Brandon Carr ready to 'mix it up'

ARLINGTON, Texas -- When the Dallas Cowboys return to practice Tuesday, cornerback Brandon Carr will be in pads for the first time this summer.

The Cowboys eased Carr into practice after he missed the first 11 of training camp in order to be with his ailing mother, who passed away July 30.

"I'm ready to get in there and mix it up with the guys," Carr said. "Coach did a good job of getting me back acclimated to this tempo of practice and tempo of training camp. Now it's time to cut the rope and let me back in."

Carr took part in walkthroughs and individual drills after arriving in camp Aug. 8. He worked out on his own back home, but the coaches did not want him to do too much too soon.

"I'm not going to say that I didn't [need those days] because training camp is a different intensity even when you're on your own training," Carr said. "So I took advantage of those days when I was at home and got some work in when I could, but I knew when I got back in town and got back with the team they were going to take me off to the side and allow me to get my wind, get my legs."

Coach Jason Garrett is hopeful Morris Claiborne can return to practice after injuring his shoulder Aug. 13 in practice against the Oakland Raiders. He has missed the first two preseason games. Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is also expected to practice for the first time as a Cowboy after receiving clearance from his doctors.

Carr said he hopes to play Saturday against the Miami Dolphins when the starters are expected to play at least a half.