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Dez, Ratliff, Bowen Return To Practice

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Dez, Ratliff, Bowen Return To Practice

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SAN ANTONIO - AUGUST 06: Helmets of the Dallas Cowboys during training camp at the Alamodome on August 6, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Three Cowboys who missed Tuesday's organized team activities for various reasons returned today, and were on the field when the session began at 11 this morning.

Nose tackle Jay Ratliff, who underwent elbow surgery earlier this year, will see his first action in OTAs today after missing the entire first series, last month. Ratliff has spent most of this offseason working out in Atlanta.

Defensive end Stephen Bowen returned today as well,  after missing Tuesday's practice to attend the funeral of his college coach, Hofstra's Joe Gardi. Gardi, who coached the Pride for 16 seasons, died last Thursday at age 71, the result of a stroke.

Finally, as expected, wide receiver Dez Bryant was back on Wednesday after missing most of Tuesday's session with tightness in his left hamstring. Head coach Wade Phillips said then that he wasn't worried about the injury.

"It's not a pull or anything," Phillips said, per ESPNDallas.com. "But just like the rest of our players, anybody that has any kind of strain or anything we keep him out. We expect him back [Wednesday]."

The Cowboys have remained generally healthy through the offseason thus far, the obvious exception being Orlando Scandrick. Scandrick suffered a broken finger two weeks ago that will keep him out for four to eight weeks.

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