Dez Bryant, two starters miss practice

IRVING, Texas – Receiver Dez Bryant did not practice Thursday, but the Cowboys are optimistic that he can be fully recovered from an ankle injury by Monday night’s game.

“He really couldn’t practice today,” Wade Phillips said. “He couldn’t go full go. We could’ve practiced some, but we’re trying to get him well. … We’re getting him to the game, but we’d like to get him well before the game. I think we have a better chance of that happening this week.”

Bryant has been dealing with a sore right ankle since he suffered a high ankle sprain during the first week of training camp, causing him to miss the entire preseason. He’s re-injured the ankle a couple of times during the regular season but has not missed any games.

Right tackle Marc Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier also did not practice. Colombo, who has a history of knee problems, was given the day off to rest. Kosier is expected to miss two or three games with an injured Achilles, although Phillips won’t rule him out for Monday’s game against the Giants.

Linebacker Bradie James (sprained PCL) and center Andre Gurode (degenerative joint disease in knee) were limited in practice. They both started despite their conditions against the Vikings, and Gurode took all the first-team reps at center Thursday.

New York defensive ends Osi Umenyiora (knee) and Mathias Kiwanuka (neck) did not practice. Umenyiora has been dealing with a sore knee for weeks but ranks second in the league with eight sacks. Kiwanuka, who has four sacks, is out indefinitely with a herniated disk.