11:55 AM CDT on Thursday, May 19, 2005
By JEAN-JACQUES TAYLOR / The Dallas Morning News
GRAPEVINE – Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he's not upset with second-round pick Kevin Burnett or the player's agent after Burnett had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his hip without informing the club first.
Burnett had a slight issue with his groin that was diagnosed at the scouting combine in February, but that didn't cause the Cowboys any concern, and he participated in the three-day rookie minicamp without any issues three weeks ago.
"After rookie camp, he went to see the doctor to check on the groin. They did some additional evaluation and decided to remove some bone spurs," Jones said. "Then his agent called us and thought it would help him rather than have an irritation at training camp. This is the time to do it. We don't really think this is a big deal."
Burnett will not participate in drills during the three-day veteran minicamp, which begins next Friday. But Jones said he expects Burnett to be ready for the start of training camp.
There's competition at safety:
Lynn Scott started nine of the last 10 games at free safety last season, but he's going to have to compete with Keith Davis for the starting job.
The Cowboys have moved Davis from strong safety to free safety, giving him a chance to earn a starting job. Davis excelled on special teams last season and changed coach Bill Parcells' perception of him in the process.
Davis, entering his third season, has never started a game, but the Cowboys like his instincts, tackling and big-play potential.
Henson forming new habits:
Drew Henson, acquired last spring for a third-round pick, has thrown more than 5,000 passes this off-season because the Cowboys want to change his delivery.
The Cowboys want Henson to throw the ball over the top like a baseball pitcher instead of having the three-quarters delivery he has used. Theery change should enhance his accuracy and reduce the number of passes he has knocked down at the line of scrimmage.
It's a difficult change to make because Henson has used the same delivery since he was a child.
Owner Jerry Jones said fourth-round pick Chris Canty had successful surgery to remove scar tissue from his eye, which occurred as the result of the detached retina he had repaired a few months ago. Jones said he expects Canty to participate in training camp, though he's not sure whether Canty will be ready for the start of it. ... Jones said he's disappointed center-guard Tyson Walter (hand) has not been cleared by doctors to participate fully in the minicamp. ... Guard Marco Rivera (back) is not expected to participate in team drills. ... Tony Romo, an exclusive-rights free agent, hasn't signed his one-year tender, in part, because the Cowboys are attempting to work out a multi-year deal.