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DALLAS COWBOYS TIDBITS: Former TCU standout a huge Emmitt fan

Dallas Cowboys RB Ed Wesley - Huge Emmitt Smith fan - The Boys Are Back blog

Dallas Cowboys running back Ed Wesley, a rookie from TCU, seeks to make the team as a free-agent signee. Wesley grew up as a huge Cowboys fan and, at one point in high school, lived in apartments across the street from the team’s Valley Ranch training facility. He shared his five favorite Cowboys memories thus far:

    1Emmitt Smith sets NFL career rushing record… "It was awesome. Emmitt was my favorite."

    2Smith inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame… "My first time playing football, when I could choose my own number, I chose No. 22 because of him."

    3Cowboys beat Pittsburgh 27-17 to win Super Bowl XXX… "I was in the first grade. I was 7 years old and I watched every bit of it."

    4Cowboys beat Philadelphia in 2009 playoffs, the team’s first postseason triumph in 13 years… "The guys were giving me crap at TCU… because I was like, ‘We’re going to the Super Bowl.’ And they lost in the next round."

    5Getting the call to join the team… "It was a dream come true."

 

Unique double

Cowboys cornerback C.J. Wilson, a former Baylor standout, missed most of the morning walkthrough while having a root canal but took part in the padded practice during the afternoon. It made for a memorable day. "The pain medicine wore off as soon as we got out here, so I’ve been spitting out blood. But I’m fine," Wilson said after the afternoon session. "You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, man. If you don’t, somebody else will."

Playing catch-up

Because of injuries to Lance Dunbar (hamstring) and Phillip Tanner (broken hand), free-agent running backs Ed Wesley and Tavarris Williams figure to log significant snaps Monday at Oakland. Running backs coach Skip Peete said both are "a little behind the 8-ball" in learning the offense because neither went through off-season drills. Asked about Wesley, a TCU product, Peete said: "He’s an exciting young kid. He has some good run skills and has ability to run routes out of the backfield. He’s still behind, but that’s not his fault. If you’re three or four months behind everybody else, you’ve got to catch up quickly."

Star sighting

Actor Ashton Kutcher watched Saturday’s practice. He strolled the sideline like an assistant coach but wore a Boston Red Sox cap.

They said it

"I can’t accept … that we will be as disappointing as we were last year. I can’t accept that. Because I know that it was my most disappointing year as a Cowboy. We can’t have, individually, players play at the level they played at last year and not do better." — Jerry Jones

 

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Humble beginning

With the preseason opener looming, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett reflected on his first snap as a rookie quarterback in the NFL. Playing for the New Orleans Saints, Garrett handed off on a reverse against Buffalo. Then, he turned to block defensive end Bruce Smith, a future Hall of Famer. "He looked like he was 48 feet tall," Garrett said. "So you dive at his knees, he throws you to the ground and he makes the tackle."

History lesson, reality check

Cowboys tight end James Hanna, a rookie sixth-round pick from Oklahoma, wears No. 84. But his knowledge of predecessors who donned that digit is limited to Jay Novacek, a standout tight end from the 1990s. Asked about Pettis Norman, who made the number notable in the 1960s, Hanna said: "I don’t know about that. Not familiar with him." He is familiar with outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Asked to cite the moment he realized the NFL would be significantly different from college, Hanna said: "The first time I blocked DeMarcus Ware. Or tried to. It didn’t go well."

Dallas Cowboys Injury Report

WR Miles Austin, hamstring, 1 week

WR Dez Bryant, hamstring tightness, day-to-day

RB Phillip Tanner, hand, 1-2 weeks

G Kevin Kowalski, ankle, on PUP

G Bill Nagy, high ankle sprain, day-to-day (UPDATE: Waived)

G Nate Livings, hamstring, day-to-day

LB Anthony Spencer, hamstring, day-to-day

DE Jason Hatcher, hamstring, day-to-day

RB Lance Dunbar, hamstring, day-to-day

DB Matt Johnson, hamstring, day-to-day

TE John Phillips, ankle, day-to-day

WR Saalim Hakim, dislocated finger, 1 week

CB Mike Jenkins, shoulder, on PUP

Courtesy: Jimmy Burch

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