Wilfork, Green-Ellis absent at practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork were not present for the media access portion of Thursday's practice, after both having practiced on Wednesday.

Green-Ellis was limited in Wednesday's session with a toe injury, while Wilfork was not on Wednesday's injury report.

While their absences put into question both players' availability for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, their participation in Friday's practice will shed more light on their status.

With no defensive tackle on the practice squad, the Patriots were down to three defensive tackles in Thursday's practice: Kyle Love, Gerard Warren, and Albert Haynesworth.

Also not present for Thursday's session, which was held in full pads and in drizzly conditions, were linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee) and safety Josh Barrett (hamstring). It was Barrett's second straight missed practice after being inactive for Sunday's win over the Jets.