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Cowboys signed QB Caleb Hanie to a one-year contract.

Hanie, 28, hasn't appeared in a game since compiling an 0-4 record for the Bears in 2011, completing just 50 percent of his passes for 613 yards, three touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He's merely a camp arm for Dallas.
Apr 23 - 4:44 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee surgery) said he's 100 percent.

The left knee injury Dunbar sustained on Thanksgiving is behind him. He's projected as the clear-cut No. 2 back behind DeMarco Murray and will have some upside as a handcuff. Dunbar has flashed legit juice (5.0 YPC in '13) and is a nice fit in Scott Linehan's pass-happy scheme.
Apr 23 - 12:25 PM

Tony Romo (back surgery) is doing light throwing and running this week.

It's confirmation that Romo's availability for training camp is not in doubt. In fact, he could very well be ready to go once the Cowboys move on from this conditioning week and onto OTAs. Dynasty owners should have more concerns on the 34-year-old Romo than re-draft speculators.
Apr 23 - 8:54 AM

Kyle Orton did not report to day one of Dallas' voluntary workouts on Monday.

Orton, entering his age-32 season, is considering retirement, even though he has arguably the best job in sports as an overpaid No. 2 quarterback. He'd be leaving $3.25 million on the table if he hangs 'em up. ESPN Dallas is already convinced Orton is done. Brandon Weeden is penciled in as Tony Romo's backup.
Apr 21 - 6:24 PM

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) will participate in this week's OTAs.

Dunbar sustained ligament damage in his left knee on Thanksgiving and never got back on the field. His ability to get work in this week confirms there was no ACL tear. Dunbar projects as DeMarco Murray's top handcuff this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 21 - 10:14 AM

Tony Romo (back surgery) will participate in this week's OTAs.

The first phase of offseason workouts is just weightlifting and running. Light football activities are not allowed to be supervised by the coaches or scouts. Still, it's a good sign that the 34-year-old Romo's back is feeling good enough to participate. His recurring back woes are a bigger concern for down the line than for this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 21 - 10:07 AM

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


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