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Raiders, Cowboys resume summer camp rivalry this week

  • Dallas Cowboys linebacker Kyle Wilber, right, grabs Oakland Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch's helmet during a joint football practice on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

OXNARD — The first time Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stepped on the practice fields at River Ridge, his team was just visiting.

In 1989, Jones’ first year as owner, the Cowboys were still holding training camp at Cal Lutheran while the Oakland Raiders were using the River Ridge fields for their training camp facility.

Raiders owner Al Davis, who was close friends with Jones, invited the Cowboys up to Oxnard for a practice session.

Twenty-five years later, the two teams will again compete on the River Ridge fields, but this time around, it’s the Cowboys serving as hosts.

“It will be great to have the Raiders coming here for the last few days of our camp to have some work against them and to bring back some old memories,” Jones said when training camp opened nearly three weeks ago.

“But we won’t have Al sitting there stopping the drills halfway through saying, ‘That’s too rough, boys. Let’s hold it back a little bit.’ “

The Raiders and Cowboys will participate in two joint practices Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

This is the first time since 2005 the Raiders have traveled for a preseason practice. In doing so they return to a facility where they held training camp from 1985 to 1995.

Raiders head coach Bruce Allen told the team’s website he and his team are excited for the opportunity to change up the setting and face another team.

“Getting a chance to see some different looks, from a different team, go up against different personnel is a positive. I think at this point in training camp, anything you can do to change up the schedule a little bit to get the guys a little bit of energy, I think, is a positive,” Allen told Raiders.com.

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