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Cowboys S Barry Church misses practice after chipping tooth on Jolly Rancher

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With an injury that lends itself more fittingly to the boffo world of bizarre sports injuries that typically occur in professional baseball, Dallas Cowboys strong safety Barry Church missed Monday’s training camp practices in Oxnard, Calif., for the strangest of reasons.

He chipped his tooth on a Jolly Rancher and had to visit the dentist to undergo a root canal.

Yeah, a Jolly Rancher. As far as Church is concerned, that Jolly Rancher was not a dandy piece of candy, that’s for sure.

Church was back at the Cowboys’ training camp facility on Tuesday after his root canal on Monday, and not surprisingly, caught a fair amount of grief from his teammates for such a comical, candy-caused malady.

“I think that’s the last dentist appointment we should have in the secondary,’’ said Church.

Explaining how he came upon the realization that a piece of hard candy caused so much discomfort that necessitated minor oral surgery, Church said, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News, “I felt it a little on and off, but it wasn’t nothing crazy. I woke up that morning (Monday) and the pain was crazy.’’

Tooth pain is indeed one of the more debilitating annoyances, that’s for sure. And for the record, it was a cherry Jolly Rancher.

But Church has apparently learned his lesson about hard candy and has sworn off Jolly Ranchers and probably Gobstoppers, Jawbreakers, Butterscotch, Life Savers, you name it, as well, instead opting for less threatening forms of sweets.

“No more Jolly Ranchers,’’ he said. “I’ve got to stick to the soft stuff. Starbursts, Skittles, stuff like that.’’

Good call.