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Cowboys, Chargers Scrimmage before Sunday's Game

Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 10:06pm

On Friday, the challenge was how to handle situational drills. After spending the week practicing against one another, the Chargers and Cowboys held a scrimmage in Cowboy Stadium. The scoreboard was used to show down, distance, score and time. Backs and receivers weren’t fully tackled, as both teams saved the hard stuff for when they meet yet again in a preseason game on Sunday night.

“You can’t beat this work, particularly getting to see different players, different defenses, different offenses,” San Diego coach Norv Turner said. “The two days, I think, have really helped both teams. ... We came here with the mindset of getting better, and I think we got better. It’s great exposure for all our players.”

They also had quite an audience: about 50 Cowboys alumni, including Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and the three newest members of the club’s Ring of Honor — Drew Pearson, Charles Haley and Larry Allen. Team owner Jerry Jones announced their selection at a news conference before practice. Their names will go up Nov. 6 against Seattle.

The alumni gathering was urged by Garrett, the first alum to become Cowboys coach.

“To be able to (practice) in front of these guys, that’s fun for me,” Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. “You want to impress them and do things they’ll like. It was a great environment.”

The Chargers and Cowboys will both play their second preseason game Sunday night at Cowboy Stadium.

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