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Cowboys ease into Steelers week

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Wade Phillips told his players to take three days off after the Thanksgiving Day win over the Seahawks. He brought them back Monday for a light workout and they took their usual day off Tuesday.

So with that in mind, wouldn't you expect for the Cowboys to hold a spirited practice Wednesday? Well, that's not exactly what took place at Valley Ranch. Phillips sent veterans Marc Colombo, Flozell Adams, Terrell Owens, Greg Ellis and Zach Thomas home for the day.

They weren't even required to observe the glorified walk-through that took place Wednesday. Never mind that Adams, master of the false start, hasn't seen the Steelers in years. And there's also the fact that he's lining up next to newcomer Montrae Holland. The players who remained at Valley Ranch worked out inside the Cowboys' indoor facility because it got a little windy as temperatures dipped into the high 50s.

Oh, and cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones wore Homer Simpson pajama bottoms during the "practice." A few yards away, a DJ played music while about 40 sponsors made themselves at home.

Meanwhile, the Steelers went outside and practiced in the mud, which is the best way to prepare for a game at Heinz Field this time of year. Yes, I know the field has a new surface, but we'll see how it holds up Sunday. The forecasts in Pittsburgh call for 25 degrees and snow at some point during the game.

Who knows? If the Cowboys somehow pull off the upset, maybe Phillips will look like a genius for allowing his players to practice in PJs. But if you ask me right now, I think Phillips looks like something else.

If you're looking for a silver lining, at least the Cowboys don't seem to have any off-the-field issues -- as of one hour ago.