OXNARD, Calif. -- For the second consecutive day, the Cowboys practiced without helmets and shoulder pads. The morning practice was a walkthrough deal and here are the highlights.
*Gerald Sensabaugh (shoulder), Keith Brooking (shoulder), Stephen Hodge (knee), Marcus Spears (knee), Kyle Kosier (knee), Marc Colombo (knee), John Phillips (knee) and Dez Bryant (ankle) missed practice.
*Alex Barron got first-team reps at right tackle over Robert Brewster. Coach Wade Phillips said on Monday that Barron would start Saturday's game at Houston. While most of the players didn't have their ankles taped, Barron had both ankles taped. He's coming off a sprained ankle. Brewster, meanwhile, received reps at left tackle on the second team.
*The slow pace of the practice bothered offensive coordinator Jason Garrett a little because he made the offense run the same play twice after it repeated the same mistake.
*Junior Siavii is still getting most of the second-team reps at nose tackle but the team likes Josh Brent, who has done an excellent job in camp and in the three preseason games.
*Tashard Choice looked a little sluggish on Tuesday morning. He stood away from the group with hands on his knees watching practice. He didn't miss any snaps with the second or third teams.
*In a surprise, Miles Austin, a Yankees fan from Jersey, wore a Texas Rangers baseball cap after practice. Stunning.