Player News - Cowboys

Date: Team: Pos:

Cowboys placed LB Jaylon Smith (knee) on the active/NFI list.

He could spend the entire year there after wrecking his knee in Notre Dame's bowl game last winter. It would be a surprise if Smith played a snap in 2016.
Jul 27 - 1:03 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Darren McFadden's (elbow) bone scan came back "good," and he's expected to be ready Week 1.

McFadden broke his elbow in an accident at home last month. He was given a two-month timetable, and everything seems to be on track. With Ezekiel Elliott likely to handle the lion's share of work, DMC will be a mere change-of-pace.
Jul 27 - 12:58 PM

TMZ Sports reports the Columbus (OH) city prosecutor has launched an investigation into the domestic violence allegations against Ezekiel Elliott.

We're not expecting much to come of this, but it's noteworthy. Elliott's now-ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, called the police last Friday and accused Elliott of beating her for a week straight. Witnesses deny seeing Elliott ever laying a finger on Thompson, and Elliott has text messages from the female proving she's trying to set him up. Elliott is unlikely to be charged in this matter.
Source: TMZ Sports
Jul 27 - 10:21 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Cowboys RE Randy Gregory's new suspension is for 10 games "at least," and that there's concern he "may not play again."

It's unclear if that's 10 games on top of Gregory's current four-game ban, or 10 games overall. Gregory's substance-abuse struggles were known before he was even drafted, so it's fair to wonder if he's headed down a Manziel-ian path. The Cowboys shouldn't be counting on any snaps from Gregory this season.
Jul 26 - 2:38 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports suspended Cowboys RE Randy Gregory has again violated the league's substance-abuse policy, and is facing a longer suspension.

ESPN's Ed Werder reported earlier Tuesday that Gregory was headed to drug treatment instead of Cowboys camp. Now we know why. It's a sadly unsurprising development for a player who entered the league with lots of questions about his off-the-field habits. It's probably best assumed that he won't see the field in 2016, which is devastating news for the Cowboys' wafer-thin front seven. Owner Jerry Jones could be getting awful tempted to give free agent Greg Hardy a call.
Jul 26 - 1:55 PM

Cowboys signed OT Cameron Bradfield.

Bradfield, 29 in September, has been out of the league since making two starts for the Jaguars back in 2014. He has 41 career games and 27 starts under his belt and will compete with Charles Brown, Chaz Green, and others for a backup job.
Jul 25 - 6:18 PM

MMQB's Peter King said Ezekiel Elliott "better be ready" for 375 carries.

This is likely more of a statement on how much the Cowboys will lean on Elliott than a prediction of his final carry total, but it is not a completely insane number. DeMarco Murray had 392 carries just two seasons ago, and Darren McFadden averaged over 18 carries a game after he took over last year. The Cowboys likely do not want to ride the rookie like they did Murray in 2014, but 300-attempts is well within the realm of possibilities.
Source: MMQB
Jul 25 - 9:08 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Darren McFadden (elbow) "hopes" to return during the preseason.

McFadden will have scans on his broken elbow Monday. Given a two-month timetable after undergoing surgery in mid-June, McFadden could theoretically be ready by the Cowboys' third preseason game on August 25. With Ezekiel Elliott's immediate future in question following assault allegations -- although early indications suggest the allegations are unfounded -- McFadden's health has suddenly taken on increased importance.
Jul 22 - 4:27 PM

Mike Leslie of WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas reports Ezekiel Elliott can prove his innocence against his assault accuser.

Elliott reportedly "has messages saved on his phone proving his ex-girlfriend is trying to set him up." Four witnesses dispute the assault ever took place, while TMZ released a 9-1-1 call of Elliott's accuser, Tiffany Thompson, who sounded quite calm and collected on the phone. Thompson accused Elliott of beating her for a week straight. The Cowboys do not believe the woman's claims.
Source: Mike Leslie
Jul 22 - 2:18 PM

According to the police report, four people who witnessed the incident between Tiffany Thompson and Ezekiel Elliott disputed Thompson's assault claims.

One of the witnesses was in the driver's seat of the car where the assault was alleged to have taken place. The other three witnesses "observed the entire interaction" from the parking lot. Elliott has not been charged with any crimes, and police referred Thompson to the Prosecutor's Office due to conflicting statements between her and the witnesses. The Cowboys have said they do not believe Elliott did anything wrong. The league is looking into the incident.
Jul 22 - 1:16 PM

The NFL will review the domestic violence allegations against Ezekiel Elliott under the league's personal-conduct policy.

There are still very few details, but Elliott's (ex-)girlfriend posted photos of bruises up and down her body early Friday morning and filed a police report with the Columbus (OH) department, naming Elliott as the aggressor. Elliott has since denied the accusations, saying the bruises of Tiffany Thompson's body are from a bar fight with another female. The Cowboys have also commented and said they don't believe Thompson. We'll continue to provide updates.
Jul 22 - 12:37 PM

Ezekiel Elliott's girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, posted several photos of bruises to her Instagram account Friday morning, claiming she's a victim of domestic violence.

According to TMZ Sports, a police report has been filed and Elliott has been named the suspect. Thompson claims Elliott assaulted her while the two were in her vehicle. The images posted to Thompson's Instagram account are nothing short of disturbing. Elliott denies any wrongdoing.
Source: TMZ Sports
Jul 22 - 10:46 AM

Jerry Jones said second-round LB Jaylon Smith's (knee) progress is "undetermined."

Smith suffered serious nerve damage when he tore his ACL and LCL in January. ESPN's Ed Werder reported last month Smith has not seen any "significant improvement" in his damaged nerve, but Jones contends the nerve is healing as expected. "The rejuvenation of the nerve that would help him get in position to actually hit the playing field is not complete," Jones said, "but it is not behind." There is almost zero chance Smith plays this season, and it is not a given he ever gets back on the field.
Jul 19 - 10:26 AM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said the team has not "totally ruled out" Lance Dunbar (knee) participating in training camp.

Coming off a devastating October knee injury which included a patellar tendon tear, Dunbar was fully expected to begin the season on the reserve/PUP list. That remains a possibility, but it is clear the Cowboys are happy with his recovery. "He’s worked so hard and come so far, so fast – a lot faster than anyone dreamed he could come," Jones said. "We’ve also got to do what’s right in his best interest and certainly not jeopardize any of the hard work he’s put into this. But I think we’ve got a great look at what he can [do] for us." Dunbar could eat into Ezekiel Elliott's passing-down work if he proves healthy.
Jul 19 - 9:01 AM

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said suspended MLB Rolando McClain is keeping his roster spot "for now" because of salary cap reasons.

McClain was re-signed to a one-year, $4 million deal in March that included a $750,000 signing bonus. The $750,000 is what's keeping McClain aboard for the time being. Undoubtedly, the Cowboys are trying to recoup all or some of that signing bonus. It doesn't sound like McClain will play another down for Dallas.
Jul 18 - 6:06 PM


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