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Dallas Cowboys welcome Brandon Carr back from bereavement leave

Brandon Carr missed the Dallas Cowboys first 2014 NFL preseason football game, a loss to the San Diego Chargers. Carr was at home with his ailing mother, who ended up passing away. According to ESPN on Saturday, Carr made his return for practices today and the Cowboys are planning to slowly work him back into conditioning as the preseason moves on.

Dallas Cowboys welcome Brandon Carr back from bereavement leave
Dallas Cowboys welcome Brandon Carr back from bereavement leave
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Dallas Cowboys welcome Brandon Carr back from bereavement leave
Dallas Cowboys welcome Brandon Carr back from bereavement leave
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

When Dallas faced San Diego in the first preseason game of the 2014 NFL season, the defense struggled to stop the passing game early. While memories of the Cowboys’ 2013 season rushed back and fears of another inept defense started to seep in, many players missed the game. Brandon Carr was with his family following the passing of his mother, Morris Claiborne was sitting out with an injured knee, and Orlando Scandrick sat out due to the coach’s decision.

That means that none of the Cowboys starting cornerbacks were in the game at all. With Dallas wanting to take things slow with Carr now that he has returned, he likely will miss the team’s preseason game next Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens. This will give the young cornerbacks more chances to learn the system and separate themselves for the depth chart. Carr has missed a total of 11 practices since returning home.

Morris Claiborne also said that he was returning to practice today as well, so the Cowboys might have their cornerback unit back and ready to play by the important third preseason game where starters are expected to play longer in the game. Carr said that, while he was at home with his family, he was still trying to work out and keep in shape so his return would not be a struggle. It is time to see if the Dallas Cowboys is improved at all from their 2013 campaign.