Cowboys hot routes: The 5 most memorable headlines from training camp

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There’s never a dull moment with the Dallas Cowboys and training camp produced plenty of storylines.

We look back at the five most memorable headlines from camp in California.

1 Tony Romo’s back: The star quarterback was declared “100 percent” healthy when camp opened, but had a limited practice schedule. His status was a daily conversation topic.

2 Tyron Smith signs: The Cowboys locked up their left tackle for the next decade, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the game. In the long run, though, it could become a very team-friendly contract.

3 Cowboys-Raiders fights: The team enjoyed a couple intense practices against the Raiders the final week of camp. Several fights broke out, including a big brawl that saw a Raiders fan even get involved and hit B.W. Webb with a souvenir helmet.

4 Jerry Jones drama: The Cowboys owner found himself in some controversy during camp and was even chased down by TMZ. Jones avoided the media for a few days, but eventually addressed the buzz.

5 Orlando Scandrick suspended: The Cowboys received bad news when the starting cornerback was suspended for the first four games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Ice, ice baby

Coach Jason Garrett joined a host of other sports figures to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, pouring ice water over his head after Thursday’s practice. He was challenged by his brother, John, and Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones.

“It’s fun to be a part of it,” Garrett said. “It’s not real fun right now. ... It’s pretty cold.”

Garrett then challenged a couple rival coaches —Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly and Washington’s Jay Gruden. Giants coach Tom Coughlin has already done it. “I know them well and I respect them both, so let’s make them uncomfortable the next 24 hours,” Garrett said.

Beach day

The Cowboys were given Wednesday afternoon off and the team spent it at the beach.

It’s become an annual event for the players, providing time to bond away from the facility. “It was nice to get away from it all and have fun,” backup quarterback Brandon Weeden said.

Weeden added that he really enjoyed the food, particularly the lobster rolls. “By the time I got back to the hotel, I wasn’t even hungry,” he said. “I had a salad for dinner.”

Star gazing

Actor Dennis Haskins, best known as Mr. Belding on Saved by the Bell, attended Thursday’s practice.

So did former NFL receiver Terrell Owens, who played with the Cowboys from 2006-08.

Quote of the day

“Is the bicycle out here? One of my more humorous moments ever with Bill Parcells was Terrell out here strolling on that bicycle with his bicycle hat on.” — Jerry Jones, recalling the day in 2006 when Terrell Owens rode a stationary bike in a silver and blue pro cycling uniform

Telling number

50,452 Total attendance for the Cowboys’ camp

Injury report

CB Morris Claiborne (right shoulder): Could return next week.

DT Henry Melton (groin): Week-to-week.

DE DeMarcus Lawrence (right foot): Underwent surgery.

DT Terrell McClain (high ankle): Could return next week.

S Matt Johnson (hamstring/ back): Visited back specialist in Dallas on Thursday.

DE Anthony Spencer (knee surgery): Placed on PUP list.

DT Amobi Okoye (personal health issue): Has been cleared to start football activities.

OT Darrion Weems (shoulder): Day to day.

DE Ben Gardner (shoulder): Scheduled for shoulder surgery and will go on IR.

WR Tim Benford (hip): Day to day.

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