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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams’ elbow OK after awkward fall

Trainers check on Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams after he was injured in Thursday’s practice.
Trainers check on Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams after he was injured in Thursday’s practice. AP

At the end of their last practice of the offseason, the Cowboys had a scare when trainers helped Terrance Williams off the field. But X-rays were negative on Williams’ left elbow, according to a source.

Williams went down awkwardly on the AT&T Stadium turf after tangling with rookie defensive back Byron Jones, who called it unfortunate. The receiver stayed on the ground briefly before leaving the stadium with trainers to head back to Valley Ranch for precautionary tests.

The Cowboys called the injury a bruised elbow, though he could have nerve irritation.

“You’re always worried,” Cowboys receivers coach Derek Dooley said. “That’s the No. 1 thing you’re worried about, but you can’t coach worrying about injury, because the only way to be a good football player is go out there and play, and sometimes it’s physical, and there’s always risk involved. So hopefully he’ll be OK, and we’ll see him in five weeks.”

With Dez Bryant a non-participant in the team’s offseason program while seeking a long-term contract, Williams has practiced as the team’s top receiver.

“He’s had a phenomenal four weeks,” Dooley said. “He really has. I told him, in fact before he went on the field, how proud I was of him. He’s not only taking a tremendous leadership role in the group, really setting the example of how you do things, but he’s expanded his route inventory. He’s played X; he’s play Z; he’s played in the slot. And every day he went out there and was the same player. Every route, every opportunity he had, he took advantage of it. He’s made a big jump this offseason.”

Williams has 81 receptions for 1,357 yards and 13 touchdowns in two seasons. He has never missed a game.

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