Weatherford Democrat

August 1, 2013

Cowboy Briefs


Weatherford Democrat

Cowboys S Barry Church sidelined by Jolly Rancher 

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Barry Church is finished with Jolly Ranchers. The candy-loving Dallas Cowboys safety missed a day of training camp because of a cherry-flavored one.

Church chipped a tooth on a piece of the hard candy about a week before reporting to camp. He felt pain off and on, but says it was unbearable when he woke up Monday morning.

The fourth-year pro missed a walkthrough and a full practice to get a root canal, but returned Tuesday.

Church says he “caught a couple of zingers” from coaches and teammates and isn’t happy that he has to stay away from candy for a while.

Once he can eat candy again, Church says he’ll “stick to the soft stuff.”

Church missed the final 13 games last year with a torn Achilles’ tendon.

 

Romo working way back, even in ‘light’ practice 

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Tony Romo didn’t look like somebody taking the day off.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback was going through regular work Tuesday after coach Jason Garrett said he would practice “very lightly” at most on the 10th day of training camp.

Romo hasn’t shown any signs of trouble in camp after having a cyst removed from his back in April.

But the procedure led to a mostly idle offseason for his arm and legs, and some intriguing issues the first week of camp.

Garrett hasn’t told reporters whether Romo will play in the preseason opener after suggesting to the team’s flagship radio station that he would rest. And there are questions about how far behind he was physically when he came to California.

“I think more than anything just getting back into it, getting the body to start, stop, go, quit, that football entails,” Romo said Monday. “It’s different from the conditioning aspect of it. So it’s been a great week.”

Romo was waiting for the Cowboys in California, having gone through a self-described boot camp in the mountains while trying to cram a full offseason of conditioning into about a month and a half.

He said he worked as hard as he could to get ready, and practicing Tuesday when Garrett said it might be a day off was another sign he feels good enough to keep going.

“Football is hard to duplicate an 11-on-11 experience with the exact same tempo and feeling,” Romo said. “But there are people around you and it’s something you need to do. I feel very comfortable right now.”