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Monday, August 19, 2013
Cowboys deal with the heat

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys returned to the practice fields Monday under much different weather conditions.

In Oxnard, Calif., where the team worked for nearly a month, the average temperature was in the mid-60s with the skies cloudy or clear. Well, the temperature for the morning practice today was around 89 degrees under a clear sky.

"Just roll with it," wide receiver Dez Bryant said.

"Your conditioning, we have to get in better conditioning," defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. "We need this. It will be good for us."

The Cowboys' final two preseason games will be at AT&T Stadium and the first regular season game is also at home. So for close to a month, the team will practice outside at Valley Ranch with morning temperatures expected to be in the mid-80s.

"We did need a little bit of cloud cover, but it was fine" safety Will Allen said. "We need the heat and we need to work and practice in the heat and get us in better shape. It's the humidity, it's everything, it's just hotter in different parts of the country. So it's been 100 degrees here the last couple of weeks and we've been practicing in 60-to-70 degrees. It's a grind. This is what it is. I'm not looking forward to it, but you just got to do it, adapt to it, understand it and thrive in it."