Garrett cuts back rookies' practice time

IRVING, Texas – After losing a handful of players to minor injuries on Friday’s practice, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett scaled back Saturday’s session.

“We just want to make sure the numbers were right,” Garrett said. “We could’ve functioned in practice today and pushed them through it but felt it was better just to make sure we got the quality work in.”

The two practices on Friday were 75 minutes long. Saturday’s sessions were 45 minutes long and conducted without helmets at more of a walkthrough tempo. Rules prevent teams from putting pads on until training camp in July.

In a span of five plays the Cowboys lost cornerback Jocquel Skinner, running back Josh Harris and tackle Darius Moore to injuries. In the morning, defensive tackle Maurice Couch, who was in camp on a tryout basis, was hurt early on. Guard Jarrod Pughsley and Skinner did not take part in Saturday’s practice. Harris was able to work. The Cowboys added Texas defensive end Reggie Wilson as a tryout player on Saturday.

Garrett acknowledged there is a difference in players being in shape for individual workouts leading up to the draft than getting ready for a fast-tempo practice.

“Most of the guys who were draftable players and who we signed as free agents handled the work well,” Garrett said. “Some of the other guys not as well. … We don’t want to strain the numbers if guys are not ready to go or not 100 percent.”

Garett said the plan is to put the players through a more intense practice on Sunday.