NFL Combine notes: One Direction concert alters Cowboys’ preseason schedule

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One Direction has thrown a wrench into the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp plans. The English-Irish boy band will perform at AT&T Stadium on Aug. 24, making the stadium off-limits to the football team that calls it home for that weekend.

The seasons the Cowboys have held training camp in Oxnard, Calif., they traditionally have played the first two preseason games on the road. Last year, the Cowboys played in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, then at Oakland and at Arizona before returning home.

But One Direction’s appearance in Arlington occurs the third week of the preseason, altering the schedule.

The Cowboys will have to play at home either in the first or second week of the preseason. One possibility is the Cowboys could end training camp before the second preseason game, returning home to play the following weekend. They could then conclude the preseason schedule at home in Week 4.

Seastrunk eager

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk didn’t declare he would break the NFL Scouting Combine’s 40-yard dash record. But his goal is to run a sub-4.3 time.

Since the combine went to electronic timing, the fastest time was the 4.24 that Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson ran in 2008.

“Whatever the good Lord wants to happen,” Seastrunk said. “My goal is under 4.3.”

Seastrunk ran for 2,189 yards the past two seasons for Baylor, scoring 18 rushing touchdowns. But he caught only nine passes for 107 yards and a score during his career in Waco.

“I didn’t really get to show my catching,” Seastrunk said. “That’s something I’m looking forward to showing them is that I can catch.”

Evans apologizes

Mike Evans caught 151 passes for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns in 26 games at Texas A&M. But his last game wasn’t his best game.

He caught four passes for 72 yards in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Duke and had two 15-yard penalties. Evans drew one flag for unsportsmanlike conduct after a noncall on a play he felt deserved an interference penalty, and later in the first quarter, he was flagged for a personal foul.

“Yeah, I lost my temper,” Evans said. “I let my emotions get the best of me. That’s not me. I’m not emotional like that. It just happened. There is stuff you can’t explain sometimes. It won’t happen again.”

A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel calmed down Evans on the sideline after Evans’ second penalty.

“I was frustrated, obviously,” Evans said. “He said, ‘Mike, what are you doing? You need to calm down. We need you to win this game. I need you.’

“I’m not going to try to hurt him or anything like that. I listened to him. He’s my quarterback. He’s a leader.”

The Aggies rallied for a 52-48 victory.

Charean Williams 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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