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Monday, May 9, 2011
Cowboys’ rookies could be at workouts

By Todd Archer

McKINNEY, Texas -- The Cowboys will kick off their second week of full-team workouts this week and quarterback Tony Romo said he has been in contact with some of the team’s draft picks about taking part in the sessions.

First rounder Tyron Smith tweeted last week he would be heading to Dallas for the workouts. Running back DeMarco Murray, wide receiver Dwayne Harris and fullback Shaun Chapas all expressed interest in working out with their new teammates. Cornerback Josh Thomas, a fifth-round pick, is a Dallas native.

“I’ve talked to one or two guys and I know they are making arrangements as we speak,” Romo said.

Roughly 40 players showed up to workouts last week.

“I don’t want to say I expect more,” Romo said. “I would say that’s a great number for starting. We weren’t sure what the number was going to be. I know I stressed the importance to everybody, to say the least. I’d say it was just a point we needed to make it important. The guys know that. The guys are committed. Do I hope we get 50 there? Absolutely. We’re in contact with a couple of guys who have never been.”

As he did last week, Romo did not want to divulge where and when of the workouts. Nor would he discuss if players have taken out insurance to cover themselves in case of an injury. He said they do have athletic trainers on hand that are not affiliated with the Cowboys.

“It just doesn’t benefit us for you guys in any way to be going out there,” Romo said. “If we run a certain route and the defense busts on a play and Jason Witten runs up the middle of the field and looks like someone didn’t cover, then someone is to blame. The reality is we’re learning a system. We’re running and we’re competing, but we don’t need that from outside influences right now. It just needs to be about us and improvement. I think sometimes when you bring media or people in to talk about it … now all of a sudden, guys are doing things they don’t need to be doing.”