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Reviewing the Cowboys’ drafts: 2012

April, 17, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- Day 4 of reviewing the Dallas Cowboys' past five drafts continues today with the Class of 2012.

If you want our thoughts on the 2009-11 drafts, click here for 2009, here for 2010 and here for 2011.

First-round pick: Morris Claiborne (No. 6 overall)

Claiborne
Number of picks: 7

How they did: The Cowboys made a bold move by trading up from No. 14 to No. 6 to take Claiborne, whom they had given the highest grade for a cornerback since Deion Sanders. Two years later, the Cowboys are still waiting for Claiborne to pay off.

In fact, most of the draft class has yet to pay off. Third-round pick Tyrone Crawford (No. 81 overall) did not play last season because of a torn Achiiles. One fourth-round pick, Matt Johnson (No. 135 overall) has yet to play in a game in his two seasons because of injuries. It took the other fourth rounder, Kyle Wilber (No. 113 overall), almost two seasons to find his role. Danny Coale (knee, foot) and Caleb McSurdy (Achilles) never made the team. Sixth-round pick James Hanna was the No. 2 tight end a year ago.

Pivotal pick: It’s hard to say anybody other than Claiborne because of the price the Cowboys paid to get him, giving up their second-round pick. He came in with a surgically-repaired wrist that kept him out of offseason work as a rookie. He suffered through a hamstring injury that kept him out of six games last season. He has two interceptions in two seasons and has not displayed the confidence he played with at LSU. He must turn it around in 2014 or the Cowboys’ decision to move up to get him will haunt the team for a long time.

Hanna
Best pick: There isn’t one yet really. Crawford did not record a sack as a rookie but was solid. The Cowboys are banking on him in a big way to return from the Achilles’ injury. Based on expectations and playing time, Hanna (No. 186 overall) might be the best, but he has just 20 catches for 159 yards. He could see his playing time decrease in a big way if Gavin Escobar gets more work as the club intends.

Worst pick: The Cowboys have kept Johnson around because of his potential, but the patience has to be running thin. He did not play as a rookie because of recurring hamstring injuries, as well as an aching back. He did not play in 2013 because of ankle surgery. He is out of time to make something happen, which he knows. Considering the Cowboys’ need at safety, however, there is still a chance for Johnson to make an impact.

Cowboys need more patience for '12 class

September, 2, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – Jason Garrett likes to say it doesn’t matter where you come from or when you were drafted to get a shot to play for the Dallas Cowboys.

Good thing.

The Cowboys’ 2012 draft class will need more time to take root, but the 2012 undrafted players could make more of a mark this season with Ronald Leary projected as a starting guard, Lance Dunbar as the third-down back and Cole Beasley as a slot receiver.

The biggest contributors from that year's draft class will be cornerback Morris Claiborne (first round) and tight end James Hanna (sixth round).

Last season shaped up as a redshirt year for the bulk of the 2012 class, but now they might have to petition for a sixth year of eligibility, as it looks like the Cowboys will have to wait until 2014 -- if ever -- to get much contribution from them.

Defensive end Tyrone Crawford (third round) and safety Matt Johnson (fourth round) are on season-ending injured reserve with Achilles and foot injuries, respectively. Last year the Cowboys lost linebacker Caleb McSurdy (seventh round) to an Achilles tear in training camp and never saw him, and wide receiver Danny Coale (fifth round) was hardly healthy and ended up tearing his ACL late last season while on the practice squad.

On Saturday McSurdy and Coale were cut, but Coale was at least brought back to the practice squad.

Defensive end Kyle Wilber (fourth round) is not guaranteed to be active every week, although he could be a core special-teams player.

For all of the gnashing of teeth over the emptiness that was the 2009 draft class (12 picks, minimal production), the Cowboys' class of 2012 is not off to the best of starts either. And after the trade of Sean Lissemore, the only picks from the 2010 draft are Dez Bryant and Sean Lee, although those are two excellent selections.

W2W4: Five things for Texans-Cowboys

August, 29, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys meet the Houston Texans in the preseason for the first time since 2010 at AT&T Stadium. Intrastate pride might be on the line for the fans of both teams, but little else.

With 75 players on the roster, some jobs remain but most are filled. Here’s what we’ll be looking at tonight:

Job fair: With 18 roster moves to make by Saturday’s cut-down date, most of the decisions have likely been made. There are perhaps two open spots with as many as eight guys looking to fit the square peg. Would the Cowboys carry five tight ends? How about six receivers? Nine defensive linemen?

