FRISCO — The Cowboys returned to practice Thursday for the first time since their regular-season finale last Sunday at Philadelphia.
The Cowboys have been touting their health as they have a bye for the opening week of the playoffs and then open the postseason Jan. 15 against Green Bay, Detroit or the New York Giants.
Quarterback Tony Romo missed Thursday’s practice to illness. Coach Jason Garrett said Romo was dealing with flu-like symptoms. Left tackle Tyron Smith (knee) and defensive tackle Terrell McClain (ankle) worked on the resistance cords off to the side. Left guard La’el Collins (toe) stretched off to the side in his first sighting at practice since being put on injured reserve after Week 3. Linebacker Justin Durant (elbow) watched from the sideline.
Cornerback Mo Claiborne (groin) made his return to practice, as expected, after missing the last nine games to a groin injury. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (back) also returned after missing the last three games to a back injury. Defensive linemen Cedric Thornton (ankle) and Tyrone Crawford (shoulder/hamstring) also returned.