Cowboys shuffle: Lose Pierce, Spears -- get Adams

Updated: July 30, 2006, 9:29 PM ET
Associated Press

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys tight end Brett Pierce re-injured the same knee ligament he tore last November and will need season-ending surgery.


"It's unfortunate because he worked very hard to get back from the original injury," coach Bill Parcells said Sunday.

Parcells said the injury happened Saturday during the second practice on the opening day of training camp, and Pierce finished the workout before getting examined.

The 6-foot-5, 263-pound Pierce was going into his third season. A solid blocker and special teams player, he was going to be relied on more this season because the Cowboys plan to use more formations with two tight ends.

Parcells said he wasn't sure whether Dallas would try finding a replacement.

"There's not too many guys available right now," he said.

In other health news Sunday, left tackle Flozell Adams was taken off the physically unable to perform list and defensive end Marcus Spears underwent arthroscopic surgery to fix cartilage damage in his right knee.

Adams, who is coming back from knee surgery, couldn't pass a conditioning test Friday. But after going through 86 50-yard sprints and other drills on Saturday, the team felt he could handle it.

"He did quite a bit of work yesterday to everybody's satisfaction," Parcells said. "[We] just wanted to give him a good test and see if he was physically ready to do what we had hoped he would do. And he worked hard in both practices, and responded pretty well to it, so we're going to put him back on the field."

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