Cowboys hot routes: Five soccer angles with Bruce Carter

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Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter comes from basketball country — the Carolinas. But it’s not the only sports passion in his life. He’s become obsessed with Barcelona soccer, too. “When I was training in Florida, one of the trainers there was from Argentina, and all he talked about was Messi this and Messi that. So that’s how I got introduced to it,” Carter said. “Ever since then, I’ve been playing FIFA video games.” His five favorite players? In order:

1 “Starting No. 1, Lionel Messi.”

2 “Mario Balotelli.”

3 “Neymar. He’s coming along from Brazil. I figure he’s probably signed with Barcelona, also.”

4 “David Villa.”

5 “Clint Dempsey.”

Ragged walk-through

The Cowboys had a sloppy walk-through Saturday, a week into training camp. They had three pre-snap penalties, dropped balls and mental mistakes.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was less than pleased.

“It wasn’t as good as it needs to be,” Garrett said. “The standard for a walk-through is high. Just because you are walking through — and it’s not a full-speed practice — you have to be into it mentally. You have to be sharp. We understand as coaches we are putting a lot of stuff in every day. We anticipate mistakes. That’s why we go through a walk-through. You clean things up. I just think overall the concentration was only OK. It’s got to be better.”

The Cowboys could have tired legs a week into camp, though they did have Thursday completely off and only a special teams walk-through Friday morning.

“I don’t really care about what the explanation is or what the excuse is,” Garrett said. “We’ve just got to do it better.”

Tackle football

The Cowboys will play tackle football on Sunday for the first time since their Dec. 30 loss to the Washington Redskins. During the team’s Blue-White Scrimmage, defenders will be allowed to hit receivers and backs.

“At the end of the day, we think it’s a good idea for the younger players to play some tackle football,” Jason Garrett said. “We’ll stay away from the quarterbacks, but we’ll tackle the backs and the receivers. It just gives them a chance to get rid of the cobwebs prior to next week and just kind of understand what hitting and tackling all the way to the ground [are] before the game in Canton.”

Garrett said the first team will practice a lot of situational football. They will work on their red-zone plays and their two-minute offense.

Quote board

“He’s got some familiarity with it — familiarity — if I can say that word. I tried to say Nostradamus the other day. I screwed that one up. That was bad.” Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus on Justin Durant.

“I’ve heard trash talk go on in my life, but not that much. It’s not like, ‘Oh, I’m going to do whatever.’ Probably like any other locker room you’ve been in. It’s pretty much standard.” Cowboys receiver Miles Austin, on trash talking between the team’s receivers and cornerbacks.

Injury report

DE Ben Bass, ankle, day-to-day

WR Cole Beasley, knee, day-to-day

OT Demetress Bell, conditioning, day-to-day

OG Mackenzy Bernadeau, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

WR Danny Coale, knee, day-to-day

C Ryan Cook, lower back, undetermined

DE Tyrone Crawford, Achilles, out for season

DT Ike Igbinosun, foot, undetermined

LS L.P. Ladouceur, calf, day-to-day

OG Ron Leary, calf, day-to-day

OT Jermey Parnell, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DT Jay Ratliff, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DE Anthony Spencer, knee, 2-4 weeks

TE James Hanna, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

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