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Which Cowboys Players Need a “Veteran Day” at Training Camp?

Now that the officially have a few practices under their belt, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what they're trying to accomplish in just a few weeks time. Training camp is designed to get players up to speed both physically and mentally for the upcoming season, hopefully without any setbacks or . The latter is what I want to dive into a little deeper today.

Over the weekend the Dallas Cowboys may have suffered an setback. is believed to have a torn labrum. Although nothing is confirmed as of yet, this would likely land him on and end his rookie season.

Wilson may have been a long shot to make the final to begin with, but you never like to see injuries in training camp, especially to veteran players who are expected to play a key role in the upcoming season. That is why we have seen the Cowboys give certain players a “Veteran Day” off.

Of course, not all veterans really need to take a few extra practices off. There's usually a certain criteria that these types of players fall under. Maybe it's because of their injury , or maybe it's because they're just getting up there in age. Regardless, sometimes less is more. Today, I want to share with you a few Cowboys players I think need a “Veteran Day”.

Linebacker, Sean Lee

Sean Lee
Dallas Cowboys LB

I'm sure the first Dallas Cowboys player that came to mind who definitely needs a “Veteran Day” off is Sean Lee. His inability to stay healthy for an entire season is well documented. But, keeping him on a pitch count so to speak in training camp and giving him designated days off should help prevent him from getting too banged up before the season starts.

When healthy and on the field, there is no doubt Sean Lee is one of the best linebackers in the game. He seems to know exactly where the play is going before the ball is snapped and that's a testament to his film study. The Cowboys are simply a better when he is on the field then when he is not. Hopefully, these extra days off in training camp will help keep him healthy throughout the entire .

Offensive Tackle, Tyron Smith

Tyron Smith
Dallas Cowboys LT

If Sean Lee's name wasn't the first Dallas Cowboys player you thought of who needs a “Veteran Day” off, then you were probably thinking of Tyron Smith. Unfortunately, these past few seasons Smith has battled and succumbed to reoccurring back injuries that has caused him to miss time. His absence on the field is a definite hindrance for the Cowboys offensive productivity.

It's no coincidence the Cowboys and started to struggle when Tyron Smith was out of the lineup while dealing with his back injury last season. Yes, it was the same time ended up getting suspended, but I believe Smith was the bigger obstacle the Cowboys offense had to overcome. We can only hope that won't happen again, which is why extra days off during training camp could prove to be beneficial.

Defensive End, DeMarcus Lawrence

DeMarcus Lawrence
Dallas Cowboys DE

The way DeMarcus Lawrence played last season might just have made him an indispensable player heading into the 2018 season. The way he can impact the game as both a run defender and pass rusher makes him extremely important moving forward, which is why I believe he deserves those “Veteran Day” practices off as well.

Let's not forget that Lawrence has already had two back surgeries in his professional career, which is probably one of the reasons why he had a fantastic . He was finally healthy. In order to keep him healthy, I think he needs to join Sean Lee and Tyron Smith on the sideline to prevent too much wear-and-tear before the season gets underway. I want to see him pick up where he left off last year and completely dominate.

Which Dallas Cowboys players do you think need a “Veteran Day”?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Sean Jackson

On that Veteran day, leadership skills should be taught. Lee disappointment me when he responded to Dez’s twitter comments. Lee is a leader in the locker room. He should be a model for rookies. He should able to ignore distractions and not comment on them.

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