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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
W2W4: Cowboys training camp Day 12

By Calvin Watkins

OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys return to training camp for their 12th practice on Tuesday. It's going to to be a short week because the team leaves Thursday for Oakland to face the Raiders on Friday night.

What to expect today: The Cowboys will have a padded practice in the afternoon. Coach Jason Garrett said his team wants to take advantage of as many padded practices as possible. While there isn't tackling, the contact is good for the players and with the new rules that players must wear leg pads, it's another opportunity for the team to get used to it.

Who practices: Looks like right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau will get more work in practice this week. Bernadeau debuted in practice on Friday after missing the first 10 practices with a strained hamstring. Bernadeau is a projected starter at the position and with injuries to Nate Livings and Kevin Kowalski, the guard position is a little thin. With no setbacks, Bernadeau should play against the Raiders. Rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams missed the preseason opener with a head injury. There is some concern regarding his availability to practice this week given it's a short week for the Cowboys. Will Jay Ratliff return? The starting defensive tackle hasn't practiced because of a hamstring injury and Garrett said he's improving. He's not expected to play Friday night in Oakland, but maybe a few practice reps are in store for him. Safety Matt Johnson (ankle) and defensive tackle Ben Bass (knee) were nicked up in the victory over the Miami Dolphins and their status for practice is uncertain.

Needs a good week: J.J. Wilcox has been good in practices but struggled in pass coverage as did the third-team safeties on Sunday night. Wilcox is a physical player whom the coaches like, but he needs to read and react better. He's not going to get released or anything, but the live game action was a good test for him.

Wanna see more: Defensive end George Selvie was solid in two training camp practices and carried that to the game Sunday night. Selvie had three solo tackles, two sacks and three quarterback hits against the Dolphins. Now here's the hard part. He doesn't have to get those numbers again, but he has to make plays in practice so the coaches don't believe it was a fluke or he had fresh legs. This Tampa 2 scheme fits Selvie's skill set. He said that's one of the reasons why he signed with the Cowboys.