Defensive tackle Sean Lissemore, tight end Andre Smith, wide receiver Anthony Armstrong, cornerback Micah Pellerin, tackle DeMetress Bell, guard David Arkin and guard Kevin Kowalski can make their cases tonight. Linebacker Brandon Magee (concussion), safeties Eric Frampton (calf), Danny McCray (hamstring) and Matt Johnson (foot) will have to watch and sweat out the final decisions.

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Tanney time: Maybe Kyle Orton opens the game, but the Cowboys will give Alex Tanney most of the work.

With needs at other positions and injury questions going into the opener, Tanney is looking more like a practice-squad fit than a 53-man roster fit. If he plays lights out, he could change the equation or at the very least get another team to keep him on the 53-man roster the way Matt Moore did a few years ago.

Check out the Texans: Last year the Cowboys closed the preseason against Miami and traded for veteran offensive lineman Ryan Cook a few days later based on what they saw in that game.

With the Cowboys moving to a pure zone blocking scheme this year, check out the Texans’ offensive linemen. Assistant offensive line coach Frank Pollack spent five years with the Texans (2007-11) and will have a good idea of what would be a good fit with the Cowboys.

As unsettled as the Cowboys are with their starting offensive line they’re more unsettled with the backups. A case could be made they don’t have a ninth or 10th guy (if they choose to reach double digits) on their current roster to fill out the line.

Earning practice squad jobs: Tanney has been talked about, but there will be seven other spots to fill. The Cowboys like to keep receivers and defensive backs on the practice squad because of the amount of running in practice, so guys like Danny Coale, Tim Benford and Pellerin bear watching.

And the line play will have candidates to, like defensive end Jerome Long and offensive tackle Darrion Weems. Linebacker could be another spot of interest with Cameron Lawrence and Taylor Reed.

The digital board: Chris Jones hit it last week with a punt against Cincinnati and the Bengals returned the re-kick 75 yards for a touchdown, continuing a preseason-long issue of special teams’ miscues. Jones is unlikely to hit it again, but watching it to see the clock tick down will be more important because it brings us closer to the start of the regular season.

Healthy Danny Coale makes strides

August, 13, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. – In his brief time with the Cowboys, Danny Coale has learned patience. Injuries will do that.

But there is also the balance of knowing that one's chances of making the team dwindle with each missed practice.

“In the back of your mind, you try not to worry about that hurry-up, catch-up game, but there is urgency,” Coale said. “But you also have to get better mentally and physically.”

After being selected in the fifth round in the 2012 draft, Coale suffered a stress fracture in his foot during his first organized team activity. The injury hampered him into training camp. He spent most of the year on the practice squad before he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

He was cleared for limited work in the organized team activities and minicamp in May and June, and just as he was ready for full work in training camp, he had a setback because of some scar tissue in his surgically repaired knee.

“When it bleeds, you can’t fire your quad, and if you can’t fire your quad, you have no explosion,” Coale said. “Then you have to get it drained and wait for the swelling to go down.”

Coale has practiced for the past week, and he played against Oakland on Friday but did not have a catch. He is facing an uphill climb to make the 53-man roster, but he is just glad to be back on the field.

“It’s great to kind of gain confidence mentally and physically each and every day,” Coale said. “It’s a steppingstone process, but it’s getting better as the days go on. I had that little setback, but it’s good to come out each day and feel like you’re making strides. You wake up in the morning and you’re not stiff, the knee feels good; that’s great for me.”

Camp observations: Offense rebounds

August, 8, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. – Jason Garrett said one of the best parts of Cowboys’ training camp so far has been back and forth race between the offense and defense each day, each period of practice, each play.

On Tuesday, the defense won. On Wednesday, the offense won.

On to the observations to find out:

**Tony Romo completed just 13 of 27 passes on Tuesday in team and seven on seven drills. He went six of seven on Wednesday in team drills. Why so few passes? The second half of practice was game plan work for Friday’s game against Oakland conducted without shoulder pads and helmets.

** Romo’s first pass of the day in 11 on 11 work was a deep ball down the left sideline to WR Dez Bryant, who beat CB Brandon Underwood for the big gain. Underwood was the third cornerback with CB Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr not practicing.

