Bennett (ankle) misses start of camp

Updated: July 25, 2010, 12:21 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins |

SAN ANTONIO -- Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett was placed on the non-football injury list prior to the first practice of training camp on Saturday.

Bennett injured his left ankle running routes last week at the team's Valley Ranch training facility. Cowboys officials said that the ankle has some swelling. An MRI on Saturday revealed a sprain but no further damage.

"He'll be back quick," owner/general manager Jerry Jones told following Saturday's practice. "It's not serious."

Rookie safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (shoulder) was also placed on the NFI list.

Lorenzo Washington, a defensive end, was placed on the physically unable to perform list with a hamstring injury. He joins Stephen Hodge (knee), who isn't expected to practice for a while.

The Cowboys also missed backup wide receiver Sam Hurd, who's wife had a baby Friday. Hurd is expected to arrive for Sunday's practices.

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