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Fri. Practice Recap: Rookie WR Could Miss Two Preseason Games

Posted Aug 2, 2013


OXNARD, Calif. – The Cowboys continued their 2013 training camp Thursday on the week of the Hall of Fame game. This year, Jason Garrett’s new schedule gives even more time between the lighter morning walk-through and the afternoon practice.

Each night, DallasCowboys.com will feature the second practice of the day with the big news, the highs and lows and notable standouts.

Main Story:

The Cowboys’ wide receiver corps was at full strength for a grand total of a day.

The unit suffered a disappointing blow in its last practice before Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game, as rookie wideout Terrance Williams left the field with an apparent concussion.

Williams appeared to undergo sideline concussion testing before heading into the locker room, and NFL rules mandate he can’t return to the field for seven days. This completely rules him out of Sunday’s preseason opener against the Dolphins, and it may rule him out of next week’s Aug. 9 tilt against Oakland, as the Cowboys play both games in the next week.

The injury came during the individual portion of the Friday practice. Williams matched up against cornerback Brandon Underwood in a one-on-one rep, and he landed on his back after going up for the pass. His head appeared to ricochet off the ground as he landed.

The latest knock to the wide receivers came just a day after they returned to their full numbers. Top receiver Dez Bryant returned to the field Thursday after missing four days with quad soreness, as did Danny Coale, who has been battling swelling in his knee throughout training camp.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has been stressing for two weeks that injury creates opportunity. It was already unlikely that Bryant or fellow veteran Miles Austin would see much playing time against the Dolphins. The loss of Williams should free up more playing time for the rest of the Cowboys’ young receivers, though it has to come as a disappointment for those hoping to see the Baylor product.

Quick Hits:

  • Tight end James Hanna returned to practice after missing more than a week with a hamstring injury. Hanna might be available to play Sunday night against the Dolphins. He worked as the third tight end but the Cowboys have shown the “13” personnel several times, putting one back and three tight ends on the field.
  • Mackenzy Bernadeau passed his physical and conditioning test Friday and practiced for the first time in this camp. He sustained a hamstring injury on his initial conditioning test on July 20. Bernadeau said he won’t play this week but could get on the field for the Oakland game next Friday.
  • Newly-signed tackle Toby Jackson worked with the second-team offense on the right side behind Doug Free.
  • Actor and Director Peter Berg attended today’s practice. Berg directed the movie Friday Night Lights (2004).

Notable Standouts:

Lance Dunbar – In the one-on-one work with the linebackers, running routes and catching the ball, he was unstoppable. It didn’t matter who he was facing, he was going to make a play. He continues to be one of the most explosive players this squad has in the open field with the ball in his hands.

James Hanna – Was back in the mix this afternoon and was moving around well. He didn’t appear to have any ill effects from missing the previous two weeks of camp. He route running was on point and at times showed a burst to buy himself some separation. Didn’t matter if he was in space or making a contested catch, his hands were solid.

Mackenzy Bernadeau– Like Hanna it was his first day back in camp after missing the work in Dallas and the first two weeks of camp. Worked today with the second offense but that was expected because he will not play against the Dolphins. Movement was good, not sluggish or lazy. Has some nice pass sets with some pop with his hands. Got out on a red zone screen and was able to adjust on the move. Will be back with the first offense beginning Monday.

Photos from Friday's practice in Oxnard >>

Injury Report:

Returned to Practice:
G Mackenzy Bernadeau (hamstring)
WR Danny Coale (knee swelling) 
TE James Hanna (hamstring) 

Left Practice:
WR Terrance Williams (concussion-like symptoms)

Missed Practice:
G Jeff Olson (concussion-like symptoms)
LB Alex Albright (back)
TE Andre Smith (hamstring)
G Kevin Kowalski (leg)
G Ray Dominguez (shoulder)
C/G Ryan Cook (back)
DT Landon Cohen (eye)
Jermey Parnell (hamstring) 
DE Anthony Spencer (knee) 
DE Tyrone Crawford (Achilles) 
DT Jay Ratliff (hamstring)
OT Demetress Bell (conditioning)

Transactions:

July 21 – Signed T Demetress Bell, QBAlex Tanney and Lavasier Tuinei. Placed G Mackenzy Bernadeau and DT Jay Ratliff on the active/physically unable to perform list and placed the following players on the active/non-football injury list: T Demetress Bell, C/G Ryan Cook, LS Louis-Philippe Ladouceur, G Ronald Leary, G Nate Livings and WR Lavasier Tuinei.

July 23 – C/G Ryan Cook passed his physical and returned to practice.

July 24 – Released WR Lavasier Tuinei. SignedDT Landon Cohen and DE George Selvie.

July 26 – G Nate Livings passed his physical and returned to practice.

July 29 – LS Louis-Philippe Ladouceur and Ronald Leary passed their physicals and returned to practice.
Aug.  1 – Released DE Cameron Sheffield and CB Devin Smith. Signed G Jeff Olson and T James Nelson.
Aug. 2 – G Mackenzy Bernadeau passed his physical and returned to practice.

Upcoming Schedule:

Saturday, August 3
                                    Team Travel to Canton, Ohio

Sunday, August 4
7:00 p.m. (PDT)           Dallas vs. Miami (Hall of Fame)

Photos from Friday's practice in Oxnard >>

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