DeMarco Murray is getting close

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is getting closer to returning from a sprained left foot. For the first time since suffering the injury at Baltimore on Oct. 14, Murray was preparing to do some rehab work during the open media portion of practice Wednesday.

It's doubtful Murray will practice this week or play Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia, but his presence on the Valley Ranch practice fields was a positive sign.

Defensive end Sean Lissemore (ankle) was also on the practice field preparing for rehab work. Like Murray, Lissemore has missed the last three games and isn't expected to play on Sunday.

Nose tackle Jay Ratliff missed practice with a sprained ankle. He was limited during Sunday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons after suffering the injury late in the first half. Ratliff didn't start the second half but did return to the game.

Safety Matt Johnson (hamstring) and center Phil Costa (ankle) missed practice.

There was some good news on the injury front as inside linebacker Dan Connor (neck) was practicing. Wide receivers Dez Bryant (hip) and Kevin Ogletree (finger) were at practice, but it wasn't known how much work they would get in because they're nursing injuries.