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Friday, October 23, 2009
News, notes from Cowboys practice


Here are some news and notes from Cowboys practice and Wade Phillips' news conference.

  • Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was yelling at his unit during the early portions of practice. That's in sharp contrast from what Bruce Read did last season, who was mostly seen and not heard.
  • Newly signed Allen Rossum will return kicks and punts Sunday vs. Atlanta, and that has put the Cowboys in an interesting situation for their 45-man game roster. Safety Mike Hamlin (broken wrist) is healthy enough to play on special teams, but coach Wade Phillips isn't sure if Hamlin will be active. The Cowboys will use five roster spots for special team players -- Rossum, Mat McBriar, Nick Folk, L.P. Ladouceur and David Buehler.
  • Running back Felix Jones will play with a knee brace Sunday. Phillips said the second-year player has "looked fast" during practices this week.
  • If wide receiver Roy Williams plays Sunday, he'll wear some padding to protect his ribs.