Player News - Cowboys

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When asked about his knee after his first padded practice in over a year, Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith said it "feels 100 percent."

Veteran Sean Lee also added that Smith "looked great." A lock to be a top-5 pick in the 2016 NFL draft before a bowl-game knee injury and subsequent nerve damage, Smith was drafted in the early 2nd round by the Cowboys as a project player. According to Peter King of the MMQB, Smith's nerve is now 80 percent regenerated, and Jerry Jones said he would use a first-round pick on the linebacker if the draft was today. He will likely remain limited throughout camp, but Smith is on pace to contribute this season.
Jul 27 - 11:02 AM

Cowboys signed RB Ronnie Hillman.

A middling back who spent time with two teams last year, Hillman signing with a team is not a big story in and of itself, but it is interesting the Cowboys are adding to a reasonably deep backfield. The move could hint at some concern about Ezekiel Elliott's availability for the first couple games. Dallas could also once again look to move Alfred Morris after failing during the draft.
Jul 27 - 8:46 AM

Cowboys QB Zac Dysert needs surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back and is out for the season.

Losing camp arm Dysert leaves only Kellen Moore and UDFA Cooper Rush behind Dak Prescott. Dysert is Josh Norris' favorite player in the whole league.
Jul 26 - 11:04 PM

Cowboys DE Benson Mayowa is limited with knee soreness to begin training camp.

Mayowa was limited with the same issue in the spring. Mayowa underwent a knee scope last offseason, but went on to appear in all 16 games, leading the Cowboys with six sacks. For now, the worry level seems low.
Jul 25 - 7:25 PM

Cowboys third-round CB Jourdan Lewis has been found not guilty in his domestic violence case.

Lewis had insisted he was "completely innocent." The Cowboys knew of the incident when they made Lewis the No. 92 overall pick of the draft. Standing in at 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, Lewis is a slot prospect.
Jul 25 - 6:36 PM

Cowboys signed RT La'El Collins to a two-year, $15.4 million extension through 2019.

Collins was headed for restricted free agency next season. The new deal is a win-win. For Collins, it gets him up to the first-round money he should have gotten in 2015. For Dallas, it buys out a year of free agency. Collins can still hit the market when he's 27. Replacing Doug Free at right tackle, Collins was limited to three games by injury last season, but showed promise as a rookie in 2015.
Jul 25 - 3:37 PM

Cole Beasley (hamstring) has been cleared for Cowboys training camp.

Beasley played through hamstring tendinitis in the second half of last season and missed all spring workouts, but the Cowboys never expressed significant concern with his health. He's now all systems go. Entering his age-28 season, Beasley was quick to establish a chain-moving rapport with Dak Prescott in 2016, drawing career highs in targets (98) and receptions (75).
Jul 24 - 4:14 PM

Jonathan Cooper and Chaz Green both received first-team reps at left guard on the first day of Cowboys camp on Monday.

A 2015 third-rounder, Green was just converted to guard in June. Cooper is probably the slight favorite to replace Ronald Leary, but Green figures to get a legitimate chance. It's a trouble spot for the Cowboys' dominant line.
Jul 24 - 2:34 PM

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) will be limited early in training camp.

As will DE Charles Tapper, OG Joe Looney, DE Benson Mayowa, TE Geoff Swaim, and TE James Hanna. Lawrence underwent offseason back surgery for the second year in a row. Limited by that injury and a four-game suspension, the pass rusher was limited to one sack last season after recording eight the year before. Lawrence returning to his 2015 form would be a big boost for the defense.
Jul 23 - 3:03 PM

Jerry Jones said he has seen "absolutely nothing" to substantiate domestic violence allegations against Ezekiel Elliott.

Earlier in the same press conference, Jerry also said the Cowboys have no tolerance for off-field issues, so this maybe should be taken with a grain of salt. For his part, Jason Garrett said he had a productive conversation with Elliott about his behavior away from the team. Whether the allegations are true or not, it seems like Zeke is headed for at least a short suspension.
Jul 23 - 2:51 PM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said the team is "confident" they will "get something worked out" with RG Zack Martin.

Martin still has two years left on his deal after Dallas exercised his fifth-year option in April, but they would like to get something done during training camp. With two All-Pro nods in just three seasons, Martin's next deal should place him right at the top of the guard pay scale. Kevin Zeitler is currently the highest-paid guard after landing $12 million per year from the Browns in March.
Jul 23 - 2:41 PM

In a statement made to TMZ, the woman who accused Ezekiel Elliott of domestic violence last year called her relationship with Elliott "very toxic."

"Exactly 1 year ago today my life changed forever," the accuser wrote. "I finally got the strength to be the strong woman I was and got myself out of a very toxic relationship." Despite claims that Elliott harmed his accuser on five separate occasions between July 17 and July 22, 2016, no charges were ever filed. The NFL is reportedly nearing the end of its year-long investigation into Elliott's domestic violence allegations and discipline, if there is any, should be handed down shortly. Most reports suggest Elliott will face at least a one or two-game suspension. Dallas opens its season at home against the Giants on September 10.
Source: TMZ.com
Jul 23 - 10:06 AM

Cowboys LB Justin Durant will open training camp on the active/NFI list.

Durant was just signed two days ago. He needs to get in shape after sitting out the offseason. Durant can be activated at any time.
Jul 22 - 2:16 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports suspended Cowboys DE David Irving is set to rejoin the team after he missed Friday's report date.

Irving missed a conditioning run and physicals at the Cowboys' facility on Friday because he was already in California. He will be present when the club arrives in Oxnard, where the team holds training camp. Per Profootballtalk, Irving is subject to a $40,000 fine. Irving is coming off a solid season, but his 2017 is off to about the worst-possible start.
Jul 22 - 12:43 PM

Dez Bryant missed the Cowboys' conditioning test on Friday.

Bryant showed up to training camp three hours late. He's reportedly dealing with a sinus infection and headaches, but is otherwise healthy. This should be a non-issue moving forward.
Jul 21 - 5:30 PM


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