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Part of the problem for Marion Barber (23 yards, 12 carries) and Felix Jones (21 yards, nine carries) is running behind a line missing two starters with injuries. Phillips also brought up play-calling again.

“We’ve got a lot of plays we haven’t used,” he said. “I mean, our base plays, our strongest plays from last year, we probably haven’t run as much.”

Rookie receiver Dez Bryant, linebacker Keith Brooking, defensive end Marcus Spears and safety Gerald Sensabaugh have been cleared to practice but may not play Thursday. They’re expected to be ready for the opener Sept. 12 at Washington.

Right tackle Marc Colombo is expected to practice next week and could play against the Redskins.

The prognosis isn’t clear for left tackle Kyle Kosier. He’s about two weeks into a recovery from a sprained knee ligament that’s supposed to take 4 to 6 weeks.

“He’s going to start some of his rehab this week and we’ll see where he is,” Phillips said.

The Cowboys released receiver Terrell Hudgins and tight end Scott Sicko, both rookie free agents. They’re also going to cut safety Pat Watkins; tight end Martellus Bennett already tweeted it.

Bryant, meanwhile, tweeted that he’ll be playing Thursday, even though Phillips said no decision has been made.

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“I’ve got to follow more people,” he said.