Mid-Day Report

What's The Scoop:
Wide receiver Dez Bryant reluctantly addressed the media after Tuesday morning's practice about the Roy Williams shoulder pad situation as the majority of players had already left the field.

You Should've Seen:
The hits are piling on. The majority of training camp thus far has involved little contact. In Tuesday morning's practice, however, linebacker Bradie James and fullback Deon Anderson had a brief skirmish after some contact.

Who's Hot:
John Phillips. The second-year tight end out of Virginia is taking full advantage of his opportunities with Martellus Bennett sitting out with an ankle injury. Phillips said he added at least 10 pounds since last season in an attempt to gain weight while increasing smoothness and athleticism. He has been standing out in training camp, catching everything thrown his way in a Jason Witten-like fashion. Witten said he's impressed with how Phillips works diligently and does whatever's asked of him. That was said a day before Phillips' athletic one-handed grab in Tuesday morning's practice.

Who's Not:
Josh Brent. The rookie nose tackle is the least accustomed to life with the Cowboys after being signed as a supplemental pick after Organized Team Activities and minicamp. Suffering a broken hand (fourth metacarpal bone) and sitting out the beginning of training camp can't help his chances for playing time, but he should be able to return with a cast or brace in a few days, according to Phillips.

Injury Update:
DE Jason Hatcher, elbow (7/27)
LB Sean Lee, quadriceps (7/27)
NT Josh Brent, hand (7/26)
TE Martellus Bennett, ankle - day-to-day (7/24) (Non-Football Injury)
S Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, shoulder, hamstring - (NFI)
DE Lorenzo Washington, hamstring - (Physically Unable to Perform)
LB Stephen Hodge, knee - (PUP)

Missed Practice:
LB Sean Lee (quad)
DE Jason Hatcher (elbow)
LB Keith Brooking (precautionary rest, one-a-day)
NT Josh Brent (hand)
S Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (hamstring, shoulder)
LB Stephen Hodge (knee)
DE Lorenzo Washington (hamstring)
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)

Transactions:
LB Brandon Sharpe, signed (7/25)
LB Jay Moore, waived (7/25)
WR Verran Tucker, waived (7/23)

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