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Dallas Cowboys training camp practice report #20

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The last practice for the Dallas Cowboys wasn't much to watch. The guys were in helmets and shorts so there wasn't much contact, and they were running most stuff at half-speed. So I'm not going to do the usual recap because it wouldn't mean much. Ken Hamlin was held out of practice, but Terrell Owens returned so maybe he will play Thursday night. All the regular injury guys were still out, so I never got to see Isaiah Stanback in action, which was a disappointment.

They spent a lot of the time game-planning for the Colts game. During the 11-on-11 drills the scout team was simulating the Colts 4-3 defense while the defense went against a lot 3-wide sets that they will see from the Colts. That's what they spent the majority of practice working on. The defense practiced goal line for a while, and it appeared the 1st-team goal line defense was Ware, Canty, Ferguson, Spears and Spencer across the front, with Ayodele, Burnett and James at linebacker, while Newman, Williams, and Davis played the secondary. Davis was probably subbing in for Hamlin.

Jehreme Urban took all of the punt returns during the special teams session, although McBriar didn't actually punt. Instead, Patrick Crayton simulated punts by throwing the ball downfield.

The team is ready to play the Colts, I'm ready to watch them play the Colts, and I'm ready to go home. Sometime over the next day or two, I'll write up detailed observations about camp and take some guesses as to who is in the lead for the eight or so spots on the roster still up for grabs.

Until then, feel free to post your own thoughts on training camp below.