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Thursday, August 15, 2013
W2W4: Cowboys training camp Day 18

By Calvin Watkins

OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys took the afternoon off Wednesday, but while they were at the beach they discovered left guard Ronald Leary will need to have minor surgery on his knee.

Welcome back to work.

The off day: Coach Jason Garrett took the entire team to the beach, something he's done in the past, for a well-earned Wednesday afternoon day off. Garrett said the Cowboys practiced well for three consecutive days and he wanted to reward the players. The Cowboys will return to work in pads, probably for the last time in the cool weather of Southern California, before a potential walkthrough practice Friday morning. The team will then break camp and head to Arizona.

What's going on with the offensive line?: Plenty. Leary missed Wednesday's walkthrough and was confident he would return to Thursday's practice. He's not. Instead, Leary will undergo surgery on his knee and could miss anywhere from two-to-four weeks, putting his status for the regular season opener in doubt. With Leary out, David Arkin moves into the starting left guard spot. Watch out for Dennis Godfrey. He was getting second-team snaps in practice the last week and he could see some time with the first team. A forgotten story around here is the solid play of the tackles, Doug Free and Tyron Smith. Healthy and productive are words you can use around them.

Getting ready to play a game: The Cowboys will play their third preseason game Saturday afternoon in Glendale, Ariz., against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cowboys have worked off the cards the last two days of practices in preparation. It will be interesting to see how much the starters, well, the first-team offense and defense, play Saturday. Garrett could let them go a quarter and then insert the second and third units.

Last time to see them: This is the last open practice here before the Cowboys break camp. So if you attend the 5 p.m. CT practice get there early and stay late for autographs and photos. It's the last time fans on the West Coast will get a chance to say hi.