Romo (back) likely won't be cleared for practice immediately after the Cowboys' Week 7 bye, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
On Wednesday morning, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relayed that the Cowboys will stick with Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback in Week 8 against the Eagles, thereby relegating Romo to backup duties, at best. If Romo doesn't practice to start the week, as expected, he'll likely find himself on the Cowboys' inactive list yet again. During the bye week, Romo will remain at team headquarters and stay involved in the rehab process with an eye toward ramping up his workload. However, in order to take part in "intense" football activities, his core and back must be strengthened, according to head coach Jason Garrett.
Gregory (suspension) was suspended for an additional 10 games and won't be eligible to return until Monday, December 19.
Gregory is suspended for a grand total of 14 games due to multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. It comes as disappointing news for the Cowboys, as substance abuse issues have clouded Gregory's once promising NFL career. Once he is eligible to return, he could compete for a starting defensive end position with the likes of Jack Crawford.
Smith has begun running and doing linebacker drills, but the nerve in his knee has yet to regenerate, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.
The team still hasn't ruled Smith out for this season, but his ability to suit up in 2016 (or indeed, play in the NFL at all) will ultimately depend on whether or not the nerve re-fires following the gruesome knee injury that ended his career at Notre Dame. The second round pick is eligible to return to practice on Oct. 17 and the Cowboys would have until Nov. 28 to determine whether they want to add him to the 53-man roster or move him to injured reserve.
McClain (suspended) will be placed on the Cowboys' reserve/did not report list, ESPN.com reports.
McClain has already been suspended for the first 10 games of the upcoming season, but was still expected to report for training camp Wednesday. Since McClain, who skipped most of Dallas' offseason program, remains away from the team, his status appears increasingly shaky. Furthermore, after the Cowboys signed veteran Justin Durant recently, McClain's open roster spot could be filled by another linebacker, making McClain more expendable.
McFadden says he's ready to play after recovering from offseason elbow surgery, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports. "Elbow is feeling great," McFadden said. "Just sitting back and waiting for my time to get back on the field. It's pretty much up to the coaches. I'm ready to go, so it's just based off their decision."
He's eligible to come off the NFI list this week, but with the Cowboys on bye in Week 7 they will be in no rush to try and find room for McFadden on the 53-man roster. Ezekiel Elliott's tremendous start means that the veteran would be a depth player at best anyway in Dallas, but with backfield injuries starting to pile up around the league McFadden's best chance to see significant action this season might have to come via a trade.
Adjei-Barimah is running ahead of former second-round pick Johnthan Banks for the fourth corner spot, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Head coach Dirk Koetter mentioned his second-year defensive back as one of his top four corners after practice Friday, along with starters Brent Grimes and Alterraun Verner and slot corner and 2016 first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves. Adjei-Barimah was serviceable last season after latching on to a roster spot an undrafted rookie, totaling 41 tackles (34 solo), including two for loss, and a pass defensed over 13 games. He also started the majority of the second half of last season as the Bucs experimented with different starting lineups in what was a beleaguered secondary.
Ayers (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
Ayers has yet to practice since getting in a limited session back on Oct. 6 and hasn't played since exiting the Week 2 tilt versus the Cardinals with his injury. With fellow lineman Clinton McDonald (hamstring) not practicing and Gerald McCoy (calf) still limited, the Bucs could find themselves significantly short-handed again in Week 7 versus the Niners. Ayers' progress will be checked again following Thursday's session.
Martin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in San Francisco.
Martin was seemingly on track to practice for the first time since he injured his hamstring in Week 2, but he then suffered a setback at some point last week, leaving him without a clear timetable to return. With Charles Sims (knee) also out of the picture, Jacquizz Rodgers is set to handle a heavy three-down workload in Sunday's favorable matchup against the leaky San Francisco run defense. Peyton Barber and Antone Smith will provide depth.
McCoy (calf) was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
McCoy's participation represented an improvement from Monday's DNP status, providing a glimmer of optimism for his chances of suiting up against the Niners in Week 7. With fellow linemates Robert Ayers (ankle) and Clinton McDonald (hamstring) still sidelined for what was the second practice of the week, McCoy's status is of particular importance. The next update on his condition should come following Thursday's session.
McDonald (hamstring) was limited in practice on Thursday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
McDonald sat out of practice earlier this week but returned in a limited fashion on Thursday, leaving him questionable for Sunday's tilt with the 49ers. Check back for more information regarding the defensive ends game status as the weekend approaches, with Akeem Spence serving as a replacement starter if McDonald isn't cleared.
James (undisclosed) reached an injury settlement with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, ESPN reports.
Following a three-year stint with the Bucs, the team decided to part ways with James due to a vague injury he can't seem to overcome. In the wake of his release, Tampa Bay promoted rookie Peyton Barber from the practice squad and plucked Jacquizz Rodgers off the free agent market.
Bell (concussion) reached an injury settlement with the Buccaneers on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Bell suffered a concussion in Week 4's preseason finale against the Redskins, leaving him on the sidelines for an extended amount of time. The team decided to part ways with wideout instead of holding him on IR for the year.