Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: After 182 Days, Football Is Back

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A look at the latest Dallas Cowboys headlines as we review last night's game.

After six months, football is finally back. The headlines this morning naturally revolve around last night's game. For a great game summary, read KD Drummond's extensive post-game take: "Cowboys Open Preseason In Style With 24-20 Victory Over Miami Dolphins."

For everything else, scan the headlines below.

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Cowboys Leave Canton With No Big Injuries - D. Helman, DallasCowboys.com
Helman offers perhaps the most encouraging post-game headline. While Phillip Tanner, Ben Bass and Matt Johnson had to leave the game with apparent injuries, it looks like all three of them will be available for the next game against Oakland, where they will likely be joined by Terrance Williams, who'll looks like he'll be cleared soon.

Dallas 'D'-Lightful - Todd Archer, ESPNDallas
Todd Archer headlines his recap by pointing out that the key to the win over the Dolphins was a stingy defense and a solid running game to, neither of which the Cowboys really had last season.

Cowboys with a good start in the running game - C. Williams, Star-Telegram
This should please proponents of stronger ground game: The Cowboys had 34 rushes to "only" 21 pass attempts, gaining 170 of their 266 total yards on the ground.

"We have tried to be a more physical team running the football," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We tried to address a personnel issue we had up front by drafting Travis Frederick. We felt like we got a couple of young lineman coming to make us bigger and stronger up there, to help us run the ball better. I thought tonight was a good start running the football."

"We ran it a few different ways. We ran it inside; we had some edge runs as well. I thought the runners ran hard. I thought Phillip Tanner really ran hard and really took advantage of the opportunity we gave him. So I thought that was a good start in the running game."

Leary impresses in Cowboys' preseason opener - J. Machota, FSSouthwest
Ronald Leary played every snap last night, and Jerry Jones later confirmed he would be comfortable with Leary as a starter.

"Yes," Jones said. "Yes. I don't want to be the coach, but I'm comfortable. I've seen, he just adds a substance, it's not just his size, it's his punch. He adds a base in that middle and if you put that with [Travis] Frederick in there and that really changes things up for us with what we have."

"I was glad to see those interior guys play most of the game and they did," Jones said. "We really had our eyes on those guys [Leary, Frederick and Costa]. We saw them do some good things out there. That's going to give them improvement and give us confidence in them."

Awarding Game Balls To Pass-Rusher & New Coaches - B.Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com
No big surprise here as Broaddus hands out the game balls to RB Phillip Tanner, DE George Selvie the Monte Kiffin/Rod Marinelli combo.

Hall of Fame Game Immediate Reaction - The Phinsider
Here's a chance to read what the Dolphins' SB Nation blog thinks thought about the game.

Garrett: Preseason for starters begins next week - C. Hill, Star-Telegram
Jason Garrett outlines what to expect over the next few games in terms of playing time for the starters:

"Garrett said the starters will begin their normal preseason work of getting about a couple of series, maybe a quarter of work against the Raiders, then progress to playing into the second quarterback [sic] against the Cardinals in week three before the unofficial dress rehearsal of the season against the Bengals in the fourth preseason game."

Romo: Contract didn't include more time at practice facility - J. Machota, FSSouthwest
Tony Romo clarifies that Jerry Jones didn't ask for him to spend more time at Valley Ranch, but to spend time more time in the coaches meetings.

"I think that was wrong," Romo said. "He didn't want me to spend more time at the facility, I mean, I wear the facility out. He asked me if I wanted to spend more time in the coaches meetings, something I've never been able to do before. I told him, 'Yeah.' I thought that was a positive for us as a football team. Just any time you can get in there and be involved, in that aspect, it's a good thing. I was on board with that. I thought it was a good thing, and it's been great so far."

Terrance Williams doesn’t have a concussion; expects to play Friday - B. George, DMN
Terrance Williams said he doesn’t have a concussion and expects to play in the second preseason game Friday at Oakland, writes Brandon George.

“They were just being cautious,” Williams said. “I’m fine.”

“We don’t think what he has is a serious issue,” Garrett said.

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