Jason Witten has returned to work. Sort of. The Cowboys' Pro Bowl tight end was on the field Monday, working on resistance cords as part of his rehab.
Witten has been out since lacerating his spleen in the exhibition opener against the Raiders on a hit by Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain. He goes back to the doctor Tuesday, and the Cowboys continue to hold out hope that he could play against the Giants.
Center Phil Costa was back on the practice field Monday. Costa strained his lower back Aug. 10. Although starters do not usually play in the exhibition finale, Costa could get some snaps since he has not played in the preseason. He said in the locker room that he felt fine.
Receiver Dez Bryant worked on resistance cords on the side during Monday's practice. Knee tendinitis has kept him sidelined since last week. Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware also did not practice Monday.
Rookie defensive end Tyrone Crawford was sick and did not practice.
-- Charean Williams