On Sunday July 29, 2012 The Dallas Cowboy’s running back Felix Jones, safety Brodney Pool, and receiver Andre Holmes all failed their conditioning tests at the start of training camp and are unable to practice with the team until they pass. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, who was on the scene, each player has to run a certain distance in a certain amount of time to pass the conditioning test. Rapoport said, “Middle sized guys including running backs have to run 50 yards in seven seconds. Receivers and defensive backs have to run 60 yards in eight seconds. The players have to (run) two sets of 10 with rest in between.”
Although Felix Jones is recovering from shoulder surgery, he was cleared for practice and Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett does not want to make any excuses for the players. Garrett said, “I don’t want to get into the reasons why any of those guys were not able to do it. The fact is, they didn’t do it. We need to make sure they are physically ready to practice the way we want to practice before we put them out there.”
Holmes said, “Obviously I should have worked harder. I missed the last two sprints. Now we’re just going to basically get ready to take the test again (Tuesday).”
On Monday July 30, 2012 the players worked with team trainers to get back into shape. Jones, Pool, and Holmes will continue to work with the team trainers until they are able to pass the conditioning test, which the team hopes will be sometime today.