Bryant (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in San Francisco, though he isn't expected to play, CSN Bay Area reports.
Despite the designation, Bryant should probably be viewed as closer to doubtful, as he didn't practice all week and hinted that he's unlikely to play. His absence might free up a starting spot for Brice Butler, but Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Terrance Williams would be the better bets to take on Bryant's usual targets.
The team has already announced it's switching quarterbacks during their bye week, and are apparently considering other major changes to the offense as well as they prepare to face the Giants next weekend. Collins played well earlier in the year while Leary was injured, and while the move won't solve all the problems on an underachieving offensive line, it could help inject some life into the sputtering running game.
Gachkar (thumb) returned to practice Sunday, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.
His hand is still in a cast to protect the healing digit, but Gachkar will at least have a couple of weeks to get his game legs under him. The thumb injury likely cost him any chance of winning the starting middle linebacker spot that opened up due to Rolando McClain's latest suspension, but Gachkar could still be ready for Week 1 and see significant snaps during the season.
Romo had X-rays to check the progress of his L1 vertebrae fracture last week, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Romo's X-rays were simply done to see how his recovery was going and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said everything was on track afterward. Although Jones was unsure when Romo would take the next step in his rehab, Romo's initial 6-to-10 week timetable still appears to be in effect. While Romo continues to nurse his injured back, rookie Dak Prescott will keep Dallas' starting quarterback position.
Scandrick (hamstring) was inactive for the Cowboys' Week 3 game against the Bears on Sunday, David Helman of the team's official site reports.
Scandrick was questionable to play entering the weekend. However, he ultimately wasn't needed to defend Bears QB Brian Hoyer as the Cowboys were able to win pretty handedly, with a final score of 31-17. It's unclear if Scandrick will be able to return for Week 4.
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 (knee) was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list Tuesday, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.
By adding Smith to this list, the Cowboys will effectively keep their second round pick sidelined for the first six games of the 2016 season. Reports indicate that Smith is likely to be placed on IR once those six weeks pass. Entering the season, there was a small glimmer of hope that Smith could maybe find a way onto the field this year, but it appears the rookie won't be ready to showcase his health until 2017.
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.
McFadden (elbow) said he may never regain the ability to fully extend his right arm, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Officially ruled out for at least the first six weeks of the season, McFadden still hasn't practiced since fracturing his elbow in early June. Even if doesn't regain the ability to fully extend his arm, McFadden should be available by mid-season. It does seem quite possible that McFadden's injury could have a long-term impact on his ability to contribute in the passing game, but the Cowboys already have a pair of capable receiving backs in Ezekiel Elliott and Lance Dunbar (knee). As for early downs, Alfred Morris is expected to serve as Elliott's top backup.
Though Charles (knee) will be listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Steelers, per BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the running back is nonetheless expected to make his season debut this weekend.
After approaching the Chiefs' first three games listed as doubtful, it appears as though Charles is poised to see his first game action since suffering a torn ACL last October. Assuming he ends up in uniform Sunday night, we'd still expect to see a solid dose of fellow RB Spencer Ware, though with Charcandrick West ruled out this week, snaps will be up for grabs, which Charles and Knile Davis (to a lesser degree) are candidates to absorb.
Gaines (knee) did not participate in practice on Thursday.
Gaines, who played through the knee injury last Sunday, continues to miss practice time, leaving him questionable for Week 4. If he can't make a go of it this week, look for Steven Nelson and Kenneth Acker to see increased reps.
Hali was limited all last week with a knee injury, but ultimately played in Sunday's game against the Jets. It looks as if Hali is now also dealing with a hand injury, and he should be considered questionable as his status is updated in the next couple of days.
West (ankle sprain) won't play Sunday night against the Steelers, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.
Though West is out this week, the Chiefs' backfield is poised to be bolstered by the anticipated return to action of Jamaal Charles. Assuming Charles and Spencer Ware -- who has been leading the team's rushing attack out of the gate this season -- can hold up, West's role once he regains his health figures to be limited.