Cowboys notes: Defense loses three players to injuries

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The Dallas Cowboys’ defense has had better days.

Already missing starters Jay Ratliff (hamstring), Morris Claiborne (knee) and Anthony Spencer (knee), rookie safety J.J. Wilcox was absent Sunday to attend to a personal matter. Then, defensive lineman Sean Lissemore (groin) went out, followed by defensive back Eric Frampton (hamstring) and linebacker Ernie Sims (groin).

Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin lost count of all his injured players.

“That’s not good. That’s not good,” Kiffin repeated. “That’s not good at all. We’re short of people anyway. We had guys hurt before practice.”

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick pushed an official during practice and didn’t return, and cornerback Sterling Moore briefly left after being kicked in the knee.

“It was a rough one today,” Moore said.

Receiver Cole Beasley was the only significant injury from Friday night’s game. He has sprained ligaments in his left knee that will keep him out at least a week. That likely means Beasley, who is in a walking boot, will rejoin the team after they break camp and return home next week.

“If I miss more than one game, I’m going to be upset,” Beasley said. “I’m going to be upset just missing one.”

Offensive lineman Demetress Bell (conditioning) and Jermey Parnell (hamstring) returned to individual drills.

Receiver Terrance Williams returned to full practice Sunday after missing a week with a concussion.

“I think I picked up where I left off at and had a good day,” said Williams, who said he had never previously been diagnosed with a concussion.

Scandrick ejected

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick pushed an official during Sunday’s practice, earning an ejection.

“It was frustration,” Scandrick said. “He was in my way. It was frustration. ... I was pursuing the ball. He tried to brace me. I kind of like pushed him out of my way.”

Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said he didn’t see the play and would have to watch it on film to comment.

“It can’t happen,” Scandrick said. “Nobody needs to address it. I know what happens in this league, and what can’t happen, and I can’t touch the official.”

Scandrick was chastised by teammates Will Allen and Jason Hatcher before walking to the sideline, where he knelt by himself with a towel covering his head.

Spencer on mend

Defensive end Anthony Spencer said his left knee is fixed, but he wants to be back sooner than he will be. Spencer can lift, walk, do the elliptical and some StairMaster after having surgery July 25.

He vows to be back for the Sept. 8 season opener.

“I’m hoping I can do some stuff for the preseason, but if I can’t, I can’t,” Spencer said.

Ratliff’s rehab

Coach Jason Garrett said defensive tackle Jay Ratliff is rehabbing not only from a hamstring injury but also from off-season hernia surgery.

“It’s a little bit of a combination, getting stronger from the surgery but also the hamstring was an incident that happens we have to deal with,” Garrett said.

Ratliff, who missed 10 games last season with various injuries, including the sports hernia, has not practiced during training camp. He hurt his hamstring during the conditioning test on opening day.

“The plan is we want to see him play in the preseason,” Garrett said. “Regardless of how much you have played in this league, you want to have a little work before the regular season starts. We will take it day by day.”

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