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Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne is dealing with tendinitis in his right knee, but is expected to return to practice on Saturday.

It's not the sort of injury we'd usually blurb up in training camp, but any ailment is noteworthy with Claiborne, who has proven exceedingly brittle since being the No. 6 overall pick of the 2012 draft. Claiborne was limited throughout OTAs as he recovered from shoulder surgery, and missed time last summer with knee issues. He was limited to 10 games in 2013, and at one point benched. He's on the spot in a big way this season.
Jul 31 - 2:39 PM

Cowboys activated OG Ronald Leary (hamstring) from the active/PUP list.

He's now free to compete with Uche Nwaneri and Mackenzy Bernadeau at left guard. Leary is the strong favorite after making 16 starts a season ago.
Jul 31 - 2:26 PM

Tony Romo (back) expects to see action in the preseason.

Romo has declared himself 100 percent, but the Cowboys still have him on a maintenance schedule during camp. It's merely precautionary. We're not expecting Romo's back to be an issue as he tries to mask the Dallas defense's impending misery.
Jul 31 - 11:02 AM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill says the Cowboys have "plenty of space" under the salary cap to extend Dez Bryant.

This conflicts with a report from Ian Rapoport, who said Tyron Smith's $98 million extension would make a new contract for Bryant "nearly impossible." Hill disagrees, saying the Cowboys still have "a little less that $10 million" in cap space. Regardless of the logistics, it does not appear Dallas and Dez are close to an agreement.
Jul 30 - 6:41 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Cowboys LT Tyron Smith's new contract makes an extension for Dez Bryant "nearly impossible."

Rapoport added there had been "little progress anyway," and that Dez "may benefit from playing it out." Dez wants to be paid like one of the top receivers in the league, but the Cowboys have reservations about handing a big-money extension to a player with the injury and the off-the-field history of Bryant. Dallas' train wreck of a salary-cap also does not help the situation. Bryant is set to make $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Jul 30 - 3:12 PM

Cowboys signed LT Tyron Smith to an eight-year, $98 million extension.

Smith is now set to make $109 million over the next ten years, making him the second highest paid tackle in the league. Still only 23, Smith has already established himself as one of the preeminent tackles, and will anchor a Dallas offensive line that could be the best in the NFL this season. The Cowboys will now turn their attention to locking up Dez Bryant, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Jul 30 - 2:15 PM

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence has been diagnosed with a broken foot, and will be sidelined 8-10 weeks.

The injury requires surgery. It's a crippling blow for a defensive line that was already the worst in the league, and a terrible bit of luck for the No. 34 overall pick of May's draft. Lawrence suffered the injury getting "slammed to the turf" by LT Tyron Smith in individual drills. Lawrence was all but assured of starting right end duties. The job will now fall to retread Jeremy Mincey, who has only five sacks over his past 26 games. The Cowboys don't have a pass rush.
Jul 30 - 1:04 AM

The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George said Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar "continues to be impressive" in training camp.

A versatile back with dynamic ability, Dunbar has an opportunity to earn a decent role in Dallas' offense. DeMarco Murray is the unquestioned starter, but new OC Scott Linehan oversaw a Lions offense that had two backs average over 13 touches a game in 2013. Dunbar may struggle to hit that mark, but 6-10 touches are within reach even with Murray healthy. He is worth a late-round flier.
Jul 29 - 10:58 PM

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence is getting x-rays on his right foot and ankle after being forced from practice Tuesday.

Lawrence went down awkwardly on his right ankle while working against Tyron Smith in a one-on-one drill. He struggled to put weight on the leg after the injury, and eventually had to be helped off the field. The extent of the injury is not yet known, but the loss of Lawrence could be a devastating one for a Dallas defense already desperate for pass rushers. (And good defensive players, in general.)
Jul 29 - 9:01 PM

Cowboys S Matt Johnson is week to week with a hamstring injury.

So it goes for a 2012 fourth-rounder, who's yet to make a regular-season appearance because of injuries. He missed all of 2012 with hamstring issues. Although owner/GM Jerry Jones has remained high on Johnson's ability, his latest injury could imperil his roster spot if it lingers.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 29 - 7:17 PM

The Dallas Morning News considers RB Ryan Williams a "longshot" to make the Cowboys' 53-man roster.

It's because Williams "is not a good special teams player." Williams isn't in the mix for Dallas' top-two running back jobs (DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar), and Joseph Randle made a special teams tackle in all four of his special teams appearances last season. If Williams outplays Randle as a running back, however, we still wouldn't rule out the Cowboys keeping four RBs on the roster.
Jul 29 - 10:52 AM

The Cowboys have been splitting second-year TE Gavin Escobar out wide in training camp practices.

It's part of the Cowboys' ongoing efforts to get Escobar more involved after he played just 207 snaps as a rookie. The 6-foot-6 Escobar has also added five pounds, bulking up from to 249 to 254. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Dallas' passing attack, but Escobar is worth keeping an eye on as an upside TE2.
Jul 28 - 5:16 PM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton (ACL) avoided the active/PUP list.

Melton is more than 10 months removed from his tear. His ability to participate at the outset of camp -- even in a limited capacity -- is a fantastic sign that he'll be able to contribute to a desperate Cowboys defensive front in Week 1. Melton has some deep IDP sleeper appeal as he transitions into the old Jason Hatcher 3-technique role, a spot that produced 11 sacks last year.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 8:16 AM

Tony Romo said that if he were getting married this year, Dez Bryant would be a groomsman.

Romo and Bryant are in their fifth year together. "He's like a little brother to me," the quarterback said. Over the last two seasons, Bryant has 185 catches, 2,615 yards and 25 touchdowns -- and now he has Scott Linehan on his side. Linehan has proven to be an expert at getting alpha receivers open, as evidenced by Randy Moss in Minnesota, Torry Holt in St. Louis and most recently Calvin Johnson. Linehan even coaxed a top-ten fantasy season out of Chris Chambers in Miami.
Jul 28 - 8:04 AM

Cowboys LB Rolando McClain was convicted Friday on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in Decatur (AL).

McClain has been arrested in his hometown of Decatur three times since 2011. The Cowboys traded for him in early July, but he's squarely on the roster bubble.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 25 - 1:39 PM


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