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Welcome to Dallas Cowboys training camp! ESPN.com Cowboys reporters Todd Archer and Tim MacMahon have live updates and the latest news from Oxnard, California.

Cowboys' roster must be trimmed Monday

August, 26, 2012
The Cowboys have to get their roster down from 87 to 75 on Monday.

One step could be to reach an injury settlement with wide receiver Donovan Kemp, who tore the ACL in his left knee during practices in San Diego.

The team is hoping it can get Kemp through waivers and bring him back to place him on injured reserve. Linebacker Caleb McSurdy (Achilles) is also out for the season, but it's unknown if the Cowboys will waive him because he was a seventh-round draft pick and there's some concern another team might claim him.

Guard Kevin Kowalski (ankle) hasn't practiced this summer, and it appears the team will place him on injured reserve.

There are four injured players who will make the roster despite being injured, but the Cowboys might be without them for the season opener against the New York Giants.

Linebacker Kyle Wilber, a fourth-round selection, is still nursing a hand injury and didn't play in Saturday's preseason game against St. Louis. The status of starting tight end Jason Witten (spleen) and starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff (high ankle sprain) is uncertain for Week 1, and cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder) isn't expected to be ready.

There were 17 players who didn't play in Saturday night's victory over the St. Louis Rams. Ten of those players were scratched due to injury.

Some players, such as punter/kicker Delbert Alvarado, deep snapper Charley Hughlett and wide receiver David Little, might play in Wednesday's game against Miami but won't be on the final 53-man roster. Hughlett was given a chance to surpass L.P. Ladouceur but it appears that won't happen. Little and Alvarado, along with tight end Harry Flaherty, the nephew of coach Jason Garrett, are mainly camp bodies. While they might survive the Monday cut, could get let go Aug. 31.

Tackles Tyrone Novikoff and Levy Adcock, who didn't play Saturday, might survive the Monday cuts but not the big one Aug. 31.

Another WR down: Donovan Kemp has torn ACL

August, 24, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys' wide receiver corps was thinned even further when it was revealed Donovan Kemp has a torn ACL in his left knee.

Kemp suffered the injury during Monday's practices in San Diego. He underwent an MRI and attended Thursday's practice on crutches.

The Cowboys are already minus tight end Jason Witten (spleen) and wide receivers Miles Austin (hamstring) and Dez Bryant (knee) because of injuries.

There is some good news concerning the position as Andre Holmes (back) and Saalim Hakim (finger) returned to practice Thursday. It isn't known if Holmes and Hakim will play in Saturday's third preseason game against St. Louis.

Holmes, who missed just one day of practice after injuring his back Monday, is a possibility. Hakim missed close to two weeks with a finger injury.

The Cowboys current receiving corps consists of: David Little, Cole Beasley, Tim Benford, Dwayne Harris, Danny Coale, Kevin Ogletree and Raymond Radway.

Dez Bryant's MRI reveals knee tendinitis

August, 20, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- Structurally speaking, the right knee of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is OK.

ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer discusses Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's diagnosis of patella tendinitis.

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According to a source, Bryant has a case of patella tendinitis but it is too early to determine whether he will play again this preseason.

The Cowboys play St. Louis on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium and finish the preseason Aug. 29 against Miami. Typically the Cowboys do not play their regulars in the last preseason game. They kick off the regular season on Sept. 5 at the New York Giants.

Bryant had an MRI on Monday after leaving practice against San Diego during one-on-one drills after he stumbled, coming out of a route. Bryant limped off the field and headed inside the Chargers' locker room for further examination.

As Bryant left the practice field he was asked if he was fine: "Yeah," he said in a serious tone.

It's the second injury Bryant has dealt with in training camp. He was taken out of practice due to a tight hamstring, but didn't miss the first preseason game.

Donovan Kemp (knee) and Andre Holmes (back stiffness) also left practice to get MRIs.

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Calvin Watkins' practice report

August, 10, 2012
OXNARD, Calif. -- The center position can only get better. It certainly can't get any worse.

David Arkin is a guard trying to play center and has had mixed results. Harland Gunn is still learning and, by the way, starter Phil Costa (who strained his lower back Friday) is inconsistent. The Cowboys don't like anybody on the free agent market and are open to giving guard Mackenzy Bernadeau some center snaps next week. Just madness.

Here are some more thoughts from Friday's practice:

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley talks about leaving the team and coming back, his impressive performance throughout training camp, developing a rapport with QB Tony Romo and more.

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*It was good to see nose tackle Jay Ratliff getting snaps with the first team in full pads. The Cowboys value Ratliff's ability to beat double-teams and overpower centers in single coverage. Ratliff is an excellent defender and the Cowboys medical staff is being cautious as he deals with his plantar fasciitis. If he feels better he'll gets more snaps in practice. If not, he'll wait it out. Coach Jason Garrett wants to get Ratliff into a few preseason games.

*Derrick Dockery was getting some first-team snaps at left guard Friday afternoon and looked good. Dockery moved well inside and displayed the power the Cowboys are looking for at that position. With Costa having back issues, it wouldn't be surprising if Dockery started Monday at Oakland.

*There were two bad dropped passes. Donovan Kemp, a long shot to make the team, dropped a would-be touchdown pass after beating Teddy Williams, and Raymond Radway lost another one. After Radway dropped his pass along the sidelines he yanked his helmet off and angrily walked away.

*C.J. Wilson is having a pretty good camp. Rob Ryan said it's hard to decide how many corners the team will keep, but Wilson did nice job breaking up passes. One of his best plays was forcing Kevin Ogletree to drop a pass.

*The backup wide receivers had an uneven day of practice. There were the dropped passes from Kemp and Radway, but ther was also a nice touchdown reception from Dwayne Harris in the back of the end zone. Cole Beasley continues to improve by making tough and easy catches. Whoever is the No. 3 receiver, it will be someone who earned it the hard way.

*It seems the Cowboys will keep three running backs: DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones and Phillip Tanner. Yet, keeping a running back for the practice squad is an issue. Ed Wesley didn't do himself any favors when he fumbled a handoff during a run drill. But Jamize Olawale continued to impress with some hard running. He does run too high, and it's something he said he needs to fix.

*DeMarcus Ware is a dangerous player. Always. He beat Tyron Smith on 11-on-11 drills in consecutive plays. He beat Smith with a swim move, forcing Romo to dump a pass to Jones in the flat.

*Dan Bailey has been very good in training camp. But after making a 38-yarder, he had a 47-yard attempt blocked by Orlando Scandrick and then missed from 55 yards.

*Scandrick was pretty feisty. He tipped a ball off the facemask of Harris, almost creamed John Hanna -- later on he flung him to the ground after a catch -- and broke up a pass intended for Ogletree.