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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys concluded their final practice in Oxnard, California, and coach Jason Garrett rewarded the players by giving them the final walkthrough and meetings off on Thursday. “They said we're going to the beach for a couple of hours and enjoy the rest of the day off,” wide receiver Tavon Austin said. The Cowboys will return to Dallas on Friday and play the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium on Saturday.

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Jason Witten will make his preseason debut with ESPN's “Monday Night Football,” when the New York Jets play the Washington Redskins tonight. His former coach might not get to watch the game live, but Jason Garrett believes Witten will excel in his new role. “Jason Witten's a special guy and I was so privileged to be around him for 11 years,” Garrett said. “Simply one of the best players, one of the best people I've ever been around in my life. We have a great friendship. And he's going to approach the Monday Night Football analyst job just like he's approached everything in his life. He's going to do it 100 mph. He's going to be completely prepared. I think people are going to find out how charming and engaging he is, and he'll obviously provide great analysis of football.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Leighton Vander Esch (groin) is not on the field for the Cowboys final practice in Oxnard. He was hurt Wednesday. Tavon Austin (hamstring) is in the field but he has not taken any team snaps yet. Travis Frederick (stingers) is not practicing and Tyron Smith is taking a day off.

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Cowboys' Frederick told neck OK after stingers

Cowboys Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick visited a neck and spine specialist in Los Angeles and said he was told there were no other issues after he suffered several stingers in practice over the past few days.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Travis Frederick received good news from Dr. Robert Watkins that he is not dealing with a potentially more severe injury than the series of stingers that have bothered him the last few days. Frederick was not sure when he would return to practice. “Specifically because with stingers deal with your neck and that's something I think is a pretty important part of your body,” Frederick said. “So I just made sure I was safe for the long term.”

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Wide receiver Tavon Austin left practice early with a tight hamstring. Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch left because of a slight groin strain. Neither is considered serious but the Cowboys will be cautious with soft-tissue injuries.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

First round pick Leighton Vander Esch is heading to the locker room after staying down for a bit after covering a pass to the sideljne. Unclear what was wrong but he was walking slowly.

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Travis Frederick is back from the exam he had in Los Angeles to check out a stinger issue but he is not practicing.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

According to a source, the Cowboys don't believe Travis Frederick's issue with stingers is too serious, but the trip to see specialist Dr. Robert Watkins is more about precaution than anything else.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Travis Frederick is in Los Angeles visiting with Dr. Robert Watkins because of stingers that have cropped up during training camp. Frederick has been held out of two practices so far in camp. Jason Garrett would not get into whether Frederick could need surgery. "We just want to make sure he's squared away," Garrett said. Garrett said the team hopes to have the results soon. Joe Looney will replace Frederick with the first team.

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Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has seen a different Ezekiel Elliott in the running back's third training camp with the team. Elliott missed time as a rookie in camp with a hamstring strain and last year dealt with the ramifications of a six-game suspension. “Zeke's so tuned in. He's focused,” Linehan said. “I don't think I've ever seen him as focused as he is now.”

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Ezekiel Elliott leads the Cowboys running backs through the gauntlet during the individual portion of practice

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Safety Jeff Heath left practice early with an ankle sprain. He wanted to return but defensive backs coach Kris Richard told him to stay out. Kavon Frazier replaced Heath.

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The Cowboys have taken defensive tackle Maliek Collins off the physically unable to perform list as he works back from offseason surgery to repair a broken foot suffered in the spring. He has worked off to the side since the start of training camp on his rehab and conditioning. He will be worked slowly into practice, which is the norm for players coming back from injury.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys placed guard/center Marcus Martin on injured reserve because of a toe injury he suffered in the preseason opener at San Francisco. Wide receiver Marchie Murdock (ankle)was also waived/injured. The Cowboys have signed offensive lineman Jacob Alsadek and wide receiver Darren Carrington to fill their roster spots.

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