Training camp is underway for the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard, and news has already come out. The Cowboys have placed a few players on the Physically Unable to Perform list as things get ramped up for America’s Team out on the West Coast.
ESPN’s Todd Archer was first to report the news. Amari Cooper and DeMarcus Lawrence headline seven Dallas Cowboys players that will be sidelined to begin training camp. Undrafted free agent wide receiver TJ Vasher was placed on the non-football injury list as he recovers from an injury that was suffered while he was at Texas Tech.
The Cowboys will place Amari Cooper (ankle), DeMarcus Lawrence (back), Trysten Hill (knee), Greg Zuerlein (back), Chauncey Golston (hamstring) and Mitch Hyatt (knee) on PUP to open camp, according to a source. Hill and Hyatt likely need the most rehab time compared to others.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) July 22, 2021
Defensive tackle Trysten Hill, who is coming off a season-ending ACL tear, and offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt are looking at longer rehab time than the others mentioned, according to Archer.
It is important to note that teams are going to be much more cautious with players in training camp when it comes to injuries. It makes sense for the Cowboys to be careful and not push players that are entering camp already banged up.
Annual reminder that training camp PUP is different from in-season PUP. The team can take guys off it whenever they want, just gives them a chance to be careful with them.
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 22, 2021
Dak Prescott will be without Cooper for the immediate future in camp, but he still has plenty of firepower to work with as he works back from his season-ending injury.
As for the defense, there is no doubt that the Dallas Cowboys would love to have Lawrence, Hill, Golston, and company practicing sooner than later in order to adjust to and learn more of Dan Quinn’s defense.
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