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Converted linebacker Scott Zimmerman suffered a high ankle sprain Friday evening that will likely keep him out of training camp for the next two weeks. The temporary loss of Zimmerman leaves the Cowboys with only one fullback on the active roster. News on Zimmerman and much more are contained inside.

However, don't look for the Cowboys to bring in anyone else at fullback during Zimmerman's absence. Bruce Coslet will use fewer formations involving the fullback until Zimmerman returns.

"Zimmerman has made good progress, but we'll use other personnel groups for now. He's probably going to be out a minimum of two weeks," said Campo. "We'll see where he is at that point. We can't keep a fullback on the field, but we'll see what happens there."

Campo was less than pleased with how the Cowboys responded defensively in their preseason game of the year, "Defensively we gave up a few too many big plays. They hit a couple of corner routes on us that we didn't take care of. I thought the initial defensive unit got good pressure up front," said Campo.

Roy Williams was beaten on a corner route Friday night, but Campo continues to remain excited about his performance. "I thought Roy Williams had a good accounting of himself out there. We've got to continue to bring him along. He did well for his first time out," said Campo.

"I think our guys came ready to play Friday. We talked about winning the individual battles and we did that. From a poise standpoint, I really thought we did well. The only point of concern is lining up offside three times," Campo went on to say.

Bryant Westbrook continues to get the job done in the secondary, but most experts feel that he has been unimpressive overall through the first preseason game and two weeks of training camp. "There's really nothing that I can put finger on with Westbrook. He's doing everything we are asking him to do," said Campo.

"One of the reasons he is here is because we felt like he was a playmaker. He really hasn't shown us that yet because he hasn't had the opportunity." Westbrook registered 5 tackles and 0 passes defended Friday night against the Raiders. He also missed Sunday's practice because of tendonitis in his right knee, but he is expected to return to the practice fields today.

Westbrook continues to maintain that he is working his way back to his old self, however it appears his confidence remains low. Without question, he still needs to make some big plays to prove not only to himself, but to the Cowboys' organization, that it wasn't a mistake to sign him this off season.

Quincy Carter, fresh off a brilliant performance against the Oakland Raiders, built on his new found confidence with another impressive practice Sunday afternoon in the Alamodome. He hit Rocket Ismail on long scoring pass, right over top of rookie cornerback Pete Hunter, and also drilled a couple of deep crossing routes to Antonio Bryant.

Carter continues to show improvement in his reads, looking off his intended receivers and hitting his running backs coming across the middle of the field with regularity. At this point in training camp, he has clearly proven himself as the leader of the offense.

While Jason Bell looked decent in the absence of starting cornerback Mario Edwards Friday night, don't expect him to climb the depth charts anytime soon. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has never really viewed Bell favorably, especially as a starter.

Bell actually started Friday night opposite of Bryant Westbrook only because the coaching staff wanted to get a good look at him before competition in the secondary gets really tough. Pete Hunter and Derek Ross are still the top two candidates to emerge as potential playmakers in the eyes of the coaching staff, but unfortunately both players need more on-the-field experience.

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