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Cowboys placed DE Demarcus Lawrence (broken foot) on injured reserve/designated for return.

Lawrence was originally expected to miss "only" the first 3-6 games of the season, but now won't be eligible to return until Week 9. The Cowboys could badly use their second-round pick upfront, but wisely aren't rushing him. He should return when first eligible.
Aug 30 - 5:23 PM

Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer was removed from the active/PUP list.

Spencer will not be ready Week 1, but he is expected back in the first month of the season. Almost 31 and coming off microfracture surgery, it is not a sure thing Spencer is effective once he gets back on the field. The Cowboys should view anything they get from Spencer this season as a bonus.
Aug 30 - 3:49 PM

Cowboys acquired DE LaVar Edwards from the Titans in exchange for a conditional 2015 seventh-round pick.

Edwards wasn't going to make the Titans' roster, so they unload him to a Cowboys team in desperate need of warm bodies on the defensive line. A seventh-round rookie out of LSU, Edwards can play both inside and outside, and could stick as a situational pass rusher.
Aug 30 - 3:09 PM

The Cowboys may open the season with Justin Durant as their lone every-down linebacker.

The team is reportedly considering a committee approach at the two other positions. Whether Durant's position will be middle or weak-side linebacker also remains unsettled. Fourth-round rookie Anthony Hitchens, Rolando McClain, Kyle Wilber, and Bruce Carter are all competing for complementary snaps.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 29 - 3:41 PM

NFL suspended Cowboys S Jakar Hamilton four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Hamilton was attempting to crack the final roster as depth behind starting safeties J.J. Wilcox and Barry Church. The 2013 undrafted rookie out of South Carolina State made three appearances for the Cowboys last season.
Aug 28 - 11:40 AM

Cowboys claimed DB Jemea Thomas off waivers from the Patriots.

Thomas was the 206th overall pick in May's draft. Coach Bill Belichick called Thomas a four-down player when the Patriots drafted him. He was expected to contribute heavily on special teams. Thomas can play safety and corner.
Aug 27 - 4:58 PM

Cowboys placed DT Amobi Okoye (illness) on the reserve/NFI list.

Okoye is still working his way back from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. He suffered from seizures and was out of the sport for 17 months. Okoye will miss at least the first six games. The NFI list works just like PUP.
Aug 26 - 3:45 PM

Cowboys waived/injured S Matt Johnson.

The Cowboys are giving up the ghost. Johnson has been talked up since being a 2012 fourth-rounder. He's yet to play due to chronic hamstring injuries.
Aug 26 - 3:42 PM

The Cowboys will remove DE Anthony Spencer (knee) from the active/PUP list before the weekend.

Spencer, however, won't be ready for the opener. The Cowboys obviously believe he'll be able to play during the season's first month. Spencer hasn't played since Week 2 of 2013. Any contributions Dallas gets from him would be a positive. Spencer is a soon-to-be 31-year-old coming off microfracture surgery.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 26 - 12:49 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys and contract-year WR Dez Bryant have made some progress on a long-term deal, but it's "up in the air" if it'll get done before the season.

After locking up LT Tyron Smith, the Cowboys have turned all of their attention to Bryant. Unfortunately for Jerry Jones, there's little flexibility under the salary cap. And with Bryant already an extreme bargain at $1.78 million, not much room can be created under the cap. Bryant has stated numerous times that he's not worried about his contract. He knows he's elite and will be paid like it by someone. If a long-term deal can't be reached, the franchise tag is an option.
Aug 26 - 11:04 AM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder) has resumed practicing.

Claiborne had been sidelined since August 13. He could get some run in Thursday's preseason finale. The Cowboys' undermanned defense desperately needs Claiborne to shed his injury-prone ways and remain healthy this season.
Aug 25 - 1:57 PM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton (groin) has resumed practicing.

The Cowboys weren't in full pads, but Melton got some first-team reps. Barring a setback, he'll be ready for Week 1, where he'll be tasked with anchoring the league's worst front seven.
Aug 25 - 1:55 PM

Dan Bailey is 3-of-3 on field goals of 50+ yards this preseason.

Bailey has developed into one of the league's premier long-ball kickers, as he went 6-of-7 from 50+ last season. With ideal home kicking conditions and an explosive offense, he's an excellent weekly option for fantasy owners -- especially those that get bonus points for length.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 25 - 11:05 AM

Undrafted rookie CB Tyler Patmon intercepted two passes and forced a fumble in the Cowboys' third preseason game.

He intercepted Ryan Tannehill on the Dolphins' first drive of the second half, and took a Matt Moore pass 9-yards to the house in the fourth quarter. Patmon earned an invite to Cowboys' camp after a strong showing at the team's rookie minicamp, and may have earned a spot on the 53-man roster with his performance Saturday. Patmon has eight tackles and three pass breakups this preseason.
Aug 23 - 11:16 PM

Jason Witten caught one pass for 11 yards against the Dolphins Saturday.

It was Witten's first catch of the preseason. At 32, Witten is entering the decline phase of his career, but should still be a large cog in the Cowboys' offense. He is a solid, mid-range TE1.
Aug 23 - 10:24 PM


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