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July 30, 2011

Jerry Jones says lockout, quick start to practice are behind injuries

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones already has an idea what’s behind the injuries to running back Tashard Choice and linebacker Keith Brooking.

The lockout and a lot of early practice.

“We had a pretty pressure situation coming in here, them doing their sprints late in the afternoon when we got in Wednesday, turning around, having a little more active early practice, then having the long practice the next day,” Jones said. “Within a short period of hours, that’s a lot of action. So probably we wouldn’t do that again.”

Choice suffered a calf strain Thursday. Brooking suffered a hamstring injury returning an interception Friday. Both will probably be out two weeks, Jones said.

“We’re very conscious of the fact that these guys are starting and stopping and breaking with interceptions like Keith’s,” Jones said. “We need to watch that. Keith was in good shape when we got back. So the point is, we’re all talking about it and really giving a lot of consideration to what, if any, just working on their own is impacting these tears.”

The Cowboys have other injuries.

Wide receiver Teddy Williams left the field Saturday shortly after a collision with receivers coach Jimmy Robinson on the sideline. He may have suffered a hamstring injury when he tried to pull up before the collision.

Also, punter Mat McBriar said he won’t kick the next two days because of tightness in his quadriceps muscle. He said it’s a result of the conditioning run on Wednesday.

-- Carlos Mendez


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Personally, I blame the lack of individual responsibility on the part of the players.

These are supposed to be "professionals". Stay in shape and do what you have to during the off-season.

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