** Romo’s prettiest throw of the day came in situational work. He looked to his left to freeze S Barry Church just enough as TE Jason Witten worked LB Justin Durant wide to the right before coming back to the middle of the field. The throw as on the spot and Witten was able to knock down Church as he neared the goal line.

** On the next play, RB DeMarco Murray sprinted to his right for a touchdown but he nearly fumbled the exchange from Romo. The blocking was so good, that he was still able to score.

** Lance Dunbar and Ernie Sims got into a scrum Tuesday. On Wednesday Dunbar got some on-field revenge by side-stepping the linebacker on a pass to the flat, cutting back inside for a nice pickup.

** TE Gavin Escobar made a nice reception on a pass down the seam from QB Kyle Orton after getting behind LB Brandon Magee. He even hung on after taking a side-hit from CB Xavier Brewer.

** WR Miles Austin took a big hit from DE DeMarcus Ware, but was able to leave the first-team defense in his wake with the offense coming out of the end zone. He had a long gain on a deep crossing route from Romo, which was followed two plays later by a 40-plus yard pickup on a slant. LB Sean Lee was so upset about the misplay by the defense that he sprinted all the way down the field to chase Austin.

** In one-on-one red-zone work, WR Danny Coale looked as smooth as he has looked in his two seasons. Coming off a knee injury Coale is playing catchup. He was able to make a nice head and shoulder fake to the outside before cutting across the back of the end zone for a touchdown.

** CB Micah Pellerin was ready to matchup against Bryant in one-on-one work, but coach Jason Garrett called on Orlando Scandrick to fill in. Pellerin walked off upset, and Bryant came down with a fade route for a TD in the corner of the end zone.

5 Wonders: Rookie class looks good

July, 30, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. -- After eight practices, Five Wonders is back for its second training camp installment.

Away we go:

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  • I wonder whether we’re seeing a rookie class that could be a lot more productive than last season's. The 2012 class was hurt by injuries (Kyle Wilber, Matt Johnson, Danny Coale, Caleb McSurdy) with only Morris Claiborne and Tyrone Crawford playing big roles for a full season. Two weeks into camp, Travis Frederick is a starter, Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams have big offensive roles, and J.J. Wilcox could be a starter and a main special-teams guy. B.W. Webb and Joseph Randle could develop into role players as well. The Cowboys needed an infusion of young talent, and so far so good with the draft picks. Before you (or I) get carried away, let’s see them in games, but this is a good start.

  • I wonder whether I underestimated linebacker Ernie Sims. On my final 53-man roster projection leading up to training camp, I did not have Sims on the final list. I thought he would lose out to Brandon Magee. Sims has gotten off to a really good start. He did a nice job filling in last season after Sean Lee got hurt, all the while playing a foreign 3-4 defense. He started six of his 10 games, and finished with 42 tackles and a sack. Now back to his more comfortable 4-3, Sims has been hitting everything that moves. He’s done a nice job in pass coverage and he can play special teams. More important, he will not cost a lot against the cap. Sims is moving better than he did last year, which is probably a product of having a complete offseason of training.

  • I wonder why the Cowboys didn’t go to the wristband play sheet for their quarterbacks sooner. Getting the play called and to the offense seemed like a struggle at times, and led to things being hurried. With Tony Romo wearing a wristband now, the process should be streamlined, even with Bill Callahan in the coaches booth. The coaches are not relaying plays to Romo, but rather numbers for him to read the play call. It will help with the time and it will help Romo getting the plays out. Jason Garrett’s system is quarterback-friendly in that regard. It’s not that verbose. I remember Brad Johnson telling me that one Jon Gruden play was 30-plus words long. How do you memorize something like that and spit it out with a 40-second play clock?

  • Undrafted rookie wide receiver Eric Rogers has been one of the early stories of training camp. He played at Cal-Lutheran and was something of an afterthought when the Cowboys picked him up. But then he caught everything that was thrown his way in the offseason, which piqued the curiosity more. In Oxnard, Rogers has continued to catch everything. But I wonder whether he can win a spot on the 53-man roster. He does not run well. He doesn’t offer up wide receiver flexibility in terms of finding a role, either. Cole Beasley has a role as a slot receiver. Dwayne Harris has a role as a backup at both receiver spots and can return punts. Rogers will have a chance to continue to make his way, but right now I’d say he is more of a practice squad candidate than a player on the final roster.

