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ARLINGTON, Texas -- There will not be another version of the Dez Bryant/Roy Williams shoulder pads drama during Jason Garrett's tenure as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach.
Garrett, who is entering his first full season as a head coach, has made it clear to his team that initiation rites that demean rookies aren't allowed.
That became an issue during the Cowboys' training camp last year, when first-round pick Bryant refused to carry the since-released veteran Williams' shoulder pads. However, Garrett said his policy isn't a reaction to the incident that sparked a media circus last summer.
"It's just something I believe in and we believe in as a staff," Garrett said. "The young guys are part of our football team. They certainly need to get themselves acclimated in a lot of different ways, and our veteran players are in charge of welcoming them to the NFL in a real positive way.
"Also, there are some other things that go with that, but there's not going to be anything that's demeaning in any way that a rookie has to do. We just don't believe in that."
Cowboys rookies haven't been carrying veterans' shoulder pads during this year's training camp. The Cowboys' offensive linemen haven't continued their tradition of giving their rookie brethren ridiculous haircuts with clippers.
Rookies did purchase some meals for veterans during the team's stay in San Antonio, but the prices certainly didn't approach the $54,896 bill Bryant paid with the help of other rookies at a Dallas steakhouse last season.
As with many teams, Cowboys rookies traditionally sing their alma mater's fight song in front of the team. Garrett declined to get into specifics about which traditions would continue.
"There are some things we won't do," Garrett said. "There are some other things that will still probably be in place. The more harmless things will still be in place."Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.