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Cowboys Reunite With Familiar Faces in Canton

This Sunday the Cowboys will play in the “Hall of Fame Game” for the first time in over a decade. On a night when former Cowboy Emmitt Smith will be inducted into the Hall only hours prior to kickoff, the Cowboys will see some other familiar faces. Not only will there be some Cowboy legends along the sidelines, but there will be some familiarity with the faces on the opposite sideline.

The Cowboys opponents, the Cincinnati Bengals, feature at least five former Cowboys, including, the lightning rod, Terrell Owens who signed with the Bengals a week and a half ago. While most of the big players are unlikely to play much, the Cowboys will get a taste of T.O., Tank Johnson, Roy L. Williams, Adam Jones, and Antonio Bryant. All are players who left the Cowboys under not the cleanest of circumstances. One exception might be Williams, whose exit was not on terrible terms. Both Johnson and Jones, had flameouts with the Boys while trying to revive their careers and Bryant was let go after having problems staying on, then coach, Bill Parcells’ good side.

All that aside, we should not expect to see many big names too much, for either team. The Cowboys will be looking at this game to help get the starters a feel for competitive football again. They will play one or maybe two series depending on how many plays they get in. After that, the second stringers will play most of the first half and the farthest down the latter will play the second half.

Phillips said at his press conference on Thursday, “”Most of the rotation is going to be what everyone can surmise,” Phillips said. “Our first group will play some plays. The number of plays is the key. I’d rather not have three three-and-outs. I just want to give them a feel for playing. They won’t get many plays, but it’s a start…Then we’ve got a lot of guys we’ve got to look at. Really, our second-team group will finish the first half and play into the second half.”

Cowboys to Watch:

WR Titus Ryan – Ryan will be looking to use his tremendous speed to make an impact on both the return game and the offence.

ILB Jason Williams – Williams also flashes great speed but is adjusting to a new position on the inside. He has the ability but hasn’t had much playing time there.

OT Doug Free/Alex Baron – One of these guys is going to have to stand out for the right reasons this summer. Free will start and Baron will come in after. Watch for these two to play more than the other top players.

CB Cletis Gordon – Secondary coach Dave Camp has said that Gordon has the edge on rookie Jamar Wall for the fourth corner spot on the roster. How the preseason goes will determine who takes that battle.

Game Time: Sunday August 8th @ 8:00 pm EST (NBC)

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