Between the beginning of the Dallas Cowboys’ stay in San Antonio and Thursday--and this includes the team’s return to Dallas a little over a week ago, and their first preseason game against Denver--their practices (and lone game) had been confined to the air conditioned Alamodome and Cowboys Stadium.
Which made Thursday the first instance of the team working out outdoors since the player-led workouts of the lockout, when they were prohibited from team facilities. Suffice it to say players quickly noticed a difference between the climate controlled fields in San Antonio and Arlington, and the open air conditions at Valley Ranch.
"It's a big transition,'' said linebacker DeMarcus Ware, per the Dallas Morning News. "We had to take a couple of extra breaks to hydrate and get your body acclimated.''
Thursday’s high was 106--which is to say that it couldn’t have been all that enjoyable to be out there with pads on, but tight end Jason Witten believes that the practice provided the team with a new kind of test.
"It felt good,'' Witten said. "You can always tell a little bit more about your team when you get out in these type of situations.
"Plus, we got a nice little breeze here. That was an answered prayer.''
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