The league year finally began on Thursday afternoon, after players unanimously voted to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement. Which meant that, as of Thursday’s evening session in San Antonio, the Cowboys’ free agent signings were allowed to practice with the team.
"It was a rule and we obeyed it," said left guard Kyle Kosier, per the Dallas Morning News, adding that the layoff had left him "a little behind conditioning-wise."
"It's just knocking the rust off a little bit," he said.
Rust or no rust, the group was glad to return to the practice field after spending nearly a week in San Antonio without practicing with their teammates.
"When we finally got the word, all of us were excited to get back," said defensive end Marcus Spears, who signed a five-year deal with the team last week. "You don't want that nervous energy just lingering while you're here. You want to get out and get practice under your belt so you can get working what you need to work on."
According to reports, newly acquired safety Abram Elam was the only free agent signing to miss Thursday’s evening practice.