Cowboys TE Jason Witten shares five fond memories of Tennessee

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5 hometown thoughts

Jason Witten has been going to training camps for a decade. He knows the routine and that it means time away from home. But he also misses his true home, Tennessee, where he grew up, especially for these reasons:

1. “No. 1 would be family back home.”

2. “I think just the overall memories you had there.”

3. “Then, obviously a little bit of the country, so I miss that. It’s beautiful there.”

4. “For sure, Dino’s Italian restaurant. I can’t forget about that.”

5. “Then, I have a lot of good memories on the lakes. Great lakes up there in the Smoky Mountains. That’d be my fifth.”

Goodbye to Valley Ranch

Coach Jason Garrett said he has good memories about Valley Ranch, calling it a “pretty unique place.” He said it will serve its use well for the next three years, but that new facilities are always nice. “We talk about being your best, demanding everybody to be your best, and you want to create an environment where they can be their best. You want to have up-to-date, state-of-the-art-type facilities where everybody can function at the highest level. But there’s also a little something to having a little patina in your life, too. You know what I’m saying? Where it’s a little bit worn in, the old shoes. Sometimes those are good. They feel comfortable, and sometimes you can be at your best in those environments as well.”

Don’t hold him

Sean Lee gets mad at practice. Rookie receiver Terrance Williams now knows, if he didn’t before. Unhappy with the way Williams was blocking him on a run outside, Lee verbally let him have it after the play. When practice was over, Lee brushed off the encounter. “I’m just playing football,” he said, “trying to get better. It was a good practice.”

Worth a smile

Brandon Carr remembers his first impressions of coach Jason Garrett. “When I first met him, I was trying to figure out why he smiles so much. He smiles even when he’s mad and things like that,” Carr said. Now he knows that it’s part of Garrett’s persona. It helps him be coach of the Cowboys. “Now I see it. He’s a true professional. He takes a lot of heat, and from what I see, he does a good job of keeping you guys off of him, staying out of the hot seat. And he’s very smart, methodical. Everything he says, there’s a reason behind it.”

They said it

“We got to practice like that, with a chip on our shoulders and let it carry over to the game. It’s a good way to compete every day, and then when it comes to the game, it’ll be second nature.” — Defensive end Jason Hatcher, on the feisty nature of practice Tuesday

“To be honest with you, he was overweight and out of shape. We still thought it was worth bringing him in here and giving him a chance to get himself in shape. He’s been working hard the last couple of weeks, and it was good to see him out on the practice field, in a uniform, helmet, shoulder pads and football pads.” — Coach Jason Garrett on offensive tackle Demetress Bell

Injury report

LB Alex Albright, back, 1-2 weeks

WR Cole Beasley, foot, 1 week

CB Morris Claiborne, knee, day-to-day

OG/C Ryan Cook, back 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, 1-2 weeks

OG Nate Livings, knee, 2-4 weeks

DT Jay Ratliff, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

LB Ernie Sims, groin, 1-2 weeks

DE Anthony Spencer, knee, 2-3 weeks

CB B.W. Webb, ankle, returned to practice

OT Darrion Weems, chest, returned to practice

Numbers game

1,183 Attendance at Tuesday’s practice, bringing the camp total to 53,136.

21 Credentials issued on Tuesday, bringing the camp total to 456.

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