FRALEY: Cowboys’ set preseason schedule; controversial California trip axed


Cowboys’ set preseason schedule; controversial California trip axed
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams (11) is consoled by the Minnesota Vikings mascot Ragnar after losing 24-21 at the Metrodome, Sunday, October 17, 2010.

The Dallas Cowboys exhibition schedule makes it clear that the club will not repeat last year’s mistake of moving across the country during training camp.

The Cowboys opened training camp in San Antonio and moved on to Oxnard, Calif. They also played an exhibition in the state of California, at San Diego. An unprepared team stumbled out of the gate and had a 1-7 start.

This year’s schedule is more reasonable in terms of travel. The Cowboys are scheduled to play three of their four games in the Central time zone, and they will stay in San Antonio for training camp.

With dates and starting times to be determined, the games are:

Aug. 12-14Denver

Aug. 19-21 — San Diego

Aug. 26-28 — at Minnesota

Sept. 1-2 — at Miami

With the lockout still in effect, this may be wishful thinking.

A team would need about three weeks to set its roster and conduct practices before playing an exhibition game. That means the sides could work out a new basic agreement as late as July 22 and have the exhibition season go off as scheduled.

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