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.
Hall (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's matchup against the Packers, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports.
News came earlier in the week that Hall's ankle injury would not require surgery, but the rookie cornerback will be out for at least Week 7's tilt, with his next opportunity to return coming Week 8 on Monday night against the Vikings. Sherrick McManis and Cre'von LeBlanc could be in line for additional reps when the Packers deploy multiple-receiver offensive sets, but their roles likely won't be affected too severely if Tracy Porter (knee) and Bryce Callahan (hamstring) are able to play.
Langford (ankle) is listed as inactive Thursday in Green Bay, Rich Campbell of Chicago Tribune reports.
Langford is approaching the front end of what was expected to be a 4-to-6 week stretch of DNPs, which could result in some practice reps next week. Alas, rookie Jordan Howard will hold down the fort in the Bears' backfield in the interim, while Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) handles a complementary role.
Royal (toe) has been ruled out for Thursday's game in Green Bay, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Three days wasn't enough for Royal to buck the toe injury that knocked him from Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. His absence will likely help Cameron Meredith further establish himself as the No. 2 wide receiver behind Alshon Jeffery.
Ferguson has been handed a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.
After notching three tackles in four games, Ferguson was placed on season-ending injured reserve in October due to a nagging knee injury. Thus, his ban won't kick in until he's healthy enough to take the field during the 2016 campaign.