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Lots of little moving parts today for the Cowboys. So I'll try to sum it up as best I can with help from a few sources.

First, neither DeMarcus Ware nor Marion Barber are practicing today and both are listed as day-to-day. Ware will probably practice sometime this week and might wear a knee-brace. Barber isn't talking much and they don't expect him to practice this week, but my guess is he'll play this weekend. Here's what he said to the press:

One group of reporters took a run at Barber, and he offered nothing. Two more reporters chased him down again outside the training room. When told that we needed something to put on the news, Barber said: "Tell 'em, 'God bless.'"

I love that kid.

But he did offer up some real comment today.

Marion Barber said he will not wear a special shoe for the Steelers game, but could wear a plate in his shoe. There was a walking boot in front of Barber's locker. By the way, Barber said he expects to play Sunday.

The Cowboys didn't call up Alonzo Coleman from the practice squad when Kyle Kosier went on IR, instead deciding to sign LB Steve Ocatvien. Obviously if Barber can't go, then Coleman is an option for this week's game.

Adam Jones is back at practice and Wade Phillips has made it clear that he will play this week, mainly on sub-packages and as the punt returner. This is a good thing because it appears Mike Jenkins will miss another game with his hamstring injury. The Cowboys will need to clear room on the roster for Adam meaning Quincy Butler's stint this time with the Cowboys could be over.

Coach also guesses that Montrae Holland will get another start at guard, trying to build on his good performance from last week. Could we have seen the last of Cory Procter? Let's hope so.

Also, Miles Austin is still at least a week away from playing.

Hat tips to Mullin, scottmauiNick Eatman and the DMN blog for the info.