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Reserve/PUP an option for Jay Ratliff

August, 26, 2013
IRVING, Texas – As the Cowboys begin the process of whittling down their roster from 88 players to 53 by Saturday, one option under consideration is moving Jay Ratliff to the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

If the Cowboys choose to put Ratliff on the reserve/PUP list, he would miss the first six games. He would be eligible to play Oct. 20 at Philadelphia, but the Cowboys would have three weeks to practice Ratliff and then another three weeks to move him to the active roster.

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Coach Jason Garrett did not rule out the possibility on Monday.

“We’re just going to take it day by day,” Garrett said.

Ratliff declined comment in the locker room.

When the Cowboys placed Ratliff on the active/PUP list to open training camp, it was under the notion it would be a short stay and he would practice once a strained hamstring suffered in the conditioning run healed.

Mackenzy Bernadeau suffered a hamstring injury in the same run and was placed on active/PUP but has been practicing since Aug. 2.

That Ratliff is still recovering from a sports hernia surgery from December raises serious questions, starting with what did he do in the offseason? He did not go through his rehab at Valley Ranch and was extremely limited in the organized team activities and June minicamp.

In Oxnard, Calif., all the injured players worked rehab on the field with associate athletic trainer Britt Brown or strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik. Ratliff did not do any on-field rehab work, but he did some individual pass-rush work with assistant defensive line coach Leon Lett.

“He does a lot of stuff in the weight room or by himself on the side with some of the guys that we have helping him with the rehab,” Garrett said. “Really, the biggest thing with him is gaining some strength to get to the point where he can start doing some stuff on the field.”

Linebacker Alex Albright had a sports hernia surgery after the season ended and was able to practice in the spring. Former cornerback Terence Newman had the surgery in 2008 and was back on the field in six weeks.

“I just think you’ve got to be careful comparing injuries,” Garrett said. “They can be the same kind of injury, but sometimes different people respond to the different severity of the injury. With Jay, we’re going to make sure he’s healthy and ready to go before we bring him back, like we would do with any player.”

Last year the Cowboys did not put Ratliff on injured reserve after he had the surgery because they held out hope he could return for a possible playoff run.

Not only did the Cowboys not make the playoffs, but eight months later Ratliff still can’t get on the field, and the Cowboys could keep him out -- at the latest -- until Nov. 28 when they play Oakland on Thanksgiving.

5 Wonders: Cowboys' final few roster spots

August, 20, 2013
IRVING, Texas – Week 4 of Five Wonders will focus on the makeup of the Cowboys’ 53-man roster, and I’m holding off on Alex Tanney for a post later, so he will not be in the following paragraphs.

The first set of cuts comes Aug. 27 when they have to pare down from 87 to 75 players. The final cut to 53 comes Aug. 31.

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  • As Jason Garrett has said two or 200 times, injury provides opportunity. The season-ending back surgery for Alex Albright, who will go under the knife on Wednesday, opens up a roster spot for a linebacker. I wonder the Cowboys can still go with seven linebackers for the opening week. Undrafted rookie Brandon Magee finally showed up and made some plays last week at Arizona. He can also play some weakside linebacker. Caleb McSurdy played some at strongside linebacker and has inside linebacker experience. Taylor Reed also has position flexibility. But here’s one name that hasn’t been talked about much: Cameron Lawrence. He got some work on the early special teams units against the Cardinals. When you’re down to the final spots at linebacker, special teams can be the great separator.

  • Garrett won’t offer up opinions on players unless he is asked specifically about a guy, so I took notice when he brought up “92,” Landon Cohen, when asked about some surprises on the defensive line. I wonder if Cohen, a training-camp pickup like George Selvie, can play his way onto the roster. The first thing Rod Marinelli wants for his defensive linemen is to get off the ball. Cohen can do that, and in fact he did it too fast with a couple of offside penalties in the first two preseason games. He has the look of the traditional one-technique in this scheme: short and squat, but he also has some quickness. Garrett went on to say Cohen has “some snap” to his game.” It's another name to keep an eye on.

