DT Jay Ratliff (knee) – Limited Participation – The Pro Bowler was held out of Wednesday’s practice, causing coach Jason Garrett to admit a level of concern over his availability for Sunday’s game with the Lions, but he was suited out and went through drills in a limited capacity on Thursday, and says he will play against Detroit. Ratliff injured his knee in the second half against the Giants, but battled through on a limited basis. The only other nose tackle on the roster is rookie Josh Brent.
CB Mike Jenkins (neck) -Full Participation – The starting cornerback practiced with full participation for the second straight day on Thursday after missing more than two quarters last week with a neck strain. Jenkins left the game in the second quarter when he was caught under a pile-up of players. As long as Jenkins continues to practice, it appears he would return to his starting right cornerback post this weekend against the Lions.
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DE Jason Hatcher (groin) - Full Participation – A day after practicing lightly for the first time since the Oct. 25 groin injury, Hatcher was back in the total swing of things. He expects to play this week, but wasn’t sure if he would start. Coach Jason Garrett said the team would make that decision later in the week but is likely happy to have some veteran help at defensive end, where the team had to sign Jeremy Clark and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to play last week.
CB Terence Newman (rib/ankle) – Did Not Practice – The veteran cornerback missed Wednesday and Thursday practice after suffering an ankle injury on the second play of the game last week against New York. Newman has been slowed by a rib injury for the last three weeks as well. He’s missed practices but not games, though he has had to sit out a few series along the way.
LB Bradie James (knee) – Full Participation – Sticking to what has been routine here in the last month, James did not practice on Wednesday, but returned on Thursday. The veteran linebacker has been bothered by a sprained knee for a few weeks but hasn’t missed any time in games, including the win over the Giants.
WR Kevin Ogletree (back) – Did Not Participate – Apparently the second-year wide out injured his back during practice on Wednesday, because he was not working with the team on Thursday, coach Jason Garrett saying the team was attempting to determine the cause of Ogletree’s pain. Ogletree has been inactive the past several weeks.
DE Sean Lissemore (ankle) – Lissemore suffered a high ankle sprain on the opening kickoff Nov. 7 against the Packers. He is expected to miss at least a month in total.
QB Tony Romo (collarbone) – The starting quarterback is out at least another 2-4 weeks with a fractured left clavicle. The best rehab process is simply to let the fracture heal and that will likely take close to two months. With the Cowboys near the bottom of the standings, it’s possible the team holds Romo out even if he’s healthy for the final couple of games.