In fact, in Thursday's press conference here at Valley Ranch, only three days before the Cowboys meet the Chicago Bears Sunday night at Solider Field, Phillips said, "He's doing better. I think he's close to being ready to play."
And while the team's starting left cornerback was listed on the injury report under the "limited practice" category, Phillips would not commit to suiting up Newman, still saying he will be "a game-time decision."
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Oliver Hoyte is a little nicked up.
The Cowboys are playing it safe with fullback Oliver Hoyte, who, according to Phillips, was banged up in the Miami game and have been holding him back a little in practice. Picking up the fullback slack has been rookie Deon Anderson. Hoyte, though, is not listed on the practice report. Phillips said he should be ready by Sunday.
"It's frustrating when guys kick it out of bounds and don't give me a chance," Hester said. "This is the NFL. It's the highest level of football. Kick it to me and play football. Don't be scared. When we face a great returner, we take it as an opportunity to see how good we are."