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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is missing his second straight day of practice with back tightness. He is doing resistance training off to the side. He did not play last week vs. Chicago but the team has hope he can play Sunday at San Francisco.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

OL Alvin Bailey was granted a continuance in his OVI case. Bailey's court date for the OVI and other misdemeanor drug charges was moved to Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said calling Golden Tate a No. 2 WR is "not accurate." Said he doesn't define his receivers.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end Robert Ayers is still not practicing. As I noted yesterday, he does have the cast off his ankle, which is encouraging.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Spoke with a couple Lions players with NY/NJ ties today. They said they didn't believe they had any family or friends affected by the Hoboken train crash, but they were still checking on all of their people.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals activated Vontaze Burfict to the 53-man roster. LB Trevor Roach was waived to free up a roster spot.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) and Vernon Butler (high ankle sprain) as expected for Panthers. Both out this week. Here is Cam Newton getting his daily stretch.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears head coach John Fox is back at practice on Thursday. Fox stayed home on Wednesday because of a bad stomach bug. He will probably be listed as questionable on tomorrow's final injury report.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Nat Berhe complained of headaches and was placed in concussion protocol. Giants really short on safeties. Only Landon Collins and Andrew Adams healthy.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

On a cool, autumn New England day, Bill Belichick arrives to the team's walkthrough practice in his own unique style.


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Teryl Austin wants no part of answering how he feels about pass interference calls. Said if he said how he felt, he might get fined. Lions had a 66-yard PI call last week.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) and Eli Apple (hamstring) did work on side with trainers. Nat Berhe (n/a), Marshall Newhouse (calf) and Darian Thompson were not at practice. Giants really short on safeties. RB Rashad Jennings tried working with what appeared to be a wrap instead of a cast.

Carlos Nava Columnist, ESPN Deportes 

El entrenador de los Cowboys Jason Garrett reconoció que Dez Bryant faltona juntas, tratamiento y la resonancia magnética desde el lunes hasta la tarde de ayer porque dijo que el receptor tenía una lesión peor de su rodilla. Dijo que las acciones de Bryant serán castigadas aunque no detalló. Bryant aún no está descartado para enfrentar a los 49ers a pesar de su fractura.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Teryl Austin: "We have to make sure the awful football is out of us." Said the Lions have had issues with big plays.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Teryl Austin said his defense needs to play better but doesn't necessarily think they have to play faster. Said it starts with him making sure the play calls are good.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed Dez Bryant missed treatments and team meetings on Monday-Wednesday because the receiver feared the knee injury was worse than suspected and did not want to face the decision. "It was the wrong thing to do,"Garrett said. Bryant has a tibial plateau fracture in his right leg. Garrett said Bryant would not practice today but Bryant is moving around better and not ruled out of playing Sunday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Bob Cooter said Dwayne Washington is building confidence with the coaching staff and the other offensive players. Said they talk about ball security a lot. Hasn't been an issue for Washington.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Bob Cooter said he anticipates Golden Tate will get more touches as the year goes on. They are trying to spread it around.