The Dallas Cowboys have a modified practice schedule this week with the short turnaround for Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game against Carolina.
Tony Romo (back/ left shoulder) and Dez Bryant (foot/ knee/ ankle) were among the players listed as “did not participate” on Monday, although each are expected to play Thursday. Both went through the team’s walkthrough, but were listed as DNP because they would not have participated in practice should the Cowboys have held one.
Romo returned to game action Sunday for the first time since breaking his left collarbone in Week 2, and coach Jason Garrett said the quarterback got through the game without any issues.
Garrett also expressed little concern about the short turnaround for Romo, who struggled with it a year ago.
“He’s a lot further away from the injury – the back injury – so we do think he’s going to be more able to handle the consecutive days in the short week,” Garrett said. “It seemed like he handled [Sunday’s] game really well. I don’t see any issues after the game. I don’t see any issues today.”
Bryant, meanwhile, also came through the game OK and is getting closer to 100 percent. He continues to work his way back from surgery on his right foot, and is also dealing with minor knee/ ankle injuries.
“I think he’s getting better and better,” Garrett said of Bryant. “He’s doing a great job of working through a few different things, working through practice, getting himself ready to play in games.
“He’s a really mentally tough guy. That’s important for our football team to see him out there fighting through some different things. He’s getting better and better as he goes.”
Cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring) was not on the field during the walkthrough portion open to the media, and it’s unclear whether he will be ready by Thursday. His replacement, rookie Byron Jones, was limited with an ankle injury but said he should be good to go.
So should running back Darren McFadden, who was limited with a groin injury. McFadden said he feels good despite carrying the biggest workload in his career. He has never had a five-game stretch with more than 122 carries as he has had with the Cowboys.
“I feel great,” McFadden said. “Like I said, just taking care of my body and getting a little bit of rest the next couple of days and get ready for Thursday.”