Cowboys practice report

SAN ANTONIO -- The offense had a shaky day, as did one starting cornerback in Day 7 of training camp. The Cowboys have held six practices here, and today two offensive linemen went down, as did a starting corner.


*Cornerback Terence Newman suffered a groin injury and will undergo a MRI exam. His status hasn't been fully determined. Mike Jenkins (stinger) did individual drills but not team drills as a precaution. Guard Montrae Holland (left knee) and tackle Pepa Letuli (minor ankle sprain) got hurt during field goal attempts. Holland did return. Orlando Scandrick and Ross Weaver were the first-team corners with Newman and Jenkins out. Bill Nagy replaced Holland.

*There was a five-play stretch where the offense didn't perform well in team drills. The first three plays resulted in dropped passes from Martin Rucker, Kevin Ogletree and Manuel Johnson. Then Raymond Radway failed to bring in a reception on a fade route and Stephen McGee ended the stretch with an incomplete pass.

*Barry Church had a good day Wednesday. He read a reverse to Manuel Johnson and laid a hard hit on the receiver, drawing a nice reaction from the crowd. On the next play, Church read a pass play and was in the right spot but couldn't snag an interception. Church did pushups after dropping the INT. With the return of Gerald Sensabaugh to strong safety, it pushes Church to the second team, but in his time with the first team, Church has done a nice job of reacting to the run and being in position on several pass plays.

*You want to know tackle Tyron Smith's first pancake block of training camp? Smith's first occurred during team drills when he sent defensive end Clifton Geathers on his back during a running play. Yes, Smith still has problems against pass rushers with speed -- such as DeMarcus Ware -- who beats him consistensly outside, but he is getting better when defenders get inside. Linebacker Orie Lemon cut inside to rush but was stopped quickly by Smith, who used his hands to keep him in front of him.

*Dan Bailey had another strong day kicking the ball. He made field goals of 50, 38 and 49 yards on Wednesday. David Buehler made his first two of 45 and 38 yards before missing from 49 and 53 yards. The preseason games will determine a lot about the next Cowboys' kicker, but for now Bailey is winning this battle.

*It seems the defense is ahead of the offense at this stage of camp and it's because Rob Ryan's players are flying all over the place. There was solid coverage on a red zone drill which forced Tony Romo to just throw a pass into the back of a defender because nobody was open. Ware's pressure off the edge forced Romo had to throw an incomplete pass, that he went high to Dwayne Harris. Clifton Geathers did make a nice play to slam down running back Phillip Tanner on a run. It's one of the rare times Tanner has been knocked down this camp. Bradie James did a nice job of reading a running back's cutback to make a tackle in the hole.