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Practice Recap: Injuries To Quinn, Gifford


OXNARD, Calif. – Defensive end Robert Quinn is expected to have surgery back in Dallas for a left hand fracture suffered in Tuesday's practice here at training camp.

But with the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Giants still over a month away, the Cowboys are confident the veteran pass rusher will be healthy and ready in time.

"The relief is he's going to be back and going to be fine," Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said. "He'll be able to get his work in and do what he needs to do to get ready to play the Giants. I don't think we're looking at missing any time here. I'm pretty sure he's not."

Quinn appeared to injure his hand Tuesday in a one-on-one pass rush drill against Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith.

The eight-year veteran, who arrived from the Dolphins in April for a 2020 sixth-round draft pick, is expected to be a significant part of the pass rush opposite Pro Bowler DeMarcus Lawrence.

The Cowboys also believe Lawrence will be ready for the season opener after undergoing shoulder surgery in April.

In other injury news, rookie linebacker Luke Gifford dislocated his finger early in practice and will be further evaluated, Jones said.

  • Tuesday's seven-on-seven period might have been the best stretch of Dak Prescott's entire camp. The first-team defense had frustrated him earlier in the day, but he carved them up on this occasion. It started with a beautiful throw to Randall Cobb down the seam, right over Cobb's shoulder for an easy touchdown. It got better from there, as Prescott continued to attack the seam with throws to Jason Witten and Blake Jarwin. Writing doesn't do it justice, so fortunately you can watch the entire sequence for yourself on Tuesday's edition of "Training Camp Live."
  • This is becoming a trend. Once again, Brett Maher connected on 5-of-6 kicks during the field goal portion of practice – and once again, his lone miss was from short range. Maher missed on a 32-yarder to open the period before rebounding to hit the other five kicks. He missed again during two-minute drill after Prescott connected with Jason Witten to set up a 42-yarder. That's the second time he has missed a short-range kick in a two-minute situation here at training camp.
  • A Taco sighting! During the last period of the day, the third-year defensive end whipped around left tackle and sacked Mike White. Obviously, he couldn't actually hit the quarterback, but he had the play dead to rights. On top of that, he knocked the ball out of White's hands for a strip.
  • Of course, Taco's sack came against the second-team, and that's because Dorance Armstrong got the majority of the reps as the first-team left end. Armstrong continues to have an impressive camp.
  • Donovan Olumba had another nice day, as he intercepted Cooper Rush in the team portion of practice. Rush actually threw two interceptions, as he was also picked by newly-signed linebacker Justin Phillips.
  • Tony Pollard continues to impress. The rookie running back got a lot of reps with the first-team offense, and he continues to show off with the work he's given. Pollard looks shifty and explosive, and it'll be fun to see what kind of action he gets during the preseason.
  • Travis Frederick took a veteran day on Tuesday, and Amari Cooper sat out of practice while he continues to rest his bruised heel.

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