Cowboys practice report: Day 10

OXNARD, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys' afternoon practice Thursday was much better than the sloppy morning walk-through. The team worked on situational plays from inside the 5, two-minute drills and driving the ball from the defense's 25.

• Quarterback Tony Romo's best pass of the day was a beautiful throw over the defense and into the hands of tight end Jason Witten in the two-minute period. Witten appeared to have landed in the end zone but was ruled down at the 2. Romo completed 12 of 16 passes in the 11-on-11 drills Thursday. He was able to beat the rushes of Jason Hatcher and Barry Church to get throws off to Miles Austin for a completion and for a near one-handed catch from Dez Bryant.

• Defensive end George Selvie is impressing the Cowboys' coaches and scouts. He signed late last week, and already he's getting some first- and second-team snaps because of injuries to the line. The defense had five sacks in team drills, and Selvie picked up two of them. His last sack, on quarterback Kyle Orton, ended the two-minute drill.

• Bryant returned to practice and made his presence known very quickly. During one-on-ones, Bryant made a nice leaping catch in the corner of the end zone despite tight coverage by Brandon Carr. Bryant, who missed the previous four practices with a sore quad/hip, ran hard, attacked the ball when it was thrown to him and fought off tight coverage at the line of scrimmage. On a nice DeMarco Murray run, Bryant had a strong block on Orlando Scandrick to clear things out downfield.

• In the seven-on-seven period, Orton was picked off on consecutive pass plays. Cornerback Brandon Underwood snagged the first one, and safety J.J. Wilcox made a leaping catch of another underthrown pass in the end zone. Orton, however, made a couple of nice throws in the team periods, during which receiver Dwayne Harris, who has had a strong camp, made a sliding catch.

• After rookie running back Joseph Randle made a catch in seven-on-seven, running backs coach Gary Brown yelled, "High and tight." Brown wants Randle to hold the football high and close to the body to prevent defenders from trying to poke the ball out and creating a fumble.

• Witten was feisty Thursday. He told a teammate in the huddle to be quiet, he used a profanity to do it and he shouted another profanity at linebacker Justin Durant. The remark at Durant was said in jest, and the other one was meant to be helpful.

• During team drills, Austin drew a defensive holding call in the end zone. On the next play, with the ball spotted at the 2, Austin caught a touchdown pass, upsetting Scandrick.

• During punt coverage drills, Eric Frampton beat the blocks of Anthony Amos and Xavier Brewer as the gunner. Harris beat Brewer as the gunner on another punt, and Scandrick also beat the blocks running downfield. New special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia plans to use more starters on these units for the coming season. Wilcox is the projected punt protector, the only rookie on the first-team punt unit.

• Hatcher was all over the place with a sack and a tackle for loss.

• Kicker Dan Bailey missed two field goals.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul attended practice with his son.