Monday Mini-camp Update

FB Jamar Martin and CB Derek Ross have yet to report to any of the mini-camps held this offseason as Ohio State is still finishing up the last quarter of the academic semester. News on that issue and some interesting quotes from Offensive Line Coach Frank Verducci are contained in this report.

* If you want to see the two rookies out of Ohio State, Jamar Martin, and Derek Ross, you'll have to wait a little bit longer. Ross, a third-round draft choice, and Martin, a fourth-round selection are still attending Ohio State. Both are expected to head to Dallas in time for the final mini-camp in July.

* TE Jeff Robinson and RB Troy Hambrick also missed practice Monday afternoon. Robinson was excused because of a family issue and is expected to return Tuesday while Hambrick is out awaiting the birth of his new baby.

* In an interview Monday afternoon, Cowboys' offensive line coach Frank Verducci tried to downplay expectations being place on 2nd round draft pick Andre Gurode.

"I want to hold back on this kid until we get to see him pads, but right now the sky is basically the limit," said Verducci.

When asked about whether or not Gurode would be lifted from the center spot pending how Matt Lehr responds, he indicated that the coaching staff is looking for that "right combination of 5 players to get the job done."

As of right now, Gurode would be your starting center, but no decisions will be made final until the staff has extensively seen the entire offensive line practice in full pads.

* Dwayne Goodrich and Anthony Wright both returned to the practice fields Monday. Goodrich missed the entire 2001 season because of a ruptured Achilles tendon in his right foot, while Wright elected to have surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

"It felt good to finally put the helmet back on and run around in the drills," said Goodrich. While it was great to see both guys back on the practice fields, both players are being held back due to the serious nature of the injuries.

Mario Edwards and Markus Steele also returned to action after they both underwent minor shoulder surgeries earlier this year.

* Head Coach Dave Campo continues to look forward to training camp in San Antonio this summer. "I think it will be good for our guys to have the spotlight on them down there. We have such a great fan base in San Antonio, I just think that all that publicity and attention will help our guys focus on the task at hand that much more," said Campo.

* Fox Sports Net will introduce Michael Irvin on Tuesday as one of the new cast members on its revamped NFL pre-game show. Irvin will join Tony Siragusa, and host Chris Myers on the show.

* Also, round #2 of free agency began yesterday when teams were allowed to cut players to reduce salary-cap implications. The Cowboys are not expected to make any major moves.

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