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Left shoulder injury forces Cowboys WR Williams out of practice

ARLINGTON, Texas -- On a night meant for showing off their team and their new stadium, the Dallas Cowboys provided a bit more excitement than intended Thursday.

Wide receiver Roy Williams injured his left shoulder on a goal-line collision with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Williams was down for longer than normal, then was examined by athletic trainers and shouted in anger as he headed into the locker room before the workout ended.

Williams might have been upset because he and Scandrick keep getting tangled up in practices.

During training camp, Scandrick -- who is competing with Mike Jenkins for a starting job -- hit Williams hard enough to knock his helmet off (the chin strap wasn't buckled). And Scandrick was covering Williams again Thursday on a play in which the wide receiver landed hard and sprained his wrist.

The Cowboys are counting on Williams to replace Terrell Owens as quarterback Tony Romo's top target.

Immediately after the workout, Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said he had no information about Williams' status, later adding, "I don't know that he's injured. Just wait and see."

"He banged his shoulder a little bit, and we're checking on him," Phillips added. "I imagine they're going to X-ray it, and we're going to see."

If Scandrick was a little too aggressive for a practice conducted in helmets but no pads, he might have a good excuse: There were 26,460 fans watching at Cowboys Stadium. The video boards were in full use, and there even was a halftime performance by cheerleaders, giving it a far different feel than any other helmet-and-no-pads workout.

"It's football," linebacker Bradie James said. "I mean, sometimes people run into each other. Hopefully that's all it is."

Anyone hoping to see punter Mat McBriar hit the video boards went home disappointed. He took about 25 kicks and not one reached the world's largest high-definition televisions.

McBriar said no one told him to avoid the video boards. He simply never kicks the ball straight up down the middle of the field, and he's not interested in trying just for grins.

"I don't want to get away from what I'm used to doing," McBriar said.

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