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Jolly Rancher Sidelines Cowboys Safety Barry Church With Chipped Tooth

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Dallas Cowboys strong safety Barry Church (42) is helped from the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
Dallas Cowboys strong safety Barry Church (42) is helped from the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

OXNARD, Calif. — Barry Church is finished with Jolly Ranchers. The candy-loving Dallas Cowboys safety missed a day of training camp because of a cherry-flavored one.

Church chipped a tooth on a piece of the hard candy about a week before reporting to camp. He felt pain off and on, but says it was unbearable when he woke up Monday morning.

The fourth-year pro missed a walkthrough and a full practice to get a root canal, but returned Tuesday.

Church says he "caught a couple of zingers" from coaches and teammates and isn't happy that he has to stay away from candy for a while.

Once he can eat candy again, Church says he'll "stick to the soft stuff."

Church missed the final 13 games last year with a torn Achilles' tendon.

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