Sore hip slows Ahmad Dixon

IRVING, Texas – Safety Ahmad Dixon’s rookie mini-camp has gotten off to a slow start.

One of the Dallas Cowboys’ five seventh-round picks, Dixon did not practice Friday because of a hip strain that he initially hurt at the Senior Bowl in January.

“Just a little sore,” Dixon said. “The trainers wanted to keep me out so I don’t do nothing worse to it. We just want to be very cautious with it.”

Dixon did not miss a game in his final three years at Baylor, starting 38 of the 39 games. He said the soreness started on Thursday. He arrived at Valley Ranch on Monday and started working out with the veterans and taking part in the on-field teaching sessions.

“It’s very frustrating, but, I mean, what’s my life without adversity?” Dixon said. “I’m always dealing with it. It’s nothing new to me. I’ve just got to learn from it, keep growing and move forward.”

He was not sure when he would be able to get back on the field. The rookie camp ends Saturday but most of the rookies will be able to continue in the offseason program through its conclusion.

Second-round pick Demarcus Lawrence is expected to be on hand for Saturday’s practice after leaving to see his newborn son. Lawrence arrived at Valley Ranch on Thursday for a quick meeting with the coaches and staff. Undrafted rookie Chris Whaley did not practice as he continues his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Defensive tackle Maurice Couch, who is in camp on a tryout basis, was forced from practice early because of a leg injury.