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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Dez Bryant misses practice, expects to play

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant missed Thursday's practice with a sore back.

Yet, Bryant said he will play in Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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"No doubt," Bryant said when asked if he's playing.

Bryant said he injured his back in the Week 16 victory against the Washington Redskins but played through it. During the early portions of Wednesday's practice, Bryant reaggravated his injury and the offensive coaches shut him down the rest of the day.

Team officials don't view Bryant's back issue as anything serious, but in the past two seasons he's endured problems. After the season, Bryant said he will let a specialist give him further examinations on his back.

"Yeah. I’m going to get into all of that when it’s time for me to get into all of that," he said.

Linebacker Sean Lee (neck), quarterback Tony Romo (back) and linebacker Ernie Sims (groin) didn't practice Thursday.

Cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring), wide receiver Dwayne Harris (hamstring), defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (neck), linebacker DeVonte Holloman (hip), defensive end George Selvie (back), defensive end DeMarcus Ware (back) and defensive end Jarius Wynn (chest) did practice.