Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Updated: April 13, 12:15 PM ET
Sources: Cowboys won't split camp
By Calvin Watkins and Todd Archer
A year after the team zig-zagged across the country while preparing for the season, the Dallas Cowboys are planning to hold their entire training camp in San Antonio, according to multiple team sources.
Any plans are contingent on a resolution to the NFL labor strife.
In a lengthy 2010 training camp, the Cowboys split practice sessions between San Antonio and Oxnard, Calif. They opened a five-game preseason schedule in Canton, Ohio, and also played games in San Diego, Houston and Arlington.
All the travel might have contributed to the Cowboys' slow start. They lost seven of their first eight games, which led to coach Wade Phillips being fired, on their way to a 6-10 mark.
The Cowboys are in the last year of a five-year contract with San Antonio and have held preliminary talks about extending it. The Cowboys trained in Oxnard in 2008 because of a scheduling conflict with the Alamodome.
After spending a little more than two weeks in San Antonio last year, the Cowboys moved camp to Oxnard again to prepare for the San Diego Chargers game and to maximize marketing opportunities on the West Coast.
This year's preseason schedule for the Cowboys, which was released Tuesday, consists of home games against the Denver Broncos and Chargers followed by trips to the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins.
With the first two 2011 preseason games in Arlington, it's more convenient for the Cowboys to stay in San Antonio. If the lockout extends into the summer, Cowboys might have a short training camp in San Antonio.
Calvin Watkins and Todd Archer cover the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.