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Orton Fined $69K for Skipping Minicamp

Backup QB Kyle Orton never showed up for the team's mandatory minicamp this week

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After skipping his physical on Monday and the entirety of the mandatory minicamp at Valley Ranch this week, possibly retiring backup quarterback Kyle Orton will be hit with a $69,455 fine, according to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas.

Orton’s camp has reportedly told the Cowboys that he wants to retire. But the team doesn’t want to let him go, just yet. Whenever speaking about the situation, Cowboys officials are quick to point to Orton’s contract status--he’s signed through the 2014 season--and head coach Jason Garrett said this week that he still expects Orton to come back for training camp next month.

(Of course, if Orton doesn’t show up to camp, he’ll be on the hook for more fines.)

“We anticipate him being at training camp,” Garrett said. “Communication is a big part of that situation, trying to understand why he wasn’t here and taking the necessary work. ... What we have to do and need to do as an organization is penalize him the necessary amounts of fines and those kinds of things. We also just want to understand and communicate and try to figure out [how] this situation is going to play out that’s best for the Dallas Cowboys and for Kyle Orton.”

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