Here are some team notes from around the web and ESPN and DallasCowboys.com.
LB Keith Brooking is not sure he will play Saturday at Minnesota, but the veteran linebacker would like to. “Is it an absolute necessity? I don’t think so,” Brooking said. “I’m going to feel comfortable either way.” Brooking practiced for the second straight day after missing roughly three weeks with a hamstring strain.
Cornerback Mike Jenkins participated in team drills Wednesday for the first time since suffering a stinger. Jenkins had been limited to walkthroughs and individual drills since he suffered the injury during the second week of training camp. “He looked like he never left today, which is good,” secondary coach Dave Campo said. “That means he stayed on top of things.” The Cowboys are confident that Jenkins, a Pro Bowler in 2009, can bounce back from an extremely disappointing 2010 campaign.
QB Jon Kitna was shaking his right hand and looking at his fingers after a defensive lineman grabbed Kitna’s arm as he was throwing. That’s a major no-no. Quarterbacks are not supposed to be touched.
WR Dez Bryant successfully executed a double reverse with WR Kevin Ogletree. His first two attempts in camps ended up in fumbles because he was flipping the ball too fast and far. WR Dwayne Harris was a big part of the first team offense’s work Wednesday. His best grab came on the sideline when he took in a Romo throw after out-jumping CB Mario Butler for the completion.
David Buehler is not pleased with the rule changes in the kickoffs in 2011. Kickoffs have been moved to the 35, making touchbacks all the more likely. Buehler had 51 touchbacks in his first two seasons. “I think they’re changing the rules too much,” Buehler said. “Football is getting kind of soft with Goodell making all the rule changes and everything like that. It gets kind of boring just seeing touchbacks all the time. I obviously want that but the ideal fan doesn’t want that. They want to see the run out, the big collisions and everything like that.”
CB Orlando Scandrick understands that the expectations increase as his money multiplies. That excites him. Scandrick has consistently performed well throughout training camp, instilling belief in the coaching staff that he’s capable of starting. But he had his best practice Wednesday, blocking a field goal, picking off a deep ball and breaking up several passes. That performance occurred as the ink was drying on Scandrick’s new $27 million dollar extension.