By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
Irving _ The Dallas Cowboys have petitioned the NFL to open training camp three days earlier because their season opening opponent the New York Giants open their camp three days before they do.
The Cowboys are set to open camp July 30 in Oxnard California, while the Giants will open July 27 _ given them somewhat of an unfair advantage heading into the Sept. 5 season opener.
Per league rules, teams are allowed to open camp 15 days prior to their first preseason game with no concern given to the opener. The Cowboys first preseason game is Aug. 13 against the Raiders on ESPN Monday Night Football. The Giants’ first game is Aug. 10.
Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys have petitioned the league and it is sympathetic to their cause but the decision to move up camp must be negotiated through the NFLPA.
Garrett is not holding out hope that the date of camp will move at this point.
"What we have to focus on is what our situation is," coach Jason Garrett said. "We can't worry about what the Giants' situation is or any of our opponents. We know when we're going to report to camp and we know when we're going to play our first preseason game and first regular-season game. That's all pretty much outlined for us, so we just have to understand what the situation is and as a coach and coaching staff we have to make sure we organize things the right way to get ourselves prepared as we go through camp. We'll have plenty of time to do that."
The league has made one concession moving the final cut down date for all 32 teams up a day to Aug. 31 to accommodate the Giants and Cowboys.
The Cowboys final preseason game is Thursday Aug. 30 against Miami. They then play the Giants six days later on Sept. 5.
"That's a good thing because we'll have to have our team ready to go," Garrett said. "We'll play on Wednesday night in our last preseason game against Miami and Thursday is like a Monday during the season, getting ready for that following Wednesday. We've got to be ready to roll and it's a great opportunity for our football team."