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July 31, 2012

With Nagy out and not expected back soon, Cowboys asking all hands to help out at center

The Cowboys don’t expect Bill Nagy to return to practice any time soon, so they’re looking for more center help, considering Kevin Kowalski is also out with an ankle injury.

Right now, the Cowboys need tackles and guards to help out, even if they haven’t done much snapping before.

“We need to have a third center available, certainly, with Kowalski down and Nagy down,” coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday at training camp in Oxnard. “We need to be able to do that. And sometimes that can be problematic, candidly, during training camp. Guys have a hard time making that adjustment. They haven’t done it. And it can be pretty disruptive to your entire practice when the ball’s on the ground.”

Nagy hurt his ankle on Monday and “fought his way through it,” Garrett said.

But Nagy did not come out for the walk-through on Tuesday.

“He’s not going to practice any time real soon,” Garrett said.

Garrett said he told the other linemen that an opportunity awaits.

“I tell those guys all the time,” Garrett said. “I told McGee, ‘What room are you in?’ He says, ‘I’m in 822.’ I said, ‘What room is Harland Gunn in?’ ‘He’s in 519.’ You know, make sure you guys know each other, late at night, after the meeting’s over, don’t be smoking cigars with Mike Woicik out in the front. Go to each other’s room and take snaps. So when you get those limited number of snaps in practice you’re ready to take advantage of the them, the ball’s not on the ground.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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