Friday News & Notes

What started out as a quiet end of the week in Valley Ranch turned into a ruckus Friday afternoon. Updates on Eddie George, Darren Woodson, and Chad Hutchinson are contained in this report.

The Cowboys announced several news worthy items on Friday:

* Veteran safety Darren Woodson could miss up to 8 weeks after suffering a back injury this offseason. He's expected to have surgery next Tuesday.

"We fully expect him to be back and be back by the early part of the season," said owner Jerry Jones Friday afternoon. "If we were going to have a player to miss training camp, Darren Woodson would be it. Now we need to get guys like Tony Dixon to step up."

* As far as the Eddie George deal goes, there was no guesswork involved in going after the veteran running back and former Heisman Trophy winner.

"This was a complete consensus," said Jones of the opinion of George with both him and Bill Parcells. "We were all on the same page. All of concurred that when we heard that he may not sign there (in Tennessee) we all agreed upon it.

* The Cowboys also announced any pending decisions involving Chad Hutchinson's and Antonio Bryant's future with the team would be taken care of before the team leaves for training camp next week. Hutchinson is expected to be released, and Bryant's future is somewhat in question after a feud with Parcells during the Cowboys' mini-camp earlier this summer.

"We'll know before we go to training camp next week," Jones said.

* Offers for all of the Cowboys' 2005 draft picks are going out the door today according to the Cowboys' organization. Vice President Stephen Jones said he hopes to have all of the Cowboys' draft picks signed, sealed and delivered by next Friday.

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