The Cowboys returned to the practice field Monday and returned to the Texas heat for the first time since mini camp in June after spending the last five weeks of training camp in the cool temperatures of Oxnard, Calif.
"We did need a little bit of cloud cover, but it was fine" safety Will Allen said after practice Monday. "We need the heat and we need to work and practice in the heat and get us in better shape. It's the humidity, it's everything, it's just hotter in different parts of the country. So it's been 100 degrees here the last couple of weeks and we've been practicing in 60-to-70 degrees. It's a grind. This is what it is. I'm not looking forward to it, but you just got to do it, adapt to it, understand it and thrive in it."
The Cowboys have moved practices 8:30 a.m. to try to manage the heat and hopefully be off the field before it gets too hot.
But there is no escaping the heat here and the players are ready to deal with it.
“There’s no challenge at all,” receiver Dez Bryant said. “No matter where you’re at, if you love the game, you’ll practice football wherever. I feel like it’s always great to be home but if we were out in Oxnard it would be the same way. I think the approach we came with this morning was outstanding. There was no sluggishness. I was good. You know me, man. I’m rolling, baby.”Clarence Hill