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Tues Practice: Only 3 Players Miss Final Practice Before Chicago

IRVING, Texas – The injury news continues to be encouraging for the Cowboys as they enter the final month of the season.

Only three players were absent from the team's final practice before heading to Chicago – the same three that have been expected to miss out all week. Tyler Patmon, Jeff Heath and Dekoda Watson all sat out while they continue to rehab knee, thumb and hamstring injuries, respectively.

It doesn't look likely that trio of defenders will be available Thursday night against the Bears, but there don't appear to be many problems with the rest of the Dallas roster. DeMarcus Lawrence and George Selvie were both limited during Monday's practice, but they were once again participating on Tuesday.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Lawrence injured his ribs in the loss to Philadelphia, but it doesn't appear to be too serious.

"He just hurt it and I think he tweaked it again in practice, so he was limited and hopefully he's able to do something today," Garrett said.

One of the bigger focal points of the practice week has been the health of Rolando McClain, who could be seen favoring his right knee throughout the loss to the Eagles. Garrett said Tuesday that the linebacker was limited during Sunday's first practice, but he also appears to be coping well.

"He wasn't able to do a whole lot in Wednesday's practice – which was on Sunday – but he looked better yesterday and hopefully he'll have a good day today," Garrett said.

The Cowboys' offense participated in full once again on Tuesday, as both Tony Romo and Tyron Smith were both practicing again after sitting out on Sunday. 

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