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Nate Livings Injury Update: Guard Hopes To Be Back Next Week

The offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys during this training camp has been decimated by injuries, but now they are getting some good news as guard Nate Livings is eyeing a possible return to practice early next week. Livings is the teams projected starter at left guard and has been out since the third day of training camp with a hamstring injury.

Livings is saying that he will have no issues getting back into the groove once he is cleared to return to practice:

"No doubt. I've been playing this game for a little while now," he said. "Football is football, and the thing is, when you know it mentally, you're able to move faster. You know where you're going. That takes a little bit of the anxiety out of it as well."


"It's just about being focused mentally," he said. "Even though I'm not watching myself practice, I'm picturing myself in there in certain situations. Whether it be fourth-and-1, third-and-1. How would I handle it? How would I place my hands? What am I thinking on different alignments, different defenders? It's all mental. The physical part comes in practice. It's nothing new."

The Cowboys need to get their offensive line together so that they can start practicing together in preparation for the season, and getting Livings back next week is a start.

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