Practice Update: Romo Sits Out Again; First Reps For Amobi Okoye; Carter Returns

IRVING, Texas -  As Jason Garrett made sure to point out several times on Thursday, "it's a Wednesday" to his players and coaches.

That's his way of keeping the routine for the Cowboys heading into Monday night where every day is pushed back. So the typical schedule for Wednesday has been pushed out to Thursday. And that's why quarterback Tony Romo was not on the practice field to give him his usual rest.

"Tony's going to do what he's done on Wednesday during the season up to this point," Garrett said Thursday. "He went through the walkthrough (in the morning) and he's not going to have a full practice. The same kind of schedule he's had in the past. It's a week by week thing for us and so we decided this week that's the way we wanted to go."

Along with Romo, the Cowboys were also without tackle Doug Free (foot), safety Jakar Hamilton and defensive end Jack Crawford.

[embeddedad0]Players at practice included linebacker Bruce Carter, who has missed three straight games with a strained quad.

And for the first time all season, defensive tackle Amobi Okoye was on the field. He remains on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. Okoye is recovering from a brain condition called anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis that had him in a coma for nearly 100 days last year. Okoye, a first-round pick of the Texans in 2007, has spent time with Rod Marinelli in Chicago before being out of football in 2013.

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