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Day One Of Cowboys Camp A Success

Dallas Cowboys football coach Wade Phillips' first practice of the season got off to a bad start today when linebacker Greg Ellis aggravated his rehabilitating Achilles' tendon.  Phillips thinks Ellis should be fine for tomorrow, but he had to be replaced by undrafted rookie Alex Obomese, who zoomed to the top of the depth chart because top pick Anthony Spencer isn't signed. Neither is third-rounder James Marten, who could be getting valuable experience at tackle because starters Flozell Adams and Marc Colombo went on the physically unable to perform list today. But things went well otherwise, with team drills ending on a very fan-friendly note: a 60-yard strike from Tony Romo to Terrell Owens.

"Oh man, it feels great," Owens said, "being out here with all of these fans.  This is a different atmosphere for a lot of guys, but you know, having the support of the fans every day, I mean, it gets us up for practice."

"It's an exciting experience for all of us," Romo said.  "I just feel like the excitement stems from us having a good chance of possibly being a good team."

"We got some good work in today," Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman said.  "It was kind of a controlled practice, not the kind of go out and kill yourself.  I mean, we got some good work in." 

Extra points:
The Cowboys are bracing for a long wait before Spencer signs. Only one player drafted before him has a deal and agents like using other picks as barometers of how much their guy is worth.

RB Alonzo Coleman joined Adams and Colombo on the PUP list. Rookie WR Isaiah Stanback went on the non-football injury list because of a problem dating to his college days.

Phillips' dad - Bum Phillips, who coached the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints - watched from the sidelines.

"He told me today he was glad he was out of it," Wade Phillips said. "I don't know what that means."

Longtime Cowboys scouting director Larry Lacewell, who rarely visited during Parcells' tenure, also was on hand.

Phillips said this was the first time he opened camp without players being in pads. Players will be fully suited up tomorrow, when they'll have their first day of two-a-days.

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