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Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford (Achilles) is expected to be ready for OTAs.

Crawford missed all of 2013 on injured reserve. He's eight months removed from his torn Achilles' tendon and on track for offseason workouts. As long as he stays healthy, Crawford should see regular snaps as part of the Cowboys' defensive line rotation.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 10:42 PM

ESPNDallas' Todd Archer believes CB Orlando Scandrick is the favorite to start over former first-round CB Morris Claiborne.

Claiborne will have to improve dramatically to escape the bust tag hovering over him. He's started just 22 games and been disastrous in coverage since being drafted sixth overall in 2012. Scandrick played well after taking the job last season, so Claiborne will need a big training camp to move up the depth chart.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 19 - 10:01 AM

The Dallas Morning News reports the lawsuit over assault claims against Cowboys DT Henry Melton has been dropped.

Melton was being sued for more than $1 million from his public intoxication and assault arrest on December 23. He still faces a misdemeanor charge as a result of the incident. A hearing for the criminal case is scheduled for next week.
Apr 18 - 8:18 PM

ESPN's Todd Archer isn't convinced Kyle Orton will return this season.

The Cowboys want Orton back even after signing Brandon Weeden, but he's questionable to attend offseason workouts next week and is reportedly still considering retirement. Releasing Orton as a post-June 1 cut would allow Dallas to save $3.25 million against the 2014 cap, but Orton will cost $2.25 million against the Cowboys' 2015 cap regardless of whether he's on the roster.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 18 - 6:25 PM

Cowboys exercised LT Tyron Smith's team option for 2015.

Going by the 2014 transition-tag numbers, Smith will be due $10.039 million in 2015. He's making $2.079 million this season. The No. 9 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Smith has missed one game in three years, and emerged as a Pro-Bowl talent on Tony Romo's blindside. Still only 23, he'll get locked up long-term sooner rather than later.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 17 - 11:23 PM

Troy Aikman said he would be a bit concerned over Tony Romo's back woes.

Romo, who will turn 34 on Monday, has undergone two back surgeries within the last year. Aikman had his first back surgery at 26 years old and then faced more back issues just before his retirement age 34. Of course, medicine has come a long way in the last 15 years and the Cowboys have expressed no concern over Romo's health. His rehab remains on schedule.
Apr 17 - 8:22 AM

Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown said Lance Dunbar (knee surgery) is doing well.

Dunbar sustained a ligament injury in his left knee on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys never revealed the exact extent of the injury, but it's not thought to be an ACL tear. We should know more on the speedy Dunbar's status when the Cowboys convene for the beginning of the offseason program later this month. If healthy, he's the favorite for backup duties behind DeMarco Murray.
Apr 14 - 8:41 AM

Cowboys S Matt Johnson (foot) is expected to be cleared for OTAs.

Johnson spent all last season on I.R. and has struggled with durability issues since entering the league in 2012. He's a candidate for the strong safety job, but will need to stay healthy to avoid getting cut. 24-year-old Johnson will get one last look this preseason. He's believed to be a favorite of Jerry Jones.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 12 - 3:56 PM

DeMarco Murray led all running backs (minimum 50 attempts) in yards per carry against base defenses last season.

Murray averaged a robust 5.7 yards per carry on 130 attempts against base sets, ahead of LeGarrette Blount (5.4), Kendall Hunter (5.4) and Jamaal Charles (5.1). It speaks volumes about his natural running ability. Of course, we're expecting less carries and more catches for Murray as Scott Linehan installs his pass-happy, spread scheme in Dallas. Either way, Murray is going to be on the low-end RB1 radar with upside in PPR formats.
Apr 10 - 11:17 AM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder surgery) expects to be ready for OTAs.

"I’m feeling great," he said. "I feel like my mind is getting stronger as well as my body. Just rehabbing every day and trying to get stronger. I’ll be ready for when we start up our workouts and on to OTAs and minicamp." Coming off two lost seasons, the No. 6 overall pick of the 2012 draft will be under the microscope as Big D's defense attempts to bounce back from its disastrous 2013.
Apr 3 - 9:06 PM

The Cowboys have entertained the idea of moving RT Doug Free inside to guard.

It's not the first we've heard of this. The Cowboys don't seem to be sold on RG Mackenzy Bernadeau and could select a right tackle in May's draft. Free is coming off an outstanding season after a dismal 2013. He played right guard all last preseason. Owner Jerry Jones was gushing over Free most of last summer.
Mar 30 - 10:56 AM

Owner Jerry Jones insists Jason Garrett's job status beyond 2014 isn't contingent on the Cowboys making the playoffs.

"I don’t look at it that way at all," Jones claimed. "He’s more capable today than he was when he took over as head coach. If that arrow is going up, it just makes sense to have our future with Jason." Jones leaves himself wiggle room with that last caveat, but continues to stand behind a coach who's become known for his team blowing opportunities to clinch playoff berths in Week 17. We'd be stunned if Garrett survived another year without the postseason in Big D.
Mar 27 - 3:31 PM

Coach Jason Garrett said DL Tyrone Crawford has recovered from his torn Achilles' tendon.

Crawford tore his heel on the first day of 2013 training camp. The 2012 third-rounder would be eased back into the mix on most teams, but the Cowboys are absolutely desperate for bodies on the defensive line. Crawford is going to play a ton as a versatile piece capable of lining up at both tackle and end.
Mar 27 - 8:38 AM

Coach Jason Garrett said it's "reasonable" to expect to see Henry Melton (knee) on the field sometime this spring and certainly for training camp.

Melton underwent surgery for a torn ACL in October and may not be ready for OTAs. However, he should see the field some during minicamp and be all systems go for training camp this summer. Melton's rehab is on schedule, and he recently signed a team-friendly deal to serve as Dallas' new three-technique pass rusher. Finding a nose tackle to pair with Melton is a top priority.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 26 - 5:02 PM

The Cowboys are still enforcing a strict set of conduct rules on Dez Bryant.

It's not a coincidence that Bryant has kept his nose clean for a couple years now. He has a midnight curfew, isn't allowed to drink alcohol, can't attend strip clubs, must go to counseling twice a week and has a three-man security team 24/7. It sounds overbearing, but Bryant is an asset that is well worth protecting at all costs. The freakish talent is going to be a massive focal point of Scott Linehan's pass-happy scheme.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 26 - 10:15 AM


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