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Training Camp News: DeMarcus Lawrence Out 8-12 Weeks, Tony Romo Sits Out

The Cowboys second-round draft pick, DeMarcus Lawrence, came up lame in Tuesday's practice. A later X-ray showed a fractured foot that will have him miss two to three months.

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Source: Cowboys rookie DE DeMarcus Lawrence out 8-12 weeks with fractured foot | Dallas Morning News

The Cowboys were counting on rookie DeMarcus Lawrence to add some punch to their pass rush in 2014. On Tuesday, the second-round pick suffered an injury to his foot that initial reports say will make him miss 8 - 12 weeks.

DeMarcus Lawrence fractured his right foot in Tuesday’s practice and is projected to miss the next two to three months, a source said.

An X-ray revealed late Tuesday evening that the Lawrence suffered a fractured foot. The injury ensures he will not be available to start the season and puts his availability in the first half of the season in doubt.

This is a tough blow for Lawrence and the Cowboys. The defensive line suffering injuries looks like it's not just a 2013 thing.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett: Tony Romo will not practice Tuesday afternoon | Dallas Morning News

Tony Romo missed another practice although all parties say there were no setbacks, they were just acting out of caution.

Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said earlier Tuesday that quarterback Tony Romo would practice in the evening. But it appears plans have changed.

Coach Jason Garrett said Romo participated in Tuesday's walk-through session and will not practice in the afternoon session.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declares Tony Romo is 100 percent as the QB is held out of his second practice of camp | Dallas Morning News

Jerry Jones flat out denied there is anything wrong with Romo's back.

"No, not at all,'' Jones said. "We feel really good. We're really pleased with the way he's practicing and the work he's getting done and what he's doing both on and off the field.

"There is nothing that in any way would concern you about his back.''

He went on to say this was all part of the way they planned to go, playing each day more or less by ear. Meanwhile, the debate flared up again about just how healthy Romo really is. There are several reporters who remain skeptical, while others (who seem to be a decided majority) believe that the team is telling the truth, and that what they see happening when Romo is on the field is an indication that he is ready to go when the team want him to.

Dallas Cowboys practice report: Day 7 - ESPN Dallas

Todd Archer's recap includes a little love for a rookie.

The hit of the day might have belonged to rookie linebacker Anthony Hitchens in one-on-one pass rush drills with running backs. Hitchens flattened Joseph Randle in the drill and immediately had fellow linebacker Justin Durant jumping on his back in celebration. To Randle’s credit, he responded in his next two reps, including a good standstill with Orie Lemon. All of the running backs not named DeMarco Murray struggled in the pass-protection drill. When coach Jason Garrett had Murray go up against Bruce Carter in the daily offense vs. defense matchup, Murray won the matchup.

Tue. Practice Recap: Lawrence Leaves With Ankle Injury

For a quick hit practice summary, check out the mothership. But this item in the summary really stands out.

Plenty of attention has been given to tight ends coach Mike Pope and his unique methods of working with players. Pope’s tactics caught some big-time publicity Tuesday night, when he had the tight ends strip out of their shirts and catch passes bare-chested. If that wasn’t enough, Pope proceeded to toss buckets of ice water on them as they went through the drill.

What the ...? This guy has had success everywhere he goes, so we'll roll with it for now.

Day 6 observations from Dallas Cowboys training camp practice: Big day for RBs; WR Jamar Newsome excites Dez Bryant | Dallas Morning News

Another summary from the DMN. Mo Claiborne continues to reclaim his swagger.

CB Morris Claiborne broke up a pass intended for WR Terrance Williams in 1-on-1 drills. Williams cut inside from the left side of the field, and Claiborne arrived just after the ball did to break up the pass.

Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden: I’m preparing like I’m going to start; ‘That’s the only way to do it’ | Dallas Morning News

With the continuing concerns about Romo's health, however justified or not, there is a little bit more focus on the new backup quarterback. Fortunately, in addition to bringing a pretty good arm into camp, Brandon Weeden also is fairly familiar with the Cowboys' offense.

"The nice thing is there's quite a bit of carryover from what I did last year, so I'm not having to relearn the entire book, but there's 30-35 percent of it that I'm having to learn," he said. "My comfort level is getting there. There's still a couple nuances throughout the day, a play here, a play there that I'd like to have back, a throw or a read. But that's why we're doing it right now.

"I got a long way to go. I think I've done some decent things, but I still need to get better."

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant takes leadership role seriously - ESPN Dallas

Dez is now one of the vets, the old guys, and he's helping show the way for the younger guys.

"There's a greater responsibility when you're the best player in the room," receivers coach Derek Dooley said. "People generally look up to guys that have been to Pro Bowls and made these great plays. You can either be an example in a positive way or be an example in a negative way.

