Coaches to consult before preseason opener

SAN ANTONIO -- With the Cowboys opening the preseason Thursday vs. Denver at Cowboys Stadium, coach Jason Garrett will call his counterpart, John Fox, in the next few days to help determine a course of action for the exhibition game.

Garrett was a member of the New York Giants when Fox was the team’s defensive coordinator and they are “good friends.”

“I think everybody in the league’s going to do something like that because everything has been so shortened,” Garrett said. “You need to be on the same page as to who’s playing against who and what kind of stuff we’re using. I think those conversations are important.”

At the opening of training camp, owner and general manager Jerry Jones hinted that veterans might see more action than normal in this year’s preseason games because of the lockout. Typically, the first-team offenses and defenses see as little as a series and as much as a quarter in the first preseason game.

Garrett said a playing time plan has not been put in place just yet.