Ekpre-Olomu has endured a rough 16-month stretch due to a torn ACL sustained in a December of 2014 practice while still a student-athlete at the University of Oregon. Projected to be plucked in the first or second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, he tumbled to the seventh round and upheld the expectation that he wouldn't play as a rookie. With new management in Cleveland, a recent MRI on the knee was concerning enough for the organization to cut ties with the cornerback, but the Dolphins will nonetheless see if Ekpre-Olomu can channel his previous talent.
Miami is open to having Jordan return to the team, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Jordan was suspended for all of the 2015 season for violating the League's substance abuse policy. The Dolphins still need help along the defensive line even with the addition of Mario Williams. Miami will meet with Jordan and if he convinces them that he is serious about staying in the NFL they will welcome him back to the team.
Wake (Achilles) ran sprints with no noticeable limp at voluntary minicamp on Tuesday, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Wake also took part in a sack drill that required hand and hip movement. He presumably isn't ready to make hard cuts, but it does seem he's on/ahead of schedule in his recovery from the torn Achilles he suffered in late October. The 34-year-old defensive end is believed to be seeking an extension as he enters the final year of his contract, and the Dolphins presumably hope to reduce his $9.8 million cap hit for 2016. If not for the major injury, it would actually be a very reasonable price tag for a player that had seven sacks and four forced fumbles in seven games last season.
Bryant's recovery from offseason foot surgery is proceeding on schedule, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports. "I'm doing good," Bryant said. "I've got a chip on my shoulder. It's going to be good."
After breaking his foot in Week 1, Bryant was ineffective in his return to action following surgery and had a second procedure performed once the regular season was over. He missed basically the entire offseason and preseason last year due to a contract dispute and hamstring injury, but the Cowboys are expecting him to be recovered in time to part part in most or all of the team's offseason activities in 2016.
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.
Crawford will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, ESPN Dallas reports.
He played through the shoulder injury in the second half and Crawford was something of a disappointment after signing a big contract last offseason, finishing 2015 with 35 tackles including five sacks. If he can stay healthy next year, he still has a chance to develop into a disruptive inside force on the Cowboys' defensive line.
The Cowboys aren't yet sure when Dunbar (torn ACL) will be able to resume football activities, and he could begin the regular season on the PUP list, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.
If that were the case, Dunbar would be required to miss the first six weeks of the season, but the progress of his recovery from the knee injury that ended his 2015 campaign should become clearer once training camp draws closer.
Escobar's recovery from a torn right Achilles may extend into the upcoming season, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Escobar sustained the injury on Dec. 19, so it's no surprise that the lengthy rehabilitation required of such an ailment is poised to impact his offseason regimen. If training camp reps are few and far to come by, a stay on the PUP list could be in the cards. Among those set to pick up the slack behind Jason Witten are James Hanna and Geoff Swaim.
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.
Lawrence has received a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Previously, Lawrence was handed a four-game fine for a similar violation, making this another check mark against the defensive end. The Cowboys will already be without Randy Gregory for the first four games of the 2016 season due to the violation of the same policy. Thus, the team will almost certainly be in the market for a pass rusher in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Lee underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday, but is expected to recover from the procedure within two weeks and participate in OTAs in late May, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Injuries have been a constant throughout Lee's six-year career, but it sounds like this latest operation is more of a cleanup procedure that shouldn't dim the linebacker's outlook heading into 2016. He's expected to start on the weak side again for the Cowboys after accruing 128 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 14 games last season while earning his first Pro Bowl nod.
Romo said Saturday that his rehab from collarbone surgery continues to go well and that he's been able to fully participate in his throwing program for over a week, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "It's been going great [during unofficial team workouts] for the last two, three weeks - just getting them going and being able to go full speed and all that stuff. It's been great," Romo said. "I can throw fully. I've been throwing fully here for a good week and a half, two weeks. It's been good."
It's certainly encouraging that Romo's recovery has gone without a hitch so far, but there will still be a lot of question marks around the 36-year-old in 2016 after he played in just four games last season due to two collarbone fractures, and hasn't made it through a full 16-game schedule unscathed since 2012. If he's able to stay healthy the Cowboys have the talent around him to make Romo a very productive fantasy QB, but at this point that remains a very large 'if'.
Scandrick's recovery from a torn ACL is going well, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.
While he could be healthy enough to participate in some offseason activities, the Cowboys plan on treating Scandrick much the same way they treated Sean Lee the year before as he recovered from his own torn ACL, with a focus on getting him ready for the start of training camp. Lee came back and played 14 games in 2015, missing one due to a concussion and the season finale with a hamstring strain, so the team is confident that with a similar program, Scandrick will be at full strength for Week 1.