Dallas Cowboys

Romo back at work

IRVING Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was back at practice Friday after taking Thursday off, continuing his normal trend of taking one day off every week.

Safety Jakar Hamilton returned to practice after attending the funeral of a cousin, who was shot and killed in South Carolina.

Linebacker Bruce Carter practiced full for the first time and will play in Monday's game against Washington after missing three games with a strained quad.

Tackle Doug Free (foot) and defensive end end Jack Crawford did not practice and will not play against the Redskins.

Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is still a week away from play in a game, but he continued to make strides in practice after opening the season on injured reserve with a fracture foot.

Lawrence said he still has a ways to go to get in football shape, but he is in the best shape of his life.

He used the time away to transform his body. He has added muscle and strength to his lower body as he has taken a more serious approach to weight lifting for the first time in his career.

Lawrence admitted that he did not always do that in college at Boise State.

Defensive end Amobi Okoye practiced for the second consecutive day as he continues his comeback from a potentially deadly brain disease, anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, that left him in a coma last year.

Okoye has had no setbacks, but the Cowboys are keeping a close watch on him.

“We’ve certainly got our arms around where he came from and we’ve been very judicious in bringing him back,” Garrett said. “He’s worked very hard to get back. He was a good player when he was playing before and we want to get him back to that level.”