IRVING, Texas -- The icy conditions at the Cowboys' normal practice facility at Valley Ranch forced the team to move the session to Highland Park high school's indoor practice facility.
The Cowboys could have stayed closer to home by working at Coppell high school's indoor facility, but it's not 100 yards long. AT&T Stadium is unavailable due to the Baylor-Kentucky college basketball game on Friday night.
But offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said he was pleased with the Friday afternoon session.
"I thought practice was great," Callahan said. "When you get into an environment when it's closed and you're on FieldTurf it lends itself to a fast, fast practice and because of the travel, Coach cut down on the number of reps and periods we had today. I thought the players did a great job just executing. More than that, the tempo of the practice compared to yesterday, coming off a long break and coming into today's practice, I thought we came up a few notches so that was really encouraging to see. You need that type of timing obviously when you're getting ready to go on the road and play in a game like this on Monday night."
The Cowboys face the Chicago Bears at Solider Field on Monday night and the temps are expected to be in the teens with the wind at roughly 10 miles per hour. Coach Jason Garrett said he hopes to practice on Saturday at Valley Ranch instead of busing over to Highland Park.
Quarterback Tony Romo said the Friday practice session indoors was encouraging.
"It was good," Romo said. "Guys were moving. You could see everyone was committed to coming out and having a good practice and going full speed. It was great to see. Everyone was fresh and ready to go."