Cowboys get a day off

OXNARD, Calif. – Thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement, the Cowboys are off today.

Isn’t it too early? Apparently not for the players.

“It’s not too early at all,” linebacker Bruce Carter said.

Players can’t work more than five straight days without an off day, so after meetings Wednesday night, they are of until tonight’s curfew.

“I was thinking about going to play golf, but my legs are shot, man,” defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. “I’m just going to the cold tub. I might go in the cold tub (Wednesday) night and see how I feel and I might go play nine holes. It’s therapeutic really. Get your mind off things. Training camp is hard. You’ve got to get your mind away from football a little, but not all the way.”

Carter said he plans on seeing a movie and grabbing dinner.

Now in his third year, Carter has known training camp no other way.

“I’ve had Hatch tell me (what camp was like),” Carter said. “Two-a-days every day and full pads. I couldn’t imagine it. We’re blessed how we have it now.”