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December 19, 2012

Claiborne, Peprah return to practice field for Cowboys; Sims, Murray sit out

Cornerback Morris Claiborne and safety Charlie Peprah were on the field for practice Wednesday, helmets in hand, as the Cowboys began their work week to get ready for the game against the New Orleans Saints.

The defensive backs will be important for the Cowboys against the Saints’ passing attack, so their availability for practice had to be considered encouraging.

Claiborne is trying to come back from a concussion suffered two weeks ago at Cincinnati, and Peprah has been out the past three games with a foot injury. He also had a concussion in that time. Both headed for the individual drill stations, not the side for rehab work, as the open period of practice ended.

Linebacker Ernie Sims, who came out of last week’s game with a concussion, watched the special teams work, but he did not have a helmet.

Running back DeMarco Murray appeared set to sit out the Wednesday practice, as has been the standard for him since he came back from a sprained foot that kept him out six weeks.

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware (elbow), receiver Dez Bryant (finger), linebacker Victor Butler (unspecified), Sims and Murray worked on the side.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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