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Rookies excited about practicing at AT&T Stadium after Tropical Storm Bill chases Cowboys inside

The rookies enjoyed their first trip onto the field at AT&T Stadium, shown during a playoff game last season.
The rookies enjoyed their first trip onto the field at AT&T Stadium, shown during a playoff game last season. Star-Telegram

Tropical Storm Bill forced the Cowboys to move practice from Valley Ranch to AT&T Stadium on Wednesday. For many of the rookies, it marked their first time to step onto the field at the $1.2 billion stadium.

“It was real cool,” first-round pick Byron Jones said. “It’s huge. The place is massive.”

Jones said he caught himself looking up at the HD board, which showed live shots of practice, more than once.

“My head was up, looking up at the board, checking it out for sure,” Jones said.

The Cowboys have moved 14 regular-season practices from Valley Ranch since their indoor practice facility collapsed in 2009. They open their new practice facility, which includes an indoor stadium, in Frisco next year.

But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said moving practice isn’t a big deal. The team already was scheduled to work at AT&T Stadium on Thursday, concluding their three-day minicamp with a family day event after practice.

“We have the greatest facility on the planet, so it’s a great opportunity for our team to come over here,” Garrett said. “We planned on coming over here tomorrow anyway for our practice, so it’s just part of the deal. We abbreviated the meetings a little bit this morning and get a chance to come over here and practice in this stadium, it’s actually really exciting. A lot of the new guys haven’t been here for practice.”

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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