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Cowboys missing several key players as they start training camp

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 2:14 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 11:37 PM CDT
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OXNARD, California (KLTV) - The Cowboys hit the practice field in Oxnard for the first time in two years on Thursday with the start of the 2021 training camp.

The team was in Frisco last year as the NFL tried to have camps during the pandemic. The team welcomed back the fans and the fans welcomed back Dak Prescott, who missed most of last season with a serious knee injury. One player the fans did not see on the practice fields today was defensive veteran DeMarcus Lawrence.

Lawrence was put on the physically unable to perform list after having back surgery in the offseason. This was his third back surgery.

“It’s more of a cleanup, so there’s no high concern,” coach Mike McCarthy said in his Thursday press conference. “He looks great. It’s probably more us than him as far as the timeline of him coming back.”

Two other key starters missing were wide receiver Amari Cooper and kicker Greg Zuerlein. In total there are six players on the pup list to start training camp.

The players that got on the field gave the fans a show. Dak Prescott being back on the field was a welcome sight following his knee surgery. Ezekiel Elliot spent his 26th birthday by hitting the field and taking reps.

“You know he does do much more than just run the football for us,” head coach Mike McCarthy said. He’s a magnet Full of energy his birthday is today so, we’re having fun with that but yeah he’s got so much natural leadership just in the way he goes about his business. So the production on the field is not a concern of mine. The production will be there.”

Ball security will be focused on for Zeke who had a fumbling issue last year, with the back fumbling five times on rushing plays.

”You know just having the year that I had last year, I don’t need more motivation than that I just know the type of player I am I don’t think I saw that last year so, I’ve got a lot to prove,” Elliot said.

The players will get a day off on Friday and will be back on the field Saturdy.

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