Well, Dallas Cowboys’ training camp is not exactly off to an auspicious start. Perpetually troubled linebacker Rolando McClain did not show for the team charter from Dallas to Oxnard, Calif., where the team holds training camp, on Thursday, and had not showed as of Friday afternoon. The team has placed both McClain and Randy Gregory on the reserve/did not report list, opening up two roster spots.
Sheltered from the blistering desert heat, the Arizona Cardinals hold training camp in the air-conditioned comfort of University of Phoenix Stadium. There are no more two-a-day practices, or bare-bones dormitory accommodations. The players and coaches stay nearby in an upscale, high-rise hotel. “I call it Camp Cupcake,” said Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians, whose Augusts once were consumed by college football camps in the withering mugginess of Starkville, Miss., and Tuscaloosa, Ala. What was once a rigorous rite of summer — a training camp in extreme elements — is now closer to a business trip for NFL teams, who can hold only one practice per day in order to abide by the rules of the collective