OXNARD, Calif. —
Romo didn’t talk to reporters while leaving the field after Saturday’s early practice.
Garrett had four preseason games each of his two previous training camps as coach. If he considers that the ideal number for starters — he wouldn’t say — the Cowboys could hold the first teams out of the game against the Dolphins and play them briefly in the last exhibition against Houston on Aug. 29.
“We think it benefits us to be out here a few days earlier, and we certainly think it benefits us and the players on our football team, particularly the young guys to evaluate them in an extra preseason game,” Garrett said.
If the starters sit, at least one of them won’t exactly be thrilled. Safety Barry Church hasn’t played since tearing his Achilles tendon in the Week 3 last year.
Plus, the Cowboys are implementing the 4-3 defense after nearly a decade with three linemen and four linebackers. There’s still plenty to learn.
“If it was only two series out there, I would love to play two series,” Church said. “The first couple of practices out here, I was so anxious, I was hitting my own teammates and that’s not a good thing. I’m very anxious to get back on the field and looking forward to getting back out there, especially for the Hall of Fame game.”