Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods said he made a mistake, one that he won't repeat, and is looking to move his focus onto this week's matchup with the Giants.
Head coach Jason Garrett confirmed on Thursday that both Woods and rookie Trysten Hill were late for meetings on Tuesday and then sent home for the rest of the day, unable to practice with the team.
"It was a mistake. It won't happen again," Woods said on Thursday in the locker room. "I respect Coach Garrett for his decision. Everyone needs to be held accountable."
Hill, who has been active for just four of seven games this year, was unavailable for comment during Thursday's open locker room period for the media.
Coming off the bye weekend, the Cowboys were given four straight days off from Friday through Monday, but then were scheduled to come in Tuesday morning, before getting Wednesday off as well.
Woods tweeted out on Thursday that he has rarely been late in his football career, going back to his college days at Southern Cal.
This week's schedule is unusual with the Cowboys playing a Monday night game with the Giants. Still, it's likely both Woods and Hill will be fined for being late.
Woods and Hill both play defensive tackle, a position that has been affected by injury. Tyrone Crawford is on IR after undergoing hip surgery and the Cowboys felt the need to trade for Michael Bennett, who plays defensive end but will is expected to line up inside and rush from the tackle spot.