FRISCO, Texas – It's remarkable how healthy the Cowboys look as they head into the second week of November.
As they reported to their Wednesday practice on one of the first chilly mornings of this season, the Cowboys' storyline wasn't about who all was missing practice – but how many players were in attendance.
With the notable exceptions of Morris Claiborne and Barry Church, who each suffered injuries in the win against Philadelphia, the Cowboys' entire roster was on hand to begin preparing for Pittsburgh.
It's important to note that Tyron Smith and Ronald Leary were in uniform but are not expected to practice Wednesday. Leary left Sunday's win against Cleveland early with a head injury, while Smith has maintained a limited practice workload in the wake of a back injury earlier this season.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he's hopeful Leary will be able to practice later in the week, which seems like a good omen for the veteran guard's availability this weekend.
Also of note for the offensive line is that Chaz Green was at practice. The second-year tackle has missed the last four games with a foot injury, but Garrett was optimistic he might increase his workload this week.
"Hopefully practice today, certainly in the individual part of practice and hopefully more as he goes on," he said.
Meanwhile, all eyes were on Tony Romo as he once again participated in practice, marking the third-straight week he has been active on the practice fields. Reports surfaced Wednesday morning that Romo is now healthy enough to play, and that the decision of whether to play him is now a coaching matter.
[embeddedad0]Garrett said Wednesday morning that Romo will likely get some work with the Cowboys' scout team, but he maintained his oft-repeated mantra of "one day at a time" in regard to Romo's status.
"We'll just have to see where he is. Tony has practiced four days over the last couple of weeks.
He's been involved in parts of practice on each of those days," Garrett said. "We'll do something similar with him today. We'll start in individual and see how he does. If we can work him some scout team reps like he did last week, that would be a good day for him."
The Cowboys' typical routine in practice is to give the No. 2 and No. 3 quarterbacks scout team repetitions, while the starting quarterback works with the first-team offense on the opposing game plan. Garrett said that the coaching staff has given Mark Sanchez limited work with the starting offense on Fridays. But it sounds like Dak Prescott will continue to get the lion's share of the starter reps for the time being.
Rod Smith was also at Wednesday's practice after a brief absence – though he is now a member of the practice squad. The Cowboys cut the fullback last week to help account for their injuries in the secondary, and they promoted cornerback Leon McFadden from the practice squad to fill his roster spot.
Smith has now replaced McFadden on the practice squad.
Tony Romo returned to practice with the team on Wednesday, November 9th for the second week in a row.