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Monday, July 4, 2011
Report: Training camp dates set

By Calvin Watkins

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the Cowboys have tentatively set training camp dates for San Antonio.

The first practice is scheduled for July 29 at the Alamodome.

Mike Sawaya, who is in charge of the city's convention, sports and entertainment facilities, told the paper team officials would bring in equipment July 25 with the annual pep rally/concert to start training camp scheduled for July 28. The dome has been reserved until Aug. 13.

Now, all of this is tentative because the league is currently in a lockout and there's no way of knowing when it will end. The longer the lockout continues, especially if it lasts deep into July, the further camp gets pushed back. There's also a chance that if the lockout goes into late August, the Cowboys could just hold training camp at Valley Ranch. Some NFL teams, including the Baltimore Ravens, have decided against holding public training camps and have moved the practices to team facilities.

The Cowboys are in the final year of their five-year contract with the city of San Antonio and have held some prelminiary talks with city officals about getting a new deal. But the labor mess has prevented talks from getting serious.

"We have not finalized any plans regarding our training camp for this year at this time," Cowboys team spokesperson Rich Dalrymple said Sunday night.