Thursday news & notes

Nick Folk underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.

* Nick Folk underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. He is expected resume light kicking in eight weeks and be ready for training camp in July. Folk suffered the injury late last season and decided to have surgery once the injury failed to improve with rest in the offseason.

News of Folk's injury now crystallizes the team's seemingly questionable decision to draft kicker David Buehler in the fifth round. Buehler will take pressure off of Folk by being the primary kickoff guy with Folk handling field goals. And he becomes insurance in case Folk continues to have problems with the hip.

* The Cowboys will be a part of two of the 16 "American Football League Legacy Games" held during the 2009 season, marking the 50th season for the eight original American Football League teams. Eleven legacy games will be matchups between the eight original AFL teams. The other five legacy games include the Cowboys playing the "Dallas Texans" in Kansas City on Oct. 11 at noon and the Oakland Raiders visiting the Cowboys in the Raiders' first Thanksgiving game since 1970 on Nov. 26 at 3:15 p.m.

* Former Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett will earn his degree from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Saturday, according to a university release.

Lett will graduate with a bachelor's of arts degree in university studies with an emphasis in sociology and history from the UNLV College of Liberal Arts Saturday. He'll go through commencement ceremonies on campus at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Lett was part of three Super Bowl title teams with the Cowboys. He went to Las Vegas last year to visit his former Cowboys position coach, Andre Patterson, who had recently joined the staff at UNLV. Lett needed three semesters to complete his course work, which included independent study.

Lett played in college at Emporia State and wanted to keep his promise to his mother.

"I was the only child in my family to not have a college degree so this is something I've promised my mom that I would do," said Lett in a statement from UNLV. "I also do a lot of public speaking in schools and I want to be a role model for these kids. I get a lot of questions about education and now I can say that I graduated from college."

* The Cowboys' 2009 draft class can be deemed versatile and athletic. Consider that six members of the class were quarterbacks in high school, starting with fourth-round draft Stephen McGee who still is a quarterback. The other former prep signal callers are receiver Manual Johnson, safety/cornerback DeAngelo Smith, linebacker Stephen Hodge, linebacker Jason Williams and safety Mike Hamlin.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I feel like I was in a fight. When it came down I didn't have much time to react. What scared me the most was that my son was in the building. Practice was going well. That was a helluva ending." -- Secondary coach Dave Campo on the collapse of the team's indoor practice facility during minicamp.

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