Cowboys have plan for DeMarcus Ware

IRVING, Texas -- Defensive end DeMarcus Ware returned to practice Thursday with the Dallas Cowboys not in pads.

The Cowboys decided to keep Ware out of team drills in Wednesday’s padded practice so he could avoid contact because of a recurring problem with stingers. He went through individual drills in his helmet before doing work on the side.

After Sunday’s game Ware said he returned to the padding he wore last year when he did not suffer a stinger and hopes that will cure the issue he has had the first three games of the season.

“We just want to make sure we don’t go backwards on that,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s been able to play really effectively in the games. That’s just the way we’re handling it now. Hopefully it gets better and we won’t have to do that throughout the year.”

Wide receivers Miles Austin (hamstring) and Dwayne Harris (hip) were sitting out practice for the second straight day. Harris was able to do some running on the side, but Austin did not.