News and notes from Wade Phillips

December, 3, 2009
12/03/09
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IRVING -- Free safety Ken Hamlin (right high-ankle sprain) didn't practice for the second consecutive day and coach Wade Phillips said, "it doesn't look good for him" in terms of playing on Sunday at the Giants.

Other notable Cowboys on the injury report: Tony Romo (back), Gerald Sensabaugh (thumb), DeMarcus Ware (foot), Jason Witten (foot), Victor Butler (knee) all participated in practice. Marion Barber (hand) is not listed on the injury report.

The Giants linebacker Michael Boley (back) was a full participant on the injury report as was quarterback Eli Manning (foot). Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle and foot) did not practice.
*Dallas practiced in a steady wind on Thursday with temps in the 40s. Kicker Nick Folk, who has struggled from between 40-49 yards this season, he's 4-8 on the year, made a 47-yarder with the wind at his back to end the open media session.

Folk will be tested this week at Giants Stadium because of the swirly winds. Folk will kick some against the wind at practice to get a feel for the wind.

"We kick in all conditions here anyway," Phillips said of Valley Ranch. "We we're kicking outdoors today and the weather was colder so we got an idea there. But once you get in the stadium before the game, it will determine how you kick it also."

*Right tackle Doug Free makes his third start of the season on Sunday and he will face the Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. It's Free's biggest test since he replaced the injured Marc Colombo (out until January with leg injuries). Phillips said Free is a work in progress but he's getting better and by using players such as DeMarcus Ware against him in practice it's helped in his development.

"It just takes a little while to get comfortable in ballgames and against different teams and different players and get used to it," Phillips said. "That's part of the process."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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