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  • Offensive Matchup

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    Defensive Matchup

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  • Arizona Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    04/27/16DBJustin BethelFootPROBABLEBethel (foot) missed the entire offseason program, the Cardinals' official site reports.

    After inking a three-year extension in early December, Bethel was pressed into starting duty within weeks due to Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL in Week 15. Bethel subsequently tallied 25 tackles, four passes defended, and one interception in four games, including two postseason tilts. As the offseason proceeded, the team allowed veteran cornerback Jerraud Powers to leave via free agency, which placed Bethel at the top of the depth chart at cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. However, Bethel's offseason has so far centered about rehab from surgery to repair a "slight" fracture in his foot. With no activity in the offseason program, he may have hindered his chances in pursuit of the gig, but the prudent approach is expected to ensure that he's 100 percent once training camp begins in late July.

    (Updated 06/13/2016)
    04/27/16DBTyrann MathieuKneeQUESTIONABLEMathieu's (knee) availability in Week 1 against the Patriots will be dependent upon his health, the Arizona Republic reports. "If I'm 90 percent, then I don't necessarily want to go out there," he said Sunday. "But if I'm 100 percent, I definitely want to be out there."

    Embedded within his second rehab effort from a torn ACL -- the other occurred near the end of his rookie year in 2013 -- Mathieu's reticence to take the field isn't a shock, especially after logging just 13 games in a generally subpar 2014 season. With an unimpeded offseason under his belt last fall, he was the centerpiece of the Cardinals' defense, accumulating 89 tackles (80 solo), five interceptions (one for a touchdown), one sack, and one forced fumble in 14 contests. The season-ending injury resulted in a less imposing unit that was ultimately embarrassed in the NFC championship by the Panthers, which his representatives are likely pointing during the ongoing conversation about a contract extension. No matter if the sides come to an agreement, Arizona could be without its starting slot corner, if he deems himself unready.

    (Updated 05/23/2016)
    04/27/16DBPatrick PetersonAnklePROBABLEPeterson (ankle) took part in individual drills during the Cardinals' mandatory minicamp last week, the team's official site reports.

    Peterson hasn't missed a game in his five-year career, but nagging ankle concerns seemingly forced the All-Pro cornerback under the knife as a preventive measure in mid-April. Handed a 6-to-8 week recovery timetable, his lack of participation in OTAs wasn't a surprise by any means. His return to drills during minicamp signals that his rehab is on schedule, though, with the aim of full health by the time training camp rolls around in late July.

    (Updated 06/13/2016)
    Dallas Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    06/14/16RBDarren McFaddenElbow McFadden (elbow) could miss three months, ESPN.com reports.

    The Cowboys haven't provided any hints about McFadden's timeline since June 14, when head coach Jason Garrett said the veteran running back will miss "a couple months" after having surgery on his fractured elbow, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Early reports suggested that McFadden is expected to return at some point during training camp, which would likely give him a shot to be ready for Week 1. Subsequent reports have been a bit more pessimistic, suggesting McFadden will miss 2-3 months, with his rehab process potentially stretching closer to the regular season. Alfred Morris figures to take most of the second-team reps when training camp begins, but sixth-round rookie Darius Jackson could push for a role.

    (Updated 06/23/2016)
    05/18/16RBLance DunbarKneeQUESTIONABLEAlthough he wasn't a participant during Tuesday's minincamp, Dunbar (knee) was able to run routes on the side, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

    That's encouraging news for the scatback, but the Cowboys likely won't know until training camp begins whether Dunbar has a shot at being ready for Week 1. Even if he is far enough along in his recovery from a torn ACL to avoid the PUP list, his role could be a lot smaller this season with fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott expected to become the team's new three-down back, lessening the need for a passing-down specialist like Dunbar in the offense.

    (Updated 06/15/2016)
    05/18/16QBTony RomoCollarbonePROBABLERomo (collarbone) is expected to be a full participant when the Cowboys start OTAs in late May, the Dallas Morning News reports.

    Romo has reportedly recovered from his March 8 surgery a bit faster than expected, allowing him to take part in offseason workouts the past couple weeks. Meanwhile, Dez Bryant (foot) may not be ready for OTAs or June minicamp, but there's been no indication that he's behind schedule. Assuming Bryant avoids any major setbacks, Romo will have an excellent supporting cast in what figures to be a balanced Dallas offense.

    (Updated 05/10/2016)
    05/01/16LBSean LeeKnee Lee (knee) expects to be ready for training camp, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

    Lee underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee at the start of May. His initial recovery timeline was only two weeks, so it comes as no surprise he expects to be ready for training camp. Lee was quoted saying he's "right on track" in his recovery, so it appears everything is going as planned. With Lee expected to start on the weak side again during the upcoming season, his knee shouldn't force him to miss any valuable reps moving forward.

    (Updated 06/09/2016)
    04/25/16DLRandy GregorySuspension Gregory has been suspended for the first four games of next season due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

    Gregory notoriously slipped to the second round in last year's draft, despite being considered one of the best pass rushers available, after he was caught with marijuana in his system at the combine, and it looks like he hasn't yet cleaned up his act. This could put more pressure on the Cowboys to either re-sign Greg Hardy, select another pass-rushing DE like Joey Bosa or Noah Spence in this year's draft, or both.

    (Updated 02/19/2016)
    04/20/16DLDemarcus LawrenceSuspension Lawrence is appealing his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Selected 34th overall in the 2014 draft, Lawrence had 55 tackles and eight sacks in 16 games last season, with seven of his sacks coming over the final eight weeks. Any reduction of his suspension would be fantastic news for a Dallas team that otherwise lacks talent at defensive end. 2015 second-rounder Randy Gregory is also suspended for the first four games of 2016 due to a substance abuse policy violation.

    (Updated 05/05/2016)
    04/08/16WRDez BryantFoot Bryant (foot) will be a full go July 28 when training camp begins, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Though fully recovered from January surgery, Bryant has only been a partial participant at minicamp, with the Cowboys unsurprisingly opting for an abundance of caution. Bryant made an interesting admission Thursday, saying he doesn't think he worked hard enough last year, when he missed most of the team's offseason program due to a contract holdout. He now plans to significantly increase his activity level during the six weeks between minicamp and training camp, with his docket including some individual work with Tony Romo, who has already been cleared for all activities.

    (Updated 06/16/2016)
    04/08/16DBBarry ChurchArm Church ended the season on IR due to a broken arm, but still recorded 117 tackles in 15 games.

    It's the second time in his career that he's topped 100 tackles in a season, but Church failed to record an interception or even a pass defended in 2015, and the 27-year-old safety has increasingly been seen as a liability in pass coverage. First round pick Byron Jones seems like a lock to fill one of the safety spots for the Cowboys next season, but there's no guarantee that Church will be lined up next to him.

    (Updated 01/07/2016)
    04/08/16DLTyrone CrawfordShoulder Crawford says his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery is going well, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "It's extremely helpful to just have the strength back that I didn't have last year," Crawford said Friday. "I'm back up to almost where I was before the injury. I'm feeling real good. I'm feeling confident about it as well."

    He also said he's prepared to move to defensive end for the first month of the season to cover for suspensions to Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence, a position he has played in the past before moving to the three-technique DT spot in coordinator Rod Marinelli's defense. "I'm going to do what I have to do. It's definitely a possibility if needed," Crawford said. "We can't have guys taking on such a big role they haven't taken on before, so it's all of us working together helping each other out." If Crawford does see significant snaps at DE over the first four weeks, he could be sneaky source of sacks in deep IDP leagues.

    (Updated 05/10/2016)
 
 
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