LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 27: Keith Brooking #51 of the Dallas Cowboys defends against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 27, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Cowboys defeated the Redskins 17-0. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
Bradie James and Anthony Spencer, each of whom now has a pretty stout patch of facial hair--or, as Victor Butler says, “Rick Ross beards”--notwithstanding, the Dallas ‘backers have struggled in their best impression of Grizzly Adams. Sean Lee, in particular, has had a rough go of it thus far.
DeMarcus Ware and Keith Brooking are plenty capable. But Ware “had” to shave for a family portrait; Brooking took his face-coif down to a chinstrap--both, technically, against the rules. But when you’re either a universally respected veteran, or arguably the best pass rusher in the game, it’s surprisingly easy to get away with such a transgression.
"It kind of became a thing where all of the linebackers let our beards go for the time of training camp," said Jason Williams, whose beard is coming along slowly. "Originally, the rule was we couldn't trim it because we were supposed to look like wild men for the entire training camp."
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