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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Training camp comes to a close

By Todd Archer

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Training camp might have officially ended before the preseason opener against Denver on Aug. 11, but Thursday marked the end of their stay at Cowboys Stadium with a near 90-minute workout.

“It’s been a long one, lots of different places,” tight end Jason Witten said. “It’s good to go sleep in your own bed. It’s been a productive camp but as Jason pointed out we’ve got a long way to go. Anytime guys work like this the way we have for four weeks you know you’re giving yourself a chance. Guys are doing everything they can to be in the best situation. It’s been a good camp but we’ve got to continue to build on it. It’s not over. We’re just getting this thing started.”

The Cowboys will practice next week at their Valley Ranch facility and would only return to the stadium if there is poor weather. Their home opener is not until Sept. 26 against Washington with the first two games of the year at the New York Jets and San Francisco.

“We’ve talked before that you get out of training camp right before the first preseason game but you have to keep the training camp mentality,” Jason Garrett said. “We’ve got eight, 10, 12 guys who are some of the best at their position in the league and those guys have really taken a grip of the football team and set a pace for practice every day and keep everybody playing at an up-tempo pace.”