Wide receiver Dez Bryant did not appear for Thursday's practice during the portion open to the media, and owner Jerry Jones said cornerback Terence Newman will not play this week.
Bryant is recovering from a thigh contusion apparently suffered in last week's game. Jones said Bryant should be fine for the game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
With Newman, who has been out with a groin injury suffered Aug. 3, the Cowboys are being extra cautious because he suffered a similar injury three years ago. He suffered a slight tear in his groin at the start of training camp in 2008 and missed the preseason plus the regular-season opener. He had surgery to repair a hernia in October that year.
"We thought we got him back out there a little quick (then), so we’re being ultra sensitive," Jones said. "If this were the Super Bowl this weekend, he’d be playing. We would take the risk if it were at that juncture of the season. But with the full season and where we are, then we’re giving him extra time."
-- Carlos Mendez