OXNARD, Calif. – A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Dallas Cowboys training camp:
Another day, another injury to the Cowboys' defensive line. Starting left defensive end George Selvie did not practice due to a strained groin. He was one of six defensive linemen who didn't practice, including defensive ends Anthony Spencer (physically unable to perform list) and DeMarcus Lawrence (out eight to 12 weeks with a broken foot). Tyrone Crawford worked at left defensive end with the starters during team drills with Selvie sidelined -- as was the case for much of Sunday's scrimmage. Crawford, who was one of the first names mentioned by owner and general manager Jerry Jones when asked about standouts from the scrimmage, was especially impressive as an interior rusher in pass-rush drills Monday. He beat center Travis Frederick and right guard Zack Martin on back-to-back snaps at one point.
Linebacker Rolando McClain left practice due to soreness in his quadriceps a day after being limited in the scrimmage due to tightness in his hamstring. The Cowboys are encouraged by what they've seen from McClain so far and believe minor health issues are the result of not playing football last season or participating in an NFL offseason program.
Head coach Jason Garrett taunted the cornerbacks during the early portion of one-on-one passing drills. "This is a bludgeoning so far!" Garrett hollered after the receivers opened the drills with three consecutive catches. The cornerbacks responded by drawing flags from the NFL officiating crew working the practice on three of the next four plays.
Dwayne Harris, an outstanding return man, is somewhat of a forgotten man in the Cowboys' receiver corps. That could change if he can consistently perform like he did during Monday's team drills. In one four-play span, Harris caught a short touchdown pass on a slant from Tony Romo despite heavy contact from Orlando Scandrick, a deep out from Brandon Weeden to the 3-yard line and another short touchdown on a slant from Weeden.
Receivers coach Derek Dooley has emphasized the importance of expanding slot receiver Cole Beasley's route package after Beasley ran almost solely 5-yard option routes and slants last season. The final play of the day was a perfect example. Beasley got Scandrick to bite on the slant fake and took off up the seam. Beasley was so wide open that Romo throwing a duck didn't matter. Beasley caught the ball and easily raced into the end zone for a long touchdown.
The Cowboys will focus on prep work for their preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers during their 6:45 p.m. ET (3:45 local) practice Tuesday. It is their final practice before Thursday's game.