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October 21, 2010

Officials to attend practice

The Cowboys are trying everything to get the penalites out of their system, and that includes having officials at today's practice.

"To have that resource, there in the moment, and if [a penalty] does happen, hey, point it out and let’s repeat the play and do it right," linebacker Keith Brooking said. "That’s important. I think it can help. Obviously, we have a few glaring needs after the first five games and penalties and turnovers, I think, are [up there]. The more you can talk about that and be conscious of it and actually have somebody out there on the spot to help you, I think that’s better for all of us."

They have 49 penalties for 404 yards. They lead the league in average penalty yards per game at 80.9 and rank second in average penalties at 9.8.

They are on pace for 157 penalties and 1,293 penalty yards. In NFL history, only the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs were worst than that. The '98 Chiefs were penalized 158 times for 1,304 yards.

-- Charean Williams

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