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June 17, 2008

Mini-camp Day 1 wrapup

It was a wild first day of the Cowboys three-day mini-camp at Valley Ranch....Here's the wrap up.

* WR Terry Glenn wants to be released and is not willing to sign a $500,000 injury settlement. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he had agreed to the waiver. But he has apparently changed his mind.

* WR Terrell Owens missed the practices and will not attend the mini-camp because of a death in the family, according to two sources.

* Wild weather rolled through the Irving area and cut short the morning practice under ominous clouds.

Here are some of the practice observations from the afternoon workout...

* First, the biggest thing noticed...Cowboys sponsers attended practice and we saw a first -- a mini-bar had been set up in the corner of the indoor facility for all to enjoy. There were two margarita machines. If only Bill Parcells could have seen this.

* Rookie CB Orlando Scandrick intercepted quarterback Tony Romo with his big moment since he arrived.

* Bye-bye: NT Jay Ratliff blew past center Andre Gurode in one-on-one line drills. Ratliff may be even quicker than last year off the line.

* We saw it: DE Marcus Spears whipped his way past big Leonard Davis to get into the backfield in the one-on-one line drills.

* We saw it II: LB Bradie James with blanket pass coverage on rookie RB Felix Jones. Jones dropped a little swing pass that was thrown behind him and James was all over the play.

* Felix Jones can hit he to the outside with lightning quickness.

* CB Terence Newman never misses a beat. He intercepted Brad Johnson on a pass intended for Isaiah Stanback.

* WR Sam Hurd was making plays all day -- morning and afternoon. Last week Miles Austin, this week Sam Hurd. That's why Wade Phillips feels OK about his WR depth.

* How about that? Rookie TE Martellus Bennett made a impressive diving catch from Brad Johnson in the end zone to beat SS Roy Williams during the two-minute drill. We know what you are thinking.

* WR Patrick Crayton beat tight coverage from CB Orlando Scandrick for a TD during the two-minute drill. Scandrick popped the ball loose just barely after Crayton reached the front corner of the end zone. Crayton was confident he made the play saying, ''That's a touchdown, don't worry about that.''

- Rick Herrin

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