Phase 2 of Cowboys' offseason starts this week

IRVING, Texas -- For the first time since their loss to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys players and coaches are back on the field together.

Well, a lot of them anyway.

Phase 2 of the offseason conditioning program starts this week with on-field teaching instruction for the next three weeks. Players can receive individual coaching from the staff, and the offensive and defensive units can work together. Rules prevent both sides of the ball from working against each other in one-on-one, seven-on-seven or team drills.

Phase 3 of the program starts May 26 when the team begins its organized team activities and concludes with the mandatory June 16-18 minicamp.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant has yet to sign the franchise tag tender and has not taken part in the voluntary workouts so far, and neither has cornerback Orlando Scandrick, who is seeking a new contract.

The Cowboys’ rookies report to Valley Ranch on Thursday and will have a three-day minicamp Friday through Sunday.