Dez Bryant returns to practice

Updated: November 7, 2013, 5:27 PM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPN.com

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he did not believe Dez Bryant's sore back is a long-term issue, and the wide receiver was back on the practice field Thursday after missing Wednesday's session.

Bryant was running routes in the portion of practice open to the media. He was officially listed as limited when the Cowboys' practice report was released later Thursday.

Bryant has been bothered by a stiff back a few times this season, but it has not been as bad as it was in last year's season finale against the Washington Redskins, when he did not finish the game and needed a wheelchair to get to the team bus.

"It's bothering him a little bit off and on," Garrett said. "I don't know if it's the exact same thing, but we don't think it's a significant deal."

On Wednesday, Bryant said he would play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. A source also said the injury will not keep Bryant out of the game.

Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (stinger) missed practice for the second straight day, and defensive tackle Nick Hayden missed practice with a rib injury that limited him on Wednesday as well. 

DeMarcus Ware (quadriceps) was on the field for the second straight day. Garrett said Ware moved well in Wednesday's practice but was not ready to pronounce him ready to play Sunday.

"I feel pretty good and I will try to get a little work done this week," said Ware, who has missed the past three games. "I'm ready to play, and get out there and see what I can do this week. You get frustrated, but you got to find some type of positive note. For me, watching the game from the sidelines, it was a little bit different. I see how guys attack us and how they attack me in certain situations, and it will make me better coming in this week."

Safety J.J. Wilcox (knee), wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) and linebacker DeVonte Holloman (neck) also missed practice.

A hamstring injury will keep cornerback Morris Claiborne out for a second straight game, and he is not sure he will even make the trip to New Orleans. He has done some running this week but still feels tightness in his leg.

He said he will return for the Nov. 24 meeting against the New York Giants following the bye.

"I think it'll help a lot, especially the bye week coming up right after that," Claiborne said. "I think the bye week's going to help a lot just in terms of more treatment and doing more stuff to get back on the field."

ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins contributed to this report.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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