Player News - Cowboys

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Cowboys RG Zack Martin (stinger) is expected to practice on Monday.

Martin has missed the last three weeks after suffering a stinger in the Cowboys' joint practices against the Rams. With Martin back on the field, Dallas' league-best offensive line will be back to full strength for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Sep 4 - 9:08 PM

Lance Dunbar is expected to serve as the Cowboys' "nickel running back" this season.

In other words, Dunbar will be the sub-package back playing in shotgun settings, and perhaps in Dallas' two-minute drills. As's Bryan Broaddus notes, "Jerry Jones spoke of getting Dunbar more touches during the season. It appears that he will be getting his wish." Dunbar remains third in line for touches in the Cowboys' backfield, behind Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden.
Sep 4 - 6:40 PM's Bryan Broaddus expects Joseph Randle to be the Cowboys' starting tailback "until he proves he cannot handle it."

One of the most trusted voices on all things Cowboys -- and a former personnel man with the team -- Broaddus believes McFadden is the superior all-purpose back, but indicates the Cowboys are more likely to give Randle the first crack at first- and second-down work. McFadden appears to be more trusted in blitz protection, while Lance Dunbar offers a change of pace and could play in shotgun-oriented packages. Randle has the most fantasy value in the Cowboys' backfield, but McFadden is nipping at his heels. Randle has handled ten-plus carries in four career games and struggled in all four.
Sep 4 - 6:35 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported Cowboys DE Greg Hardy is considering an appeal of his four-game suspension in the wake of Tom Brady's appeal win.

Hardy saw his 10-game suspension reduced to four games in July, but he still feels hard done after being forced to sit out all but one game last year. Brady's win in federal court could give Hardy the confidence to seek out a similar result. If Hardy can earn a stay, the Cowboys' defensive line will be a position of strength entering the season.
Sep 3 - 10:45 AM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones called running back "a position of interest" for Dallas once NFL teams turn in their final cuts.

Joseph Randle's grip on Dallas' lead-back job appears to be fading, while the Cowboys should be fully aware of Darren McFadden's lengthy injury history. No. 3 back Lance Dunbar has spent three years in the NFL and never totaled more than 30 rushing attempts. The Cowboys missed out on running backs in the draft and could turn to the NFL waiver wire for increased depth.
Sep 2 - 9:19 PM

Joseph Randle was an unexpected absence from the Cowboys' kickoff luncheon on Wednesday because he had to be in Kansas "for a court appearance."

Per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Randle's trip to Wichita "was not related" to a February incident where his ex-girlfriend alleged domestic violence, and was "likely" due to "either a family law case, or a misdemeanor charge." The Cowboys told reporters Randle's absence Wednesday was "for personal reasons."
Sep 2 - 6:46 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram suggests Joseph Randle may open the season handling 10-15 carries per game "with (Darren) McFadden slightly below that."

"At the end of the day, we’re both going to get carries however they decide to play it out," said McFadden. Both backs seem resigned to the fact that the Cowboys are committed to a running back by committee. Beat writer Drew Davison confirms none of Dallas' backs "has done enough to separate themselves from the pack." McFadden is shaping up as a dicey flex play to begin the year, while Randle will be toward the back end of RB2s. Lance Dunbar will eat into both players' production in the passing game, further muddying the situation.
Sep 1 - 5:57 PM

Cowboys placed OT Chaz Green (hip) on the reserve/PUP list.

A third-rounder, Green went under the knife in June. He'll be eligible to return in Week 8. Considering their depth along the offensive line, the Cowboys don't need Green to contribute this season.
Sep 1 - 3:24 PM

Cowboys placed CB Orlando Scandrick (ACL, MCL) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Scandrick tore up his knee in practice last Tuesday. It's a big, big loss for the Cowboys, who now have a cornerback corps populated by youth, injury questions and free agent bust Brandon Carr. Scandrick, who turns 29 in February, is signed through 2019.
Sep 1 - 3:20 PM

Cowboys activated MLB Rolando McClain (knee scope) from the active/PUP list.

McClain is suspended for Weeks 1-4, but will be ready to rock against the Patriots in Week 5. One of 2014's biggest surprises, McClain will be returning to a starting job.
Aug 31 - 5:08 PM

Cowboys QBs coach Wade Wilson said Tony Romo is "light years ahead" of where he was at this point last season.

Romo spent most of last offseason recovering from offseason back surgery. Healthy this year, he was able to participate in OTAs and minicamp for the first time since 2012. Despite the missed offseason, Romo posted the most efficient season of his career in 2014, averaging 8.5 yards per attempt and throwing a touchdown on 7.8 percent of his throws. Both of those numbers will come down this year, but Romo remains a solid QB1.
Aug 31 - 8:11 AM

Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reports the Cowboys believe Darren McFadden is the "best of the bunch" at running back.

Robinson reports the Cowboys are committed to a running back by committee, but he added Dallas would have likely ridden McFadden's hot hand on Saturday night had it been a regular season game. Owner Jerry Jones has talked up Joseph Randle all offseason, but it appears McFadden has a real chance to lead the team in touches if he can stay healthy. The uncertainty surrounding the situation makes Randle un-draftable in the fourth round.
Aug 30 - 7:29 PM

According to Yahoo's Charles Robinson, the Cowboys' plan to use an RBBC backfield is "not a bluff," and the rotation will be a "committee in the purest NFL form."

Per Robinson, "the Cowboys are adamant that their elite offensive line can be the glue that elevates a collection of parts into a greater whole." In other words, the Cowboys are banking on their O-Line and less on the talent of their backfield, which is questionable to be kind with Joe Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar vying for work. Had Saturday night's preseason game been a regular season one, Robinson believes the Cowboys "would have ridden McFadden's hot hand," despite Randle starting the game. Robinson guesses none of the Cowboys' backs will rush for more than 850 yards this season.
Aug 30 - 7:23 PM

A.J. Jenkins was held without a catch on one target in Saturday's preseason game.

With Dez Bryant sidelined, Jenkins got some run with the first-team offense, but he has just two catches for 40 yards through three preseason games. He should see some snaps in Thursday's finale. Jenkins is far from a lock for the 53-man roster.
Aug 29 - 10:13 PM

Gavin Escobar caught 1-of-3 targets for five yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Escobar is perennially rumored for a bigger role behind Jason Witten, but finishes the summer with only eight catches for 68 yards. Of course, that's almost halfway to his regular season career total of 18. In theory, Escobar has playmaking upside, but there's little reason to believe he'll be a legitimate TE2 this season.
Aug 29 - 10:02 PM

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