Dez Bryant limited in practice

Updated: September 23, 2010, 10:00 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins and Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys first-round pick Dez Bryant was limited in practice Wednesday because of sore ribs, an injury that occurred in the opener against the Washington Redskins.

Bryant complained of soreness following the special teams portion of practice, and Cowboys officials kept him out the rest of the day.

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips, who called Bryant's injury "slight," believes the wide receiver will play in Sunday's road game against the Houston Texans.

Tight end Jason Witten (concussion) and cornerback Mike Jenkins (bruised knee) were on the injury report as having limited participation.

Phillips said Witten participated in contact drills three days after he wasn't allowed to play the final 8:05 in the 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears as a precaution because of a slight concussion.

There is no doubt about Witten's availability for Sunday's game in Houston.

Jenkins, who bruised his right knee against the Bears, did not participate in contact drills. He is expected to start Sunday.

Nose tackle Jay Ratliff also was absent Wednesday because he was to attend the Thursday funeral of his grandparents, who died in a house fire last week.

Phillips said Ratliff will play in Sunday's game.

Linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) and tackle Sam Young (sprained knee) returned to practice Wednesday.

Calvin Watkins and Tim MacMahon cover the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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