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Jerry Jones wants Cowboys to keep their rookies healthier


It hasn’t been an entirely healthy offseason for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Jones had surgery last week to repair a damaged retina in his left eye. The recovery from that surgery did not force Jones to skip the team’s rookie minicamp, so he was able to share his thoughts about the need to keep this year’s crop of rookies healthier than last year’s new arrivals in Dallas. Only two of the seven players drafted in 2012 were able to play in all 16 games last year.

Jones said that the team is monitoring the rookies’ activities during practice more closely than they did last year, including things like stretching in hopes of eliminating some of the muscle strains and pulls that sidelined players in 2012.

“We have tried to keep that in mind as we take these guys through practice,” Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We are trying to make sure we are doing the things as best we can to not have some of the pulls we had last year.”

The Cowboys are expecting each of their first six picks to contribute a fair amount during the 2013 season so there’s little need to explain why they would want to see the newcomers anywhere but the trainer’s room. You can only protect yourself against injury so much in football and there’s never going to be a way to eliminate the random broken bone, but that’s hardly reason enough to avoid proactive measures that could limit the other kinds of injuries that helped sink the Cowboys last year.

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17 Responses to “Jerry Jones wants Cowboys to keep their rookies healthier”
  1. melkipershero says: May 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    Cowboys fans want a real GM.

  2. doomsdaydefensetx says: May 12, 2013 4:26 PM

    Jerry jones wants this, Jerry Jones wants that. Lets talk about what Cowboy Nation wants. A owner who keeps his face out the spot light and quotes out the headlines. Please and thank you.

  3. leftyman says: May 12, 2013 4:34 PM

    When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not, hmm?

  4. SparkyGump says: May 12, 2013 4:35 PM

    Jerry Jones wants fans to think he knows what he’s doing. Jerry Jones wants all to believe the Cowboys are sooo close. Jerry Jones wants to have another scotch to keep the truth from percolating through.

  5. grizzz2 says: May 12, 2013 4:45 PM

    Jerry better watch out what his wishes for considering the fact that “he” drafted those rookies

  6. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 12, 2013 4:46 PM

    Last year was a disaster as far as rookies getting injured even during the rookie mini camp with minimal contact. I’m convinced they need to look at how they were doing things. This is encouraging actually.

  7. ncsteeler says: May 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    And doesn’t every owner and fan want their players (rookies and vets) to be healthy.

    Every word out of Jerry Jones’ mouth is not news. Jones keeping his mouth shut – now that would be newsworthy!

  8. dallashomer says: May 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    Jerry also wants his injured players to spend “Peyton Manning time” in the training room.

  9. mtheparrothead says: May 12, 2013 4:55 PM

    Stretching is his great answer? Too back jack l is dead or he could modernize Jerry on a proper 60s workout

  10. romo4life says: May 12, 2013 5:26 PM

    Keep players healthy…what a great idea!

  11. imsome32 says: May 12, 2013 6:18 PM

    i am a cowboys fan and im getting sooooo tired of hearing jerry talk..i heard garrett twice this offseason wtf

  12. speedlimit41 says: May 12, 2013 6:47 PM

    For some dumb reason I think they can be 10-6 this year

  13. noring4youstill says: May 12, 2013 8:47 PM

    I hope the other 31 GMs are listening. Sounds like a great plan. Also I would think keeping the rest of the roster healthy is a key to strong play.

  14. RoofDude says: May 12, 2013 10:39 PM

    Hopefully Romo can stretch his neck good…… it’s getting old watching him choke.

  15. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: May 13, 2013 1:26 PM

    Further down the Howard Hughes/Al Davis rabbit hole go the Cowboys…

  16. steelerben says: May 13, 2013 3:04 PM

    Maybe now that he got his eyes fixed Jerry will be able to see that he is a terrible GM.

  17. malachiofcourse says: May 14, 2013 8:59 PM

    stretching? what a novel concept. wonder why other teams don’t do it, every single practice… pssssh.

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