Cowboys still far from done after breaking camp
After 21 practices in 14 days at the Alamodome, the Dallas
Cowboys broke camp Friday.
They are still far from done.
The two-week stint inside that climate-controlled environment
was only the first segment of the NFL’s longest full-squad training
camp this summer. Their preseason opener is Sunday night in Canton,
Ohio, the first of two games in five days. Then there is another
two-week camp, that one outside in California.
”It breaks up the monotony of camp,” linebacker Bradie James
said. ”It’s better to break it up, go to a different camp, go to a
different site than to be here for four weeks. I’m looking forward
The Cowboys left San Antonio after a 75-minute walkthrough. They
got one night at home before traveling for their preseason opener
against Terrell Owens and the Cincinnati Bengals that will be part
of the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend that includes
”I’m going to enjoy going to Canton,” quarterback Tony Romo
said. ”Obviously the game is going to be super enjoyable to get
out there and play, but just going and looking at the history of
the game, checking it out and seeing the Hall of Fame.”
Romo, James, tight end Jason Witten and cornerback Terence
Newman are among numerous Cowboys who will be visiting the Hall of
Fame for the first time.
The Cowboys then get a few days at home with a light workload
before going to camp in Oxnard, Calif. – where the Friday afternoon
temperature in the mid-60s was about 40 degrees cooler than at the
Cowboys’ Valley Ranch practice facility.
Players will get a day off Monday before an open-to-the-public
workout at Cowboys Stadium on Tuesday night and a light practice
Wednesday. They play a preseason game against Oakland at home
Thursday night before heading West.
”The break is unbelievable,” owner Jerry Jones said. ”You
will have a lot of your starters that have a four- or five-day
break. They don’t get much time off in camp. They’re basically
going to be resting until we get to the Thursday game.”
In Oxnard, the Cowboys are scheduled to practice 17 times in 12
days. There is a weekend with a preseason game at San Diego and
then a day off in the middle of their West Coast stay.
”Going out to California and going outdoors from being indoors,
the weather and stuff should be really good,” Phillips said. ”I
think it will work out fine.”
Eight trucks were loaded Friday with equipment such as weights,
blocking dummies and practice gear that had been used at the
Alamodome and has to moved to California. It will all be set up and
ready when the players arrive on the West Coast.
”It’s hard on (support personnel),” Phillips said. ”But it
works out that they have almost a week to move from here to
California because we don’t really have to have anything in
In all, the Cowboys will travel more than 6,500 miles over a
five-week stretch before getting home to stay after the fourth of
their five preseason games, Aug. 28 at Houston.
Jones hopes all the travel is a good omen for the defending NFC
East champions, who go into this season with Super Bowl
expectations and knowing the championship game will be played in
”Any time we had inordinate travel, like Tokyo or London, we’ve
won the Super Bowl,” Jones said, recalling the 1992 and 1993
championship seasons which began with preseason games overseas.
”We get the same miles in coming back and forth between Canton and