  • I wonder if the foot injury suffered by Lance Dunbar took the sixth wide receiver off the table. Dunbar is looking at a 3-4 week rehab, which puts him in doubt for the Sept. 8 season opener against the New York Giants. It was not a good injury for Anthony Armstrong, who I’ve had as the No. 6 guy on my roster projections. He has done nothing to get cut. He has showed up on offense. He has done a nice job on special teams. He has speed to burn. I just wonder if he is caught in a numbers game because now the Cowboys almost assuredly have to keep four running backs for at least the opening week. Could Armstrong jump Cole Beasley, who has been slowed by a foot injury of his own? I don’t see it right now, but Armstrong will be a tough call.

  • I wondered last week about the possibility of an undrafted rookie not making the roster this summer, and I threw a dark horse in there with Jeff Heath. He has taken some first-team special teams snaps and was a second-teamer on defense last week because of injuries. He did not look out of place, but I wonder if he can beat out Matt Johnson. And, yes, I wonder if Johnson can not only get healthy but stay healthy as he battles a foot injury suffered in the Hall of Fame Game. He’s not going to play this week, so all of his eggs will be in the Houston game, provided he can get on the field. I wonder if the Cowboys would give up on a fourth-round pick from last year despite what the apparent chronic injuries. After putting in all the time with Johnson last year, I’d be a little surprised if they would cut him loose now.

  • What to make if Demetress Bell? The Cowboys signed him even though he was in extremely poor condition at the start of camp. They were patient with him, and he finally got on the field last week in Oxnard, Calif., and played against Arizona. When he signed, I viewed it as a move to just help the backup quarterbacks get through some preseason games. But when the Cowboys stuck with him, I wondered if they look at him as future development guy. It’s hard to find big guys who can move and have some experience. He was bad last year at Philadelphia, but he wasn’t bad in Buffalo.
  • Alex Albright among three waived

    August, 19, 2013
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    IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys waived injured linebacker Alex Albright, who needs season-ending surgery on his back.

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    Albright is scheduled to have a discectomy this week. If he clears waivers, he will be placed on injured reserve.

    Defensive linemen Travis Chappelear and Toby Jackson also were waived. Chappelear was hurt in pregame warm-ups at Arizona and did not play. He was on crutches Monday. Jackson suffered a hamstring injury last week in Oxnard.

    Albright has been a core special-teamer since joining the Cowboys in 2011 as an undrafted free agent. He made 17 special-teams tackles last year and started two games on defense, finishing with 16 tackles and a tackle for loss. He had sports-hernia surgery after the season but had recovered, and he was slowed some in the spring by the back injury.

    “An expression we use a lot with him is ugly production,” coach Jason Garrett said “Sometimes it doesn’t always look great, but he seems to make a lot of tackles. He’s around the ball on defense and in the kicking game. … Disappointing for him not to be able to show us he can play again like he’d done all throughout his career, and disappointing for us because of the role he plays for us.”

    The Cowboys have 87 players on the roster and are unlikely to fill the three open spots since the first round of cuts to 75 comes on Aug. 27.

    Dunbar (foot) may miss Cowboys' opener

    August, 19, 2013
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    IRVING, Texas – Running back Lance Dunbar suffered a sprained left foot that could keep him out of the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the New York Giants.

    Dunbar, who is expected to be a big part of the offense as a third-down back, is in a protective boot and could need 3-4 weeks to return, according to a source. Dunbar had a 43-yard catch against Arizona on Saturday but fumbled at the end of the play. He returned to the game and did not mention being hurt in the locker room after the 12-7 loss to the Cardinals.

    Wide receiver Cole Beasley suffered a sprained foot on Aug. 9 at Oakland and has yet to return to practice. Running back DeMarco Murray missed six games last year with a sprained foot.

    The Cowboys welcomed back guards Kevin Kowalski (knee) and Ray Dominguez (shoulder) to the practice field, increasing their interior line depth.

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    Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox remains away from the team following the death of his mother last week in Cairo, Ga.

    Also sitting out: Morris Claiborne (knee), Matt Johnson (foot), Eric Frampton (calf), Ernie Sims (groin), Alex Albright (impending back surgery), Toby Jackson (groin), Anthony Spencer, Travis Chappelear, Jay Ratliff, Beasley, Ryan Cook (back), Ronald Leary (knee) and Nate Livings (knee).

    Sources: Alex Albright to have back surgery

    August, 17, 2013
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    GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cowboys linebacker Alex Albright will undergo lower back surgery early next week and will miss the season, according to multiple sources.

