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Garrett making Cowboys practice in new pads


Much to the dismay and denial of many players, the NFL’s making them wear thigh and knee pads this year, and won’t let them play if they don’t.

So it makes sense to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett that they wear them during practice as well.

Garrett told players Saturday to check with the equipment staff for the kind they preferred, because he wants them on during practices.

You’ve got to be able to carry your pads to be a good football player,” Garrett said, via Calvin Watkins of “If you go out in shorts or in these pads that you’re not going to wear in the game and then, come game time, you’re wearing something different than what you’ve been practicing in, that’s not good for you.

“You want to feel comfortable. You want to feel like you’ve been there before, so we’ll do that in practice as well.”

As many players are muttering about it for aesthetic reasons rather than anything to do with health or safety, but linebacker Sean Lee met the news with a shrug.

“I think at first it’ll be an adjustment, but I don’t think it’s too big of a deal,” Lee said. “It’ll be good because you can practice in them and feel good.”

There’s been no sign from the league that they’re willing to bend even a little on this one, so Lee’s stance is a prudent one.

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17 Responses to “Garrett making Cowboys practice in new pads”
  1. germanstingray says: Jul 21, 2013 6:05 PM

    Once they get used to them, the Cowboys’ players will feel as clean and comfortable as a spring breeze using their new pads.

  2. ocgunslinger says: Jul 21, 2013 6:11 PM

    Makes perfect sense and no controversy with that decision.

  3. sidepull says: Jul 21, 2013 6:28 PM

    I thought they always practiced in pads.

  4. sandypar77 says: Jul 21, 2013 6:37 PM

    But will it cut down on injuries? We shall see.

  5. pnut87 says: Jul 21, 2013 6:42 PM

    Isn’t that against the new CBA or whatever? Like everything else?

  6. ripster65 says: Jul 21, 2013 6:50 PM

    Who even cares about the Cowboys anymore? What, 8-10 stories in the last 2 days? Really?

  7. talkingproud says: Jul 21, 2013 7:00 PM

    Why stop there? Make the players practice in bulkier, heavier pads then on game day it will feel as if they aren’t wearing anything at all.

  8. officialgame says: Jul 21, 2013 7:21 PM

    It’s actually a smart move though its the Cowboys and it kills me to say that.

  9. twwally says: Jul 21, 2013 8:33 PM

    The cowboys should just practice golf cuz that’s what they will be doing at the end of the regular season.

  10. kane337 says: Jul 21, 2013 9:52 PM

    The Cowboys need maxi pads

  11. therealhardt says: Jul 21, 2013 10:19 PM

    “Who even cares about the Cowboys anymore? What, 8-10 stories in the last 2 days? Really?”

    they are one of only two teams in TC already, the fins are getting pub too…once all teams enter TC it will even out….

  12. osiris33 says: Jul 21, 2013 11:10 PM

    I would think Lee would want all the padding he could get after the way Golden Tate blew him up in week 2 last year.

  13. chi01town says: Jul 22, 2013 1:18 AM

    good move! if they are going to play the game in pads they should
    have them on when ever they go on the turf.

  14. drgreenstreak says: Jul 22, 2013 2:44 AM

    ripster65 says: Jul 21, 2013 6:50 PM

    Who even cares about the Cowboys anymore? What, 8-10 stories in the last 2 days? Really?

    and ol’ ripster65 reads every one!

  15. greenmeattruck says: Jul 22, 2013 3:22 AM

    The new pads, huh? Aren’t those the stupid little yellow pieces of cloth they throw on the field when someone gets hit? Or is it the green paper that the players lose when the yellow cloth is thrown?

  16. raiderufan says: Jul 22, 2013 7:10 AM

    I understand having played for so long without them being a noticeable change when switching but I’d bet it takes very little time to get used to them… for the rule that’s another story. Knee pad or not, a 300 pound man hits your knee it’s going to have a solid chance of tearing. Which, as we know, is the main issue with knee injuries.

  17. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 23, 2013 10:11 PM

    As far as injuries go, so far this isn’t working for the Cowboys.

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