  • Let’s continue to wonder about the makeup of the 53-man roster. I believe it’s a near certainty that the Cowboys will keep four tight ends, but I wonder whether they could keep a fifth. Seriously. Andre Smith could put himself into the mix. He is a true blocking tight end at 270 pounds, but he has caught the ball surprisingly well. Now it should come down to him playing some special teams, and his lack of speed could catch up to him there. I believe one of the final spots will come down to a running back (Phillip Tanner), a tight end, a wide receiver (Anthony Armstrong) or possibly a 10th offensive lineman.
  • Injury report: No worries about Dez Bryant's absence

    July, 29, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- Wide receiver Dez Bryant sat out a third consecutive day with a sore hip, missing the Dallas Cowboys' eighth practice of training camp.

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    The injury isn't considered serious, given how Bryant worked on individual drills Sunday but didn't participate in the team portions of practice. Bryant brought his helmet to practice and played catch with whoever was available Monday.

    After practice, he spent a good 10 minutes playing catch with Brett Bech, the Cowboys' assistant strength and conditioning coach.

    "That could be a good thing for someone like Dez and Miles [Austin], who run a lot," quarterback Tony Romo said about Bryant's absence from practice due to health reasons. "We put a big emphasis on running and really running a lot more than most teams do at the wide receiver position. Both guys do it and push themselves every single day; it's not easy. I think it can be a good thing for them to get their legs back for a day or two and then they can push it again. In Dez's case, I think he has some soreness; it will be a couple-of-days thing, so I think he'll be fine."

  • Safety Barry Church (tooth), defensive end Cameron Sheffield (groin), Ike Igbinosun (lower leg), Jay Ratliff (hamstring), Cole Beasley (quad), Ryan Cook (back), Ray Dominguez (unknown), Mackenzy Bernadeau (hamstring), Demetress Bell (conditioning), Jermey Parnell (hamstring), Danny Coale (knee) and James Hanna (hamstring) missed practice.
  • Injury report: No Dez Bryant again

    July, 28, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- Wide receiver Dez Bryant missed his second day of practice Sunday with a sore hip. Bryant did some individual drills but sat out the team portions of practice. Bryant's status is day-to-day and his injury isn't considered serious.

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    Other notes:

    W2W4: The Blue and White Scrimmage

    July, 28, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys will play in their annual Blue and White scrimmage Sunday. Here are a few things to watch for:

    Will Dez Bryant participate? Bryant missed Saturday's practice and did limited work in the morning walk-through with a sore hip. Bryant said he was OK as he walked off the field on Saturday, and Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones wasn't sure if the receiver would participate in the scrimmage. His status is uncertain, but with this being a scrimmage mainly for the younger players, he might not participate.

    What to expect: The early portions of Sunday's scrimmage are more like a practice for veteran players, so a few might get a day off. But the back end of the practice will turn into a scrimmage for the younger players like B.W. Webb, Caleb McSurdy, Monte Taylor, Terrance Williams, Jared Green and Joseph Randle. The offense will be given a chance to move the ball down the field as in normal game conditions. There will be some hitting, but nobody will be taken to the ground.

    Matchups: Nate Livings is the starting left guard, and we'll see how he fares against defensive tackles Jason Hatcher and Sean Lissemore in practice. Livings has gotten better as he returns from his foot injury. Eric Rogers, Tim Benford, Green and Williams against any of the defensive backs is another thing to keep an eye on. The battles between the corners and receivers are fun to watch. The Cowboys might keep three quarterbacks, and if that's the case, Nick Stephens and Alex Tanney will be competing for that third spot. Randle will get his most carries in this camp with the younger players taking over. He's a little rusty at times, but you can tell he's a talented player.

    Who will not work: Cole Beasley (knee), Ronald Leary (calf), Mackenzy Bernadeau (hamstring), Jermey Parnell (hamstring), Danny Coale (knee), James Hanna (hanmstring), LP Ladouceur (calf), Ike Igbinosun (leg), Ben Bass (ankle) and Jay Ratliff (hamstring) are out. Beasley could return but he missed Saturday's practice wearing a sleeve on his knee.

    Injury Report: Ben Bass hurts ankle and Matt Johnson hurts knee

    July, 26, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys saw two young players get nicked up during Friday's practice session.

    Defensive tackle/end Ben Bass hurt his ankle toward the end of practice and safety Matt Johnson jammed his knee after picking off a pass. Johnson returned to practice but Bass did not.

    *Nate Livings (foot) returned to practice with the first-team offense at left guard. The injuries to the offensive line had Livings also getting snaps with the third team at guard.

