Cowboys' DeMarco Murray on practice field

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray assumed his normal practice duties on Wednesday after playing last week against the Indianapolis Colts six days after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left hand.

During the portion of practice open to the media, Murray took the two first-team snaps in warmups that went to Joseph Randle last week. He continues to wear a hard plastic shell on the top of his hand for added protection.

Quarterback Tony Romo is operating on his normal practice week, sitting out Wednesday’s session to lift weights and strengthen his core. Right tackle Doug Free is also missing practice because of an ankle injury. Right guard Zack Martin is practicing after he sat out all of last week’s work because of an ankle injury.

Linebacker Rolando McClain is in Alabama, tending to affairs related to his Tuscaloosa house that burned down on Monday. Coach Jason Garrett said McClain could return later today.

Defensive tackle Josh Brent returned to practice after missing the last two games because of a calf strain. Linebacker Dekoda Watson is missing practice for a fifth straight week with a hamstring strain.