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Mid-Day Report: Garrett Talks More Injuries; Praises Vet WR


OXNARD, Calif. – Head coach Jason Garrett addressed the media Monday with his usual press conference. The coach discussed various topics, including injuries. The Cowboys have had a few more injury setbacks, including some new injuries that will keep a few veterans out this week.

  • Orlando Scandrick had an incident with an official on the field Sunday night in practice. Scandrick got tangled up on a play, but his frustration after getting beat by Dez Bryant on a play caused him to shove one of the refs that come out to practice, who was in Scandrick's running path.

"It's not a very good thing at all," Garrett said on Tuesday. "Coaches coach. Players play. Officials officiate. We try to create that in practice and it's very competitive. Having a moment like that, for the player and the team, can be a great learning tool. It's certainly not a good thing, it was a bad incident and we can move on and learn from it."

  • Garrett said Sean Lissemore (groin), Ernie Sims (groin), Eric Frampton (hamstring) and Alex Albright (back) will all be out "a few days."
  • The Cowboys have worked out defensive end Travis Chappelear (6-5, 270) before Monday's walkthrough. Chappelear, who played last year at Northwest Missouri State, has been with the Bengals and Patriots already this year.
  • Offensive tackle Darrion Weems missed the last two days of practice after a freak weightlifting injury. Weems had a minor thumb injury which caused the bench-press bar to fall onto his chest. Garrett said Weems was lifting 325 pounds at the time of the injury.
  • Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox has left to Georgia to be with his ailing mother, who is on life support. "J.J. mom is sick. He had to get back and see her," Garrett said. "We arranged for that. He'll take his time with that."
  • Jason Garrett addressed veteran receiver Anthony Armstrong, who is desperately trying to latch on as one of the top six receivers. "Anthony has a good camp. He's a real pro," Garrett said. "He's got good speed. Good understanding of the game. He cares a lot about the game. It reflects in his play. He's a good player. Shows up on (special) teams. He's just a good football player." [embedded_ad]
  • Terrance Williams had a stellar return to practice Sunday night after missing a week from injury. "Terrance had a really good day. He picked up where he left off. Looked fresh and strong. He's growing before our eyes and improving every day."

Williams worked with the first-team offense in the three-wide sets, along with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.

  • Garrett had glowing remarks for rookie center Travis Frederick. "I haven't seen a lineman pick things up as quickly as he does. He's really doing a good job. Travis is a good, smart kid with poise."
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