Ernie Sims gets some practice work in

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys strong side linebacker Ernie Sims returned to practice Monday after missing last week with a groin injury. Sims most likely will be out for Thursday's game against the Houston Texans, but the big picture for him is to be ready for the regular season opener at the New York Giants.

Sims did individual drills but expects to get worked into the team drills as practice moves on.

"I care more about the Giants," Sims said. "It's whatever the coaches decide. I'm going to do my due diligence and get condition after practice and get ready for Week 1. If they play me or not it don’t matter."

Before his injury, Sims was getting first-team snaps with Justin Durant at linebacker but his injury delayed his progress to a potential starting gig. The Cowboys value Sims' ability to play in this 4-3 scheme and special teams work.

Durant is still getting first-team snaps in practice but it's uncertain if Sims will share those duties in preparation for the Giants game.