Kevin Ogletree could get his chance

IRVING, Texas -- Interim coach Jason Garrett said wide receiver Kevin Ogletree is a better player than last season. Most of that improvement must be coming in practice, because it's not occurring in the games.

Ogletree hasn't played since Oct. 10 against Tennessee. Sam Hurd and Jesse Holley are getting the reps on special teams and on offense.

So Ogletree sits and watches for his chance to contribute.

"We put our 45 most valuable guys out there on Sundays and I'm just trying to be one of them," Ogletree said.

But Sunday at Indianapolis, Ogletree could play if the Cowboys make Marion Barber (calf) inactive, which leaves an open spot on the game-day roster of 45 players.

Ogletree might not see many snaps on offense, but he could return kicks with Bryan McCann having sprained an ankle in the early stages of Thursday's practice.

"I hope so. You never know, I'll be ready," Ogletree said. "It's tough. On Sundays. You come to the NFL and you want to compete on that day. It's not an ideal situation to be in street clothes, but you have to do what you have to for your team."

Ogletree has just seven career catches in two seasons, but toward the end of last year he impressed the coaches and front office personnel.

But he hasn't gotten on the field this year. He struggled at times during training camp, which had some wondering if he can play in this league.

Once the season started, Garrett said Ogletree improved and maintained his patience, which could pay off Sunday.