OXNARD, Calif. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Dallas Cowboys training camp:
All eyes were on Tony Romo as he practiced in pads for the first time since Week 16 last season because of a back injury. Romo completed nine of 12 passes in team and seven-on-seven drills. The offense attacked downfield with Romo opening the seven-on-seven drills with a back-shoulder throw down the seam to tight end Jason Witten. He connected with Dez Bryant on a deep ball in seven-on-seven drills but overshot Bryant on a deep throw in team drills.
The Cowboys threw Rolando McClain into the action right away. He took some of the second-team middle linebacker snaps despite not being acquired until earlier this month and missing the first two days of camp to stand trial in Alabama. On his first play in team run drill, McClain shrugged off tight end James Hanna and tackled running back Lance Dunbar for a short gain. McClain’s conditioning will have to be watched since he was not in football during the spring.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones was impressed with the work of defensive tackle Henry Melton. The Cowboys will limit his work in team drills as works his way back into form from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. After one play defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli yelled, “Go to the ball, Henry. Every play is your play.”
Rookie defensive end Ben Gardner suffered a shoulder injury in practice and will have an MRI. He was the only player injured in camp. During the pre-practice festivities a Cowboys cheerleader suffered a knee injury and needed to be carted off the field.
Like they did in the June minicamp, the offensive and defensive linemen were required to wear knee braces. The Cowboys want to limit the possibility of injuries with players falling to the ground. The offensive linemen are more accustomed to wearing the braces. The second the first-team defenders were done with team drills they unfastened their braces.