Player News - Cowboys

Date: Team: Pos:

Cowboys placed TE James Hanna (knee) on the reserve/PUP list.

A key run blocker, Hanna will be first eligible to return in Week 8.
Aug 30 - 4:18 PM

Cowboys placed QB Kellen Moore on injured reserve with a broken ankle, ending his season.

With Tony Romo out months with a back injury, the Cowboys need a new No. 2 quarterback behind rookie starter Dak Prescott. It's a major concern for a team with its usual playoff designs. Now 27, Moore will head into 2017 with 104 career attempts, all of which came last season. He's unlikely to ever get another chance at No. 2 duties.
Aug 30 - 4:15 PM

Cowboys placed second-round LB Jaylon Smith (knee) on reserve/NFI.

This knocks him out until Week 7 at soonest, but the reality is he isn't going to play this year. There's also a good chance Smith never steps foot on an NFL field. For as much flak as the Cowboys caught for drafting Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 overall, the selection of Smith at No. 34 has a much lower floor.
Aug 30 - 3:30 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys "have received calls" from teams wanting to acquire Darren McFadden, but Dallas "really wants to keep him."

Dealing with a severe elbow injury, McFadden is expected to begin the season on the Cowboys' reserve/NFI list should he stay put in Dallas. If not, he could be available earlier if cleared by another team's doctors. Alfred Morris has played well enough this preseason to open 2016 as Ezekiel Elliott's clear backup. McFadden is owed $1.75 million in the last year of his deal.
Aug 30 - 2:36 PM

Cowboys WLB Sean Lee is sidelined with a knee injury.

He had an MRI on Monday, but coach Jason Garrett says the results were "positive," likely meaning the test results were negative. It does not sound like Lee is dealing with a serious injury, but it is another reminder of his injury history. Already down several key members of the front seven, Dallas cannot afford to be without Lee.
Aug 30 - 11:41 AM

In a radio interview, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he is not sure when Tony Romo (back) will return.

"I don't know and don't know that anybody does," Jones said. "But it's quite a range there, four to six, six to eight, eight to (10)." A return after the team's Week 7 bye has been floated as the most likely scenario, but Jones said the team is still discussing whether or not to place Romo on injured reserve, which would keep him out at least the first eight weeks. Dak Prescott will open the season as the starter.
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 10:05 AM

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley said rookie QB Dak Prescott "belongs" in the huddle.

"You can read a person's demeanor, and he commands the huddle," Beasley added. "It's the way he calls the plays and the confidence he shows." Dallas' skill players seem to trust the rookie more than they did Brandon Weeden or Matt Cassel, last year's fill-ins, and they have good reason to after a dynamic preseason. In a scheme designed to highlight Prescott's strengths, he should be able to keep the offense humming while Tony Romo (back) is sidelined.
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 9:43 AM

Ezekiel Elliott doesn't believe he'll play in the Cowboys' preseason finale.

Elliott's seven carries in Seattle will be his only touches of the preseason. Following Tony Romo's injury, Dak Prescott also figures to rest on Thursday.
Aug 29 - 2:47 PM

Dez Bryant (concussion) said he feels "unstoppable."

"I'm going to catch anything that's thrown to me," Bryant added. Dez returned to practice Sunday after missing almost a week with concussion-like symptoms, although the star receiver does not think he actually suffered a concussion. Either way, he should be fully healthy well before Week 1. Even with Tony Romo (back) out, Bryant remains a solid WR1.
Aug 29 - 11:47 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports Tony Romo (back) could resume training in as little as three weeks.

Breer reports Romo avoided any ligament damage in his back, giving him a three-to-six week timetable to resume training. He will need several more weeks to get back in football shape after he resumes training, but this timeline at least suggests Romo could return after the Week 7 bye. Preseason darling Dak Prescott will start while Romo is sidelined.
Aug 29 - 10:56 AM

Cowboys COO Stephen Jones "can’t imagine a scenario" where Tony Romo (back) is not the starting quarterback when healthy.

On its face, that sounds like a strong statement, but Jones qualified the comments just seconds later. "But things happen. You know that. You know what happened to Bledsoe and Brady," Jones continued. "I’m sure Tony’s aware of that. But the reality is, Tony’s going to come back for us and play great, we believe." The reality is Romo being able to get healthy is a bigger question than his spot on the depth chart if he is able to get back on the field, but Jones leaving any wiggle room is at the very least interesting.
Source: MMQB
Aug 29 - 10:04 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are looking to add a quarterback to back up Dak Prescott.

The implication being they are not looking for someone to come in and supplant the preseason star. Dallas flirted with Josh McCown earlier in the preseason, but Rapoport does not expect them to "reignite" those talks. Dallas does not want to spend too much on a backup for their backup, but they cannot enter the season with Dak and Jameill Showers as the only healthy options.
Aug 29 - 8:45 AM

Dez Bryant (concussion) will participate in individual drills at Sunday's practice.

So will Tyrone Crawford. Both players are still waiting for full clearance after suffering concussions last week. Dez should be ready for the Cowboys' season opener against the Giants two weeks from today.
Aug 28 - 12:20 PM

Updating previous items, the Dallas Morning News says Tony Romo's (back) "best case" return would be after the Cowboys' Week 7 bye.

That would entail Romo missing six games, and eight weeks altogether. In all likelihood, preseason star Dak Prescott is going to make at least six starts to open the season. He is a QB2 with upside in a talented Dallas offense.
Aug 27 - 3:31 PM

ESPN Dallas reports Tony Romo's specific injury is a "compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae."

Romo will not require surgery, meaning he'll need rest and rehab to heal. 6-10 weeks continues to be the most common timetable discussed, while NFL Network reported Romo won't return until midseason in a "best case scenario." Romo is 36 years old with a long history of back injuries. If Dak Prescott plays well early in the season, the Cowboys may be forced to ride the rookie. That makes Prescott worth grabbing in all two-quarterback leagues. The Cowboys also have a very favorable schedule. Prescott will be in play immediately in DFS.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 27 - 3:23 PM


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