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Cowboys news: Two current stars could miss mandatory camp, T.O. will miss HOF induction

The Cowboys are unsure if stars Zack Martin and David Irving will be available at mandatory minicamp next week. Terrell Owens has decided to not attend his HOF induction.

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Cowboys unsure Zack Martin, David Irving will attend minicamp - Todd Archer- ESPN
Players can be fined about $85,000 for missing the mandatory minicamp next week but the Cowboys are still unsure if two key players will be present. Jason Garrett discussed Zack Martin:

“He’s in great shape,” Garrett said. “He’s been in our program all year long and he’s working on the side with our strength coaches right now and just doing a great job. He’s a professional so if he’s here we’ll be mindful of that, that he hasn’t practiced yet. We wouldn’t put him in a situation he can’t handle, but he can handle most things.”

Dallas Cowboys unsure if two stars will be at mini camp -Clarence Hill- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Jason Garrett also talked about David Irving.

“He’s been handling some different things in his life right now,” Garrett said, “so he has not been a regular participant in the offseason program. When he’s been here we have not put him into practice. We’ve had him run on the side.”

Irving defended himself in an Instagram post on Wednesday, saying, “I wish the media would tell the truth about why I’m really not at OTAs,” he wrote. “I wonder if they even know the real reason? There is no football, if there’s no me ... Gotta help yourself before you help others right? Just stay tuned for the damn season.”

Rod Marinelli giving 'guidance' in recent talks with David Irving; 'But the man has got to grab it and go' -Jon Machota- SportsDay
Rod Marinelli discussed Irving.

“I talk to him as me,” Marinelli said. “I’m not his father now, so I ain’t doing that crap. I tell him what it is. Whatever it means, I just say what I mean, man to man.”

“Everything I do is with guidance, when you’re dealing with men,” Marinelli said. “It’s about man-building. You give him guidance and go. But the man has got to grab it and go.”


Terrell Owens’ statement on the Hall of Fame ceremony.

Terrell Owens spurns Pro Football Hall of Fame for induction ceremony, says he'll celebrate on his own terms - SportsDay Staff
Former Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens is not content with the fact that he wasn't a first-ballot Hall of Famer, so he's decided to miss the ceremony.

“While I am incredibly appreciative of this opportunity, I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton,” Owens said in a statement. “After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life elsewhere.”

Terrell Owens declines invitation to Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony - ESPN Staff
The Hall of Fame comments on Owens’ decision.

Owens, who said he has let the Hall of Fame know of his intentions, added he will announce “where and when” he will celebrate his induction at a later date. He later tweeted out his statement with a simple “Sincerely, #81” added to it.

”We are disappointed but will respect Terrell’s decision not to participate in the enshrinement,” Hall of Fame president David Baker said in a statement. “While unprecedented, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nearly 5,000 volunteers and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the Class of 2018 that will kick off the NFL’s 99th season.”


Players Trade Helmets For Whistles For Annual “Cowboys U” Camp At The Star - Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys had their seventh annual "Cowboys U" event where they bring in student athletes and coach them in a mini-tournament at The Star.

The event, presented by the Texas Lottery, was highlighted by a round-robin 7-on-7 event of 12 teams, coached by the Cowboys veterans.

This year’s winner went to Dan Bailey’s team, which edged out punter Chris Jones’ squad in the championship game.

The other “head coaches” on Thursday were Travis Frederick, Tyron Smith, Sean Lee, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, DeMarcus Lawrence, Byron Jones, Jeff Heath, Cole Beasley and Tyrone Crawford.

The rest of the players served as assistant coaches to each team, installing instructions and other on-field guidance throughout the tournament.

The 192 students represent 44 high schools from 11 different North Texas school districts.

Walls’ Painful Memory Of The Catch Spawns Eventual Lasting Friendship - Mickey Spagnola, Dallas Cowboys
Out of one of the most painful moments in Cowboys history. Everson Walls developed an amazing friendship with the late Dwight Clark.

From then on, the two would hook up at autograph signings, the guy who made The Catch and the poor corner who set an NFL rookie record with 11 interceptions that year – a total that still stands today as the most interceptions in a single season since 1981 – who appeared to be covering him. Sitting side by side, signing away.

So this has been a tough one for Walls to take.

“Heartbreaking, just heartbreaking,” Walls would say that evening at the Cowboys Club here at The Star. “Seeing him in that wheelchair was the tough part to see.”

Here's what makes Ed 'Too Tall' Jones think the Cowboys can compete with Eagles and 'make make a lot of noise' - Gerry Fraley, SportsDay
Cowboys legend Ed "Too Tall" Jones believes that the Cowboys have just as much talent to compete with the Eagles and win a championship.

“I find the Cowboys hard to evaluate for two reasons,” said Jones, who spent 15 seasons with the Cowboys. “No. 1, for some reason key players keep getting injured every year. And also suspensions. ... I think they talent and key players in positions that you have to have to win. I like [coach] Jason Garrett.

”But I want to see Dallas when they don’t have players suspended and are injury-free. That way, I can really evaluate. If they’re able to maintain those two things, they can make a lot of noise. I think they have as much talent as Philly. I want to see those glory days come back.”