    *Miles Austin and Jason Hatcher each received a veterans day off not because of injury but to give them a rest.

    *Ronald Leary (calf), Mackenzy Bernadeau (hamstring), Demetress Bell (conditioning), Jermey Parnell (hamstring), Danny Coale (knee), James Hanna (hamstring), LP Ladouceur (calf), Ike Ikponmwosa (lower leg), Jay Ratliff (hamstring) and Anthony Spencer (knee) missed practice.

    W2W4: Cowboys practice Day 6

    July, 26, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. - After an day off, the Cowboys return to work Friday.

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    Back in pads: The Cowboys will conduct practice in full pads Friday afternoon. It's the third padded practice for the team since training camp started last Sunday. Several players are still adjusting to wearing thigh, knee and hip pads. Players were seen on the practice fields messing with their uniform pants trying to make sure everything was comfortable.

    Will any injured players return?: Jason Garrett said defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (hamstring) won't be around for a while -- at least practicing -- but there are several other players that have missed practice time. The return of the following players are in question: Ike Igbinosun, Ronald Leary, Nate Livings, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Demetress Bell, Jermey Parnell, Danny Coale, James Hanna and L.P. Ladouceur. Livings, Leary and Bernadeau are doing sprints during practices, signaling a return could be near. However, Coale's swollen knee hasn't subsided enough for him to practice. Bell isn't in shape and Parnell and Hanna have mild hamstring strains that need healing. Ladouceur (calf) is working on the resistance bands.

    Will we see offensive line changes?: The backup interior offensive linemen, Kevin Kowalski and David Arkin, have struggled in camp. Will the Cowboys make some changes in the interior? One possibility could be moving center Ryan Cook, who is getting looks at guard on the second team, to the first team. The Cowboys want their best linemen on the practice fields right now, and Cook, who just returned to practice after failing the conditioning test, might perform better than Kowalski and Arkin.

    Backup wide receivers looking better: Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams had their best practices of camp on Wednesday. Eric Rogers and Jared Green are off to fast starts, and if the Cowboys keep five receivers it will be interesting to see where Rogers and Green end up.

    What to watch for today: Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox has been hitting everybody. Newly-signed defensive linemen Landon Cohen and George Selvie impressed the scouts and coaches during Wednesday's practice in their first workout of the summer. Let's see if they can do it again. Ben Bass is the new first-team defensive end, but instead of watching him, check out Kyle Wilber and see how he responds to his demotion. B.W. Webb picked up the first interception of camp from the cornerback position on Wednesday. Will the rest of the corners follow his lead?

    Injury report: Morris Claiborne hurts pinkie

    July, 24, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. - The injury report got a little longer Wednesday. Cornerback Morris Claiborne dislocated his left pinkie during an one-on-one drill. He was in some pain for a few moments and had head athletic trainer Jim Maurer pop the finger back in and tape two fingers together so he could return to the field.

    Other injury notes:

  • Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher left practice because a ball hit him in the calf. He said he was fine.

  • Ike Igbinosun (lower leg), Jay Ratliff (hamstring), Anthony Spencer (knee), Tyrone Crawford (Achilles), Ronald Leary (calf), Nate Livings (calf), Mackenzy Bernadeau (hamstring), Jermey Parnell (hamstring), Danny Coale (knee), James Hanna (hamstring) and L.P. Ladouceur (calf) missed practice as expected.

  • Spencer is scheduled to undergo surgery for his knee Thursday, but he did attend Wednesday's practices. Leary, Livings and Bernadeau ran sprints. Ladouceur worked on the resistance bands.
  • Cowboys practice report: Day 4

