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Jerry Jones said Joe Randle is "really playing outstanding. That's not an exaggeration."

Through two preseason games, Randle has rushed 20 times for 91 yards (4.55 YPC). He's ahead of Ryan Williams in their battle to stick as the third running back behind DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 20 - 9:32 AM

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (broken foot) remains on crutches, and is expected to miss the first 3-6 games of the season.

Lawrence's late-July injury required surgery. The Cowboys could desperately use a sooner-than-expected return from their second-round pick, but would be jeopardizing his NFL future by rushing him. Dallas' pass rush is going to be futile all season, but particularly in September.
Aug 19 - 8:32 PM

Cowboys NT Terrell McClain will miss this weekend's preseason game with a high-ankle sprain, but "fully expects" to return to practice next week.

Penciled in as the Cowboys' starting nose tackle, McClain has been sidelined for the majority of camp. A journeyman, McClain's job would be in danger for any other club, but the Cowboys have less front-seven depth than any team in recent memory. Provided he can get back on the field sometime in the next 10 days, McClain should be in the Week 1 lineup.
Aug 19 - 6:34 PM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton (groin) remains sidelined, but is "confident" he'll be ready for Week 1.

Melton was originally deemed day to day when he went down eight days ago, but is clearly more week to week. He's not going to suit up for this week's regular-season dress rehearsal. In theory, it's not a concern, but it's eye-brow raising for a player coming back from a torn ACL. The Cowboys desperately need Melton to be ready for Week 1. He's one of the only legitimate players in their front seven.
Aug 19 - 6:30 PM

The Cowboys will begin giving first-team reps to Rolando McClain at middle linebacker.

The 'Boys want to use Justin Durant at weak-side linebacker, so they're heaving a hail mary as they desperately attempt to replace Sean Lee. Twice "retired," McClain hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since November 2012. The Cowboys are in danger of fielding an(other) historically-bad defense this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 18 - 2:44 PM

The Cowboys "have concern" about the neck injury LB DeVonte Holloman suffered in Saturday's preseason game.

The No. 185 pick of last year's draft, Holloman missed seven games with a spinal contusion. A serious injury would leave the Cowboys' legendarily thin linebacker corps even more short-handed. Along with Rolando McClain, Justin Durant and Anthony Hitchens, Holloman is part of the Cowboys' post-Sean Lee mix at inside linebacker.
Aug 18 - 1:23 PM

Dez Bryant caught all three of his targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Dallas' second preseason game Saturday night.

He caught three of Tony Romo's four completions before exiting with the first-team offense after two possessions of action. Bryant was the best player on the field in Saturday's clash with the Ravens, and is a locked-in top-ten fantasy pick regardless of format. With Romo showing his back isn't a major concern, Dez is worth considering as early as the No. 7 fantasy pick overall.
Aug 16 - 10:04 PM

Tony Romo (back) started the Cowboys' second preseason game Saturday night, completing 4-of-5 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.

If there were remaining concerns about Romo's offseason back surgery, he laid many of them to rest tonight. Dallas' offense got off to a slow start as Ravens LB Courtney Upshaw returned a fumble to the house on its first possession, but Romo and Dez Bryant bounced back on the following drive as the 34-year-old found his dominant receiver on a 31-yard scoring strike. Three of Romo's four completions went to Bryant. With an excellent supporting cast and bad defense to compensate for, Romo will offer an elite weekly QB1 ceiling in fantasy.
Aug 16 - 7:36 PM

Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye has recovered from a "one-in-a-million" syndrome that put him in a lengthy coma and left him with a 145-day gap in his memory.

The Cowboys and Okoye were previously hush-hush on the exact "illness" that had stricken the 27-year-old. He contracted anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, an autoimmune syndrome that is potentially fatal. Okoye experienced a series of seizures and was out of football for 17 months. Okoye is reunited with DC Rod Marinelli and is competing for a rotational role in Dallas.
Aug 15 - 8:57 AM

Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye (illness) has been cleared to practice.

He should practice next week. Okoye is returning from an illness that wiped out his entire 2013. He's fighting for a reserve role along the Cowboys' patchwork defensive line. Provided he can get in shape, he should crack Dallas' 53-man roster. No team is thinner up front than owner/GM Jerry Jones' Cowboys.
Aug 14 - 7:58 PM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne will sit out Saturday's preseason game with a shoulder injury.

Just back from a knee injury, Claiborne suffered an AC joint separation in Wednesday's practice. He's supposedly day to day. It's worth noting that Claiborne underwent shoulder surgery last winter. The Cowboys, who have absolutely no secondary depth, desperately need Claiborne to be healthy for Week 1. Claiborne is shaping up as one of the league's most injury-prone players.
Aug 14 - 3:23 PM

Tony Romo believes the Cowboys' strong offensive line could allow Jason Witten to play in space more this season.

The idea is to cut down on Witten's pass protection snaps in an effort to utilize him more as a short and intermediate receiver. It's something the Cowboys will probably have to do because their pathetic defense is going to put them in frequent hurry-up and comeback situations. There's a strong case to be made that Witten should be the No. 5 fantasy tight end drafted this year, behind Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Julius Thomas, and Jordan Cameron.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 13 - 9:54 PM

Cowboys signed TE Asa Watson, formerly of the Patriots.

Watson is an undrafted rookie out of North Carolina State. He'll be a long shot to make the roster in Dallas, where the club has a deep tight end corps.
Aug 13 - 9:43 PM

Cowboys seventh-round DE Ben Gardner needs shoulder surgery and is done for the season.

Gardner will "redshirt" on injured reserve this season and return next spring to compete for a roster spot. He projects as an edge-setting run-stopping end.
Aug 13 - 6:53 PM

Coach Jason Garrett said he sees DeMarco Murray as "the leader of a committee" in the Cowboys' backfield.

Garrett did admit Murray has "bellcow traits." New playcaller Scott Linehan liked to use multiple backs in Detroit, namely Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. Bush still racked up 277 touches as the Lions' lead dog in 2013. Murray has never played a full 16-game season, so it'd be smart of Dallas to limit the pounding he takes. We still expect Murray to be a PPR dynamo and set a career-high in touches this season. He's on the RB1 map. But Lance Dunbar is going to take on an increased role. Joseph Randle and/or Ryan Williams could also see work.
Aug 13 - 1:16 PM


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