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Brice Butler (hamstring) hopes to return after the Cowboys' bye week.

That would put him on track to return October 25 against the Giants. Butler has been targeted once on 81 snaps this season. He's not a fantasy option.
Oct 6 - 9:06 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Cowboys are not planning to sign another running back despite losing Lance Dunbar (knee) for the season.

It means Christine Michael is locked in as Jason Garrett's No. 3 running back, and will be getting touches on Sundays. Long a favorite of the fantasy community, Michael has notched just 54 touches in 2.5 seasons. He's a freak athlete, but hasn't shown much feel for the game. Nevertheless, his upside remains tangible. There are worse players to use your final roster spot on in 12-team leagues.
Oct 6 - 7:19 PM

In a radio interview, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said RB Joseph Randle was not benched after almost fumbling at the goal line.

"We did not bench him," Jones said. "We just wanted McFadden in there at that time. Seriously, it was not a bench." Coach Jason Garrett said otherwise on Monday. Either way, Jones said the play will not "impact who starts out the game" Week 5 against the Patriots. Randle should remain the lead back, but his hold on the starting job is tenuous.
Oct 6 - 11:20 AM

In a radio interview, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dez Bryant (broken foot) has a chance to return following the team's Week 6 bye.

Stephen Jones said the same thing two weeks ago. Reports on Bryant's timeline have varied wildly, but Dallas choosing not to place Bryant on injured reserve-designated for return suggests he should be back by early November. Terrance Williams has managed seven catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns in three games as the Cowboys' No. 1 receiver with Bryant sidelined.
Oct 6 - 10:02 AM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar suffered a torn ACL in the Week 4 loss to the Saints and will miss the remainder of the season.

He'll head to season-ending injured reserve. Dunbar had carved out a meaningful role as the Cowboys' passing-game back behind early-down runners Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden. McFadden will now likely take over those duties, with possibly Christine Michael mixing in with Randle. Dunbar will be a 26-year-old free agent in March. It's yet another blow to the Cowboys' offense.
Source: ESPN
Oct 5 - 6:35 PM

Coach Jason Garrett said Monday the Cowboys "anticipate" Lance Dunbar (knee) missing the rest of the season.

They are "anticipating" a torn ACL for Dunbar. It's believed he also may have torn his MCL. Dunbar has operated as Dallas' passing-down specialist to the point, a role that now figures to go to Darren McFadden, with Christine Michael perhaps mixing in for a few extra carries per week. McFadden is a superior pass catcher and pass blocker to current starter Joseph Randle.
Oct 5 - 4:13 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones expects Christine Michael to "step up" and play a role in Lance Dunbar's (knee) absence.

Jones also said the team will look at the free agent market, but it's a safe bet that Michael will be the Cowboys' No. 3 running back for Week 5. He's still a long ways from re-draft value, but a player of his talent is deserving of an end-of-bench spot if you're hurting for running back help. Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden aren't running away with anything at the top of the Cowboys' depth chart.
Oct 5 - 1:42 PM

Joseph Randle had just four carries in the second half of the Cowboys' Week 4 loss to the Saints.

Randle was basically benched after almost fumbling while trying to reach the ball into the end zone early in the second quarter. He scored on a similar play Week 3 against the Falcons. Coach Jason Garrett said after the game the coaching staff discussed how "dangerous" reaching the ball over the goal line could be with Randle leading up to the game, and it was clear he was not happy Randle attempted the move again. "It worked out for us tonight," Garrett said, "but we don't want to do that in that situation." Darren McFadden saw all 10 of his carries after the touchdown. Randle will likely remain the lead back in Dallas, but that will not be the case if he continues to ignore his coaches.
Oct 5 - 11:04 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cowboys fear RB Lance Dunbar tore his left ACL and MCL Sunday night against the Saints.

Dunbar's left knee gave out on him as he attempted to make a cut on the opening kickoff of the second half. He was spotted on crutches with a brace on the knee in the locker room after the game. Dunbar will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the diagnosis, but he is likely done for the season.
Oct 5 - 8:30 AM

Jason Witten caught 4-of-6 targets for 57 yards in Week 4 against the Saints.

The Cowboys failed to take advantage of a Saints defense that's struggled to cover tight ends. Witten's six targets were behind only Terrance Williams (10), but he didn't get any red-zone looks. Through four weeks, Witten is on pace for a 100/952/8 line. Witten is locked in as a TE1 for Week 5.
Oct 5 - 1:28 AM

Cole Beasley had six catches for 62 yards in Sunday night's loss to the Saints.

Beasley caught all six of his targets out of the slot. With Lance Dunbar sidelined, he should continue to play a big role in the short pass game. Beasley is on pace for 72 catches and 696 yards, but hasn't scored a touchdown.
Oct 5 - 1:22 AM

Terrance Williams caught 3-of-10 targets for 49 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 4 loss to the Saints.

Williams had only one catch before the Cowboys’ final drive. He beat Saints CB Delvin Breaux for a 17-yard fourth-quarter touchdown. Williams was Brandon Weeden’s top option after getting held catchless last week. He’s on track for a 48/772/8 line through four games. Williams will be a low-end WR3 for Week 5.
Oct 5 - 12:53 AM

Darren McFadden rushed 10 times for 31 yards in the Cowboys' Sunday night Week 4 loss to the Saints.

McFadden saw just one fewer carry than Joseph Randle. He played over Randle for most of the second half, but wasn't effective with his touches. With Lance Dunbar (knee) looking at an extended absence, McFadden should continue to see an increased role. McFadden is on pace for 128 carries, 452 yards, and four touchdowns.
Oct 5 - 12:49 AM

Joseph Randle had 11 carries for 26 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 4 loss to the Saints.

Randle had a quiet night outside of his touchdown. He lost a goal-line fumble that was overturned and took a backseat to Darren McFadden in the second half. The Cowboys have yet to give Randle more than 18 carries in a game, but he should lose fewer pass-down snaps with Lance Dunbar (knee) sidelined. Randle is on pace for 192 carries, 812 yards, and 16 touchdowns through four weeks.
Oct 5 - 12:28 AM

Brandon Weeden completed 16-of-26 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 4 loss to the Saints.

The Cowboys continued to hide Weeden behind conservative playcalling, leading to another game of mostly check downs. Most of Weeden's yards came on a 67-yard third-quarter pass to a wide open Brice Butler. Weeden has two straight losses since taking over for Tony Romo, but is playing without much of a supporting cast. Weeden isn't a Week 5 streaming option against the Patriots.
Oct 5 - 12:17 AM

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