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Cowboys Practice #7: Amari Cooper leaves early with a heel bruise

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The Cowboys were missing a few key names on both sides of the ball but the defense came away winners again.

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What a wonderful feeling knowing that football is right around the corner. The Cowboys are back on the practice fields this Saturday prepping for the 2019 season. Zeke-Watch continues into day nine as Ezekiel Elliott remains away from the team. Let’s summarize today’s practice.

Who’s got the day off?

Zack Martin back injury update

The good news is that the injury doesn’t seem to be serious at the moment and the Cowboys are going to keep him from strenuous activities as long as possible. Don’t expect to see Zack Martin do much of anything over the next week. He wasn’t likely to play much of the preseason anyways and the back is a sensitive area that warrants all extra precaution.

Amari Cooper leaves practice early

A giant gasp at practice today as Amari Cooper was on the sidelines after leaving practice early. It doesn’t seem to be a huge concern at the moment but it’s been confirmed that he has a heel bruise:

Amari Cooper did return to the field but remained held out of the action to rest his foot.

A couple of receivers showing off their talents

The Cowboys have a crowded room at receiver and the competition is very stiff. One early name on the rise is Reggie Davis. He’s battling it out for the punt return duties but his speed and release in the passing game has caught a few eyeballs in practice.

Reggie Davis had himself a pretty solid Saturday practice and check out this maximum effort:

Speaking of great effort, Jalen Guyton also deserves a tip of the cap for fighting through and making the contested catch:

Guyton’s quickness is too much for Kavon Frazier on this one:

Lastly, a forgotten man, Tavon Austin; when he’s on, he can be lethal. Austin had quite the showing in today’s practice:

Pretty perfect timing on this catch by Austin over rookie Michael Jackson, a very sizable corner to contend with in one-on-ones:

Xavier Woods tallying up the interceptions early on

He picked up an interception a few days ago and added another one in today’s practice. Woods has ball skills that was a big reason for him being drafted three seasons ago, here he is playing center-field, he makes an excellent read on a deep pass from Dak Prescott:

Another look of Woods incredible instincts, reads the play, reacts and has the juice to pluck this one on his way out of bounds.

Donovan Olumba had himself a nice day in the secondary

The pet project of Kris Richard, Donovan Olumba, has the length to become a solid perimeter corner in this league. Coming in as a very raw athlete last offseason, he’s certainly made a noticeable jump in year two. Olumba put together a very good performance on Saturday.

Here’s another shot of Olumba breaking up the pass and saving a touchdown:

Brett Maher update: A perfect day for the kicker!

Defense continues string of practice victories