Player News - Cowboys

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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

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dez Bryant (knee) has not undergone an MRI and is expected to play this week against the 49ers.

Jones conceded Dez could have an MRI this week, but it does not sound like the team is concerned about his knee injury. His status for this week will become clearer after Wednesday's practice, but for now he should be expected to play. Dez will be a WR1 in a great matchup against the 49ers.
Sep 27 - 9:40 AM

Cowboys placed LG La'El Collins on injured reserve with a sprained big toe in his foot.

Per beat writer Clarence Hill, Collins is expected to miss 8-10 weeks. Collins went down midway through Sunday night's Week 3 win over the Bears. Former starter Ronald Leary will move back into the lineup and might be a short-term upgrade. Collins is PFF's No. 73 guard out of 75 qualifiers.
Sep 26 - 7:25 PM

Dez Bryant will undergo an MRI on his knee Monday.

Bryant scored in the fourth quarter of Sunday evening's Bears shellacking, but evidently tweaked something. X-rays came back negative, but the Cowboys were compelled to do further testing. For what it's worth, owner Jerry Jones said he's "fine with it," but clearly nothing can be ruled out until the MRI results come back. We'll learn Bryant's status some time on Monday.
Sep 26 - 2:10 AM

Cowboys LG La’el Collins suffered a sprained foot in Week 3.

He was immediately ruled out, suggesting it could be a serious injury. With LT Tyron Smith (back) also sidelined, Dallas is down two starters on the offensive line.
Sep 26 - 12:24 AM

Jason Witten caught two passes for 25 yards in Week 3.

Witten mostly blocked with Dallas playing with a lead. He came close to a touchdown in the first quarter, but was ruled down at the one-yard line. Witten’s two targets were a season low. He’s a back-end TE1 for Week 4.
Sep 26 - 12:22 AM

Cole Beasley caught seven passes for 73 yards in Week 3 against Chicago.

The seven targets led Dallas. Beasley took on less of a role after taking a huge hit in the first half. He's been Dak Prescott’s favorite option on underneath routes this season. Beasley has some low-end streaming value against the 49ers in Week 4.
Sep 26 - 12:20 AM

Terrance Williams caught four passes for 88 yards in Week 3 against Chicago.

Williams led Dallas in receiving with Dez Bryant not fully healthy. It's a nice bounce back after he wasn't targeted last week. Williams fell out of the gameplan after losing a fumble on the end of a 47-yard catch. He's still not higher than the No. 3 pass-game option.
Sep 26 - 12:14 AM


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