Cowboys get used to pads again

OXNARD, Calif. – The Cowboys held their first padded practice of training camp. And by padded, it it meant fully padded, at Jason Garrett’s demand.

With the league requiring players to wear every pad to play in games, Garrett is mandating players wear the full equipment in practice. For some of the skill players, it’s an adjustment. They did not like wearing the pads because they felt it slowed them down.

Jason Witten said he had not worn knee pads since either college or his rookie year in the NFL. His knee pads were barely visible, but they were there.

“We’ll do what we need to do,” Witten said. “I don’t think it’ll be an issue.”

During the practice a number of players not accustomed to the pads were constantly readjusting the thigh and knee pads between plays.

Just being in pads symbolized the actual beginning of football season.

“It’s realistic,” linebacker Sean Lee said. “It’s football. You can only do so much when you’re in helmets. When you put pads on you feel like you feel in a game. The intensity picks up, the physicality picks up and the situations are different.”