    Albright did not play in the Cowboys’ first three preseason games, including Saturday’s 12-7 loss at Arizona. He had been suffering some back issues since May, but the hope was that rest would make it better. When he did not see improvement, surgery became the logical move.

    Albright was a core special teamer and can play strongside and middle linebacker. His injury opens up the battle for the backup linebacker spots for rookie Brandon Magee, Caleb McSurdy and Taylor Reed. The Cowboys moved Magee to weakside linebacker last week in practice, but he saw time Saturday at middle linebacker. McSurdy saw work on the strong side versus the Cardinals.

    Albright had sports hernia surgery after last season and was limited some in the offseason.

    Injuries: Will Allen OK after shot to ribs

    August, 17, 2013
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    GLENDALE, Ariz., -- The Cowboys came out of Saturday's preseason game with the Arizona Cardinals relatively clean from a health standpoint.

    Safety Will Allen took a shot to the ribs but said after the game that he is fine and he would have continued playing if this had been a regular-season game.

    "Just a little rib shot," Allen told ESPNDallas' Todd Archer. "Nothing too major."

    The Cowboys had a healthy scratch in tackle Jermey Parnell, who missed some time early in training camp with a strained hamstring. Parnell returned to practice late last week, but the Cowboys inserted Demetress Bell at right tackle and Darrion Weems as the left tackle.

    Also, cornerback Morris Claiborne missed the game with a sore knee. Claiborne, however, expects to start running this week when the Cowboys return to Irving, Texas, on Monday.

    "I feel a lot better," he said. "I haven't run on it yet, but I'm banking on returning."

    Outside linebacker Ernie Sims missed Saturday's game with a groin injury. But, like Claiborne, he expects to return to the practice fields this week.

    "I'm going next week when we get back to Dallas," Sims said. "If this were a regular-season game, I would play."

    The following players also didn't play because of injuries: Jay Ratliff, Sean Lissemore, Alex Albright, Matt Johnson, Toby Jackson, Eric Frampton, Nate Livings, Ronald Leary, Ryan Cook, Ray Dominguez and Cole Beasley.

    J.J. Wilcox wasn't with the team because of the passing of his mother.

    Cowboys missing 10 defensive players

    August, 17, 2013
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    GLENDALE, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys will be without 10 defensive players for Saturday afternoon's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.

    Three of the missing defensive players, Anthony Spencer, Jay Ratliff and Morris Claiborne, are starters.

    Sean Lissemore, Ernie Sims, Alex Albright, Matt Johnson, J.J. Wilcox, Eric Frampton and Toby Jackson are also out on the defensive side. Wilcox is missing the game for a personal reason. His mother died Tuesday.

    On offense, Nate Livings, Ronald Leary, Kevin Kowalski, Ryan Cook, Ray Dominguez and Cole Beasley are out because of injury.

    The Cardinals are missing Jarett Dillard, Jonathon Amaya, Ryan Williams, Javier Arenas, Dan Giordano, Rashard Johnson, Karlos Dansby, Kory Sperry, Jeff King, Dan Williams, Ricky Lumpkin and Frostee Rucker.

    In terms of significant lineup changes, David Arkin starts at left guard for the Cowboys with Leary and Livings out. Tyrann Mathieu will start for the Cardinals at safety over Johnson, who is absent because of of an injury.

    Kyle Wilber leaves practice briefly

    August, 13, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- Cowboys defensive end Kyle Wilber left Tuesday's practice briefly because of an apparent hip injury.

    Wilber did return to practice and recorded a sack.

    Toward the end of practice, backup defensive lineman Jeris Pendleton appeared to have hurt his left shoulder. He did not return.

    Morris Claiborne (knee), J.J. Wilcox (personal), Matt Johnson (foot), Eric Frampton (hamstring), Alex Albright (back), Ernie Sims (groin), Jay Ratliff (hamstring), Anthony Spencer (knee), Sean Lissemore (groin), Cole Beasley (foot), Kevin Kowalski (knee), Ryan Cook (back), Ray Dominguez (shoulder) and Nate Livings (knee) sat out practice.

    Lissemore did some sprints during practice and Ratliff remains on the PUP.

