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Monday, July 28, 2014
Cowboys wake-up call: Day 5

By Todd Archer

OXNARD, Calif. -- Every day of Dallas Cowboys training camp we’ll offer up a wake-up call that offers a quick review of the previous day and a preview of the current day.

Today’s schedule: The Cowboys will have their first off day of camp before returning to practice on Tuesday.  Their second off day comes on Friday as they try to maximize their work before the Aug. 7 preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers with their mandatory practice schedule.

More observations from Sunday’s practice: What I’m watching: It is the Cowboys first off day of training camp so it might be a movie.

Some of the players might be off to the movies as well.

The Cowboys have had just two days of full-padded practices but league rules require a day off and Jason Garrett is attempting to adjust the schedule correctly before they play the Chargers.

“Even with pads or no pads you’re still out here running around,” linebacker Bruce Carter said. “It’s still wear and tear on your body. Guys are going hard, so I think it’s a good idea. We had a ton of injuries last year going into the season, so I think it is a good thing.”

Rookie DeMarcus Lawrence will opt for the more veteran move of getting in the ice tub to rejuvenate his legs, but …

“I’m ready to go,” Lawrence said. “If coach tells me to go, I’m going.”

They said it: “It was good to see them out there in shoulder pads and football pads and looking like real football players and I think they competed the right way. I think if you look at a lot of the different competitive parts of practice it was really impressive. Not to say that it’s any good yet, because it’s not, but the approach is right and we’re going about it the right way and we have guys on this football team who love to play and love to compete against each other and that’s going to be good for everybody in the long run.” -- Jason Garrett on the Cowboys’ first practice in pads.