Player News - Cowboys

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) will play Thursday.

Adam Schefter reported as much on Monday, but it is nice to get the confirmation. Garrett said the plan is for Zeke to see 8-to-12 touches in his NFL debut. Even with Alfred Morris shining in the preseason, Elliott should open the season as the clear workhorse in Dallas.
Aug 23 - 11:54 AM

Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford will not play this week due to a concussion.

Crawford suffered the injury in Sunday's practice. While his Week 1 status is likely not in question, the Cowboys cannot afford to lose any more bodies on their defensive line.
Aug 23 - 9:56 AM

Dallas 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher reports Dez Bryant suffered a concussion in Monday's practice.

Fisher reports Dez has already been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Seahawks, but it is unlikely this issue affects his Week 1 status. Coming off two great performances to open the preseason, Bryant is still a prime bounce-back candidate. He remains safe to draft in the first round.
Aug 23 - 9:43 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) participated in Cowboys practice Monday and "appears set" to play in Dallas' third preseason game Thursday night against Seattle.

The Cowboys have been taking it easy on Elliott since he went down on August 3. He's participated in walkthroughs, but has been kept out of team drills up until this point. Meanwhile, Lance Dunbar (knee) has been activated off active/PUP and Alfred Morris has parlayed 16 preseason carries into 96 yards (6.0 YPC) and a touchdown. Elliott can reassert himself as the Cowboys' intended workhorse back by playing Thursday night and doing so effectively.
Aug 22 - 5:58 PM

Cowboys activated RB Lance Dunbar (knee surgery) from active/PUP.

After Dunbar tore his ACL and patellar tendon last season, Cowboys beat writers spent the spring expecting Dunbar to open 2016 on reserve/PUP, costing him the first six games. Instead, Dunbar made a remarkable recovery and is now in position to begin the year on Dallas' 53-man roster. When healthy, Dunbar is a Theo Riddick-type player who can be useful as a situational space back.
Aug 22 - 4:52 PM

Investigators will meet Monday with the woman who claims Ezekiel Elliott assaulted her last month.

The Columbus Attorney's Office said they hope to complete the investigation into the incident and determine whether to file criminal charges against Elliott this week. All indications are Elliott did nothing wrong, but it is worrisome the situation has yet to be put to bed. The NFL is also investigating.
Aug 20 - 7:57 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee, active/PUP) tweeted he has been "cleared" and is "ready to go."

Dunbar's tweet is not clear about what he has been cleared to do, but it sounds like he could be back on the practice field this week. Dunbar reportedly tore both the ACL and patellar tendon in his left knee Week 4 of last season.
Aug 20 - 4:36 PM

Cowboys LB Mark Nzeocha suffered an Achilles' injury in Dallas’ second preseason game.

Depending on the severity, it could be season ending. Nzeocha was projected for a depth role behind MLB Anthony Hitchens.
Aug 20 - 8:31 AM

Brice Butler caught three passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s preseason game.

Butler got most of his yards on a 58-yard catch. He was Dak Prescott’s top target, scoring on a one-yard fade. Butler has four catches for 96 yards through the first two preseason games.
Aug 20 - 8:25 AM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said "the goal" is for Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) to play in the third preseason game.

"It looks good right now," Jones said. Elliott was able to return to practice Tuesday, so it would be surprising if he was not ready to go by next Thursday night's game. We are still happy to grab Elliott at his first-round draft cost, but a good, healthy showing in the dress rehearsal would not hurt.
Aug 20 - 12:16 AM

Dak Prescott completed 12-of-15 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's preseason game against Miami.

He added three carries for 28 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Prescott got some first-team reps with Tony Romo only playing a series. He completed his first eight passes, though he had an interception overturned on a late-hit penalty. Both of his pass touchdowns were on back-shoulder throws, with his highlight a 28-yarder to Dez Bryant. Prescott has 338 yards and a 4:0 TD/INT ratio through two preseason games. He's locked in as the Cowboys' backup.
Aug 19 - 10:36 PM

Alfred Morris had 13 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against Miami.

Morris started with Ezekiel Elliott sidelined. He played deep into the first half, but rushed for 64 of his yards in the opening quarter. Morris is now up to 96 yards on 16 carries (6.0 YPC) through two preseason games. With Darren McFadden's Week 1 status uncertain, Morris could open the year as the No. 2 back.
Aug 19 - 9:38 PM

Dez Bryant said his "mind is right" leaving training camp.

"My confidence is sky-high right now," Bryant said. "I think it's the best it's ever been." Bryant has not shown any ill effects from the foot injury which derailed his 2015, and he looked to be back in form during the first preseason game. As long as he and Tony Romo stay healthy, Dez should return to the high-end WR1 ranks.
Aug 18 - 12:10 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tony Romo is "moving around well" in camp.

Romo's positional coach said he was dealing with some back "stiffness" early in camp, but that appears to have been much ado about nothing. Seemingly healthy, Romo has earned praise for his performance thus far this offseason. "He came in ready to go," Garrett said. "He was sharp from the outset. He looks fresh to me." Romo will have a tough time recreating his hyper-efficient 2014 campaign, but he has the upside to be a low-end QB1.
Source: ESPN
Aug 18 - 9:35 AM

The Dallas Morning News said Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne had one of the best camps of his career.

Claiborne has reportedly performed well during camp, but his ability to stay healthy is the real story. "In the past I left a lot of reps out there that needed to be gotten, important reps," Claiborne said. "This camp I was able to go through the whole camp every day." Claiborne has not been effective even when on the field, but staying healthy is at least a step in the right direction.
Aug 18 - 8:48 AM


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