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June 16, 2014

Cowboys expect backup quarterback Kyle Orton to miss the mandatory minicamp after he no-shows physical

The Cowboys don't expect Kyle Orton to attend their three-day mandatory minicamp after the backup quarterback was a no-show for Monday's physical, according to a source. Orton cannot practice without taking a physical.

Orton stayed away from the team's off-season program, including organized team activities, and has had no communication with the Cowboys. Coach Jason Garrett said last week he anticipated talking to Orton before the minicamp with an expectation that the veteran quarterback would attend the three days of practices.

Garrett and Orton share the same agent, David Dunn.

Orton is subject to $69,455 in fines if he misses all of the minicamp, which begins Tuesday. He already has lost $75,000 for missing too many workouts, part of a de-escalator in his contract. Orton was scheduled to make $3.25 million this season before any fines and the de-escalator. He would have to repay the Cowboys $3 million of his signing bonus if he retires.

He would be subject to fines of $30,000 per day for missing training camp.

The Cowboys have no plans to release Orton, according to a source.

Orton, 32, signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal with the Cowboys before the 2012 season to backup Tony Romo. He started the regular-season finale against the Eagles last season, completing 30 of 46 passes for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the 24-22 loss.

Dallas signed former first-round pick Brandon Weeden in March while Orton supposedly was contemplating retirement. Weeden has taken first-team reps in the wake of Romo's rehab from back surgery.

The Cowboys signed veteran Caleb Hanie in April after Orton failed to show up for the start of the off-season conditioning. Rookie free agent Dustin Vaughan signed after the draft.

-- Charean Williams



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