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WR Terrance Williams Could Miss Two Preseason Games - DallasCowboys.com
In their Friday practice recap, the DC.com staff write that Terrance Williams left practice with concussion-like symptoms yesterday. As NFL rules mandate that players can’t return to the field for seven days after a concussion, this could keep Williams out of both the Dolphins game and next week's game against Oakland. Despite the Williams injury, the number of players missing practice actually decreased, with Mackenzy Bernadeau, Danny Coale, and James Hanna resuming practice.

Travis Frederick to play in all five preseason games - R. Sabin, DMN
Coach Jason Garrett said yesterday that he expects Frederick to play in all five preseason games, as the rookie needs to gain experience in competitive situations at the pro level.

Eye On Matt Johnson; Backup QBs in spotlight - B. Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com
Broaddus describes Matt Johnson as confident and comfortable, with a good chance of making the roster.

Matt Johnson continues to work his way back in the role of an everyday football player after struggling through an injury plague [sic] rookie season that landed him on the injured reserve in 2012.

Johnson has looked confident and comfortable in his defensive reps but he also plays on the majority of the special teams which will allow him another avenue to prove his worth on this 53 man roster.

Broaddus also explains that the Cowboys are looking for a developmental QB to run the scout team (something Kyle Orton did all of last season), and sees both Tanney and Stephens as potential options for that role - from a practice squad spot.

Broaddus further points out that while the Cowboys are temporarily running out of guards, the answer is not to bring in a couple of over-the-hill veterans like Brian Waters.

Brian Watters [sic] sat out the entire 2012 season, if he was interesting [sic] in really playing, wouldn’t he have reached out to the club this spring got in shape and made another run at it?

Cowboys practice report: Day 11 - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Calvin Watkins provides a summary of yesterday's practice activities, and notes that in Terrance Williams' absence, Cole Beasley moved to the slot and Harris became the No. 3 receiver.

For modern game, Bill Parcells will take Tony Romo - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Bill Parcells was asked which of the quarterbacks he coached in his career he would pick today.

“Well, what do you want them for?” said Parcells, who coached the Cowboys from 2003-06. “If you want them for fighting it out, just fight it out to death -- Phil Simms. You want them for, OK, just passing the ball, you want to make this 100 percent passing, picturesque and classic, then I have to have Vinny Testaverde. Now if you want to play the modern game and you got to be elusive and get away from then [sic], you give me Tony Romo.”

Hall of Fame Game Betting: Odds Favor Miami over Dallas - SBNation.com
Well, they've got an O-line and we don't, so there's that. Dallas opened as a 1 1/2-point favorite, but Miami is now listed as high as a 3-point favorite. The total was sitting at 34 as of Friday morning.

Jay Ratliff making progress, nearing return - C. Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Ratliff is making progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury suffered at the beginning of camp. Over the last few days, he's been working hard in the weight room and with the trainers on his rehab. He's also been working with coaches and teammates on the field on footwork and hand placements. Garrett would like to see Ratliff get some snaps in at least one preseason game, much like the other injured players who are coming back from injuries. That would mean the Cowboys are targeting Ratliff's return for the fourth pre-season game against the Bengals on August 24, the second-to-last pre-season game and the last in which the starters play any meaningful snaps.

"I think with all those guys, you want to see them play football in the preseason," Garrett said. "Each of those guys has a different timetable for doing that and we just got to see how they're doing that day-by-day, week-by-week. But you certainly want to get those guys ready to play against the Giants (in Week 1), and one of the real important things is to get them some preseason snaps. ... You certainly want to get them some snaps going against some live action before that opener."

Frederick Improving at Guard, Bryant Back At It - B. Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com
The injury situation means that the Cowboys have to get creative in fielding an offensive line, and Broaddus can see a scenario in which Frederick plays right guard and Phil Costa plays center, with Leary taking the left guard position. But Broaddus also concedes that "what I believe and the staff believes could be two totally different situations."

Joseph Randle: 'I'm back where I need to be' in time for Sunday's game - C. Mendez, Star-Telegram
Joseph Randle has been working hard to get up to speed after a thumb injury kept him out of OTAs and contributed to a slow start to camp.

“That was my first time being back on the football field in a long time,” he said. “Half a year. Longer than that. Normally, you get more preparation during the offseason. So you’re crisper. I had to work to get to that stage, and in front of everybody. But I’m back where I need to be.”

Mid-Day Report: Albright hurts back, developmental QB an option - R. Kavner, DallasCowboys.com
Alex Albright will likely be held out of the HoF game by a back injury, Garrett said that injuries like these provide opportunities for some of the younger players who'll get extended snaps on Sunday. Garrett also reiterated that he’d like to keep a developmental quarterback, if either Alex Tanney or Nick Stephens show they are worth such a spot.

What’s in a name? Millions for the Dallas Cowboys - Dallas Business Journal
The DBJ takes a detailed look at the Cowboys' deal with AT&T, in which Jerry Jones landed one of the biggest naming-rights deals in sports history when AT&T agreed to pay upwards of $20 million a year to stamp its name on the team’s home.

Barry Church gets free PEEPS after Jolly Rancher accident - L. Ojeda, FSSouthwest
It may not be quite on the same level as a stadium naming-rights deal, but Barry Church also got a sweet deal: after his fiasco with the Jolly Rancher brand, Church secured a season's worth of free marshmallow candy from a competitor brand.

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