Practice venue didn't affect work

IRVING, Texas – High winds forced the Cowboys to move practice to Highland Park High School’s indoor facility on Thursday, but the players said practice was no different.

“You can’t allow that to affect your preparation,” tight end Jason Witten said.

With Thursday’s practice focused on third-down situations and more passing, the Cowboys felt it would be more productive to move indoors.

The Cowboys could not move practices to Cowboys Stadium because it was hosting state high school football playoff games, so the players boarded two buses for the drive to Highland Park. The Cowboys have not had an indoor facility since 2009 when the structure collapsed during a rookie mini-camp.

They have practiced at several high schools and also used TCU’s indoor facility during inclement weather in recent years. Thursday’s was the first practice to be moved this year.

“Everyone took it in stride,” linebacker Anthony Spencer said. “Everyone got dressed, got on the bus and practiced like we would’ve practiced here just in a controlled environment, I guess.”