Cowboys expect three back to practice Wednesday

IRVING, Texas -- When the Dallas Cowboys return to practice Wednesday, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (rib), safety Jeff Heath (thumb) and cornerback Tyler Patmon (knee) are expected to participate.

The hope is all three will be available to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Lawrence was inactive in last week’s win against the Chicago Bears after aggravating the rib injury in practice. He went through a long pre-game warmup and appeared fine, but the coaches decided to sit him. Heath has missed the last two games after undergoing thumb surgery. He had a pin removed last week and will need a cast for extra protection. Patmon has missed the last three games after spraining his medial collateral ligament against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London Nov. 9.

“We’ll see how those guys do, and maybe we’ll have a chance to have those guys play this week,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.

Garrett was unsure if linebacker Dekoda Watson would be able to practice. He has missed the last two games with a hamstring strain.

The players will report to work Tuesday and have a brief walk-through in the afternoon. They will have their final padded practice of the regular season Wednesday as the preparation for the Eagles picks up.