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June 19, 2014

Cowboys finish off-season with minds already on training camp

The Cowboys celebrated the end of their off-season program with a short practice and a family day at AT&T Stadium.

School’s out for summer!

The Cowboys go on vacation the next 4 ½ weeks, arriving to Oxnard, Calif., on July 22 for the start of training camp.

But that doesn’t mean they’ll be out of sight, out of mind. The rookies continue structured workouts for another week, and all players can work out on their own at Valley Ranch through July 11.

“It’s time that we all need to get away and get recharged mentally, physically, emotionally, so you want to take advantage of that,” coach Jason Garrett said. “You want to embrace every day away. But for all of us, we’re really locked into this. We care a great deal about it. We’re all very much invested in it. So you’re always thinking about it. You consciously try to get away from it, but it’s always on your mind, and it’s always kind of in your person, trying to somehow, someway do it better, make it better, be better yourself, be better for your team. …You’re always fighting that balance.”

The Cowboys lost middle linebacker Sean Lee to a torn left anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of organized team activities, but otherwise, it was a successful off-season, Garrett said.

“We had a really good practice to finish a really good minicamp to finish a really good off-season program,” he said. “We have the right kind of guys on our football team. They work the right way. They’re coming together. We have a long, long way to go. We all know that. We’ve made great strides here over the course of the off-season. I like how our team works. Now, it’s time for them to get away from it and come back recharged and ready to go and get ready for training camp.”

-- Charean Williams

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