1. The biggest disappointment on Tuesday was the apparent season-ending knee injury for cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Many Cowboys took it hard. J.J. Wilcox had a hard time returning to practice. Dez Bryant came and stood over Scandrick as he was being carted off. Scandrick was having a good practice before the injury and even intercepted quarterback Tony Romo. The defensive backs all got down on one knee and said a prayer for Scandrick after practice.
2. Dez Bryant’s passion for practice was evident early when he was held out of one-on-one pass drills vs. the defensive backs. He unleashed a cursing tirade, asking why he was allowed to practice if they were going to hold him back. Bryant later responded that it was heartbreaking now being able to practice.
3. Receiver Terrance Williams beat cornerback Tyler Patmon in a one-on-one compete drill in front of the team. Williams’ biggest cheerleader was receiver Dez Bryant. He also cheered loudly when tight end Jason Witten blew past safety J.J. Wilcox for a touchdown in the same drill.
4. Receiver Lucky Whitehead muffed a punt and was ripped by special teams coach Rich Bisaccia. Whitehead must take care of the ball if he wants to secure the job as the primary punt returner.
5. Receiver A.J. Jenkins has come on late in training camp and he continued that surge with a one-handed catch in practice. He certainly looked like a first-round pick on that play.
6. Coach Jason Garrett had to throw passes in one-on-one drills with backup Brandon Weeden being held out because of a concussion. Garrett still lacks arm strength but showed a nice touch and anticipation.
7. The defense had a nice stretch in team drills when a pass from Tony Romo to receiver Devin Street went awry cause Street when down with an injury. A high Romo pass was intercepted by Scandrick. A Romo pass was then batted down by Greg Hardy and then he threw a pass in the ground because a screen pass was blown up by a blitz.
8. Of course, Romo certainly had his shining moments, including two touchdown passes to tight end Jason Witten. The first came against a confused secondary. The second came when Witten beat tight coverage from rookie Byron Jones.
9. Linebacker Andrew Gachkar has been used all over the Cowboys defense and now he’s getting a look at middle linebacker as the team continues to search for an answer there because of the injuries to Rolando McClain and Anthony Hitchens. Jasper Brinkley and Kyle Wilber have also been tried in the middle. Now the Cowboys are going with Gachkar.
10. Running back Darren McFadden was held out of drills because of a stiff neck. That’s not good news considering he only had three carries against the San Francisco 49ers. Joseph Randle got most of the first-team reps on Tuesday.