Usually about this time of the year, the Cowboys will bring in their new draft class and rookie free agents for a minicamp at Valley Ranch. Workouts for veterans at Valley Ranch would have started back in mid-March.
Instead -- in a spring stagnated by the NFL lockout -- the Cowboys yesterday worked out as a team for the first time since the end of the 2010 season. Organizers Tony Romo, Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware said about 40 players showed up at an undisclosed location in the Metroplex.
"It went great," Romo said. "We had a great turnout. It was crisp. It was fast. You could feel the energy from the guys being back out there. Guys were committed. It was great to see."
With the lockout seemingly in place until June 3 at the very earliest, it's up to players to organize voluntary team workouts or risk being way behind once training camp starts.
For the first time since breaking his collarbone last October against the Giants, Romo threw high-intensity passes to full-speed receivers. One prominent target, however, was missing.
Yep, Dez Bryant.
I'm not going to blindly rip him, because maybe he had an excused absence. He went to dinner with Romo a couple weeks back and seems to be heading in the right direction of maturity and responsibility.
Still, it feels a little troubling that Bryant didn't show up to Valley Ranch last Friday when the lockout was temporarily lifted and then again for the team's first organized workout of the 2011 season.
"I truly don't know what happened," his advisor, David Wells, told the Star-Telegram of Bryant missing a face-to-face with owner Jerry Jones last week.
Dez tweets about working out almost daily, but as of now he hasn't been heard from since Monday at 3:41 p.m. when he posted ...
I'm about to get in this kitchen and fry some fish shrimp and fries
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