The Cowboys have already had their share of players sidelined so far in training camp, including starters Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, Brandon Carr, Rolando McClain, Tyrone Crawford and Anthony Hitchens.
But the good news is none of them have been of the devastating, season-ending variety.
With roughly less two weeks left before the Cowboys break camp, owner Jerry Jones would like to keep it that way.
Jones outlined his top three goals for the rest of training camp and avoiding key injuries was number one.
The next thing Jones wants done is to come up with a game plan of how the Cowboys are going to line up on defense with defensive end Greg Hardy and middle linebacker Rolando McClain sidelined for the first four games.
Jeremy Mincey and Randy Gregory are expected to platoon at defensive end in place of Hardy and Hitchens is slated to start in the middle while McClain is gone.
And then Jones wants to make sure the Cowboys are technically ready to go for the Sept. 13 season opener against the New York Giants.
The latter trumps everything and Jones wants the Cowboys to be smart and careful with the guys are currently injured to make sure they are available for the start of the season.
Here is Jones in his own words:
“My goal is one, do what we can do to avoid key injuries. Number one. Number two, let’s get some of this early decisions made relative to some of the players that we won’t have early. Let’s get some decisions made as to how we’re going to handle that relative to who we have available or don’t have available. And then thirdly, I know we’ve got the time to get the work in to technically get the team ready to go, and technically get the plays down. I like what we’re doing offensively in terms of what we’re planning to run, where we are as far as installing that, how we’re going to work that as far as the next games are concerned, tells me we’re going to be ready for the Giants. So in order, keep working, be smart about these injuries, be smart about how we push a player to work through an injury, make sure that any players we get out here, that we really do make sure those guys are in shape and ready and don’t get them out here too soon.”
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