Like it or not, day off is coming Tuesday

SAN ANTONIO -- For a coach who is determined to instill discipline and toughness, a day off less than a week into training camp isn’t exactly ideal.

But that’s part of the deal for Jason Garrett.

The Cowboys will comply with the rules in the new collective bargaining agreement by giving the players Tuesday off. Teams are required to give players a full day off each week during camps.

“It’s not my job to evaluate whether it’s good or bad,” Garrett said. “It’s my job to interpret it the best I can and make it work for our team. We feel good about the schedule we’re working under here in training camp.”

The Cowboys had planned to have Wednesday off, but Garrett opted to change the schedule. There is a chance that the NFL could opt to designate Wednesday instead of Thursday as the beginning of the league year, meaning that free agents such as Doug Free, Kyle Kosier, Marcus Spears and Kenyon Coleman would be cleared to begin practicing.

Garrett said players would be allowed to go home for the day off if they wanted. They aren’t allowed to roam the RiverWalk until the wee hours of the morning, however. The Cowboys’ curfew will remain the same as usual the next two nights.

Pressed on the issue about whether he'd prefer not to have a day off, Garrett's smile said it all. He had a broad grin when he said, "The biggest thing we have to do as coaches is understand what the rules and regulations are."