News, notes from Valley Ranch

October, 14, 2009
10/14/09
3:03
PM ET

News and notes from Wade Phillips news conference and other things at Valley Ranch on Wednesday.

  • Running back Felix Jones (knee) did some running in practice on Wednesday and hopes to play next week against Atlanta.
  • Here's what Phillips said regarding wide receiver Miles Austin starting over either Patrick Crayton or Roy Williams (ribs): "Roy isn't well yet. We're still where we are last week, that's where we are."

  • It appears if Williams can play next week, Crayton would sit for Austin.

  • Cowboys had a longer practice on Wednesday to work on some technique things. Phillips mentioned how the pass rushers needed to improve their balance before going after the quarterback.
  • Safety Mike Hamlin (broken wrist) practiced with a cast and caught some passes, which was an encouraging sign towards him playing next week.
  • On the numerous offsides penalties called against the Cowboys vs. the Chiefs, Phillips said it was hard to determine on film if the calls were totally accurate.
  • Tiger Woods attended Tuesday night's U2 concert at Cowboys Stadium. Woods also worked out at the Valley Ranch facility with Tony Romo.

  • "He's the top player in the world," Phillips said of Woods. "Probably the greatest player ever, and he's a football fan. He and Romo text quite a bit. I think they dog each other a little bit when they don't have their best games. I think they're good friends. It was interesting that he was interested in what we were doing. I'm interested in what he's doing because he talked about being a leader. 'I'm in an individual sport and I'm my own leader.'  ''

  • Cornerback Alan Ball was fined $5,000 by the league for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Chiefs receiver Bobby Wade in Sunday's game. Ball plans an appeal.
  • The Cowboys will practice on Thursday and then have the rest of the week off.
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