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Quiz: how do you pass a test given by Cowboys coach Jason Garrett?

Players and staff are wearing T-shirts with the word FIGHT written across them in this camp. The message is to fight to be your best physically and emotionally every day. This is not about trying your best. It’s about being …

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Not the Oklahoma drill, but Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett encourages one-one-one battles

OXNARD, Calif. —  In this new age of the NFL, where emphasis has been placed on safety and the new collective bargaining agreement has reduced the amount of contact in practice, it’s hard to envision the Oklahoma drills Jimmy Johnson …

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Cowboys wake-up call: Day 4

OXNARD, Calif. – Every day of Dallas Cowboys training camp, we’ll offer up a wake-up call that offers a quick review of the previous day and a preview of the current day. Today’s schedule: Coming off their first practice in pads, the Cowboys will not have a walk-through this morning with their second full-padded practice scheduled for 3:45 p.m. PT. More observations from Saturday’s practice: Coach Jason Garrett likes to break up practice with some one-on-one drills between the offense and defense.

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Previewing Day 4 of Dallas Cowboys training camp practice in Oxnard: Will CB Morris Claiborne return with same fire?; How will QB Tony Romo respond?

OXNARD, Calif. — After their first contact practice of training camp Saturday, the Dallas Cowboys are not taking part in a morning walk-through practice Sunday. And coach Jason Garrett’s daily news conference has been pushed back from 2 p.m. to …

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Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on Matt Johnson: ‘There’s enough there…that we feel like he has a chance’

OXNARD, Calif. – Most wouldn’t consider Matt Johnson’s main goal lofty. He simply hopes to be available and ready to be called upon if needed. “More than anything, I want to be out here every day,” he said.  “That’s my …

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Terrance Williams just wants to be reliable; Dez Bryant says the Cowboys’ No. 2 WR is ‘going to do some big things’

OXNARD, Calif. — Terrance Williams wasn’t always serious about football. Before he ever started playing at Baylor for head coach Art Briles, Williams was a high school kid at W.T. White mainly focused on basketball. Now entering his second year …

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Stephen Jones: Romo rest 'precautionary'

OXNARD, Calif. -- The decision to sit out of Friday's afternoon workout was Tony Romo's, according to Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones. With the Cowboys going through their second workout of training camp, Romo spent the bulk of the workout off the field. He was not in uniform and left the field after the pre-practice warmup was finished. Brandon Weeden took the first-team snaps. Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys want to be mindful of Romo's back injury in back-to-back workouts and standing around can cause issues.

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Dallas Cowboys QBs coach Wade Wilson says Tony Romo’s back won’t really be tested until he takes a hit

OXNARD, Calif. — Despite all the talk about all eyes on Tony Romo early in training camp practices, the Dallas Cowboys won’t really know how far along their franchise quarterback is after two back surgeries until he takes his first …

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Shedding some light on Kyle Orton divorce: Cowboys backup QB met with club officials in Dallas a few weeks ago, looked in ‘great’ shape

OXNARD, Calif. — Just two weeks before training camp was to start, Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said he was preparing as if backup quarterback Kyle Orton would be in California with the team for practices. A week ago, …

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Jason Garrett not sure when Rolando McClain will return; ‘We’re going to support him’

OXNARD, Calif. — Jason Garrett didn’t reveal much about when Rolando McClain will return to training camp. The Dallas Cowboys coach said Friday that he was “not that informed” on the situation. McClain, who the Cowboys traded for earlier this …

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Rod Marinelli’s ‘different level of intensity’ already on display during first training camp practice

Dallas Cowboys Assistant Head Coach/Defense Monte Kiffin, left, and Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli direct a defensive drill during their afternoon practice at Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, CA, on July 24, 2014. (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News)

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Dez Bryant says his game is ‘still rising’; Jason Garrett sees ‘so much room for improvement’

OXNARD, Calif. – It’s a scary thought for NFL defensive backs, but Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says there’s a lot of room for Dez Bryant to improve. Bryant, 25, is coming off his best season and first trip to …

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Disobedient Cowboys run right into trouble

Why wont these guys ever listen to the head coach?

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Jason Garrett explains why the Dallas Cowboys will be better defensively

OXNARD, Calif. — So, you’re not excited about the chances of the Dallas Cowboys making a significant improvement on defense? Jason Garrett is here to save the day. The Dallas Cowboys head coach explained during Wednesday’s press conference where the …

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Cowboys reminded to take it slow

OXNARD, Calif. – Midway through Thursday’s walkthrough Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had to remind his players that it was just that: a walkthrough. The fine balance between proper tempo and going too fast, especially in a walkthrough. “Coach’s rules and so if he says slow it down, we need to slow it down,” rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said. Garrett’s plan started with no conditioning test and will continue the first two days when the only time the offense and defense will go against each other in the walkthrough.

