IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr is looking forward to making his preseason debut Saturday against the Miami Dolphins. He’s not so sure he’s looking forward to seeing the officials. Through three preseason weeks, officials are calling on average 23.7 penalties per game. There has been a greater emphasis on defensive holding, illegal contact and illegal use of hands penalties. So far there have been 104 defensive holding penalties, 70 illegal use of hands and 55 illegal contact penalties.
IRVING, Texas -- With the Dallas Cowboys' defense needing all the help it can get, three core members of the unit were at different stages of their comeback on Tuesday. Cornerback Brandon Carr was in pads for the first time all summer. Cornerback Morris Claiborne was in pads, but was kept out of competitive drills because of a shoulder injury. Defensive tackle Henry Melton did resistance training off to the side as he comes back from a groin strain.
IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys plan to work defensive tackle Amobi Okoye back to work slowly, but after Tuesday’s practice he got a little one-on-one contact in with an offensive lineman. “It was a weird feeling, but it was good to do that,” said Okoye, who has not played in a game since 2012 and was getting out of a medically-induced coma 13 month ago. Okoye is attempting to return to football after battling anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a potentially deadly brain illness.
IRVING, Texas -- It’s usually Rod Marinelli who assigns a unique nickname to each Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman. However, head coach Jason Garrett beat Marinelli to the punch with Zach Minter, the fresh-off-the-street defensive tackle who surprisingly starred during Saturday night’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. “You remember Flounder from ‘Animal House’?” Garrett said, referring to the 1978 comedy hit.