Jason Garrett doesn't want short week for opener

March, 28, 2012
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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- When the Cowboys play in the NFL Kickoff game on Sept. 5 against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, coach Jason Garrett is hoping his team doesn't have a short week leading up to the game.

Last year, when Green Bay and New Orleans played in the 2011 season opener, the teams had six days between the final preseason game and the opener.

The Cowboys' final preseason game might be Thursday, Aug. 30. But the Cowboys might want it to happen Aug. 29 to give the them at least one extra day to prepare.

"We haven’t had those specific discussions yet, but that certainly makes sense to do that," Garrett said. "We don’t want to make a short week leading into the opener."

Of course the Week 2 game could happen Sept. 16. So the Cowboys would have 10 days off between their first two games of the 2012 regular season. It's a similar schedule to when the Cowboys play on Thanksgiving Day.

"What you do prior to the game is try to get yourself on a normal schedule," Garrett said. "We’ll start our previous week on Wednesday and we’ll make sure we make the accommodations to do that so the players get into a normal rhythm leading up to a ballgame. Then afterwards, it does make it a little different. You do have more time until you play that following weekend. We’ll make the necessary adjustments."
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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