Pro football has been a learning experience for Cowboys linebacker Albright

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Alex Albright is in his third training camp with the Dallas Cowboys, vying to solidify his place on special teams and make a push for a job as the strongside linebacker. “Who knew that an undrafted guy with a messed-up neck would make it this far?” he joked. He said the world of professional football opened his eyes. Three years ago when the Cowboys were holding camp in San Antonio, he said he hadn’t planned to be playing pro football until the Cowboys called. He talked about what he has learned since then:

1 “I didn’t really know how hard people went on special teams until those first couple of games. That was my first really big wake-up call.”

2 “The importance of relationships, who’s really your friend.”

3 The cold tub. “I never really got in the ice tub or anything at [Boston College]. And now, it’s kind of second nature. You just can’t tell how much taking care of your body can benefit you the next day.”

4 “Just how mental it can be. It seemed like in college you go out, have a few schemes, and go play.”

5 “There’s so much more you can learn. And being a student of the game benefits you in being able to play faster.”

FaceTime, baby

Brandon Carr is tired these days and not just because of football. He spent last week enjoying being a new father for the second time. He missed the birth of his new son, Austin, but was virtually there because of FaceTime. “I saw everything I needed to see,” Carr said. “I saw it all. Technology is wonderful these days. Sometimes you can’t control what’s going to happen. You’ve just got to go with the flow. I made the most of it.” Carr also has a daughter named Sidney.

Intense days

What’s another late-in-camp practice without a fight? It happened again Sunday as the Cowboys started their final week in Oxnard. In pass protection drills, undrafted linebacker Taylor Reed came at third-year back Phillip Tanner hard, and they carried on after the drill. It was a push fight, and everyone came over to separate them. All good, Tanner said. “It’s just football, just the intensity of camp. We’re deep down in camp — no bad grudges, just football.”

They said it

“You ask the fastest man in the world, ‘Can you run faster out of a two-point stance or a three-point stance?’ He comes out of the block in a three-point stance. So it felt a lot faster.” — DeMarcus Ware on rushing from defensive end against Oakland

“Obviously, being available is a really important trait for a player. If you’re not durable, if you haven’t shown that and you can’t practice and play in games, it’s hard for us to evaluate you.” — Coach Jason Garrett on Matt Johnson’s bid to stay healthy

Injury report

LB Alex Albright, back, day-to-day

OT Demetress Bell, conditioning, returned to practice

CB Morris Claiborne, knee, day-to-day

DE Tyrone Crawford, Achilles’, out for season

OG Ray Dominguez, shoulder, 1-2 weeks

S Eric Frampton, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

S Matt Johnson, ankle/foot, 1-2 weeks

OG Kevin Kowalski, knee, 2-4 weeks

DT Sean Lissemore, groin, day-to-day

OG Nate Livings, knee, 2-4 weeks

OT Jermey Parnell, hamstring, returned to practice

DT Jay Ratliff, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

LB Ernie Sims, groin, day to day

DE Anthony Spencer, knee, 2-4 weeks

S J.J. Wilcox, family issue, undetermined

WR Terrance Williams, head, returned to practice

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