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7/30/05-Oxnard, CA

Cowboys Open Practice

Football fever has finally hit Oxnard, California, as fans turned out in droves to see the Cowboys take the field for the first time. Drew Bledsoe looked right at home wearing the star, and seemed to comfortably step back into the role of Bill Parcells' quarterback.

"I'm very excited about it," said Bledsoe. "I'm excited about what we got going on with this squad and it feels good to get out here and get going. So far he hasn't jumped me too bad, but I know my day is coming and it may not be too long."

The Cowboys spent more than two full hours on the practice field this morning, wasting little time jumping into the fray.

"Practice went well," said Cowboys running back Julius Jones. "Like I said, it’s our first day of practice, full pads on the first day doing goal line, and I think that went well. I think we need to put it in the endzone a little bit more, but overall I think we had a good practice."

"A lot of rust," added Cowboys safety Roy Williams. "It went good today and I'm very excited we're back out here, suited up together with my teammates."

The one noticeable player not in uniform was pro-bowl offensive guard Larry Allen. The 12-year veteran failed his physical yesterday and spent the day working on his conditioning.

"The league has really mandated us to be very, very cautious in light of some incidents that have happened in the past," explained Parcells, as to why he put Allen on the Physically Unable to Perform list. "So I would say we're erring on the side of caution."

The highlight of the day came after the morning practice and actually had nothing to do with the Cowboys. Hollywood star Kevin Costner poked his head in to check things out.

"I just was down helping my friend with one of his construction sites and he said you know they're down there practicing, so I said, well let’s go. Grateful to get kind of a privileged look at what’s going on a little bit behind the scenes and kind of a little bit of insight. So that’s always fun how one world will open up for another.

Costner jokingly said he was here trying out. He also said, if the right story came along, he would be interested in doing a football film.

Other Cowboys notes:

2nd round draft pick, linebacker Kevin Burnett signed a contract last night and was in uniform today. First round picks Demarcus Ware and Marcus Spears are the lone Cowboys yet to sign.

Tight end Dan Campbell was not in uniform. He is recovering from appendicitis.

Kevin Berns reporting.

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