    July, 24, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys' fourth day of practice had the team working on the two-minute offense, shotgun formations and the hurry-up. There were no new injuries from the full-padded practice.
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    • The two newest players had an instant impact. Defensive end George Selvie had numerous pressures and one sack on his first day on the job. Landon Cohen, the defensive tackle, was impressive with his pressure on the quarterback. Cohen also knocked down a pass. The Cowboys weren't looking for an expensive veteran player such as John Abraham. Instead, the Cowboys were looking for younger players who could create competition along the defensive line.
    • Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin isn't afraid to make changes to the defense when he sees something he doesn't like. Kiffin benched defensive end Ben Bass for Cameron Sheffield after a mistake. A few plays later, Bass returned with the first team and didn't get benched again.
    • Wednesday was wide receiver Cole Beasley's best day of camp. His two best plays came on a quick slant on which he sliced untouched through the defense for about 15 yards. In a one-on-one drill, Beasley made a diving catch near the sidelines. Beasley has terrific speed and displays an ability to find open spots in a defense to become an open target.
    • The Cowboys' wide receivers took a big lead in their battle with the defensive backs. Things changed on Wednesday during the one-on-one period. The receivers didn't make a catch on the first four pass attempts until Beasley made a diving catch near the sidelines. Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne are playing Miles Austin and Dez Bryant tightly in man coverage. It sometimes takes a perfect throw to complete a pass, but other times you see where the corner will hold the receiver to slow things down.
    • When veterans make a mistake, coach Jason Garrett penalizes them. Tight end Jason Witten has some of the best hands on the team, but he dropped a low throw from Tony Romo and Garrett sat the veteran tight end. It was the only drop of the day from one of the Cowboys' best players.
    • Defensive end Monte Taylor, who was impressing the coaches, was kicked out of a field goal unit because he was the 12th man. Details.
    • With Jermey Parnell out with a mild hamstring strain, the Cowboys mix and match a little bit at tackle. When Tyron Smith missed a few snaps with helmet issues, Darrion Weems checked in at left tackle. For the plays he was in, he held DeMarcus Ware pretty good.
    • The longer wide receiver Danny Coale sits -- he's got swelling in the left knee -- the more he gets behind. Eric Rogers and Jared Green were impressive during one-on-ones and in team drills.
    • Cornerback Orlando Scandrick knocked a Romo pass down on a corner blitz. Scandrick is good at anticipating the snap count and timing his jump to make these kinds of plays.
    • Wednesday's practice ended after B.W. Webb snagged the first interception of camp by a cornerback when he grabbed an underthrown Kyle Orton pass in team drills.
    • Former Cowboy and Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin visited training camp to conduct interviews for NFL Network. Irvin hugged several players: Romo, Scandrick, Claiborne and Bryant. Irvin also shared a moment with Jerry and Stephen Jones.
    • After four days of practice, a total of 13,230 fans have visited. There is no practice on Thursday.

    Injury report: Jermey Parnell misses practice

    July, 23, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys have another player out because of a hamstring.
    • Backup tackle Jermey Parnell missed Tuesday's first full-padded practice with a hamstring injury. Parnell said he's going to undergo a MRI. The Cowboys have four players nursing hamstring injuries less than a week into training camp.
    • Wide receiver Danny Coale (knee), tight end James Hanna (hamstring), guards Ronald Leary (calf), Nate Livings (foot), Mackenzy Bernadeau (hamstring) and Demetress Bell (conditioning test), deep snapper LP Ladouceur (calf), defensive lineman Ike Igbinosun (lower leg), defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (hamstring), wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei (conditioning test) and defensive end Tyrone Crawford (torn Achilles) missed practice.
    • Center/guard Ryan Cook returned to practice on Tuesday in a limited basis after passing the conditioning test. Livings has passed the test but wouldn't reveal when he's expected to return.

    There were some positive signs from several players, Livings, Leary and Bernadeau especially, who ran sprints during the afternoon practice, meaning the start of their practice time could be coming soon.

    Danny Coale misses practice with swollen knee

    July, 23, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. -- Cowboys backup wide receiver Danny Coale missed Tuesday's walkthrough practice with a swollen left knee. Coale said the knee acted up on him following Sunday's first training camp practice.

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    Coale, who spent the 2012 season on the practice squad, underwent surgery for a torn ACL on the same knee last November.

    "I expected this," Coale said of the swelling. "It's been a little over seven months from the surgery and you expect this. This isn't something I wanted to happen."

    Coale said he's not sure if he'll undergo a MRI, but team doctors indicated there is nothing wrong structurally with the knee.

    "Hopefully we'll get ahead of it," Coale said. "It's day-to-day, hour-to-hour, morning-to-morning."

    Cowboys defensive lineman Ike Igbinosun missed the Tuesday session with an lower leg injury. Igbinosun is wearing a protective boot.

    Igbinosun becomes the fourth defensive linemen to go down in training camp, joining Jay Ratliff (hamstring), Anthony Spencer (knee surgery) and Tyrone Crawford (torn Achilles). Crawford is out for the season and Spencer should be out two-to-four weeks. Ratliff's return is uncertain.

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