Despite watching three receivers, including starter Dez Bryant, leave the practice field with varying injuries in today’s joint practice with the Chargers in San Diego, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he likes what the team accomplished in the session. The teams work together again Tuesday before the Cowboys return to Texas.
Bryant (right knee) and Donavan Kemp (left knee) both left the practice with knee ailments and were scheduled to undergo MRIs. Andre Holmes departed after his back stiffened during drills.
Garrett cited a “similar value system” between the two franchises that enables Dallas and San Diego to benefit from the shared practice with a minimum of chippiness during drills.
“We as coaches try every day to create competitive situations for our guys. Whether it’s one-on-one, two-on-two, seven-on-seven or 11-on-11,” Garrett said. “We’re always trying to do that and that’s an important part of growing as an individual player and as a team. That happens really naturally when you’re working against other teams.
“We have a real similar value system, the Cowboys and the Chargers. I’ve been around (Chargers coach) Norv (Turner) for a number of years … We both know what we want out of these practices. We had great work with them last year. We were dying to do this again this year because the work was so good against them last year (in Dallas). We practice hard. We compete. We’re not going to have a lot of fights. We understand what we’re trying to get out of it. Throughout the practice, the 1-on-1’s, they were competitive, but I think everybody understood there was a healthy respect for each other. Tomorrow’s going to be a little more situational. We’re going to move the ball a little bit. We’re going to have some two-minute, do a little red zone. We’ll have some more competitive situations but the tempo’s right. I think both teams are getting a lot out of it.”