Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the team’s decision to practice against the Cowboys in Southern California has nothing to do with its potential relocation. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday that the Rams’ ties to Los Angeles make them an attractive practice partner.
“The Rams, with the initial focus groups and the initial look-sees, the Rams are a very popular team in Southern California,” Jones said. “And so one of the reasons why it was attractive to us to work against them was they have that good flavor. It is certainly not a reach at all to say that fans remember the Los Angeles Rams, and that is not a reach. So that makes them a good partner to practice within the Los Angeles area.”
The teams will practice Aug. 17 and 18, with the Rams training alone in Oxnard on Aug. 19 before flying back to St. Louis. The Rams play a preseason game against the Raiders in Oakland on Aug. 14.
Oxnard is 62 miles from the LA suburb of Inglewood, where Rams owner Stan Kroenke has a proposed stadium site. The Rams played in Los Angeles from 1946-94.
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The league is expected to have at least one team in Los Angeles by next year, with NFL owners meeting in August to discuss the issue. The Raiders, who also left Los Angeles after the ’94 season, and the Chargers are the other candidates to end up in Southern California.
Charean Williams, 817-390-7760