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Cowboys End Thousand Oaks Summer Camp

August 24, 1985|HOWARD G. KELLY JR. | Times Staff Writer

The Dallas Cowboys, 2-0 in preseason and fresh off a come-from-behind overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers, close their Thousand Oaks training camp this morning and head home to prepare for the Chicago Bears.

And they will not waste any time getting ready. There will be practices in Dallas tonight and Saturday before the Bears (0-2) arrive in Texas Stadium for a nationally televised game Monday night.

The Cowboys leave Thousand Oaks in shape, Landry said.

"I think we're pretty well on schedule," he added. "We've had some injuries in our guard position with Brian Baldinger and Crawford Ker. Besides that, everything has gone quite well."

"I think we can have quality," said Landry. "If (defensive end Kevin) Brooks, (linebacker Jessie) Penn and Ker come through, they're going to be big, strong players. If you can get three guys like that to come through and play for you, then you've had a good draft.

"And if Leon Gonzalez (an eighth-round draft pick from Bethune-Cookman) or someone like that would make the club out of the remaining group, that would be a plus."


The Cowboys will trim their roster to 50 by Tuesday and to the mandatory 45 by Sept. 2. Quarterback Danny White, who suffered a cartilage separation in his left rib cage against San Diego, is doubtful for Monday's game. Gary Hogeboom will start at quarterback against the Bears and split time with Steve Pelluer.

Defensive tackle Randy White is doubtful for the Bears as he rests an irritated knee. Probables for Monday's game are safety Bill Bates (concussion) and tackle John Dutton (hamstring).

Other doubtfuls include linebacker Neal Delocono (ankle-knee), defensive tackle Don Smerek (arm), running back Todd Fowler (knee), safety Victor Scott (ankle) and linebacker Karl Jordon (knee).

Defensive end Jim Jeffcoat continues to have an outstanding preseason. He was in for all but four plays against the Chargers and has been in top form in camp.

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