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Start of camp dims Cowboys' hopes for health

Published On: Jul 23 2013 02:38:18 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 23 2013 02:41:30 PM CDT
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OXNARD, California -

The Dallas Cowboys are hoping the first two days of training camp aren't a trend.
    
It looks a lot like last year when injuries decimated a defense that couldn't hold up late in a season that ended just short of the playoffs.
    
Defensive end Anthony Spencer can't shake a troublesome knee problem, and backup Tyrone Crawford is out for the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon during the first full workout of camp.
    
Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff strained a hamstring during the conditioning test.
    
Tony Romo's starting guards - Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings - are sidelined for now. So is backup Ronald Leary.
    
But defensive lineman Jason Hatcher says worrying about a replay on injuries is like a "cancer for the team."