- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware is missing his seventh straight practice with a quadriceps strain and was joined by wide receiver Miles Austin, who has been slowed by a hamstring injury.
Austin had been able to go through limited practices the last two weeks, but he did not play against the Detroit Lions as the Cowboys look for him to get closer to 100 percent. He played against the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles after a two-game absence but did not record a catch.
Ware has continued to say his leg has improved, but he needs to be stronger before he returns to game action.
Three other starters were missing from practice, as well.
Cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring), safety J.J. Wilcox (knee) and right guard Brian Waters (triceps, knee, ribs) were not at practice. Waters is likely done for the season because of the triceps injury but is holding out hope for a return. According to a source, Claiborne could miss the next two games with a hamstring injury. Wilcox did not play against the Lions after getting hurt in practice last week.
Running back DeMarco Murray (knee) was in shoulder pads and took the first-team work during the portion of practice open to the media. He has been cleared medically to return, but coaches want to see him look more comfortable in practice before he returns.
Safety Danny McCray (hip, toe) and linebacker DeVonte Holloman were also missing practice. Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher was on the practice field but will be limited as he is not wearing pads. He continues to fight through a stinger.