PARCELLS NOT HAPPY: It was obvious that Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells was not happy with right tackle Jacob Rogers on Monday. Rogers, who had his third MRI on Sunday since arriving to Oxnard for the start of training camp two weeks ago, continues to suffer from "mystery injuries."
"(The injury is) nothing serious, it could be a couple of days maybe," Parcells said of his starting right tackle.
When asked if he was frustrated by Rogers, Parcells responded, "I would have to say a little bit. (This has been) about his third one since he's been here."
Rogers left the field before halftime of the Cowboys 13-11 loss to Arizona in the 2005 preseason opener.
ROOKIE SURPISES: Parcells mentioned several rookies that caught his eye during Saturday's preseason opener.
"I was very surprised by how some of our rookies responded in their first game. I'm talking about the defensive guys up front," he said.
"I thought the three rookie defensive linemen played pretty good. Canty, Johnson, and Ratliff. Burnett played quite a few plays. Ware played quite a few plays. We were able to play Beriault like I hoped. 11 plays on special teams, 18 on defense. I hope I can continue with him. He's got a little condition too, so I'll try to manage that.
"I told the guys on special teams I was looking for some tacklers, and I saw some guys that could tackle," he added.
BACK UP QB UPDATE: Much has been made of Tony Romo's performance Saturday night against Arizona. Parcells, who has played down the competition all camp long, continued to do so on Monday.
"I just tried to give them the time I told you I was going to give them and let that play out like I said I would," he said.
Parcells added, "Both of them: some good, some bad. "
When asked if Henson would enter the Cowboys second preseason game first next week against Seattle, he said, "We haven't really talked about that. We'll see. Maybe."
Tony Romo completed 8-of-10 passes for 71 yards and Henson completed 6-of-13 for 64 yards Saturday against Arizona. Starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe completed 4-of-8 passes for 27 yards in limited action.
POLITE HOLDS HIS OWN: Parcells was very complimentary of his only active fullback during Saturday's preseason opener, Lousaka Polite.
"I thought he did okay," Parcells said. "I really did. Played about 28 plays. I only have one fullback. It's a great opportunity for the kid. He carried the ball pretty good. I don't think he's going to be Jim Brown or anything, but I wouldn't be afraid to give it to him once in a while."
The other two fullbacks on the roster, Erik Bickerstaff and Darian Barnes continue to miss practice.
"Bickerstaff was back on the field this morning, but he's kind of in a non-contact mode. I don't know how long Barnes will be, but it shouldn't be too much longer," he said.
QUICK HITS: Right guard Marco Rivera may miss the next couple of days of practice. "Marco Rivera has had a slight hamstring twinge for about 10 days. We are going to give him a couple of days," Parcells said. ... Parcells also said that the organization has already "been looking" at right tackle candidates outside of the organization. ... The Cowboys had less than 15 mental errors as a team during Saturday's loss to Arizona. ... Chris Canty can play on the interior of the defensive line in a 4-3 formation. "He could be down there on the guard, yes," Parcells said.
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