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Benson Injures Knee

Oklahoman Published: July 30, 1996


Second-year defensive tackle Darren Benson , who the Cowboys talked out of retirement earlier this spring, suffered a knee injury Tuesday afternoon against the Raiders during an inside drill. An MRI late Tuesday night was scheduled.

"I don't know what it will be, but it doesn't look good," said Dallas coach Barry Switzer . "That really hurts us because we were counting on him to really develop as a player this year in practice." Silver and Black

The Cowboys practiced against Oakland on Monday afternoon at St. Edward's University and will square off with the Raiders twice today and Wednesday.

"Obviously, the main reason to bring another team to your camp is to get that extra work in without beating up on your own players," said Dallas owner Jerry Jones . "But because it is these two teams, there is a special atmosphere. It is more of an event than a normal practice might be."

"We really enjoy our relationship with the Cowboys," said Oakland coach Mike White . "We think it's a good atmosphere for teaching and coaching." Novacek a Concern

Even though Dallas officials are optimistic Jay Novacek will be ready for the season opener, the veteran tight end received an epidural injection in an attempt to decrease swelling in his disk. If Novacek's back problems don't improve, Eric Bjornson , a second-year prospect often compared to Novacek, would start.

"(Those comparisons) aren't fair. He's an All-Pro," said Bjornson, a converted wide receiver. "I'm feeling a little more comfortable with everything, but I've only done this for one year. I'm just working hard on being the best player I can be. I want to try and be an all-around tight end who blocks and catches passes." Briefly. . .

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