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Cowboys RG Zack Martin (knee) is out for Week 15 against the Colts.

LT Tyron Smith (neck) is also questionable. Unfortunately for Dallas, Martin's absence propels rookie OG Connor Williams, who struggled immensely before being benched, back into the starting lineup on Sunday. The Colts don't generate much of a pass rush, but Martin is still a drastic loss in the middle of the line.
Dec 14 - 4:01 PM

Cowboys RG Zack Martin (knee) will not practice Friday.

Recent protocol for Martin has been to rest away from practice and inevitably be active on Sunday. The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota speculates Martin is shaping up to be a game-time decision this time around. We fully expect him to suit up in what should be an explosive matchup against the Colts on Sunday.
Dec 14 - 11:40 AM

Speaking with The Athletic's Calvin Watkins, Amari Cooper said it was Raiders owner Mark Davis who wanted to trade him, not coach Jon Gruden.

This is a hard one to decipher. It's possible Davis was just falling on Gruden's sword so as not to make the coach the bad guy. It will also fuel the somewhat persistent rumors that the Raiders are having "cash flow" issues, which remains nearly impossible to believe for an NFL franchise. Although Cooper has blown up for the Cowboys, trading him was not an indefensible decision. With GM Reggie McKenzie recently forced out, Gruden and Davis are an uninspiring duo to have trying to turn around a team.
Dec 13 - 7:11 PM

Updating an earlier report, Ezekiel Elliott (shoulder) returned to a full practice on Thursday.

This puts Zeke on track to play Sunday at Indianapolis, not that there was much doubt about his status. Coming off a 192-yard gem against the Eagles, Elliott checks in at No. 2 in our Week 15 running back rankings.
Dec 13 - 4:14 PM

Ezekiel Elliott (shoulder) will return to practice Thursday.

He was just given a rest day on Wednesday after touching the ball 40 times against the Eagles. Now a big part of the passing game as well as his duties as a runner, Elliott is a locked-in RB1.
Dec 13 - 11:47 AM

Cowboys LB Sean Lee (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.

He's aiming to return from a five-game absence Sunday at Indianapolis. Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Leighton Vander Esch has been excellent in his place, though owner/GM Jerry Jones has been adamant that Lee will be the starter upon his return. Lee had been playing well before his hamstring woes set in.
Dec 12 - 4:27 PM

Ezekiel Elliott (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.

Elliott is fully expected to play Sunday against the Colts. He routinely uses Wednesdays as maintenance days. Elliott should be back on Thursday.
Dec 12 - 3:59 PM

Jerry Jones said DL David Irving (ankle) has a chance to return this week.

Irving was given a 4-6 week timetable when he suffered the injury a little over a month ago. This has been a lost season for Irving, who missed all of training camp and the first four games because of a suspension and some personal issues. The owner of eight sacks in his last 10 games, Irving should boost an already good defense when he returns.
Dec 11 - 9:58 AM

Jerry Jones said LB Sean Lee (hamstring) could return this week.

Lee has been out since aggravating his hamstring issue in Week 9. Jones has said Lee will return to a starting job, but it makes sense for the Cowboys to limit his snaps with Jaylon Smith and rookie Leighton Vander Esch playing well.
Dec 11 - 9:55 AM

Jerry Jones said Tavon Austin (groin) has a chance to return this week.

Austin has been sidelined since Week 6 with a groin injury. He will likely get some gadget touches once he returns, but Austin is not a fantasy factor.
Dec 11 - 9:53 AM

Cowboys RG Zack Martin has a sprained left MCL.

He'll be able to practice on a limited basis this week and is expected to play against Indianapolis. Martin was previously playing through a sprained right MCL. The Notre Dame alum has yet to miss a start in his five-year career.
Dec 10 - 5:34 PM

Jerry Jones said RG Zack Martin's knee injury is "similar" to the one he has been playing through.

"We, right now, don’t see anything structurally or specific," Jones said. "We don’t see anything that’s different from the last time he hurt it with his MCL." Martin did not miss any game time after injuring his knee against the Eagles in Week 10, so it is possible he is ready to face the Colts this weekend. That said, with the division almost wrapped up, it might make some sense to give Martin some time off.
Dec 10 - 12:54 PM

Michael Gallup caught 4-of-9 targets for 24 yards in the Cowboys' Week 14 overtime win over the Eagles.

Gallup drew his usual downfield DPI to start the game, but it was Amari Cooper (10/217/3) who ultimately feasted on Philly's lack of viable secondary pieces. Dak Prescott also stayed consistent in missing Gallup wide open down the field for a would-be touchdown in the second half. Now the third option behind Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott (12/79 receiving) among the Cowboys' honed target tree, Gallup will remain a boom-or-bust flex option in Week 15 against the Colts.
Dec 9 - 9:17 PM

Ezekiel Elliott rushed 28 times for 114 yards, additionally hauling in 12-of-13 targets for 79 yards in the Cowboys' Week 14 overtime victory against the Eagles.

40. Touches. Elliott's now eclipsed the century mark on the ground in four of his last five games, additionally getting in on the passing game with an average eight targets in that span. His 13 targets Sunday even tied Amari Cooper for the team lead. Always probable to go over the 100-yard mark, Zeke's astonishing workload makes him a matchup-proof top-three option for the rest of the year. He'll stay just that as the Cowboys attempt to clinch the division in Week 15 against the Colts.
Dec 9 - 8:12 PM

Dak Prescott completed 42-of-54 passes for a career-high 455 yards, three touchdowns, and two picks in the Cowboys' Week 14 overtime win over the Eagles.

It was an abysmal first half for Prescott and the offense as a whole as Dak committed three turnovers (one fumble, two picks) on his own. The end result was a third-place spot on the Cowboys' all-time list with 455 yards passing. His 42 completions in victory were also good for a new franchise record. All three scores expectedly went to Amari Cooper (10/217/3), who exploded for touchdowns of 28, 75, and 15 yards. Outside of the weekly missed deep-ball to Michael Gallup (4/24), Dallas' target tree has essentially been whittled down to Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott (12/79 receiving) in recent weeks. Now facing a division-clenching situation in Week 15, Prescott will remain a low-end QB1 against the Colts.
Dec 9 - 7:58 PM


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