Cowboys practice report: Day 9

OXNARD, Calif. -- For the second consecutive day, the Cowboys practiced without helmets and shoulder pads. The morning practice was a walkthrough deal and here are the highlights.

*Gerald Sensabaugh (shoulder), Keith Brooking (shoulder), Stephen Hodge (knee), Marcus Spears (knee), Kyle Kosier (knee), Marc Colombo (knee), John Phillips (knee) and Dez Bryant (ankle) missed practice.

*Alex Barron got first-team reps at right tackle over Robert Brewster. Coach Wade Phillips said on Monday that Barron would start Saturday's game at Houston. While most of the players didn't have their ankles taped, Barron had both ankles taped. He's coming off a sprained ankle. Brewster, meanwhile, received reps at left tackle on the second team.

*Tight end Martin Rucker, who was signed last week, saw some reps with the second team. On a goalline play, H back Jason Pociask was with the first-team in a two-tight end set.

*With Keith Brooking out, Sean Lee lined up with Bradie James as a first-team inside linebacker. Lee practiced with his left hand wrapped. It didn't seem to give him any problems.

*The slow pace of the practice bothered offensive coordinator Jason Garrett a little because he made the offense run the same play twice after it repeated the same mistake.

*Pat Watkins and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah were getting third-team reps at safety. Mike Hamlin, in for Sensabaugh, got first-team reps with Alan Ball.

*Junior Siavii is still getting most of the second-team reps at nose tackle but the team likes Josh Brent, who has done an excellent job in camp and in the three preseason games.

*Cletis Gordon is still ahead of the game, along with Orlando Scandrick, he's on the second-team at cornerback.

*Tashard Choice looked a little sluggish on Tuesday morning. He stood away from the group with hands on his knees watching practice. He didn't miss any snaps with the second or third teams.

*In a surprise, Miles Austin, a Yankees fan from Jersey, wore a Texas Rangers baseball cap after practice. Stunning.