Huge crowd watches Cowboys, Broncos in spirited practice


Player Attendance

Did not practice: Physically unable to perform list — OLB Randy Gregory (shoulder), RT Billy Turner (knee) and OL Tom Compton (back). Injuries — WR KJ Hamler (knee), WR Tyrie Cleveland (shoulder), TE Greg Dulcich (hamstring), G Netane Muti (knee), CB Ronald Darby (chest), OL Ben Braden (back) and RB Melvin Gordon (foot).

DL Eyioma Uwazurike and D.J. Jones did work after sitting out during the week.

Coach Nathaniel Hackett said Gordon has a foot contusion.

Asked if Hamler and Dulcich had setbacks this week, Hackett said: “Dulcich a little bit. KJ, we’re trying to move him in the right way. He’s further along than we ever thought.”

Rookie OLB Christopher Allen (foot) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Hackett said Allen did not re-injure his foot.

“I would say it was more, ‘not going to be ready (for the season)’ and a combination of things that happened throughout the team; you only get those 90 spots,” Hackett said.

Top play

A play after TE Albert Okwuegbunam made a one-handed catch, QB Russell Wilson completed the drive with a touchdown pass to WR Kendall Hinton, who was open after beating CB Kelvin Joseph.

Thumbs up

S Justin Simmons. During red zone work, Simmons intercepted QB Dak Prescott in the end zone.

The fans. An announced crowd of 6,514 sweated out 98-degree heat to watch the Cowboys and Broncos practice for two hours.

The spirit. Things were quiet on the field with the Broncos offense and Dallas defense. Not so much on the Broncos defense/Dallas offense field. Entertaining back-and-forth.

Thumbs down

CB Michael Ojemudia. Playing against Dallas’ first-team offense, it was tough sledding for Ojemudia, who was filling in for Ronald Darby. On one series, QB Dak Prescott went 4 of 4 when targeting Ojemudia (three different receivers).

Opening play call. Boo on Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett. In front of a packed crowd, he should have made the first play call a downfield pass by QB Russell Wilson. Alas, it was a run by RB Javonte Williams.

Two-minute offense. Another clunky series by the starting offense, which ran five plays before settling for a Brandon McManus field goal.

Odds and ends

*There were plenty of dust-ups and, um, conversations among the Broncos’ defense and Dallas offense.

“Guys come into your backyard and as a kid, they would try to take your ball away and leave with it; that’s just how we are defensively as a unit,” S Kareem Jackson said. “Sometimes, it gets a little chippy. There are 11 guys out there with egos.”


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