The Cowboys have decided to move their Wednesday practice to Cowboys Stadium, with thunderstorms in the forecast.
During one of the hottest summers on record for North Texas, the team has spent most of its practices indoors. They worked out in San Antonio’s Alamodome for two weeks before moving to Cowboys Stadium, and have generally dodged the elements since shifting to Valley Ranch midway through the preseason.
After Wednesday, temperatures cool off in North Texas for the remainder of the week, though rain is still projected on Thursday and Friday.
The forecast for Sunday’s game in San Francisco is sunny, with a high in the upper 60s
Although the Cowboys said all the right things about their offensive line play, particularly the three first-year starters, after Sunday’s game against the Jets, they did acknowledge there were problems in the interior.
Specifically, rookie Bill Nagy was pushed back several times. While he plays with good technique, size and strength remain a problem for him and the Cowboys _ especially when they are already playing with an undersized center in Phil Costa and a smallish right guard in Kyle Kosier.
It is one reason the Cowboys struggled running the ball against the Jets.
Owner Jerry Jones hinted on his local radio show on Tuesday that the team would look at veteran Derrick Dockery as an option for Costa. Jones said that was the reason they signed the 6-foot-6, 325-pound Dockery and that was the plan all along.
Well, the Cowboys looked to be putting the plan in action on Wednesday as Dockery worked some with the first team at left guard along with Nagy. Time will tell if the move is permanent.
Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick echoed owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday when he said he will miss Sunday’s game against the 49ers with a high ankle sprain.
But Scandrick conceded no more, saying everybody heals differently and he is hoping for a fast return from an injury he said he suffered on the second play of the game but wasn’t sidelined until 15 plays later the second quarter.
High ankle sprains are usually four week injuries. Scandrick is expected to be in a walking boot for seven to 10 days. He says he is going to use an oxygen chamber to help with the healing process.
“I’m obviously upset,” Scandrick said. “I feel like I was making strides as a player. It’s a minor setback. I’m going to be back and pick right up where I left off.”
The Cowboys are hoping cornerback Terence Newman is ready to go against the 49ers after missing opener and the entire preseason with a groin injury. The Cowboys worked on veteran cornerback Frank Walker on Tuesday and might sign him as insurance.
The Dallas Cowboys signed cornerback Frank Walker to the roster Tuesday to help shore up a position decimated by injuries.
Orlando Scandrick is out with as sprained ankle and Terence Newman is still day-to-day with a groin injury that kept him out the opener and the entire preseason..
Walker was originally drafted in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft by the N.Y. Giants out of Tuskegee. He has started 17-of-93 games in his eight year career.
Walker played his first four years with the Giants, where he also played with Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, then signed with Green Bay for one season (2007), Baltimore for two (2008-09) and with Minnesota in 2010.
He has recorded 129 tackles, eight interceptions, 31 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.