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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

Speaking Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tony Romo is ahead of schedule in rehabilitation from his back surgery.

Romo has yet to resume throwing to receivers, but is expected to participate in OTAs, albeit in a limited fashion. It's not a surprise that the Cowboys are all sunshine about Romo's status, but there doesn't appear to be any reason for concern.
Mar 25 - 5:23 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones "indicated" that the team has opened extension talks with walk-year WR Dez Bryant.

To be clear, Jones hasn't explicitly said that the sides have begun negotiations. Jones did say Bryant's back woes won't be an issue in talks. "It has no impact on what we do in the future and how we are counting on him," Jones said. Bryant is currently scheduled to make $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Mar 25 - 4:49 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said he expects Kyle Orton to return.

Even after signing Brandon Weeden, the Cowboys want Orton back at his $3.25 million salary. He had previously flirted with retirement. Orton, 31, is entering the final year of his contract.
Mar 24 - 12:48 PM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton's contract with Dallas can range from as little as a one-year, $2.25 million pact to a four-year, $29 million deal.

The structure is extremely team friendly, suggesting Melton was discouraged by his market. The only guaranteed money is a $1 million signing bonus. Melton can earn up to $5 million in 2014 via per-game roster bonuses and incentives. The Cowboys will have a big decision to make on Melton next offseason. If they exercise a $1,000 "option bonus" in March of 2015, they'll guarantee Melton a $9 million base salary and lock him up through the 2017 season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 21 - 3:31 PM

Cowboys MLB Sean Lee (neck) has been cleared for offseason workouts.

Lee missed the final three games of 2013 with torn ligaments in his neck but avoided surgery. He's been working out at Valley Ranch and is expected to be ready for OTAs. Lee has yet to play a full 16-game season in his career. There's been some chatter the Cowboys could move Lee to the weak side.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 19 - 1:47 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Henry Melton's deal is a one-year contract that turns into a four-year agreement if he's on the Cowboys' roster the first day of the 2015 league year.

Per Garafolo, more guaranteed money will also kick in if Melton survives the first day of the next league year. It's creative structuring that could pan out in a big way for Dallas if Melton bounces back from his torn ACL for a strong 2014.
Mar 18 - 10:29 PM


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