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Dallas Cowboys News: Preparing For And Learning From The Patriots

Patriots example of bouncing back after bad loss -
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is using his next opponent, the New England Patriots, as an example for his team on how to bounce back from losses and setbacks. The Patriots blew a 21-point lead, and Tom Brady threw four interceptions, against the Bills in a Week 3 loss only to bounce back and beat the Raiders.

Cowboys might be 100 percent healthy for Patriots - Star Telegram
The Cowboys were missing 10 players at practice this week. But when the players return from their bye Monday, the Cowboys expect to be close to 100 percent healthy for the first time all season.

Sean Lissemore had practiced scoop and run in case of short kickoffs - Star-Telegram
Lissemore said he wasn’t surprised by the short kickoff that came to him in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. He was ready for the kickoff because special teams coach Joe DeCamillis had worked on exactly such a scenario in practice. The result: the 38-yard kickoff return was the longest of the season so far for the Cowboys.

Cowboys' Romo has to avoid late-game mistakes -
No kidding.

Who is better than Romo? Many, but we narrow it to six -
In today's "They Pay Guys To Come Up With This Crap?" section,'s Adam Rank selects six quarterbacks the Cowboys could have gone with who Rank thinks would be better options than Tony Romo. The six: David Garrard, Kyle Orton, Donovan McNabb, Matt Flynn, Ryan Mallett, Matt Hasselbeck and Stephen McGee.

Jason Witten: Dirk's tweet a 'class act' - ESPN Dallas
Witten appreciated Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki's message via Twitter to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on Monday. "It was a class act of him to do that," Witten said. "I know Tony appreciated it." Here's Dirk's tweet:  "Dear tony romo. Don't worry abt all the critics. I heard that same garbage for a long time. Keep working hard and keep improving."

Not everyone is impressed that Nowitzki has Romo's back - USAToday
There's always two sides to a story. In this one, former Dallas wide receiver Drew Pearson apparently isn't impressed with what Dirk tweeted. Deion Sanders and some tight end from the Redskins also felt the need to add their five cents worth, but I'm not even going to link to that.

Cliff Harris selected for 2011 Hall of Very Good - Cold Hard Football Facts
What initially may sound like a joke is far from it. Created in 2002, the Professional Football Researchers' (PFRA) Hall of Very Good seeks to honor outstanding players and coaches who are not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and may or may not be selected.

Cliff Harris played for the Cowboys from 1970-1979 and was voted first-team safety on the NFL 1970's All-Decade team. He is the only first-team defensive player on that team to not be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He spent his entire career in the 70's, playing all ten seasons of his career for the same team that signed him after he went undrafted in 1970. He played in five Super Bowls with the Cowboys, winning two championships.

Cowboys, Alamodome discuss new training camp deal - San Antonio Express-News
The Dallas Cowboys are again eyeing the building as a possible training camp site, a city official confirmed. But Jerry Jones said in the summer that he'd like a split camp in the future, meaning San Antonio would likely share the team with Oxnard, even if a deal between the team and the city materializes.

Cowboys rookie lineman already making a name for himself - Star Telegram
In answering six questions about rookie right tackle Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Hudson Houck invoked Larry Allen's name three times. There are worse comparisons.

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