Cowboys ask to open camp early
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have petitioned the NFL and NFL Players Association to see if they can have their full squad open training camp earlier because of the Sept. 5 season opener at the New York Giants.
The Cowboys' first preseason game is Aug. 13 at Oakland and the full roster will not have their first workout until July 30 in Oxnard, Calif. The Giants' first full-team workout will be July 27 in Albany, N.Y.
According to league rules, training camp practices can't start until 15 days prior to the first preseason game.
The Cowboys quarterbacks, rookies and injured players are scheduled to have practices at Valley Ranch beginning on July 25 before the team flies to California on July 28.
A ruling has not been made but the Cowboys do not anticipate having their request, made at the owners meetings, granted. Past requests by other teams have not been granted, either.
"What we have to focus on is what our situation is," coach Jason Garrett said. "We can't worry about what the Giants' situation is or any of our opponents. We know when we're going to report to camp and we know when we're going to play our first preseason game and first regular-season game. That's all pretty much outlined for us, so we just have to understand what the situation is and as a coach and coaching staff we have to make sure we organize things the right way to get ourselves prepared as we go through camp. We'll have plenty of time to do that."
Garrett said the league has helped with the timing of roster moves that need to be made after the final preseason game on Aug. 30 against Miami. Typically, final cuts to the 53-man roster are made on the Saturday after the preseason but the league has moved the final cut down date to Friday, Aug. 31, to accommodate the Cowboys and Giants.
"That's a good thing because we'll have to have our team ready to go," Garrett said. "We'll play on Wednesday night in our last preseason game against Miami and Thursday is like a Monday during the season, getting ready for that following Wednesday. We've got to be ready to roll and it's a great opportunity for our football team."