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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

A couple of football issues with training camp at The Star for the Cowboys: The Texas heat and only one grass practice field at The Star. Practices could be held early in the morning or early in the evening to keep the players out of the heat but the grass field could get worn out quickly. With a hotel next to The Star, accommodations should not be a problem.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys will not be heading to Oxnard, California, for training camp this summer with the league directing teams to remain at their own facilities because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple sources. Last week coach Mike McCarthy said the staff was planning separate camp schedules for practices at The Star in Frisco, Texas, as well as Oxnard. Since 2012, the Cowboys have held camp in Oxnard. The league has not made a determination on when training camps will open.

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Cowboys' McCarthy learning new team from afar

As if meshing with a new team and coaching staff isn't challenging enough normally, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said doing so amid the coronavirus pandemic has given him a lesson in patience and the importance of keeping things in perspective.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike McCarthy did not want to say the Cowboys are behind because of the virtual offseason program, "but I think it's obvious to think if we started April 6, like we normally would as a first-year program, we would be in a different spot than we are here today,” McCarthy said. He said the coaches have been creative and the players responsive. “I think it leans toward the veteran experience of our football team that we able to get this much work done,” he said.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike McCarthy is not getting caught up in the Dak Prescott negotiations. Prescott has yet to sign the $31.4 million exclusive franchise tag in hopes of landing a multi-year contract by July 15 and has not taken part in the voluntary meetings. “He's involved in a business situation and I have full confidence that he'll be ready to go,” McCarthy said. “There has been communication. I mean this is the way these business situations go sometimes. You respect that.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike McCarthy has been at his home in Green Bay since the coronavirus pandemic hit, working the offseason program through virtual meetings with players and coaches. “I am anxiously preparing, frankly, to get back to Frisco as soon as possible,” McCarthy said in a conference call Wednesday. “It's time for me to get back.” Coaches are not yet allowed back in team facilities, but McCarthy has a place not far from The Star where he will live during the season.