    Claiborne still bothered by knee soreness

    August, 12, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne missed another day of practice with a sore left knee.

    Claiborne suffered the injury last week and hoped to play in the second preseason game. His status for Saturday's preseason game at Arizona is in question.

    "I believe anything is a setback," Claiborne said after Monday's practice. "This is a big setback. It might not be to somebody else, but it is to me. I have big goals for myself."

    Claiborne said he hasn't undergone an MRI or X-ray because there is nothing structurally wrong with the knee.

    "At this point, I'm just following directions, just going through the treatments," Claiborne said. "I thought I would be ready the next day, and, obviously, I wasn't."

    Also, cornerback B.W. Webb sprained his right ankle and missed the team drills. J.J. Wilcox (personal matter), Matt Johnson (foot), Eric Frampton (hamstring), Alex Albright (back), Ernie Sims (groin), Jay Ratliff (hamstring), Anthony Spencer (knee), Sean Lissemore (groin), Cole Beasley (foot), James Nelson (ankle), Ryan Cook (back), Ray Dominguez (shoulder), Kevin Kowalski (knee), Nate Livings (knee) and Darrion Weems (sore chest) didn't practice.

    W2W4: Cowboys training camp: Day 14

    August, 11, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys begin their final week of training camp Sunday with a 7 p.m. CT practice, 5 p.m. PT.

    The undated injury report: There's always something right? Well, wide receiver Cole Beasley hurt his left foot in the Oakland loss on Friday night and his status for this week is in question. There is some good news, rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams is expected to return after missing the game with a concussion. Cornerback Morris Claiborne could also return Sunday after missing the Raiders game with a sore knee. Linebacker Alex Albright (back) is also expected on the practices fields.

    Brian Waters update: The Cowboys are interested in obtaining the veteran guard to improve the offensive line. The Cowboys were spurned in their attempts to sign Brandon Moore, who elected to retire instead of playing in 2013. Waters hasn't played since 2011 when he was with the New England Patriots. If Waters is signed he'll get a chance to compete for the starting right guard position with Mackenzy Bernadeau.

    Who needs a good week: Let's start with safety J.J. Wilcox, who led the team with six tackles and one interception against the Raiders. We're not picking on Wilcox, because he's still learning how to play safety, but he needs better ball awareness. Same can be said of cornerback B.W. Webb who missed a few tackles and allowed a receiver to get behind him. Webb also muffed a punt. Gavin Escobar has to improve his blocking and route running. The rookie, a second-round pick, is behind James Hanna on the depth chart. Special teams had a rough night in Oakland. A muffed punt, a 51-yard kick return was allowed, a blocked field goal and some mental mistakes. George Selvie played well in the first preseason game against the third teamers. Faced with the starters and second-teamers in Oakland, he struggled.

    Moving up: Joseph Randle, the rookie running back, is still behind DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner, but you can tell he's got the skills. He displays good vision and isn't afraid of contact. Left guard Ronald Leary is making the Cowboys forget Nate Livings. Leary had a solid night in Oakland playing the first half. The more snaps he gets the better he's becoming. Defensive tackle Ben Bass had only one tackle but he was a force along the defensive line.

    Cole Beasley leaves game with foot injury

    August, 9, 2013
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    OAKLAND -- Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley left Friday's preseason game against Oakland with a left foot injury.

    Beasley was hurt after catching a 23-yard reception with seven minutes to play in the third quarter. He underwent X-rays at the stadium.

    Beasley finished the game with three catches for 49 yards and one touchdown. He caught a 15-yard pass from Kyle Orton to give the Cowboys a 10-3 lead in the second quarter.

    Also, wide receiver Terrance Williams (concussion), guard Nate Livings (knee), guard Demetress Bell (conditioning test), guard Kevin Kowalski (knee), guard/center Ryan Cook (back), guard Ray Dominguez (shoulder), defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (hamstring), defensive end Anthony Spencer (knee), cornerback Morris Claiborne (knee), linebacker Alex Albright (back) and safety Matt Johnson (foot) did not play.

    The Cowboys expect Claiborne, Williams and Albright to return next week at Arizona.

    Update: X-rays on Beasley were negative and it's not considered serious.

    Jason Garrett mum about who won't play

    August, 2, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- Tony Romo, Alex Albright (back) and Nate Livings (knee surgery) won't play in the Dallas Cowboys' preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night.

