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Practice Update: Mincey Sits Out Of Practice; Hitchens & McClain Still Recovering

IRVING, Texas – Jeremy Mincey sat out of practice with a head injury, Cowboys officials revealed Wednesday morning.

It was the most surprising bit of news surrounding the team's preparations for Green Bay, considering Mincey finished Sunday's win against the Detroit Lions. The veteran defensive end also spoke to reporters after the game and again on Tuesday afternoon.

It remains to be seen how serious the problem is, but defensive line and linebacker are certainly the Cowboys' trouble spots heading into the weekend. Along with Mincey, defensive tackle Terrell McClain was absent for the defensive line on Wednesday with an ankle injury.

The linebackers are in much the same situation as last week. Rookie Anthony Hitchens sat out of practice as he continues to nurse his ankle injury from the Washington win, while Rolando McClain copes with the head injury that forced him out of the Detroit game.
"Rolando had concussion-like symptoms but maybe more than anything else he's feeling it in his neck today," said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on Monday afternoon.

Doug Free also sat out of practice, as has been the case since he injured his ankle in the Dec. 14 win against Philadelphia.

"Don't anticipate Doug Free doing much today in practice, and probably the same thing with Hitch and Rolando," Garrett said. "We're hopeful that each of those guys will get better as the week progresses."

Tony Romo was absent from Wednesday practice, as has been the case all season as part of his recovery from back injury. He's scheduled to return to the field Thursday, as usual.

Images from Wednesday's practice at Valley Ranch.

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