Ware among seven missing practice

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys were missing four starters and three contributors from Wednesday’s practice, but linebacker Bruce Carter returned to the practice field.

DeMarcus Ware, George Selvie (back), Sean Lee (neck) and Morris Claiborne (hamstring) were among the missing, as were Terrance Williams (hamstring), Dwayne Harris (hamstring) and Ernie Sims (hip).

Ware was a late arrival to the practice field and did not have his helmet. Selvie tweaked his back and Williams strained his hamstring late in Dallas' loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Claiborne has ruled himself out for this week against the Washington Redskins and Lee is all but out.

The return of Carter would help a depleted linebacker group, even though Carter has not played up to standards this season. Rookie DeVonte Holloman could start his first game at middle linebacker if Lee and Sims cannot play.

Newcomers Michael Spurlock, a receiver, and defensive tackle Frank Kearse were at practice.

This will be the final padded practice of the regular season.