"I'm really blessed to have a guy like Dez because he has an incredible work ethic on the field and an incredible desire to get better in his trade. All that does is spill down to the rest of the guys."

Five observations from the first week of Cowboys training camp | Dallas Morning News

Scott Linehan is one of the new faces, and he's certainly mixing things up for the Cowboys.

4.) It's been fun watching the different ways offensive play-caller Scott Linehan lines up his receivers and tight ends. Second-year tight end Gavin Escobar has been lining up like a wide receiver on several occasions. In other formations, 5-8 Cole Beasley is out wide while Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are lined up next to each other on the inside. Regardless if the Cowboys run the ball more or not, expect to see a lot of three, four and five-wides this season.

George Selvie still feels he's fighting for a job with Cowboys - ESPN Dallas

If the Cowboys really are going to turn things around on defense, it will take a collective effort. Sometimes overlooked in all that are players like George Selvie. He came in off the street last year and stabilized one of the defensive end spots. Now, he's ready  to prove the doubters wrong.

Selvie is fired up about the perception that the defensive line is Dallas' weakest link. He was reminded of that the other night as he watched television with some of his linemates. They were excited to see their pictures flash across the screen, only to then see the words "Biggest Question Mark in the League."

Selvie wants to prove that perception wrong. He wants to prove his performance last season wasn't a fluke. He wants to prove again that he belongs in NFL.

"People still don't give me credit for last year," Selvie said. "But that comes with the territory. I was a no-name guy. I came off the couch. I've just got to go out there and prove myself again. That's what football is all about. Year after year, you've got to come out there and prove yourself."

Sean Lee of Dallas Cowboys expects to come back from ACL injury completely healthy - ESPN Dallas

Sean Lee is at camp, doing his best to help the Cowboys defense get the job done.

"From a rehab standpoint, I'm feeling great," Lee said. "My knee is responding really well."

Lee, who has been at team meetings, has not been on the field during practice because he wouldn't be able to move out of the way if needed. The 28-year-old says he should be able to start running in five weeks.

Hamstring injury to keep Dallas Cowboys safety Matt Johnson out a week - ESPN

The unicorn was there, then he disappeared.

A hamstring injury will keep Dallas Cowboys safety Matt Johnson out for at least a week if not more in training camp, continuing a trend that started soon after he was drafted in 2012.

"Yesterday I was talking to my brother and stuff and I had a pity party, and you can't do that because it's not going to solve anything," Johnson said. "But I just don't know. I've done everything I could -- stayed late, get here early, rehab it. I've done more in the month off that we had from the summer than I ever have in my life. Not as far as overworking it but as far as trying to get it ready. The conditioning test, felt fine. The first couple three days, felt good. I felt really good warming up I was like, 'You know what I'm going to give it all I had,' and ... it wasn't anything bad, but it's just frustrating knowing you can't got 100 percent and in the NFL you have to go 100 percent."

Scout's Notebook: Bernadeau Making Most Of Chance

With Ron Leary out, Mackenzy Bernadeau is trying to snatch the left guard starting spot.

Mackenzy Bernadeau is taking full advantage of this opportunity to start at left guard while Ronald Leary continues to nurse a sore hamstring. Leary has done a little more each day in trying to work his way back, but this offensive line is taking shape without him. I have been impressed with Bernadeau's ability to anchor down in the middle of that pocket and not allow any type of penetration. His initial quickness and sets have been on point, while his hands and feet have worked very well together. He has always been a player that has really nice upper and lower body strength and when he gets his hands on you, it's over. He and Tyron Smith have worked very well together in regard to passing stunts and working on the same page. If there is a weakness to his game, I believe it's his second-level play. When he is able to work down the line, he has been fine but when he has to move up on those linebackers, there is a bit of a struggle. He is aware of who he needs to get and the effort to make that happen is good, but the finish can be just a tick off. I don't see a problem with him adjusting in space but it's making sustained contact that will need to improve.

NFL Fan Base Analysis 2014: The Best Fan Base belongs to the Cowboys or Perhaps the Steelers?

The Sports Marketing Analytics project at Emory University tracks a variety of statistical measures to measure fan loyalty nd has determined that that the Cowbys fan base leads all other teams in "Fan Equity," a metric designed to measure just how much a fanbase supports its team financially.

Our rankings are based on the average Fan Equity score for the last three years (please note that the statistical model is estimated using the last thirteen years of data). But Dallas is no one time wonder; the Cowboys have taken the honors for this metric for the last five years. Following Dallas, are the fan bases of the Patriots, Jets, Giants and Colts.

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