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7/31/06-Oxnard, CA

Day Three of Cowboys Training Camp

Leave it to Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells to shake things up on just the third day of practice. The Cowboys cut three players today and signed one, waisting no time tweaking the roster. The 'boys signed punter Tyler Fredrickson, to help Matt McBriar in practice, and to audition as a kickoff specialist.  Linebacker J.J. Horne, wide receiver Ahmad Merritt and cornerback Byron Parker all got their walking papers today, in part because Parcells said they just didn't have a shot at making the team.  For the second straight camp, safety Justin Beriault is battling injuries. He left the morning practice with a possible concussion and didn't return for the afternoon practice. Two more workouts for the Cowboys today, and a training camp first, an entire Bill Parcells press conference without a T.O. question. With all the initial excitement of training camp opening now over, it's time to get down to business. And Parcells says, camp won't get any harder for the players than it is right now.

"This is a tough time of the year here in the next four or five days is really the hardest time of the NFL season for these players," said Parcells.  "because there's not much to look forward to except the drudgery of practicing, there's no games coming, and no light at the end of the tunnel.  Nothing but hard work, and in this camp you can see we're working in pads and we're working pretty hard."

Quarterback Tony Romo appears to have been crowned the official backup to Drew Bledsoe. Parcells plans to give Romo plenty of playing time this preseason, something he's been reluctant to do in the past.

"Had we just thrown him to the wolves," said Parcells.  "just thrown him in there a year, two years ago or something, I think it probably would have ruined his career.  But, now it's time to, he's got enough background or enough knowledge or enough training and enough understanding, it's time to go forward."

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