Hot routes: Cowboys safety Barry Church lists his five favorite candies

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Five sweet moves

Barry Church is becoming known as the Cowboys’ candy expert all of a sudden. His painful encounter with a Jolly Rancher this week led to a missed practice and a trip to the dentist. And now, he has an offer for a season’s worth of Peeps marshmallow candies. He’s happy to get reacquainted with them. So happy, he put them on his Top 5 list for favorite treats:

1 “My favorite candy would have to be Starburst. Cause they come out with a whole bunch of different types of flavors.”

2 “A close second would be Skittles.”

3 “Followed by Twix, which is pretty awesome.”

4 “Fourth, Peeps. Got to have Peeps in there.”

5 “And the fifth would have to be Haribo Gummi Bears. Those things are amazing.”

Not your ball

DeMarco Murray is going to carry the ball a lot for the Cowboys. Jason Garrett said so himself Thursday. Which is not really news. What is interesting is that Garrett said he has talked to Murray about protecting the ball, emphasizing that he should carry it “high, wrist above your elbow, tight to your body.” Even the best running backs, Garrett said, can’t afford to carry it low and loose, or parallel to the body. Because he’s going to be carrying the football so much, Garrett said Murray needs to protect it. “It’s not his ball. It’s our ball. It’s real important that he understands that,” Garrett said.

That was loud

A play ended, the crowd cheered and became quiet, and out of the huddle came a loud voice: “Shut the bleep up!” Except the voice didn’t say bleep, and it belonged to Jason Witten, a clearly irritated Jason Witten. Stunned observers wondered, what was that about? After practice, Witten said, “Aw, nothing personal. It’s just part of being in the huddle. I don’t really want to talk about it.” Well, Jason Garrett did say he wanted vocal leaders.

Lights out

Cornerback Morris Claiborne had to miss a practice this week because of migraines, which leave him sensitive to light. He said he’s had the painful headaches since high school, although he doesn’t remember having to play a game with one. “Well, not that I can remember,” he said. He’s never gotten a handle on them. “I haven’t really found that thing to deal with it. Taking Imitrex and just trying to lay down.”

Quote board

“I think it just translates into his route-running. He’s not tired. He doesn’t have a conditioning issue, so his routes stay crisp, and he’s been able to carry that over to the game. I think we saw that last year, particularly at the end of the season.” — Coach Jason Garrett, on Dez Bryant’s conditioning

Injury report

OT Demetress Bell, conditioning, day-to-day

OG Mackenzy Bernadeau, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

WR Dez Bryant, hip, day-to-day

WR Danny Coale, knee, day-to-day

DT Landon Cohen, eye, day-to-day

C Ryan Cook, lower back, undetermined

DE Tyrone Crawford, Achilles’, out for season

OG Ray Dominguez, shoulder, day-to-day

TE James Hanna, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

OG Kevin Kowalski, knee, 2-4 weeks

OG Nate Livings, knee, 1-2 weeks

OT Jermey Parnell, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DT Jay Ratliff, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DE Anthony Spencer, knee, 2-4 weeks

Numbers game

2,362 Attendance at training camp Thursday, bringing the 10-day total to 36,540.

18 Credentials issued on Thursday, bringing the camp total to 375.

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