    As for anybody else, coach Jason Garrett isn't saying.

    Multiple sources said Romo isn't playing along with selected veteran players. Garrett confirmed Albright and Livings are out for the Hall of Fame Game but wouldn't comment on Romo.

    Garrett said the coaching staff, along with the personnel staff, have discussed the playing rotation in some fashion for the Dolphins game. He just won't say.

    "Nothing I really want to share about the specifics of playing time," Garrett said of the meeting. "It's a structure that's probably pretty similar to the first preseason games throughout the years in 32 NFL cities."

    The Cowboys offensive line has issues given the lost of Livings, a projected starter who will miss two-to-four weeks, and backup right guard Kevin Kowalski, who is also out nearly a month after minor knee surgery. Tackles Jermey Parnell and Demetress Bell, guard Ray Dominguez, center/guard Ryan Cook and guard Mackenzy Bernadeau also are nursing injuries.

    Garrett said Bernadeau is scheduled to see his first action of camp in the Friday afternoon practice.

    "Injuries provide opportunity," Garrett said about the offensive line. "You will see a lot of the younger guys play a lot in this ballgame and we think that's good. It's good for them and it's good for us to be able to evaluate those guys. We want to make sure when you come through training camp you give everybody on the roster a chance. And the best chances are in the preseason games, so those guys will get a lot of work."

    Cowboys practice report: Day 9

    July, 30, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys worked on short-yardage, two-minute and goal-line situations in addition to individual drills during Tuesday's practice.

    " Quarterback Tony Romo participated in the session after convincing the coaches he didn't want a day off. Romo looked good moving around the pocket and was throwing tight spirals. He showed good movement when flushed out of the pocket by Kyle Wilber in the goal-line drills. Romo scrambled to his right and threw a hard pass into the end zone.

    " Without a fullback on the roster, the Cowboys used Dante Rosario as the H-back on goal-line plays. The first run of the drill came with Rosario blocking for running back Phillip Tanner. Tanner followed that up with a good block on defensive tackle Monte Taylor. Tanner's block allowed Kyle Orton time to throw a touchdown pass to Rosario in the back of the end zone.

    *Joseph Randle had his best day in camp by scoring twice in the short-yardage drills. It seems he's able to get low when he hits the hole, something he's been working on in practice. Coach Jason Garrett said Randle is expected to get plenty of carries during the preseason and training camp. He's been behind Lance Dunbar, Tanner and DeMarco Murray in terms of practice reps. Tuesday, Garrett gave Randle his most carries of camp.

    " Safety Matt Johnson is technically a rookie. He missed all of last season with a hamstring injury, and the time away shows. On a short pass to Rosario, Johnson came up fast to make the tackle, but the tight end side-stepped him and ran down the field. Johnson is anxious to make plays, but if he had slowed down, he would have made the tackle for a loss.

    " Cole Beasley (quad) returned to practice after missing two days of work and dropped two passes. After his last drop, a player on the sidelines yelled at him to take his gloves off.

    " DeMarcus Ware is such an explosive force on defense, making plays all over the field. During an end-around with receiver Dwayne Harris, Ware came from the other side of the field and yanked him down from the shoulder pads after a short gain. You could blame Gavin Escobar for missing the block or Ware's being too fast to stop. During pass-rush drills, Ware worked on both the left and right sides, and while Tyron Smith and Doug Free held their own at times, Ware's speed allowed him to beat Free quickly for a sack. Taylor also beat Free during the pass rush.

    " Linebackers Alex Albright and Ernie Sims got some first-team snaps with Justin Durant getting a day off.

    " Wide receiver Terrance Williams displayed his speed after catching a hitch and getting downfield. Williams got off the line of scrimmage quickly, displayed patience by catching the pass and quickly got downfield.

    " "Gossip Girl" and "Revenge" TV star Connor Paolo was in attendance.

    *William Wesley, otherwise known as 'World Wide Wes', a consultant for many NBA players, who works for CAA, attended practice.
    OXNARD, Calif. -- Bill Callahan will be under a lot of scrutiny as the playcaller for the Cowboys this season. Monday’s practice was a good day for him.

    He showed some guts.

