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T.O. is out of the walking boot

The DMN blog has the goods today. Hat tip to those guys because I’m shamelessly ripping them off for this post.

BTB-regular Terry has a diary with the news that T.O. looks to be healing well. The news comes via the DMN blog.

Practice report from the DMN blog:

T.O. was the only Cowboy not participating in practice. Terry Glenn was the only one not wearing shoulder pads. Other than that, everybody was full go.

That includes C Andre Gurode (knee), NT Jay Ratliff (knee), CB Terence Newman (knee), S Pat Watkins (ankle) and S Keith Davis (knee).

Also, Todd Archer let’s us know that we re-signed TE Tony Curtis for one year at a half mil. We also added some cap space because of incentives not reached. Here’s where Archer says we are on the cap:

That brings their total space up to about $16.75 million for next year, but don't get too excited. That room doesn't include the tender offers they will make to restricted free agents, like Marion Barber and Chris Canty, exclusive rights free agents and the practice squad players they will sign to future deals. And it doesn't include the incentives the players hit this year, like Flozell Adams' earning $500,000 for a Pro Bowl trip.

Take away that money - and we're guessing Barber will receive the first- and third-round tender and Canty a first-round tender - and the Cowboys will have about $10 million or so in room for free agency.

The Cowboys were in pads today for practice. Good, they could use some physical workouts to get loose and ready for the playoffs. But the Breerman has specific ideas on why they did it.

The Cowboys were pulling shoulder pads on this morning, and it looks like they'll be hitting in practice for the first time in a month. They've been sweats or shells for some time now.

Why? Well, here's two reasons from the Redskins game: They couldn't run the ball and they couldn't stop the run. Offensively, the number in that category was historically bad. Defensively, the problem's pretty long-ranging. For the fourth time in five games, the Cowboys allowed more than 120 yards rushing, after yielding that many just twice in their first 11 games.