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Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett doesn’t view player-organized conditioning test as act of defiance

OXNARD, Calif. — In the universe the Cowboys inhabit, where every quote is parsed and each bit of news is reported, it’s no surprise the subject of conditioning tests remains a hot one. On Tuesday, head coach Jason Garrett explained …

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Nick Saban’s endorsement part of reason Dallas Cowboys traded for Rolando McClain

OXNARD,Calif. – Alabama football coach Nick Saban played a significant role in Rolando McClain winding up with the Dallas Cowboys. McClain, 25, was traded to Dallas earlier this month. Garrett was Saban’s quarterbacks coach when Saban was head coach of …

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Dallas Cowboys LG Ron Leary says he strained hamstring in team-directed conditioning test, glad to have DWI incident behind him

OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Thursday that he expects left guard Ron Leary to return to practice early next week. Leary suffered a slight hamstring strain Monday at Valley Ranch while running the conditioning test that …

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Cowboys alter conditioning, practice plans

OXNARD, Calif. -- Injuries have played a big part in why the Dallas Cowboys have missed the playoffs the last two seasons, so coach Jason Garrett is doing what he can to mitigate the chances of more players getting hurt unnecessarily. Garrett canceled the normal conditioning test the players typically run the day before practices began, calling it a “recipe for disaster,” but the bulk of the players ran the test on Monday before flying to California on Tuesday.

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Jason Garrett has inspirational phone conversation with tennis legend Billie Jean King

OXNARD, Calif. – Jason Garrett is more than willing to take advice and inspiration from any successful person, even if it’s someone who admits to not knowing much about the NFL. Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys head coach had …

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Personal matter keeps Brandon Carr away

OXNARD, Calif. – Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr is not with the team at the beginning of training camp to deal with what coach Jason Garrett described as a “family health situation,” on Thursday. “We’re just going to communicate with him as he’s dealing with the situation,” Garrett said. “We’re going to give him some time to take care of it.” Carr was in London last week to help promote the NFL’s three games this season at Wembley Stadium.

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Three thoughts as Cowboys open camp

OXNARD, Calif. -- Three thoughts from the Cowboys’ first news conference of training camp: I’m not obsessing over the conditioning test the players took by themselves after coach Jason Garrett called it off, but it still doesn’t make sense. Garrett said Wednesday that he told the players at the end of their last minicamp that their attendance and performance had been so good that he decided to cancel the conditioning best. Besides, Garrett said he wasn’t sure it served a useful purpose anymore and it put the players at more risk because the conditioning test doesn’t require many...

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Jones: It’s not a make-or-break season for coach Jason Garrett

Young, new-look Cowboys open camp with the usual optimism and some time on Jason Garretts side owner Jerry Jones says.Follow Clarence E. Hill Jr. on Twitter

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Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett calls conditioning tests ‘a recipe for disaster’

OXNARD, Calif. — In the past, Jason Garrett has been a proponent of administering his players conditioning tests. “We need to make sure they are physically ready to practice the way we want to practice before we put them out …

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Dallas Cowboys expect LB Rolando McClain to practice Thursday, return to camp over weekend after trial

OXNARD, Calif. — Linebacker Rolando McClain is expected to be involved in the team’s first practice Thursday before leaving for Alabama to appear at a trial Friday on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to head coach Jason …

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Browns strike deal with veteran outside linebacker Edgar Jones, agent announces

The Browns have struck a deal with veteran outside linebacker Edgar Jones, his agent, Marc Lillibridge, announced today on Twitter. The Browns have yet to announce the move. Jones, 29, has appeared in 64 NFL regular-season games, but he has never started. He has contributed to special teams throughout his career. Before playing for the Dallas Cowboys last season and the Kansas City Chiefs the previous year, Jones spent five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. New Browns coach Mike Pettine was Jones' linebackers coach for two seasons in Baltimore. Jones worked out for the Browns in June...

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Garrett calls on tennis legend for motivation

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett likes to tell his players there is inspiration all around them. For Garrett, one such inspiration was a telephone conversation this offseason with tennis great Billie Jean King. "It was an amazing conversation," Garrett said. "I can remember being a kid seeing her play and obviously being at the top of her field. She was No. 1 in the world for a number of years. I think she won 32 grand slams, 14 singles, 18 doubles.

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Romo cleared; Spencer, Okoye aren't

OXNARD, Calif. – The Dallas Cowboys believe quarterback Tony Romo has made a complete recovery from December surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. After not participating in competitive drills during offseason workouts, Romo has been fully cleared for the start of training camp. Meanwhile, defensive end Anthony Spencer and defensive tackle Amobi Okoye “won’t be ready to go for a while,” coach Jason Garrett said.

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Dez Bryant the Next Michael Irvin?

First Take's Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the potential of Dez Bryant after Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett compared him to Michael Irvin.