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    With the first-team offense trailing 24-20 and facing fourth down from the 2 with less than 10 seconds to play, Callahan called for a DeMarco Murray run, and he was able to score the winning touchdown. The defense was looking for a pass but the line got a good push off the ball and Murray made a good read to cut back to get into the end zone.

    •  Practice was a little shorter than normal. The third-team offense and defense did not get any situational snaps during the regular workout, only the blue period.

    •  Tony Romo would like one throw back from the entire day, one on which he was intercepted by LB Caleb McSurdy. With time to throw, Romo attempted to force a pass down the field, but it was not high enough to get over McSurdy. The QB was visibly frustrated by the decision. Romo went 12-for-21 in team and seven-on-seven drills in practice.

    •  TE Jason Witten continues to excel in the red zone. He plucked a pass from Romo off Sean Lee’s helmet, pulled it into his body and was able to hang on as he slammed to the ground.

    •  LB Bruce Carter had the most athletic play of the day. In one-on-one drills, he was able to leap, spin in midair and reach up for a one-handed interception on a Nick Stephens throw to RB Phillip Tanner. Even his teammates were stunned at the smooth play.

    •  You want to see rookies improve. After beating LB Alex Albright out of the backfield, RB Joseph Randle dropped a perfectly floated ball down the middle that caused RB coach Gary Brown to shake his head. On Randle’s next route, he beat LB Ernie Sims on the same route and made the catch.

    •  On the second series of situational work after Murray’s touchdown, Sims made sure it was a short drive by forcing a Murray fumble with a solid thump right on the ball. DE DeMarcus Ware recovered the loose ball for the turnover.

    •  DE Kyle Wilber blew up RB Lance Dunbar on a toss to the left but was aided by the fact that LT Darrion Weems chose not to block him. As soon as Dunbar took the pitch, Wilber hit him.

    •  S Eric Frampton came up with a deflection of a seam throw to TE Gavin Escobar, firing out his left hand across the tight end’s arms to make the play. Later Escobar was able to shake off a similar play from S Matt Johnson to come down with the reception.

    •  TE Andre Smith was off to a good start to camp in large part because the blocking tight end was catching every pass thrown his way. It was brought to Jason Garrett’s attention at his news conference, and then Smith dropped two passes in the afternoon session.

    Cowboys practice report: Day 8

    July, 29, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys mixed up the depth chart during Monday's practice, and worked on some red zone and team drills.

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    •  The Cowboys are increasing the competition at left guard by rotating Nate Livings and Ronald Leary at the spot on the first team. Livings has struggled at the start of camp while Leary has excelled at times.

    •  With Dez Bryant out with a sore hip, Terrance Williams got some snaps with the first team, and Miles Austin picked up snaps with the second and third units. Tyron Smith also missed a few snaps with the first team for Edawn Coughman.

    •  Williams continues to get better with every practice. He beat Sterling Moore on a double move for a touchdown during one-on-one drills. Williams also made a nice leaping catch for a score in team drills over Morris Claiborne while catching a Tony Romo pass.

    •  On Monday morning, coach Jason Garrett was praising wide receiver Andre Smith's hands. Well, the free-agent receiver dropped two passes, one in the end zone in an individual drill. Smith, however, also caught a touchdown pass from Kyle Orton.

    •  During the one-on-ones, Brandon Carr did a nice job of knocking away a pass intended for Anthony Amos.

    •  Austin and Romo have great chemistry. On a back-shoulder fade throw, Austin turned around at the perfect time to catch the end zone pass to beat Carr.

    •  Bruce Carter picked up an interception during pass coverage drills on a pass intended for Phillip Tanner.

    •  Sometimes down-the-field blocking by wide receivers is huge when it comes to big gains. Dwayne Harris made a nice block on Carr as Lance Dunbar picked up big yardage.

    •  On consecutive plays, the quarterbacks made some poor throws. Romo was picked off by Caleb McSurdy, and Orton had a pass tipped by Alex Albright.

    •  Jason Witten made a nice one-handed catch with Sean Lee draped over him for a touchdown in the back of the end zone. After the catch, Lee dropped an expletive.

    •  New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and his son attended practice Monday afternoon. He spoke to the team after practice and received a warm applause.

    • Friday's practice was changed to 4:45 p.m. PT.