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Cole Beasley hoping rest takes care of nagging hamstring issue

FRISCO, Texas -- Starting last November, Dallas Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley started to feel pain in his hamstring. He still feels it seven months later.

Beasley said he has been dealing with what has been called “hamstring tendinitis,” and he has not taken part in the organized team activities or minicamp. The hope is that he will be ready for the first training camp practice on July 24.

“If I had to play today I could,” Beasley said. “It’s just something that’s been nagging me since probably like Week 10 of last season and I played through. I was doing everything [in the offseason program] and then it wasn’t improving or going away, so we just decided to change it up a little bit and see if we can get this thing right before training camp.”

Beasley said he feels tightness in his leg if he overextends himself for a pass. He did not miss a game last season when he led the Cowboys in receptions with 75 for 833 yards and five touchdowns. Beasley has not missed a game because of injury in his career.

The injury will put a crimp in his offseason plans because he will remain around the team’s facility for treatment before camp begins.

“They said they’ve had guys with injuries like this before and it’s nagging for a long time and then it just went away,” Beasley said. “It’s kind of like a waiting game and come in and do what I can to get better in the weight room and conditioning-wise and hope it goes away. If not, I can play through it.”

Beasley and quarterback Dak Prescott made an instant connection on the field, but he does not believe his prolonged absence this spring will affect the pairing going into the season.

“You can always improve no matter how far along you are in the process,” Beasley said. “There’s never a time where you’ve just fulfilled all of your potential and can’t get better. You can always get better at something. Last year was only our first year together, so I’d like to think we’ve grown a lot since then. It hurts a little bit not to be out there right now … but I think we’ll only improve as we go.”