The Cowboys will head back to Oxnard, Calif. for their final three practices of training camp with a bad taste in their mouth following the 23-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
They are resolved to have a good week of practice and have a better showing in the all-important Week 3 preseason matchup against the Minnesota Vikings Aug. 29 at AT&T Stadium.
It will be the team’s dress rehearsal for the Sept. 13 regular season opener against the New York Giants. Quarterback Tony Romo should play through the first half after only getting three plays against the 49ers and none in the preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers.
The team is also expected to get several injured players back on the field, including receiver Dez Bryant, tackle Tyron Smith, defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford. The Cowboys also plan on taking the wraps off of cornerback Morris Claiborne and linebacker Sean Lee, who have been held out for precautionary reasons.
No matter what, the Cowboys say they need to get better and they aim to do so in practice this week.
"You want everybody back but its also next man up," Romo said. "Everybody has to play. We didn’t do a good enough job of that as a football team tonight. Our team has to have a great weak of practice and come ready to go next week. We are going to make sure that that happens."
Romo tried to get back in the game against the 49ers but the Cowboys weren’t going to take any chances behind an offensive line that was without three starters. He will play next week no matter what.
“I have said this before I think you need to play in the preseason," Romo said. "We will get that done."
Linebacker Sean Lee believes all the guys back on the field is part of getting better for the Cowboys. That’s why it’s important for him to have a good week of practice and better ready to go against the Vikings in what will be his first game since missing all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
"You want to be out there and playing football," Lee said. "This will be a good week to start playing. We need to continue to get better. I need to get there and start playing football. This will be a good week."