The Cowboys had some 40 players show up for their player-run practices last week. They could have more this week if some of the rookies attend as expected.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said Monday team leaders have been in contact with the new draft picks. That likely includes first-rounder Tyron Smith and third-rounder DeMarco Murray. Second-rounder Bruce Carter is rehabbing a knee injury and won't be ready for on-field activities until some time in training camp.
“The rookies will show up," Romo said. "We’ve been in contact with a couple of the rookies. I’ve talked to one or two guys, and I know they are making arrangements as we speak."
Romo is the leader of the practices, with a script, a whistle and is the official timer. He said they do have athletic trainers unaffiliated with the team and could video tape some sessions.
"When we're out there it's literally like we're trying to do the same things we'd be doing at an OTA [organized team activities], the tempo and everything," Romo said. "I’ve been around long enough, and I have plenty of schedules laying around the house that we’ve been able to use. There’s a timeframe. We have stretch for 7minutes, bam, we get right to pat and go. We move right into move the ball. Guys are jumping in and, boom, you're at the next play pushing it."
Romo would not reveal further details of the workouts as far as how many times a week they meet or where they meet. He also wouldn't discuss whether players have insurance to cover themselves in case of an injury.
"It just doesn't benefit us for you guys in any way to be going out there," Romo said. "If we run a certain route, and the defense busts on a play and Jason Witten runs up the middle of the field and looks like someone didn’t cover, then someone is to blame.
"The reality is we're learning a system. We're running, and we're competing, but we don't need that from outside influences right now. It just needs to be about us and improvement. I think sometimes when you bring media or people in to talk about it, now all of a sudden, guys are doing things they don't need to be doing."
-- Charean Williams