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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Ware, Ratliff could be limited early in camp

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- When the Dallas Cowboys open training camp practices in Oxnard, Calif., on Sunday, several players could be slowed as they return from injuries.

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Quarterback Tony Romo (back) has been cleared to practice, but defensive end DeMarcus Ware (shoulder), defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (sports hernia), guard Mackenzy Bernadeau (shoulder) and Danny Coale (knee) could be limited in the early portions of training camp practices.

Speaking at the annual coaches clinic, coach Jason said the team's medical staff has a set plan for all players returning from injuries.

"We'll have to monitor those guys and a couple of guys and see how they are," Garrett said Thursday afternoon from Cowboys Stadium. "We'll do the conditioning test on Day 1 of training camp and see where they are physically after that and make some decisions. We have a plan for each of those guys going into it, based on what their injury has been and different start dates for some guys, different ways to work back into training camp and work back into football."

Outside of Romo's return, Ware's debut of camp is also anticipated. Ware said he expects to practice Sunday.

"We’ll just see how he is," Garrett said of Ware. "He made great progress in the offseason. He was involved in a lot of the individual drills that we did throughout the OTAs and the minicamps and we just kept him out of the more competitive 11-on-11 situations. He's made great progress coming off the injuries from last year and he works very hard at it. We'll certainly be smart going forward and see how he is each and every day. He seems excited and he seems ready to go."