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With 14 players on injury report, Dallas Cowboys alter practice schedule

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne is dealing with hamstring and ankle injuries.
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne is dealing with hamstring and ankle injuries. Star-Telegram

The Dallas Cowboys listed 14 players on their injury report Wednesday, and that doesn’t include quarterback Tony Romo, who is coming back from a broken left collarbone.

Romo doesn’t have to appear on the injury report until he is officially on the roster.

But with a long list of injuries to varying players, ranging from shoulder (Brandon Carr, Jeff Heath) to back (DeMarcus Lawrence) to toe (Kyle Wilber), the Cowboys cut down the time spent on the practice field Wednesday.

The team went through a longer walk-through period in the morning, and tightened up their afternoon practice session. They are expected to have a similar routine on Thursday.

"We’ve got a lot of guys are banged up," coach Jason Garrett said. "We’ve got a lot of work in our walk-throughs to really deal with some of the guys who are banged up and won’t be able to practice fully."

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo says the season is not over as he returns for his first start in 8 weeks. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)

Wide receiver Dez Bryant (foot/knee) and cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring/ ankle) were two of the more notable players who didn’t go through the practice portion.

The Cowboys continue to take a cautious approach with Bryant, who missed five weeks with a broken right foot and then injured his right knee while making a touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9.

"He’s just dealing with a few different things," Garrett said. "It’s his foot. It’s his ankle. It’s his knee. Lot of different things, but Dez is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around and he comes to work every day. Certainly comes to work on Sundays.

"He’s a great competitor, so he’s going to do what he needs to do to get himself ready to play."

Claiborne exited last Sunday’s game just before halftime with a hamstring injury. Garrett added Wednesday that Claiborne is dealing with an ankle injury, and continued to say he is day by day.

Other players who didn’t participate in practice included safety Barry Church (ankle), wide receiver Brice Butler (hamstring) and defensive end Ryan Russell (abdomen).

Among the limited participants were Carr and Heath (shoulders), and Jeremy Mincey (thigh).

On the positive injury front, linebacker Sean Lee returned to practice for the first time since leaving the Week 9 game against Philadelphia with his second concussion in five weeks.

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