, and he was moving around with other players and team personnel.

That's not much, but it is the first time Claiborne has been present at practice since injuring his groin on Oct. 30.

Chaz Green also did not participate in practice, as he is still listed with a back injury, but he was rehabbing with Associate Athletic Trainer Britt Brown during the open portion of practice.


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