Player News - Cowboys

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Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' website expects Ryan Russell to open the season as Dallas' starting left end.

Broaddus admits it's a "gut" feeling right now, but the Cowboys are going to have to patch something together with both starting DEs Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory suspended the first four weeks of the season. Russell played in just one game last season as a fifth-round rookie. Benson Mayowa is expected to start at right end, with rookie Charles Tapper also in the mix.
Jul 1 - 10:05 AM

The NFL has upheld Cowboys LE Demarcus Lawrence's four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

The Cowboys were hopeful Lawrence's ban would he halved, but he evidently had an extremely weak appeal case. Dallas will now officially be without each of its starting defensive ends for the first four games of the season, not to mention OLB Rolando McClain. It will be duct tape and glue until Lawrence and Randy Gregory return. We wouldn't be surprised if owner Jerry Jones' subordinates were having to physically restrain him from calling troubled free agent Greg Hardy.
Jun 30 - 3:20 PM

NFL suspended Cowboys OLB Rolando McClain 10 games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

McClain's tumultuous offseason gets worse. The Cowboys were steamed when the embattled linebacker skipped "voluntary" OTAs to spend time with his family in Alabama. McClain has been highly effective when on the field for the Cowboys the past two seasons, but also had his fair share of injuries, and the usual off-the-field drama. The Cowboys could decide they're over it, but considering their usual depth issues at linebacker, McClain will almost certainly keep his roster spot.
Jun 30 - 3:15 PM

ESPN Dallas reports Darren McFadden (elbow) is questionable for Week 1.

Dallas gave McFadden a two month timetable following his mid-June surgery. He’s still in a brace, and is going to miss the majority of training camp. McFadden’s injury could allow Alfred Morris to open the year as the No. 2 back.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 29 - 6:33 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Cowboys second-round LB Jaylon Smith (knee) has experienced "no significant improvement" in his damaged nerve.

Werder concedes that Smith playing in 2016 "seems unlikely." Prior to the draft, Smith was dealing with "drop-foot", a condition where the front of the foot can drag across the ground while walking because the nerve doesn't fire to raise it. Smith faces a long road back to even become half the player he was at Notre Dame. The Cowboys may end up regretting picking him at No. 34.
Jun 29 - 9:17 AM

DallasCowboys.com's David Helman believes No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott "will finish with roughly 280-300 carries."

Adrian Peterson was the only back to crack 300 carries last season, and Doug Martin joined him as the only backs above 270. That said, this projection is not in any way crazy. The Cowboys are just a year removed from handing the ball to DeMarco Murray 392 times, and they spent a top-five pick on Elliott in part because they want to replicate the ground-and-pound approach which worked so well in 2014. Elliott has more competition in the backfield than Murray did, but he is still the clear No. 1 on what projects to be a run-heavy team. Topping 300 carries is certainly within the realm of possibilities.
Jun 28 - 12:37 PM

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


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