As expected Dallas starters to rest tonight

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Like they did prior to the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 4 against the Miami Dolphins, most of the Dallas Cowboys’ regulars are doing pre-game conditioning because they will not play in Thursday night’s preseason finale vs. Houston.

Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten, DeMarcus Ware, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Bruce Carter, Sean Lee, Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Orlando Scandrick, Justin Durant, Will Allen, Barry Church, Tyron Smith, Jason Hatcher, Nick Hayden, George Selvie, Doug Free and Travis Frederick ran a series of sprints two hours before kickoff before heading into the locker room.

Claiborne practiced Monday and Tuesday, but coaches decided it was better for him to not play a handful of snaps after missing three weeks with a jammed knee. Claiborne will enter the Sept. 8 season opener against the New York Giants without any preseason work.

Guard Ronald Leary, who is in contention to be the starting left guard, was also among the players running. He has yet to practice since undergoing surgery on his knee on Aug. 16.

Tackle Jermey Parnell was not spotted among the group of players running, which could be a sign he will start at right tackle. He has played in only one preseason game this summer and could be the opening-night right tackle.