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)
The first practice of mini-camp today at Valley Ranch saw rookie receiver Dez Bryant continue to rehab a sore hamstring on the sidelines while Keith Brooking returned to practice after missing four weeks of organized team activities to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery.
Bryant has been sidelined since Tuesday, when he was forced to make an early exit from organized team activities with a sore hamstring.
Brooking, who had the surgery, in his words, to "clean some stuff up," came in from the morning session feeling encouraged about his progress, and the left knee on which he's had three surgeries.
"My knee felt better than it’s felt in a long time," Brooking said, "so that’s really positive. The one thing I was concerned about was explosiveness, having my legs underneath me, because I haven’t done the football, metabolic stuff in so long. But my legs felt great. I felt strong, I felt quick.
"I was very pleased with the day."
The team plans on limiting the 36-year-old Brooking to three practices over the three day mini-camp, which consists of two practices today and tomorrow, and one final session on Sunday. Brooking has other ideas, but those will likely be quashed by coaches.
"I have been lobbying a little bit for it," Brooking said, "and I haven’t gotten a very good response."