Cowboys offense succeeds from goal line ... sort of

OXNARD, Calif. -- The best way to score from the goal line is to not have a defense in front of you.

With the bulk of the St. Louis Rams defense rushing over to their defensive teammates after a brawl broke out on the other field, only linebacker James Laurinaitis and cornerback Janoris Jenkins remained to face the Dallas Cowboys offense. Laurinaitis kicked the ball away a couple of times to delay the Cowboys but he wasn't successful.

While everybody's attention was on the other field, the Cowboys scored and Tony Romo raised his arms in triumph jokingly.

On to the observations:

  • Darren McFadden took the first-team snaps at tailback for the first time but made his mark for the second team in red zone work with a draw up the middle in which he burst through the Rams defense for a touchdown of about 15 yards. In two-minute work, McFadden replaced Joseph Randle and took a check down from Tony Romo to the St. Louis 1 before the fights began.

  • Tony Romo finished 10-of-12 in team and 7-on-7 drills against the Rams. His best throw came on a deep post to Terrance Williams, who ran by cornerback Imoan Claiborne, beating the St. Louis blitz.

  • While the Rams canceled the end of their practice after the fights, the Cowboys worked against each other in a two-minute drill. Because the Cowboys were in white jerseys, the defense had to put on yellow pennies. Safety J.J. Wilcox broke up a Romo pass in the end zone to close practice. He remained down for a little bit because of a cramp.

  • Claiborne got a punch in on Dez Bryant during the fight, but he must have been upset from a bad day. In one-on-one work, Devin Street beat him for a score with a nifty fake slant to the corner route. After making the catch, Street dropped the ball on a prone Claiborne.

  • Romo connected with Williams on a touchdown in which the receiver made a difficult grab in traffic in red zone drills but if it had been a game Rams defensive end Robert Quinn would have had a sack after blowing by Darrion Weems.

  • Dan Bailey went 5-of-6 on field goal attempts with makes from 38, 41, 44, 49 and 54 yards. He was wide right from 51 yards. Unofficially Bailey is now 50-of-54 in camp.

  • Cornerback Orlando Scandrick (knee) was back in pads on Tuesday but he did not take part in team drills. Scandrick has missed the last eight practices but he is clearly getting closer to returning. Safety Barry Church was in pads at the start of practice as well but did not work because of rib cartilage issues. Cole Beasley (Achilles), Gavin Escobar (concussion), Ken Bishop and Corey White did not practice for the first time in camp.