IRVING, Texas - The Cowboys are back to their normal Thursday routine, even if the calendar says it's a Friday.
That's how the team is operating this week with the extra day to prepare for Monday night's game with the Redskins.
With that, it means Tony Romo is back on the field practicing with his teammates. The "Wednesday off" approach has worked like a charm since the club started resting their starting quarterback earlier in the season for his back issues.
Romo now ranks fourth in the NFL with a 104.7 passer rating and his 8.4 yard average per attempt is second only to Peyton Manning (8.5).
Other players on the field Friday include linebacker Bruce Carter who is expected to play for the first time since suffering a quad strain in the Sunday night game with the Saints on Sept. 28.
[embeddedad0]The Cowboys will be without right tackle Doug Free, whose foot injury will likely sideline him for another two games, if not three. With the bye week looming after the London trip, Free could sit out until the Nov. 23 game against the Giants in the Meadowlands.
In the meantime, Jermey Parnell has practiced in full all week after being somewhat limited the last two weeks with a chest injury. Parnell will start at right tackle with Tony Hills likely serving as the swing tackle for both sides.
Safety Jakar Hamilton missed Thursday's practice for personal reasons but was back on the field on Friday.