In honor of the Cowboys opening training camp today, we have some news for you.
So, what will Dallas’ players be in store for today, beginning with their first practice this afternoon? Lots of running probably. As the Dallas Morning News points out this morning, the first day of camp is devoted to conditioning and determining what kind of shape the players are in as they report.
"I expect them to come in in good shape,'' coach Wade Phillips said. "When they left the off-season program, they were all at least pointing toward coming in at a good weight.”
According to the Morning News, quarterback Tony Romo weighed in at 226 pounds, five pounds under his assigned weight.
-Two players who won’t be involved in workouts today are linebacker Stephen Hodge and rookie safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – who have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, meaning they won’t be available to play for the first six games of the season.
From the team’s official web site :
Hodge is still recovering from last year's season-ending microfracture knee surgery, and Owusu-Ansah missed every offseason practice following his March shoulder surgery. Head coach Wade Phillips said Owusu-Ansah appears close to returning, but Hodge's timetable for medical clearance is a bit more uncertain.
-With the official beginning of training camp, Dallas executive vice president Stephen Jones sat down for a preseason news conference. He had good news to report. Now that the Cowboys have signed second-round pick, LB Sean Lee, they’ve secured contracts with all of their draft picks. That means no hold-outs for Dallas.
How in the heck did that happen?
“We knew initially we were going to have to be the first ones out of the bag in terms of getting these guys signed and so we came up with a strategy to work with the agents on what those increases will be from last year," Jones said. "Rather than typically what we would do is just go slide it, the guy in front of you the guy in back of you, sometimes a couple of slots, but it’s much easier to get it done that way. We had commitments from the agents and I think it speaks to the players as well. Both Dez (Bryant) and Sean Lee are obviously more difficult players to get done because you’re dealing with a larger magnitude of money and that first and second round is usually a little more complicated in terms of the deal. But both Dez and Sean are the type of guys who don’t want to miss anything and who really want to help contribute this year and didn’t want to miss anything.”
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