Rookie safety Matt Johnson won’t practice this week as he recovers from a hamstring injury he suffered in June, and he will probably miss the first few practices of training camp, coach Jason Garrett said.
Johnson has practiced only four times – during the three-day minicamp the week after the draft in April and on the last day of veteran minicamp in June. He had to miss the OTAs and the first two days of the June minicamp because his college (Eastern Washington) was still in session.
“This minicamp is huge for me and a couple of guys who have missed a lot,” Johnson said. “It’s frustrating. ... I think I’ll be able to catch up. It’s just, seeing it on the field is a lot different than seeing it on the book, and seeing it in walk-through is different than seeing it full-speed. So that’s why it’s kind of frustrating.”
Garrett said the Cowboys encouraged Johnson to stay off the field if he wasn’t ready.
“He did go through the conditioning test yesterday, and we really advised him if it gets tight at all on you, stop,” Garrett said. “And that’s what he did. He’s going to miss some time. ... Somebody asked earlier about the importance of reps. Matt’s behind in that regard. He’s doing everything he can to stay engaged with our team, to understand what we’re trying to teach, and hopefully, once we get into training camp, he’ll be able to improve and catch up quickly.”
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