Player News - Cowboys

Date: Team: Pos:

Cowboys signed OT Cameron Bradfield.

Bradfield, 29 in September, has been out of the league since making two starts for the Jaguars back in 2014. He has 41 career games and 27 starts under his belt and will compete with Charles Brown, Chaz Green, and others for a backup job.
Jul 25 - 6:18 PM

MMQB's Peter King said Ezekiel Elliott "better be ready" for 375 carries.

This is likely more of a statement on how much the Cowboys will lean on Elliott than a prediction of his final carry total, but it is not a completely insane number. DeMarco Murray had 392 carries just two seasons ago, and Darren McFadden averaged over 18 carries a game after he took over last year. The Cowboys likely do not want to ride the rookie like they did Murray in 2014, but 300-attempts is well within the realm of possibilities.
Source: MMQB
Jul 25 - 9:08 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Darren McFadden (elbow) "hopes" to return during the preseason.

McFadden will have scans on his broken elbow Monday. Given a two-month timetable after undergoing surgery in mid-June, McFadden could theoretically be ready by the Cowboys' third preseason game on August 25. With Ezekiel Elliott's immediate future in question following assault allegations -- although early indications suggest the allegations are unfounded -- McFadden's health has suddenly taken on increased importance.
Jul 22 - 4:27 PM

Mike Leslie of WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas reports Ezekiel Elliott can prove his innocence against his assault accuser.

Elliott reportedly "has messages saved on his phone proving his ex-girlfriend is trying to set him up." Four witnesses dispute the assault ever took place, while TMZ released a 9-1-1 call of Elliott's accuser, Tiffany Thompson, who sounded quite calm and collected on the phone. Thompson accused Elliott of beating her for a week straight. The Cowboys do not believe the woman's claims.
Source: Mike Leslie
Jul 22 - 2:18 PM

According to the police report, four people who witnessed the incident between Tiffany Thompson and Ezekiel Elliott disputed Thompson's assault claims.

One of the witnesses was in the driver's seat of the car where the assault was alleged to have taken place. The other three witnesses "observed the entire interaction" from the parking lot. Elliott has not been charged with any crimes, and police referred Thompson to the Prosecutor's Office due to conflicting statements between her and the witnesses. The Cowboys have said they do not believe Elliott did anything wrong. The league is looking into the incident.
Jul 22 - 1:16 PM

The NFL will review the domestic violence allegations against Ezekiel Elliott under the league's personal-conduct policy.

There are still very few details, but Elliott's (ex-)girlfriend posted photos of bruises up and down her body early Friday morning and filed a police report with the Columbus (OH) department, naming Elliott as the aggressor. Elliott has since denied the accusations, saying the bruises of Tiffany Thompson's body are from a bar fight with another female. The Cowboys have also commented and said they don't believe Thompson. We'll continue to provide updates.
Jul 22 - 12:37 PM

Ezekiel Elliott's girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, posted several photos of bruises to her Instagram account Friday morning, claiming she's a victim of domestic violence.

According to TMZ Sports, a police report has been filed and Elliott has been named the suspect. Thompson claims Elliott assaulted her while the two were in her vehicle. The images posted to Thompson's Instagram account are nothing short of disturbing. Elliott denies any wrongdoing.
Source: TMZ Sports
Jul 22 - 10:46 AM

Jerry Jones said second-round LB Jaylon Smith's (knee) progress is "undetermined."

Smith suffered serious nerve damage when he tore his ACL and LCL in January. ESPN's Ed Werder reported last month Smith has not seen any "significant improvement" in his damaged nerve, but Jones contends the nerve is healing as expected. "The rejuvenation of the nerve that would help him get in position to actually hit the playing field is not complete," Jones said, "but it is not behind." There is almost zero chance Smith plays this season, and it is not a given he ever gets back on the field.
Jul 19 - 10:26 AM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said the team has not "totally ruled out" Lance Dunbar (knee) participating in training camp.

Coming off a devastating October knee injury which included a patellar tendon tear, Dunbar was fully expected to begin the season on the reserve/PUP list. That remains a possibility, but it is clear the Cowboys are happy with his recovery. "He’s worked so hard and come so far, so fast – a lot faster than anyone dreamed he could come," Jones said. "We’ve also got to do what’s right in his best interest and certainly not jeopardize any of the hard work he’s put into this. But I think we’ve got a great look at what he can [do] for us." Dunbar could eat into Ezekiel Elliott's passing-down work if he proves healthy.
Jul 19 - 9:01 AM

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said suspended MLB Rolando McClain is keeping his roster spot "for now" because of salary cap reasons.

McClain was re-signed to a one-year, $4 million deal in March that included a $750,000 signing bonus. The $750,000 is what's keeping McClain aboard for the time being. Undoubtedly, the Cowboys are trying to recoup all or some of that signing bonus. It doesn't sound like McClain will play another down for Dallas.
Jul 18 - 6:06 PM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said Monday that Lance Dunbar (knee) may be ready to go "sooner rather than later."

What exactly that means, of course, we have no idea. A specialty passing-game type of scatback, Dunbar shredded his MCL and patellar tendon last October. To this point, at least, Dunbar was viewed as a reserve/PUP candidate to open the season. We would still anticipate Dunbar opening camp on the active/PUP list. If healthy, Dunbar could put a dent into Ezekiel Elliott's receiving upside.
Jul 18 - 5:52 PM

Appearing on RotoViz Radio, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Drew Davison suggested Ezekiel Elliott could see 300 or more carries this season.

"I think he's going to get a lot of carries," said Davison. "You don't use the fourth overall pick on (a running back) you don't plan to ride hard. With that said, I don't see him coming close to DeMarco Murray's 392 carries from two years ago. But I still think he should get close to 300, if not 300-plus carries ... because they're definitely going to focus on the running game, kinda go back to the Ground-N-Pound team they had in 2014." Davison later noted Darren McFadden (elbow) is questionable for Week 1, stating the team "feels like he's a good backup to Ezekiel Elliott" when healthy and calling Elliott the Cowboys' "clear No. 1 back."
Jul 18 - 3:45 PM

Cowboys signed OLB Justin Durant to a one-year contract.

Durant was a Cowboy from 2013-14 before spending last season in Atlanta. Going on 31, Durant missed 10 games with a torn biceps in 2014 before playing 661 mostly ineffective snaps for the Falcons. He provides depth with Rolando McClain suspended, but won't be immediately sliding into a starting job. Kyle Wilber, Andrew Gachkar and Mark Nzeocha are Durant's compatriots in the linebacker corps behind WLB Sean Lee and MLB Anthony Hitchens.
Jul 18 - 3:17 PM

Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick (knee) expects to be ready for training camp.

Scandrick was cleared for limited OTA work. Barring a setback, he’ll avoid opening camp on active/PUP. Scandrick will be a full year removed from ACL surgery for Week 1.
Jul 16 - 4:07 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Charean Williams reports the Cowboys have yet to make a decision on suspended MLB Rolando McClain's future.

Some in the organization were already annoyed with McClain for skipping voluntary workouts this spring, and then he was slapped with a 10-game suspension for violating the substance abuse policy. Williams reports "many in the organization" want him released, but he still has the backing of owner Jerry Jones. Releasing McClain could also affect the Cowboys' ability to recoup some or all of the signing bonus he was paid in March. It sounds like Jones is happy to keep McClain on the roster, but others in the organization could change his mind.
Jul 16 - 12:44 PM


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