Player News - Cowboys

Date: Team: Pos:

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) did not practice Friday.

Lawrence also did not practice Thursday after getting in a limited session Wednesday, suggesting he suffered some kind of setback. His availability for this week is completely up in the air. Lawrence only has one sack in eight games this season.
Dec 9 - 12:40 PM

Darren McFadden (elbow, NFI) said he'll need another week before he's ready for game action.

McFadden has been practicing with the Cowboys' scout team this week. All signs point to him returning against the Buccaneers in Week 15. McFadden won't have any fantasy significance playing behind Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris.
Dec 8 - 4:38 PM

The Dallas defense ended a four-game turnover drought in Week 13, but still register 26th in takeaways among NFL defenses.

The Cowboys recovered an Adam Thielen fumble for their first forced turnover since Week 8. The Cowboys D/ST has managed to produce double-digit fantasy points just once in 2016 thanks to the lack of takeaways, although the group does have the second-best run defense in the league. Even on 10 days of rest, the Cowboys D/ST will be a middle-tier fantasy option Sunday night on the road in an NFC East battle against the New York Giants.
Dec 8 - 2:38 PM

The NFL has told the Cowboys suspended DE Randy Gregory won't be allowed to return to practice on Wednesday.

Gregory's status is confusing, but he's apparently suspended through Week 15. It's unclear if a new ban will then kick in. What we do know is that Gregory probably won't be playing football any time soon.
Dec 6 - 6:58 PM

With his indefinite suspension under appeal, Cowboys DE Randy Gregory is expected to resume practicing with the team on Wednesday.

It's highly unlikely Gregory will be activated for Week 14, but the team is at least giving him a chance to get some reps in. If/when Gregory's next ban is upheld, he'll be suspended for at least one year.
Dec 6 - 2:16 PM

Jerry Jones said the Cowboys do not plan to rest their starters even if they clinch the No. 1 seed.

With a first-round bye all but secure and home-field advantage likely to be locked up in the next couple weeks, the Cowboys will have a tough decision to make in Week 17. Jones says it will be "business as usual," which could be the right call with a bye week on the way, but it would still be surprising if Ezekiel Elliott saw his full workload once everything is locked up. It is still possible he sits out entirely in the final week. Because of the uncertainty, Alfred Morris is a must-add for Elliott owners.
Dec 6 - 9:43 AM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said CB Orlando Scandrick has been playing through a foot injury.

It explains why Anthony Brown started over Scandrick on Thursday night. Scandrick had a good game in the slot, allowing six yards on four catches. He’ll have 10 days to rest up for Week 14.
Dec 3 - 7:17 PM

NFL suspended Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain indefinitely without pay for violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported McClain was facing a one-year ban last month. This confirms it, and suggests McClain may be away from the game for longer than that. At age 27, McClain's tumultuous career is very likely over.
Dec 2 - 3:58 PM

Terrance Williams caught 2-of-3 targets for 13 yards in the Cowboys' Week 13 win over the Vikings.

Williams has five catches over his past four games, and 29 on the season. The 27 year old is headed to free agency in the offseason.
Dec 2 - 12:19 AM

Cole Beasley caught 2-of-4 targets for 23 yards in the Cowboys' Week 13 win over the Vikings.

Both the catches and yards were season lows for the dependable slot option. He should bounce back to the 5/50 range in Week 14 against the Giants.
Dec 2 - 12:17 AM

Jason Witten wasn't targeted in the Cowboys' Week 13 win over the Vikings.

Witten actually did snag a pass, but it was called back by a Cowboys penalty. The catch-less effort was his first since Nov. 16, 2008, a span of 130 games. Stunning. Witten will enter Week 14 with 70 yards over his past three games. He'll be a low-upside TE2 against the Giants.
Dec 2 - 12:00 AM

Dez Bryant caught 4-of-6 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' Week 13 win over the Vikings.

Bryant almost scored a 57-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but couldn't quite get to the goal line. He fell corralling a just-south-of-perfect pass from Dak Prescott. Bryant was wide open after burning S Harrison Smith. Bryant's score was an eight-yarder where the Vikings confusingly gave him a massive cushion. Looking more on the same page with Dak Prescott each week, Bryant is averaging 88 yards over his past four games. He'll be a WR1 against Janoris Jenkins and the Giants next Sunday.
Dec 1 - 11:53 PM

Ezekiel Elliott rushed 20 times for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' Week 13 win over the Vikings, adding four receptions for 19 additional yards.

Elliott also lost a fumble, but had it narrowly overturned on review. He could have had a bigger night, but had a 43-yard rumble called back by a silly RT Doug Free penalty. Running lanes were hard to come by against the Vikings' elite defense, but Elliott still did a great job of not getting cut down behind the line. He's now cleared 100 yards from scrimmage in 9-of-12 games. He's been held below 80 yards once all season. With 10 days to rest, Elliott will eat against the Giants next Sunday night.
Dec 1 - 11:49 PM

Dak Prescott completed 12-of-18 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 17-15, Week 13 win over the Vikings.

He added six carries for 37 yards, lost a fumble and committed second fumble late that the Cowboys were able to recover. It was probably Prescott's second worst start of the season, but it came in a victory all the same. Having trouble hitting big plays against the Vikings' elite defense, Prescott did manage to extend a few drives with his legs. The uninspiring performance was hardly all Dak's fault, and it was not a concerning outing. Prescott should bounce-back to QB1 status against the Giants next Sunday night.
Dec 1 - 11:38 PM

Cowboys declared QB Mark Sanchez, RB Darius Jackson, OT Chaz Green, DE Ryan Davis, LB Justin Durant, CB Morris Claiborne, and S J.J. Wilcox inactive for Week 13 against the Vikings.

With Tony Romo back to full health, Sanchez is a weekly inactive. Sanchez turned 30 last month. He'll struggle for No. 2 work in 2017.
Dec 1 - 7:14 PM


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