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August 04, 2012

Beasley departure surprises Garrett; Cowboys leave door open for return

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he was surprised when receiver Cole Beasley, a free-agent from SMU, informed him he did not want to play football any more. Beasley has been placed on the left-team exempt list, which gives the Cowboys a roster exemption for him while he decides if he truly wants to end his football career.

“He just said it wasn’t in his heart at this time. I’ll leave it at that,” Garrett said today. “We just want to evaluate it. Sometimes for a young player, when you get into training camp, sometimes you don’t feel like you like football when you are going through two-a-day type schedules. I’ll leave it at that at this point … I was surprised because one of the things we like about him was he was a guy who definitely demonstrated passion and hunger as a player. That’s how undersized guys like him have success.”

If Beasley (5-foot-8, 177 pounds) changes his mind and returns soon, Garrett said he will be welcomed back.

“Absolutely,” Garrett said.

_ Jimmy Burch



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