Veteran pass rusher Ellis returns to Cowboys' practice

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys linebacker Greg Ellis was back on the field Wednesday following several skipped practices after his playing time had been reduced during other sessions.

Ellis didn't take part in voluntary workouts last week and was also absent Tuesday.

"Greg was out here practicing, and that's the most important thing -- him being with his teammates," coach Wade Phillips said. "Greg came to me, which I appreciated, and we worked it out."

Phillips didn't elaborate on the conversation he had Monday with Ellis, the 10-year veteran who last season was a Pro Bowler for the first time. Ellis was also the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year, with a career-best 12½ sacks despite missing the first three games recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon.

"As much as a number of reps he's getting or not getting, I don't think that's as important as being with your teammates and working with them on a voluntary basis," Phillips said.

Ellis, who didn't talk to reporters Wednesday, had gotten fewer plays during earlier offseason practices while backup linebacker Anthony Spencer, the team's first-round draft pick last year, got more.

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