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Fri. Practice Recap: Romo Held Out; McClain To Return


OXNARD, Calif. – The Cowboys still have yet to have a real training camp practice out here in California just yet. After two days of light workouts that barely include the offense and defense on the field together, the pads will come on Saturday. That's when it will likely start to look and feel like training camp.

Photos from Friday's afternoon practice in Oxnard.

On Friday, the Cowboys held another glorified walk-through but the starting quarterback Tony Romo wasn't included. And that's actually a major change from what we've seen from Romo when he's been held out of practices this summer because of his back injury.

Romo typically stays engaged with the offense, giving pointers to both the quarterbacks and receivers about the routes and play-calling. But on Friday Romo started off on the field but left quickly after the stretching period.

"He wanted to not push it here this afternoon," Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said Friday after practice. "He's been going pretty good between all the conditioning and running and getting himself back into shape and then having a big two or three days here, that he wanted to take this afternoon and rest up a little bit and get ready. He said he doesn't want to miss anything that's competitive, and everybody agreed that was a good idea."

Jones was then asked when these absences start to become concerning.

"I guess if it were a problem, but it's not a problem," Jones added. "He just decided he wanted to be fresh for when we started the competitive workouts – obviously you see we're doing things a lot different out here these first two days. He just felt like he wanted to feel fresh and ready to go tomorrow, and he doesn't want to miss any of the competitive workouts."


Quick Hits:

  • Stephen Jones said linebacker Rolando McClain is expected back to Oxnard for Saturday's practices. McClain has been in Alabama the last two days for a court hearing that saw him convicted of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, which stemmed from an April 2013 incident. McClain is expected to appeal the result.

"The legal system's a little different out in Alabama is my understanding, but a little bit like the first time around, it's kind of like an indictment and then you move forward," Stephen Jones said. "We'll see. We've got to learn a little more about it, but I don't think it's anything that's going to keep him from playing."

  • The Cowboys worked on kickoff returns which included some of the expected candidates such as Dwayne Harris, Lance Dunbar, Cole Beasley and B.W. Webb. The Cowboys also had rookie Devin Street returning some kicks as well.

Play of the Day:
Longtime equipment assistant Bucky Buchanan reached into his back pocket, pulled out his air horn, raised his arm high in the sky before blowing the horn the signaled the end of a practice that was really more of a walk-through. Thankfully, the pads will come on Saturday and training camp will start to look like itself once again.

*Injury Report: Missed Practice: *DE Anthony Spencer (knee) 
OG Ronald Leary (hamstring) 
DT Amobi Okoye (illness)
CB Brandon Carr (personal matter)
LB Rolando McClain (personal matter)

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Upcoming Schedule:

Saturday, July 26
10:30 a.m. (PDT)         Walk-Thru
12:00 p.m. (PDT)         Coach Garrett press conference
3:45 p.m. (PDT)           Practice

Sunday, July 27
12:00 p.m. (PDT)         Coach Garrett press conference
4:00 p.m. (PDT)           Practice

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