Player News - Cowboys

Date: Team: Pos:

Dez Bryant (knee) did not practice Friday.

Coach Jason Garrett has refused to rule Bryant out for Sunday against the 49ers. And owner/GM Jerry Jones said Bryant's issue is a "pain thing," suggesting he could play through it. Ultimately, we expect Bryant to miss Week 4, but he could be a game-time decision for the 4:25 PM ET kickoff.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 30 - 11:54 AM

Dez Bryant (knee) says he got "great feedback" on his knee injury from Dr. James Andrews.

Dr. Andrews is someone players never want to visit, but the best possible person to get good news from. Bryant is still expected to miss Sunday's game against the 49ers, but perhaps he'll be ready to roll for Week 5.
Sep 29 - 5:24 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dez Bryant (knee) is not expected to play against the 49ers in Week 4.

Bryant hasn't practiced since an MRI revealed that he has a hairline fracture in his knee. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the injury could sideline Dez for up to three weeks. Cole Beasley should see another heavy workload Sunday against the Niners.
Sep 29 - 2:29 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Dez Bryant (knee) will not practice Thursday.

It is not surprising. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has said Bryant is a "long-shot" to play against the 49ers, and he could be looking at a multi-week absence. Cole Beasley and Brice Butler are interesting names in deep leagues.
Sep 29 - 11:56 AM

Cowboys LT Tyron Smith (back) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday.

Smith was inactive Week 3 after his back tightened up in Friday's practice. He continued to suffer spasms throughout the weekend, but the Cowboys think he is improving and expect him to play against the 49ers. Chaz Green will start again at left tackle if Smith cannot go.
Sep 29 - 11:04 AM

Cowboys WR Brice Butler said he is "more confident" in the offense this season.

The Cowboys traded for Butler after Dez Bryant broke his foot in the season opener last year. Butler did not do much while Bryant was out the first time, but he did manage eight catches for 134 yards over the final two weeks of the season. With Bryant likely to miss time again with a hairline fracture in his knee, Butler should get his chance in the starting lineup. He is an interesting sleeper against the 49ers.
Sep 29 - 10:05 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it is a "long-shot" Dez Bryant (knee) plays this week.

Rapoport reports the Cowboys hope Bryant can play this week, but they are "aware" he could be looking at a "three-week injury." It would be surprising at this point if Bryant suited up against the 49ers, and he is questionable at best for Week 5 against the Bengals. Cole Beasley should see a ton of targets with Bryant sidelined, and Brice Butler is an interesting sleeper as well.
Sep 29 - 9:11 AM

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys have fined Dez Bryant for missing meetings and an MRI related to his knee injury.

This explains why the Cowboys took so long to disclose the results of Bryant's MRI, which revealed a hairline fracture in his knee and will likely cost him multiple weeks. Specifically, the injury is a "hairline fracture of the tibial plateau on his right knee." It's unclear how much Bryant has been fined, but at least for now he seems to be in hot water with the organization. Hopefully, he will now focus on rehab and this is the last we hear of this.
Sep 28 - 8:47 PM

Ezekiel Elliott said he feels "way more comfortable" in the Cowboys' offense than he did in Week 1.

And it shows. After a turbulent first two weeks, Elliott exploded for 140 yards on 30 carries Sunday against Chicago. He's now tied for second in the league in rushing yards (274) and third in carries (71). "I'm a very improved player from Week 1," said Zeke. He has a great matchup against the Niners in Week 4. Consider him an RB1 going forward.
Sep 28 - 5:48 PM

Coach Jason Garrett said Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture in his knee, but the Cowboys are hopeful he'll be able to play Week 4 at the 49ers.

Garrett called it a "day by day, week by week" thing, so who knows what that means. If we were to simply make an educated guess, we'd say Bryant doesn't play Sunday. Hairline fractures in the fibula, which is at the base of the leg rather than the knee, often require multiple weeks of recovery. Bryant didn't practice Wednesday and will likely be a game-time decision Sunday.
Sep 28 - 2:41 PM

Cowboys placed DE Charles Tapper on injured reserve with a broken back.

The fourth-rounder suffered the injury just before the season and recently experienced a setback. Newly-signed OT Emmett Cleary takes his roster spot.
Sep 28 - 12:43 PM

Dez Bryant (knee) will not practice Wednesday.

The Cowboys say Tuesday's MRI results aren't yet known. Yeah, okay, right. Beat writers remain in the dark regarding Bryant's injury and status. It's truly anybody's guess whether Bryant will play against the 49ers.
Sep 28 - 11:42 AM

Cowboys DE Charles Tapper (broken back) has suffered a setback, and remains out indefinitely.

The Cowboys have only four sacks through three games, and need Tapper's depth. Injured reserve is becoming a possibility for the fourth-round rookie.
Sep 27 - 5:57 PM

Cowboys LG La'El Collins will seek a second opinion on his injured toe.

Collins is believed to have a torn ligament in his toe but wants to be certain before deciding on surgery. He'll meet with Indiana-based Dr. David Porter, who is well-known for his work with NBA players. Collins has already been placed on injured reserve and won't be eligible to return for at least two months. Ronald Leary will slide in at left guard and might actually be an upgrade on Collins, who has struggled this year.
Sep 27 - 11:25 AM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports Dez Bryant (knee) is expected to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

Owner Jerry Jones said on the radio Tuesday morning Bryant had not undergone an MRI, but he did leave open the possibility he would have one later in the day. It looks like the test will happen, but the fact they have waited suggests there is not much concern. At this point, Bryant should still be expected to play.
Sep 27 - 10:12 AM


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