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August 21, 2012

California vacation (training camp) over; Cowboys ready to come home after a month of really good work

By Clarence E. Hill Jr.

San Diego, Ca. _ The Cowboys’ west coast tour is finally over and they head home Wednesday after a month Oxnard and San Diego.

The final day wasn’t great as it was a ragged practice on Tuesday which concluded two days of work with the San Diego Chargers.

It was certainly an indication that the players are ready to come home.

“We as coaches when we look at practice, you can tell the guys were close to the end,” coach Jason Garrett said. “That’s the nature of these last training camp practices, but I was proud of how we fought through some things. It was an ugly practice. We’re not going to send the tape toCanton and I told our team that. But you like the mental toughness to fight through it and then hopefully there’s a little feeling of a lot of the real physical work is done and you get a chance to get refreshed a little bit.” 

Overall, however, Garrett felt the Cowboys accomplished a lot and moved closer to being ready for the start of the season despite a barrage of injuries that sidelined many of their key players.

 “I thought we had an outstanding camp, I just told our players that,” Garrett said. “Training camp is where you lay the foundation of your football team. I thought we did a great job of getting ourselves ready in the offseason for training camp and since we were out here the team really worked very, very, very hard. Oxnard is a great environment to practice, a couple of good, competitive preseason games in all three phases and then to come down here and work against the Chargers was good for our football team. We’ll break and get back to Dallas and get into regular-season mode.”

Quarterback Tony Romo echoed Garrett, saying the Cowboys had a really, really good camp in California. 

"I think in a lot of ways camp is over, (but) we’re going back and we’re going to work," Romo said after Tuesday's practice. "We still got some stuff to get better at but it was a great start to the season with the effort and commitment the guys made. I know we got some guys banged up so we got to get a lot of guys healthy, but we laid the foundation. It was a really, really good camp for the Dallas Cowboys." 

The Cowboys will use Wednesday as a travel day and then have an open practice at Cowboys Stadium on Thursday. They preseason home opener is set for Saturday at Cowboys Stadium against the St. Louis Rams.



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