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NFL Clears Cowboys Staff, Players To Appear Together At Charity Event

The Cowboys and their coaches were back together for one night. The team held their seventh annual Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party on Sunday night, and several coaches and players attended the event. Contact between NFL coaches and players is prohibited because of the lockout, but the league made an exception for long-standing charity events. With a wry smile, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett summed up how several of his conversations would likely go. “We’ll talk about the bread and the water,” Garrett said.

Asked if the conversations would be awkward, Garrett said: “Not awkward at all. We’re all here for this event. The way the rules have worked, we’re allowed to be here together. Everyone is focused on being here, having a good time and supporting this event.” Former Cowboys running back Preston Pearson, who co-hosted the event, agreed with Garrett but knew the lockout cloud would still be there. “It’s a little bit unfortunate because active and former players are in a precarious situation when it comes to showing any divisive nature with regards to the collective bargaining agreement,” he said. “It’s just a touchy situation, but I think you’ll see all the players — mentally and physically — will show support with what we’re doing.”

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