Six Rams return to practice

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- With the benefit of a day off Wednesday and a "sleep-in Thursday," the St. Louis Rams got six of the nine players who did not practice a day ago back in time to participate in Thursday's workout.

Defensive ends Chris Long (hip), Eugene Sims (foot) and William Hayes (hip), cornerback Cortland Finnegan (nose), guard Chris Williams (foot) and running back Daryl Richardson (foot) all were upgraded to full participation in Thursday's practice. Long's upgrade is perhaps the most significant after he was shut down near the end of last week and played through his injury against Atlanta. Of the rest of the group, only Richardson appeared on the injury report last week.

Safety Darian Stewart (thigh) also got positive news, moving from limited participation to full. That's good news for a team that's a little light in the secondary after releasing defensive back Quinton Pointer and signing offensive tackle Max Starks on Thursday. Pointer had been listed on the injury report Wednesday with a thigh injury.

All of the returning bodies left just right tackle Rodger Saffold (knee) and tight end Mike McNeill (chest) as non-participants.

Meanwhile, this week's opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, had a pair of meaningful changes from a day ago as receiver Dez Bryant (back) and defensive end Anthony Spencer (knee) moved from non-participants to limited ones.

Here's the full rundown for the Cowboys:

DNP: LB Ernie Sims (groin)

Limited: Bryant, Spencer, CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), DE DeMarcus Ware (neck)

Full: QB Tony Romo (ribs)