Cowboys glad to have Terence Newman back

IRVING, Texas -- For the first time since Aug. 3, Terence Newman took part in a Cowboys practice, and after such a prolonged absence he took part in a full workout, which is a positive sign that he will be able to play Monday vs. Washington.

Newman has already tweeted he would play against the Redskins, but Thursday offered a little confirmation, even if Jason Garrett wasn’t ready to say Newman would play.

"He moved around a little bit better,” Garrett said. “I haven't seen him out there in a little while, so it was good to see him out there moving around. Again, he'll be a day-to-day guy, but it was fun seeing him play football again.”

Newman had hoped to be able to play in the first two games but the medical staff was cautious and didn’t want him to re-injure himself, which is what happened in 2008 when he required sports hernia surgery.

“Just happy to have him come back,” linebacker Bradie James said. “It’s good to see ol’ Terence back there working and at practice. He’s going to help.”

Just how much is up for debate. Orlando Scandrick will miss his second straight game because of a high ankle sprain, but Alan Ball could start for the second straight week if the coaches want to limit Newman’s snaps.

For Abram Elam, it was his first practice with Newman since he signed with the Cowboys in August.

“It was good to get him back out there, working on the communication, get him used to some of the things,” Elam said. “He’s been doing a good job in the classroom, learning and discussing things and brought stuff to our attention, too.”