Nose tackle Jay Ratliff also was absent Wednesday because he went to be with family following the death of his grandparents last week. The *Dallas Morning News* reported that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave Ratliff the use of his private jet to fly to the funeral and grieve with his family Tuesday. Ratliff is expected to return Friday and should play against the Texans.
Rookie offensive tackle Sam Young practiced for the first time in the regular season. He has been recovering from a knee injury.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.