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  • Offensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    398.2
    368.2
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    238.2
    201.0
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    160.0
    167.2
    Points Per Game
    27.0
    27.5
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    55.6
    38.0
    Time of
    Possession
    33:19
    30:18
    Cowboys
    Seahawks

    Defensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    369.8
    317.8
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    247.8
    255.5
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    122.0
    62.2
    Points Per Game
    20.6
    20.8
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    43.1
    43.9
    Cowboys
    Seahawks
  • Dallas Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    07/11/16WRDez BryantFootPROBABLEBryant (foot) will be a full go July 28 when training camp begins, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Though fully recovered from January surgery, Bryant has only been a partial participant at minicamp, with the Cowboys unsurprisingly opting for an abundance of caution. Bryant made an interesting admission Thursday, saying he doesn't think he worked hard enough last year, when he missed most of the team's offseason program due to a contract holdout. He now plans to significantly increase his activity level during the six weeks between minicamp and training camp, with his docket including some individual work with Tony Romo, who has already been cleared for all activities.

    (Updated 06/16/2016)
    07/11/16DBBarry ChurchArmPROBABLEChurch 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.

    (Updated 01/07/2016)
    07/11/16DLMaliek CollinsFootQUESTIONABLECollins (foot) signed his contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

    Collins' signing puts the the Cowboys' entire draft class under contract. The rookie defensive tackle will have to sit out for at least some of Dallas' upcoming training camp, potentially hurting his position on the depth chart.

    (Updated 07/13/2016)
    07/11/16DLTyrone CrawfordShoulderPROBABLECrawford says his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery is going well, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "It's extremely helpful to just have the strength back that I didn't have last year," Crawford said Friday. "I'm back up to almost where I was before the injury. I'm feeling real good. I'm feeling confident about it as well."

    He also said he's prepared to move to defensive end for the first month of the season to cover for suspensions to Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence, a position he has played in the past before moving to the three-technique DT spot in coordinator Rod Marinelli's defense. "I'm going to do what I have to do. It's definitely a possibility if needed," Crawford said. "We can't have guys taking on such a big role they haven't taken on before, so it's all of us working together helping each other out." If Crawford does see significant snaps at DE over the first four weeks, he could be sneaky source of sacks in deep IDP leagues.

    (Updated 05/10/2016)
    07/11/16RBLance DunbarKneeQUESTIONABLEDunbar continues to make good progress in his rehab from knee surgery, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "He's worked so hard and he's come so far so fast - a lot faster than anyone ever dreamed that he could come," executive VP Stephen Jones said Monday. "But we've also got to do what's in his best interest and certainly not jeopardize any of the hard work that he has put into this."

    While it's encouraging news, Jones stopped short of suggesting that Dunbar would be ready to play by Week 1, something Jones did do with tight end Gavin Escobar (Achilles). It still seems likely that Dunbar will begin the season on the PUP list.

    (Updated 07/19/2016)
    07/11/16TEGavin EscobarAchillesDOUBTFULCowboys executive VVP Stephen Jones said Monday that Escobar (Achilles) could be recovered in time to play Week 1 against the Giants, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "I think Gavin will be ready to start the season," Jones said.

    Escobar tore his Achilles tendon in mid-December last year, but he appears to be well ahead of schedule in his rehab. Even if he is in the lineup to begin the regular season though, he's still stuck behind Jason Witten on the depth chart and would be little more than an occasional red zone option in a stacked passing game.

    (Updated 07/19/2016)
    07/11/16LBSean LeeKneePROBABLELee (knee) expects to be ready for training camp, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

    Lee underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee at the start of May. His initial recovery timeline was only two weeks, so it comes as no surprise he expects to be ready for training camp. Lee was quoted saying he's "right on track" in his recovery, so it appears everything is going as planned. With Lee expected to start on the weak side again during the upcoming season, his knee shouldn't force him to miss any valuable reps moving forward.

    (Updated 06/09/2016)
    07/11/16RBDarren McFaddenElbowQUESTIONABLEMcFadden (elbow) could miss three months, ESPN.com reports.

    The Cowboys haven't provided any hints about McFadden's timeline since June 14, when head coach Jason Garrett said the veteran running back will miss "a couple months" after having surgery on his fractured elbow, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Early reports suggested that McFadden is expected to return at some point during training camp, which would likely give him a shot to be ready for Week 1. Subsequent reports have been a bit more pessimistic, suggesting McFadden will miss 2-3 months, with his rehab process potentially stretching closer to the regular season. Alfred Morris figures to take most of the second-team reps when training camp begins, but sixth-round rookie Darius Jackson could push for a role.

    (Updated 06/23/2016)
    07/01/16DLRandy GregorySuspensionSUSPENDGregory 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.

    (Updated 02/19/2016)
    07/01/16DLDemarcus LawrenceSuspensionSUSPENDLawrence'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.

    (Updated 06/30/2016)
    06/30/16LBRolando McClainSuspensionSUSPENDThe Cowboys have yet to decide on whether or not to release McClain (suspension), reports.

    There are some minor financial implications from cutting McClain, namely that the team wouldn't be able to recoup his signing bonus, but the bigger issue seems to be that Dallas isn't comfortable with any of their options to replace him at middle linebacker. If they sign a reliable free agent (a reunion with Justin Durant has been rumored) or one of their younger LBs, such as Anthony Hitchens or Mark Nzeocha, takes a big leap forward in their development though, McClain could wash out of the NFL for good.

    (Updated 07/16/2016)
    05/18/16QBTony RomoCollarbonePROBABLERomo (collarbone) is expected to be a full participant when the Cowboys start OTAs in late May, the Dallas Morning News reports.

    Romo has reportedly recovered from his March 8 surgery a bit faster than expected, allowing him to take part in offseason workouts the past couple weeks. Meanwhile, Dez Bryant (foot) may not be ready for OTAs or June minicamp, but there's been no indication that he's behind schedule. Assuming Bryant avoids any major setbacks, Romo will have an excellent supporting cast in what figures to be a balanced Dallas offense.

    (Updated 05/10/2016)
    Seattle Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    07/11/16RBThomas RawlsAnklePROBABLERawls (ankle) expects himself to be "full go the first week of training camp", Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times reports.

    In late May, Rawls was reportedly expected to be "eased" into training camp when the time came. Now, further into the summer and just weeks before the start of camp, Rawls' self-endorsement of health doesn't mean his ankle has fully recovered, but suggests the running back hasn't experienced any setbacks in his return and further supports the notion that he will be ready for Seattle's season-opener in Miami.

    (Updated 07/10/2016)
    05/17/16TEJimmy GrahamKneeQUESTIONABLEAlthough Graham (knee) is expected to "ease into training camp," head coach Pete Carroll believes that the tight end will be ready for the regular season, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR reports.

    The Seahawks held their first batch of OTAs this week, which Graham was unable to participate in, as expected. However, he fit in some light running and caught some passes on the side Thursday, so he seems to have reached a good place in his recovery from a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. In the end, his ability to handle snaps during the preseason will forecast if he's on pace to be on the field in Week 1.

    (Updated 05/26/2016)
 
 
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