Dallas Cowboys Training Camp 2012: Roster Cut To 53

The Cowboys made some interesting and some head-scratching moves on Friday, the NFL's deadline to get their roster to the 53-man limit.

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Dallas Cowboys Roster Cuts: Breaking Down The 53

There were some pleasant surprises, as well as some head-scratchers, when the Cowboys announced who made the cut on Friday night.

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Jerry Jones Takes A Step Back

While the outspoken owner still loves the spotlight, he's allowed Stephen Jones and Jason Garrett to take on a much bigger role over the last few years.

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Cowboys Training Camp Will Return To Oxnard In 2013

The Dallas Cowboys held their final training camp session of 2012 in Oxnard Thursday, but the southern California city will see the Texas-based franchise again as the team announced it will return next season.

The news was made official by Cowboys' vice president Stephen Jones, who said he was 99-percent sure of a return.

"We really like everything about it," coach Jason Garrett said about training in Oxnard. "The weather is something everybody talks about, that's a good thing, I think it allows you to get more work in. The players are more focused on what we're asking them to do instead of the Gatorade and water jug behind them. We've all practiced in some of those really, really hot Texas days where the focus isn't on competing against each other. It's where's the trainers? Where's the water? Give me a hold towel. All of that stuff. We feel like this gets you away from the mindset and lets you go to work. We got a lot of football plays to run."

This year was the first full-time relationship between the Cowboys and Oxnard since 2006.

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Jason Witten Injury: Dallas Cowboys Sign TE Harry Flaherty

The Dallas Cowboys have decided to stay in the family in their search of tight end depth, signing Harry Flaherty, the nephew of head coach Jason Garrett, according to Nick Eatman of CBS Sports. Flaherty's services became a necessity after the Cowboys discovered Witten's Week 1 status may be up in the air following a lacerated spleen injury he suffered in Monday's exhibition game.

Flaherty's NFL experience is quite limited, spending time on the New Orleans Saints' practice squad in his only year in the league. While this wont diminish nepotism claims, Flaherty will be working directly along side another one of his uncles John Garrett, who happens to be the tight ends coach for Dallas as well as a fellow Princeton alum.

The Cowboys waived/injured guard/center Bill Nagy in a corresponding move to make room for Flaherty. Nagy was expected to compete for the starting center gig before fracturing his ankle. Dallas now seems to be thin in the middle with their remaining centers Phil Costa (back strain) and Kevin Kowalski (ankle) both nursing injuries of their own.

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Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr Bring New Element To Defense

The secondary has been the Dallas Cowboys Achilles heel for years, but that should change after the team added two high-profile CB's in the off-season.

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Cowboys Linebackers Should Be Much Improved

With former second round pick Bruce Carter and free agent acquisition Dan Connor now next to Sean Lee in the middle, the Cowboys could have a dominant front seven in 2012.

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Cowboys Defensive Line Returns Intact

The defensive line, led by Jay Ratliff, should remain one of the strengths of the Cowboys defense for at least one more season.

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