Cowboys up on practice rules

IRVING, Texas – Earlier this week, Seattle forfeited two organized team activities and one offseason workout day for violating offseason contact rules.

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team is aware of the new offseason rules in the collective bargaining agreement and makes sure the players are working within that framework.

The new CBA allows for 10 OTAs (cut back from 14) and teams could not start the offseason program until mid-April. The Cowboys will hold their mandatory mini-camp next week in which the players will practice twice a day.

“We really try to talk to our team almost on a daily basis on how to practice,” Garrett said after Wednesday’s OTA. “Sometimes you have to practice better, you have to be more physical, you have to finish plays. All that kind of stuff. And sometimes you say, ‘Guys, stay off the ground,’ and these are examples of this is what you should do and this is what you shouldn’t do. You’re always trying to refine the practice process with your team. I think the important thing is you want to create competitive environments for your team but at the same time understand we’re all on the same team and understand how to practice together.”

There was a bigger-than-normal OTA collision between inside linebacker Sean Lee and running back DeMarco Murray on a pass near the goal line in seven-on-seven session Wednesday in which the running back went to the ground.

“It’s the NFL,” Murray said. “Sean Lee didn’t try to hit me. We were both going pretty fast. We both tried to stop. I tried to make a cut underneath him. He was going so fast. He played it really, really well and we just kind of ran into each other.”