Escobar (Achilles) practiced on the first day of Cowboys training camp, Bill Jones of CBS 11 reports.
Despite suffering a torn Achilles in Week 15 last year, Escobar was able to avoid the PUP list at the start of training camp. He is thus on track to be ready for Week 1, but it's still possible the injury could affect his explosiveness, and he's slated for another year working behind Jason Witten.
McFadden (elbow) is on track to be ready for Week 1, after receiving good news from a recent bone scan, Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports.
McFadden had surgery in mid-June on his fractured elbow, with the recovery timeline estimated at 2-3 months. He should still be considered questionable for the start of the season and will presumably miss the majority of training camp. McFadden figures to start camp on the Non-Football Injury list, as he broke his elbow in a unfortunate off-field accident this summer, trying to prevent his cell phone from falling off a counter.
Smith (knee) has experienced "no significant improvement" in his injured nerve thus far and is deemed "unlikely" to play in 2016, per ESPN's Ed Werder.
Smith (knee), a product of Notre Dame, tore both the ACL and MCL in his left knee during the Fighting Irish's Fiesta Bowl appearance on Jan. 1. Consequently, Smith is experiencing nerve damage in the same knee, as well as his left ankle. Now, nearly six months removed from the catastrophe, the responsiveness in his knee doesn't seem to have improved. Once a candidate to be selected within the top-10 picks of the draft, Smith fell to Dallas in the second round because his recovery is reportedly contingent on the nerve tissue repairing itself. In other words, there is no timetable for his recovery, and until the rookie begins to evidence progress in any capacity, Smith's chances of lacing up in 2016 will continue to diminish.
The Cowboys placed Gregory (suspension) on the Reserve/Did Not Report list Saturday, Ben Volin of ESPN.com reports.
Issues of character caused Gregory to fall from top-10 potential to the 60th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but an early-season high ankle sprain and subsequent lack of snaps were to blame for lackluster output (11 tackles in 12 games) as a rookie. Once February rolled around, he received a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, and he's staring down a longer ban after he was flagged again just before training camp. On Tuesday, Ed Werder of ESPN uncovered that Gregory has checked in a treatment facility, leaving his training camp and preseason availability as wholly unknown.
Lawrence's four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy has been upheld, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.
Lawrence received the four-game suspension back in April and filed an appeal in May. Now that the suspension has been upheld it's clear that Dallas will be without Lawrence, Randy Gregory (suspension), and Rolando McClain (suspension) to start the year, three significant players on the team's front seven. With Lawrence out, Ryan Russell, David Irving, and Benson Mayowa figure to see some extra snaps to start the year.
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.
Mathews (ankle) is expected to return next week according to Eagles coach Doug Pederson, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Mathews was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury List on Wednesday after suffering an ankle injury during a training session last week, but the issue appears to be minor as he's not expected to miss much of training camp. Veteran Darren Sproles, who inked a contract extension Friday, figures to compete with Mathews throughout the preseason for the top spot on the running back depth chart, while Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner could see additional reps if Mathews' health remains a concern.
Brooks (neck) will compete with Norman Carroll for the starting job opposite newly-acquired Leodis McKelvin, NJ.com reports.
Brooks ended the 2015 campaign on IR after dealing with neck, shoulder and head injuries during the season. However, his main competition, Norman Carroll, is also coming off an injury-ravaged season as well. Fellow CB Eric Rowe also figures to be in on the competition, but offseason reviews suggest he isn't a realistic candidate to start. Conceivably, as both Brooks and Carroll enter training camp after an offseason of rehab, this competition could come down to the last man standing should either player suffer a setback.
Carroll (ankle) claims his ankle was never broken, and although he never revealed the true specifics of the ankle injury he suffered last November, he is now fully healed and ready to resume practicing, NJ.com reports.
After roughing up his lower leg last November against the Eagles, Carroll was placed on injured reserve with what was believed to be a broken ankle. A clean break could have required a significantly longer rehab process, but with Carroll evidencing his health with a video of himself sprinting up stairs, the veteran corner should be available as soon as training camp.