Friday news and notes

Owner Jerry Jones spoke publicly for the first time since the team's indoor practice facility collapsed and sent 12 people to the hospital for treatment this week.

Most serious among the injuries was the permanent paralysis of scouting assistant Rich Behm.

Jones said the Cowboys have been purposeful in limiting the information and communication about the tragic events. Legally, they have been advised not to go into to great detail because of potential lawsuits.

Secondly, many of the people who were involved in the tragedy are still psychologically impacted by event. The team doesn't want to further traumatize those involved or their families.

Jones also said the team doesn't really have enough facts to have a detailed discussion. He wants to wait until the completion of the investigation before making comments.

"Completeness of information, the legal aspects and the consideration of the people that were injured are all a part of why you restrict your comments," Jones said.

Jones and the Cowboys remain overwhelmed by the wreckage. Jones was shocked when he first viewed the collapsed structure. He said he was thankful more personal injury didn't occur as a result.

"I didn't have a thought about what caused it or repairing it or doing anything like that," Jones said. "It was purely about how fortunate we were that we didn't have more injuries and how sorry we were that we did have some injuries."

Behm, who was paralyzed from the waist down, and has recently moved from Parkland Memorial Hospital into a rehabilitation facility.

Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who suffered a fractured neck, and assistant athletic trainer Greg Gaither, who suffered a broken fibula and tibia, were released from the hospital and are resting at home.

DeCamillis will work from home and the Cowboys are hoping he will be back on the field at least on a part-time basis by the start of training camp.

Assistant coach Wes Phillips will pick up some of his special teams duties in the interim.

Jones will talk about one thing -- the pride and admiration he has for the rookies who have since become bonded because of their actions following the accident.

Many went back to help other employees get out safely.

"It's just coming to light more and more every day," Jones said. "I don't know that I've ever been prouder -- and I don't know them that well -- of a group of players, those rookie players and certainly the coaches that were out there.

"The real story for me right now is the effort that the players and coaches made to help each other without regard for their own safety in a trying time."

--QB Tony Romo failed in his bid to qualify for the U.S. Open and the Byron Nelson golf tournaments. After good starts, he failed late. His bid for the Open was derailed when he shot 44 on the back nine, with five bogeys and a triple-bogey on No. 16. The story was the same in his attempt to qualify for Byron Nelson. He found himself in contention with three holes to play but he tripled-bogeyed on 16 then bogeyed 17 and 18.

--The Cowboys will begin four weeks of organized team activities on Monday at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton because the practice fields at the team's Valley Ranch complex need to be replaced following the collapse of the indoor facility. The Cowboys will also conduct minicamp June 15-17 in Carrollton. The fields at Valley Ranch should be available when the team returns from training camp.

--The Cowboys have set the dates for training camp. They will report on July 28 and have their first practice at the Alamodome in San Antonio on July 29. The Cowboys will break camp Aug. 19, just before the Cowboys return home for the first game at the new stadium against Tennessee Aug. 21.

--The Cowboys have finally decided on a name for their new stadium in Arlington. It will be called Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys couldn't secure a naming rights deal because of the economy so they went with the obvious name in the interim.

"It's obvious, it's simply ... it's right," owner Jerry Jones said.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Addition by subtraction? Put it this way: I don't know the nuances of the locker room and all those kind of things, but I just know that guy is a player, and there is ways that they could have worked together. I don't know if he was a scapegoat or whatever it was, but I tell you what, he was a talent. He was a talent, and he didn't get in any trouble, didn't create any issues. Whenever he had the opportunity to make plays, he pretty much made them. He may have said some things at times that was kind of stupid, but we all do that. Bottom line is, I'm not sure (whether cutting T.O. makes the Cowboys better). Who do they have who is going to be that explosive? That's the question. Who do you have that's going to be that explosive? I don't see it." -- Former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith on team's decision to release Terrell Owens.

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