Wednesday, October 14, 2009
News, notes from Valley Ranch
News and notes from Wade Phillips news conference and other things at Valley Ranch on Wednesday.
Running back Felix Jones (knee) did some running in practice on Wednesday and hopes to play next week against Atlanta.
Here's what Phillips said regarding wide receiver Miles Austin starting over either Patrick Crayton or Roy Williams (ribs): "Roy isn't well yet. We're still where we are last week, that's where we are."
It appears if Williams can play next week, Crayton would sit for Austin.
Cowboys had a longer practice on Wednesday to work on some technique things. Phillips mentioned how the pass rushers needed to improve their balance before going after the quarterback.
Safety Mike Hamlin (broken wrist) practiced with a cast and caught some passes, which was an encouraging sign towards him playing next week.
On the numerous offsides penalties called against the Cowboys vs. the Chiefs, Phillips said it was hard to determine on film if the calls were totally accurate.
Tiger Woods attended Tuesday night's U2 concert at Cowboys Stadium. Woods also worked out at the Valley Ranch facility with Tony Romo.
"He's the top player in the world," Phillips said of Woods. "Probably the greatest player ever, and he's a football fan. He and Romo text quite a bit. I think they dog each other a little bit when they don't have their best games. I think they're good friends. It was interesting that he was interested in what we were doing. I'm interested in what he's doing because he talked about being a leader. 'I'm in an individual sport and I'm my own leader.' ''
Cornerback Alan Ball was fined $5,000 by the league for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Chiefs receiver Bobby Wade in Sunday's game. Ball plans an appeal.
The Cowboys will practice on Thursday and then have the rest of the week off.