Ryan Cook wants to be fast learner

IRVING, Texas – Ryan Cook, who was picked up in a trade from Miami late Thursday night, took part in his first practice with the Cowboys and is trying to learn a new system in a short time.

“I was here (Friday) most of the day picking up the terms and the terminology,” Cook said. “That’s the biggest thing for me, the difference in terminology and what it means. The plays and the offense are some things I’m fairly familiar with.”

The Cowboys brought in Cook to shore up the backup center spot. David Arkin was forced to handle the job for most of training camp because of injuries and had never played center before.

“They didn’t really say one way or the other to be honest with out, but obviously that’s my goal is to vie for a starting position and keep working toward that,” Cook said.

Cook started against the Cowboys on Wednesday for the Dolphins and made a quick trip back to Dallas after Miami’s plane was involved in an accident while being pushed back.

“It was quite an interesting experience to say the least,” Cook said. “I guess the push back operator pushed the plane into another plane and put a little hole in the wing, a pretty nice sized gash.”

The Dolphins were delayed four hours and did not get home until 8:30 a.m. Thirteen hours later, Cook was traded to Dallas.