Player News - Cowboys

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Cowboys second-round LB Jaylon Smith is still waiting for his damaged nerve to recover.

There is "no timetable" for when the nerve will recover, and the Cowboys have not even scheduled further tests. Smith is confident he will play at "an elite level" at some point in the NFL, but it remains highly unlikely he sees the field as a rookie. Smith tore both his ACL and LCL in January.
Jun 24 - 11:07 AM

Dez Bryant (foot) said he and Tony Romo will have private workouts to get on the same page before training camp.

Bryant has been cleared to participate in football activities, but he was still extremely limited during OTAs and minicamp. The extra sessions will give the duo time to get right after both missed significant time with injuries last season. With the Cowboys failing to add any help at receiver, Bryant will once again have to shoulder the load in the passing game.
Jun 20 - 9:02 AM

Cowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus does not foresee Brice Butler pushing for Terrance Williams' starting job.

Butler has practiced strictly at X receiver -- Dez Bryant's (foot, ankle) position -- during OTAs, while Williams is locked in at Z. Broaddus believes Butler is Bryant's direct backup, not a threat to Williams at flanker. A 6-foot-3, 214-pound fourth-year speedster, Butler averaged 21.5 yards on 12 catches last season. He'll try to carve out a role as a situational deep threat.
Jun 19 - 11:44 PM

ESPN's Todd Archer expects David Irving to serve as one of the Cowboys' Week 1 starters at defensive end.

The Cowboys are thin at that position with DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory both facing suspensions. Archer expects Irving to start on the left side opposite Benson Mayowa, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery but should be ready by Week 1. Ryan Russell could also work his way into the mix with a strong showing at training camp. Rushing the passer won't be one of the Cowboys' strengths in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 17 - 1:20 PM

Dez Bryant (foot) expects to be cleared for the start of training camp.

Bryant has done only limited individual work since returning to practice. The Cowboys are moving him slowly, but he should be full-go for camp. Bryant will run routes with Tony Romo this weekend.
Jun 15 - 7:06 PM

Cowboys DE Benson Mayowa will undergo a minor knee scope.

He'll miss OTAs, but should be back by training camp. The Cowboys are painfully thin at defensive end right now with Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence both facing suspensions and offseason FA signing Mayowa on the shelf.
Jun 14 - 12:38 PM

Darren McFadden broke his elbow in an accident at home and will require surgery.

McFadden reportedly practiced with the injury last week. He'll undergo surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss about two months. That means he won't be ready until the end of training camp. This only strengthens Ezekiel Elliott's already-tight grip on the Cowboys' starting running back job. McFadden will have to hold off Alfred Morris for No. 2 back duties when he gets healthy.
Jun 14 - 12:24 PM

Cowboys OLB Rolando McClain arrived Tuesday for the start of mandatory minicamp.

The Cowboys reportedly weren't happy that McClain skipped OTAs to be with his family in Alabama, but that's water under the bridge now that he's made his way to Valley Ranch. McClain is coming off a productive year and should open 2016 as the starting middle linebacker.
Jun 14 - 9:48 AM

Cowboys OG Ronald Leary was in attendance for the start of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.

He would have risked a $76,000 fine for not showing up. Leary skipped OTAs while seeking a trade but the Cowboys couldn't find any takers. The 27-year-old lost his starting job at left guard to rookie La'El Collins last year. Leary will hit free agency after 2016.
Jun 14 - 9:42 AM

Cowboys signed DBs Isaiah Frey and Dax Swanson.

Frey has bounced around the league. His last appearance came in 2014. He's just a camp body.
Jun 13 - 1:52 PM

Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News has been impressed with CB Morris Claiborne's performance at OTAs.

George also mentioned Brandon Carr as an offseason standout. Both players seem motivated heading into their contract years. Beat writer Jon Machota agrees that Claiborne is "going all out" this spring, diving for balls and playing tight coverage. Claiborne has underachieved mightily since entering the league as the No. 6 overall pick in 2012.
Jun 13 - 12:34 PM

Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford is willing to move to defensive end if the team asks him to, but would prefer to stay at defensive tackle.

Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence are suspended, while third-round pick Maliek Collins is recovering from a broken foot. "It's two different animals," said Crawford. "Under tackle is what I love and what I want to keep working to be great at." Crawford tallied a career-high five sacks and 35 tackles across 16 games last season. He would likely play defensive end on base downs -- around 30 percent of the plays -- and kick back inside in "sub."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 11:35 AM

Cowboys waived/injured CB Brandon McGee.

McGee appeared in one game for the Giants last year but didn't record any stats. The 25-year-old was a fifth-round pick of the Rams in 2013.
Jun 10 - 4:09 PM

Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News doesn't expect Dez Bryant (foot) to participate in team drills next week.

Bryant was cleared for football activities earlier this month but still isn't practicing in full. He probably won't until training camp. 2015 was a lost year for Bryant, who missed seven games with a fractured foot and never looked close to 100 percent. Expect the Cowboys to take things slow with their franchise wide receiver.
Jun 10 - 3:17 PM

Cowboys WLB Sean Lee (knee surgery) would "be shocked" if he is not ready for the start of training camp.

Lee underwent a "clean-up scope" on his knee in April. He was always expected back for camp, but it is good to get some confirmation. Lee remains one of the better linebackers in the league when healthy.
Jun 9 - 2:30 PM


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