The Cowboys got Miles Austin back in practice on Wednesday as they start getting ready for Sunday night's game against the New York Giants with the NFC East lead on the line.
But two other starters sat out the start of practice, and right tackle Tyron Smith came out with a wrap on his right hand. Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and wide receiver Laurent Robinson stayed in. Both were hurt in the game against Arizona. Ware suffered a neck stinger in the fourth quarter, and Robinson had a hurt shoulder. Both returned to the game.
Also missing the start of practice were tight end Martellus Bennett, who left the Arizona game because of a rib injury, special teams ace Danny McCray, backup quarterback Jon Kitna and running back Phillip Tanner.
For Austin, it's his first practice since he hurt his hamstring against Seattle on Nov. 6. He has missed four games since then. He also missed two games earlier in the year with a hamstring injury in the other leg.
Smith, the Cowboys' No. 1 pick, has played in every game. He hyperextended his right knee in practice before the season opener.
Kyle Koser (foot) is doing what he usually does on Wednesdays. He participated in the offensive line's walk-through before going inside to workout.
-- Carlos Mendez