Cowboys practice report: Day 12

SAN ANTONIO -- TheCowboys worked on their pass rush, lost Anthony Spencer and welcomed the return of two draft picks for Wednesday's practice. The Cowboys will have their last two-a-day practices in San Antonio on Thursday.


*Sean Lee returned to practice after missing 13 practices over eight days with a strained quad and recorded a sack and made several nice plays in the run game. Coach Wade Phillips said Lee made very few assignment mistakes. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah made his Cowboys debut. He missed the OTAs and rookie and veteran minicamps as he recovered from a separated shoulder. His recovery was slowed by a hamstring pull. Phillips said Owusu-Ansah didn't make any assignment mistakes and looked good on kick returns.

*Montrae Holland (hamstring), Dez Bryant (ankle), Pat Watkins (knee), Stephen Hodge (knee) and Sean Lissemore (groin) missed practice.

*David Buehler went 5-for-6 on field goal attempts. He made kicks of 26, 35, 38, 40 and 48 but missed a 56-yarder that hit the left upright. Buehler is 27-of-32 on field goal tries this summer.

*Kevin Ogletree is struggling in this training camp. He dropped a Tony Romo pass on a third-and-5. Later on while running a slant, Ogletree didn't fight for the ball as Bryan McCann was able to come in and knock it away. Ogletree has good speed and runs nice routes, but he doesn't play with a sense of urgency. That has to concern the Cowboys.

*While Ogletree was being blah, Patrick Crayton was having a nice practice. He runs slants, out routes and skinny posts well. Crayton always somehow finds holes in the defense and allows himself to become an easy target for a quarterback. Crayton is such a smart player as well. After catching an out route near the sidelines, he ran up field and pointed downfield for Jesse Holley to make a block for him. Instead, Holley turned around and ran into Crayton.

*Pass rushers were all over the offense. Victor Butler and DeMarcus Ware rushed from the same side, forcing Jon Kitna to hurry his throw. Butler did a nice job on an inside move past Scott Sicko to get a sack on Stephen McGee. Marcus Dixon came flying in on a Kinta pass that was incomplete. On the follow-through, Kitna hurt his left (nonthrowing) hand. He didn't appear as if he missed any snaps with his group and finished the practice without incident.

*Miles Austin is excellent at slant routes. He's a pretty big target, 6-2, and strong enough that when he gets jammed at the line of scrimmage he can break free. He's also hard to tackle when on the move. Several times on Wednesday, Austin beat his man on slants. Roy Williams also ran a few slant routes and had some success.

*Martellus Bennett made a nice catch with Barry Church all over him on a Romo pass. Bennett made a tough catch by shielding his body away from Church, who was coming in hard for the ball.