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Training Camp Notebook: 7/27

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Training Camp Notebook: 7/27

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SAN ANTONIO - AUGUST 06: Helmets of the Dallas Cowboys during training camp at the Alamodome on August 6, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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*Second round selection Sean Lee missed the morning session of practice with a strained quad, and he has reportedly been battling cramping through camp thus far. It's not yet known whether he will participate in this afternoon's practice. DE Jason Hatcher also missed out on the morning with an elbow injury, which is thought to be minor.

*With Martellus Bennett out with a sprained ankle, second-year TE John Phillips has had an impressive showing in camp thus far. Per the Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley, Phillips added 10 pounds of muscle in the off-season per the team's request, and caught 50 balls a day from a JUGS machine to develop ball skills. The added weight has reportedly helped in his blocking, which was already a strong suit.

*According to reports, T Alex Barron has been impressive early on. He won't likely win the starting left tackle job from Doug Free, but he's shown some serious athleticism and mobility, and will be a strong option as the team's third offensive tackle. "I think he's better than we thought he was," said executive vice president Stephen Jones.

*P Mat McBriar will likely serve as the holder this season, but, interestingly, receiver Patrick Crayton has taken some snaps as well. "We're going to see how it goes," Crayton said. "Coach wants me to get some work in, get used to doing it. Maybe it's in the future, buy you know what [Bill] Parcells said: the more you can do."

*K David Buehler, who will enter the season as Dallas's place-kicker, was asked recently of the chances that his kick-offs could suffer from his work as a place-kicker. His answer, in a word, was no. "It will help moreso just because I'm focused on kicking," said Buehler. "That's my craft. That's my specialty. My main focus is on kicking field goals. That's where I have to fill the void. I have a lot of confidence in my kickoffs and I'm gaining confidence in my field goals.

*WR Dez Bryant took the media to task this morning for, more or less, trying to turn players against one another. This came in response to the attention devoted to his refusal to carry Roy Williams' shoulder pads.

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