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Spears insisted that he “wasn’t trying to pick Stephen and Jerry’s brain” _ referring to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones _ about the team’s plans for him since his contract was up again.

“As it turned out, they appreciate and value what I do,” Spears said. “And I value the type of guys they are and how they run the organization, and it worked out. … I like the fact that I have to earn some things, and I like the fact that they made a commitment to me and I’m making a commitment to them to just give them good work.”

Notes: Backup QB Jon Kitna missed practice with soreness in his lower back. Stephen McGee took second-team snaps. … Garrett said G Montrae Holland (back stiffness) is making progress and that “hopefully that he’ll be practicing next week.” … Bill Nagy, the rookie center from Wisconsin, got some work at left guard with the first-team offense. … WR Dominique Edison was released. The Cowboys still have 87 players on their roster.