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Dallas Cowboys

Stadium: AT&T Stadium | Coach: Jason Garrett
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense8th134.0 (5th)251.0 (16th)
Defense22nd89.3 (10th)290.0 (23rd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
5Bailey, Dan K6-01951/26/19886Oklahoma State
11Beasley, Cole WR5-81804/26/19895Southern Methodist
30Brown, Anthony CB5-1119212/15/1993RPurdue
88Bryant, Dez WR6-222011/4/19887Oklahoma State
19Butler, Brice WR6-32151/29/19904San Diego State
39Carr, Brandon CB6-02105/19/19869Grand Valley State
42Church, Barry SS6-22182/11/19887Toledo
24Claiborne, Morris CB5-111922/7/19905Louisiana State
96Collins, Maliek DT6-23114/8/1995RNebraska
71Collins, La'el G6-43217/26/19932Louisiana State
58Crawford, Jack DE6-52889/7/19885Penn State
98Crawford, Tyrone DT6-428511/22/19895Boise State
75Davis, Ryan LB6-22752/24/19894Bethune-Cookman
25Dunbar, Lance RB5-81951/25/19905North Texas
56Durant, Justin LB6-12309/21/198510Hampton
21Elliott, Ezekiel RB6-02257/22/1995ROhio State
89Escobar, Gavin TE6-62602/3/19914San Diego State
35Frazier, Kavon SS6-02178/11/1994RCentral Michigan
72Frederick, Travis C6-43183/18/19914Wisconsin
68Free, Doug T6-63181/16/198410Northern Illinois
52Gachkar, Andrew OLB6-222411/4/19886Missouri
79Green, Chaz T6-53004/8/19922Florida
84Hanna, James TE6-42607/14/19895Oklahoma
38Heath, Jeff SS6-12125/14/19914Saginaw Valley State
59Hitchens, Anthony MLB6-02356/10/19923Iowa
95Irving, David DT6-72738/18/19932Iowa State
34Jackson, Darius RB6-022112/1/1993REastern Michigan
6Jones, Chris P6-02057/21/19895Carson-Newman
31Jones, Byron FS6-01999/26/19922Connecticut
91LaDouceur, L.P. LS6-52563/13/198112California
65Leary, Ronald G6-33204/29/19894Memphis
50Lee, Sean OLB6-22387/22/19867Penn State
73Looney, Joe C6-33158/31/19904Wake Forest
70Martin, Zack G6-431011/20/19903Notre Dame
93Mayowa, Benson DE6-32408/3/19914Idaho
97McClain, Terrell DT6-23027/20/19886South Florida
20McFadden, Darren RB6-12208/27/19879Arkansas
46Morris, Alfred RB5-1022412/12/19885Florida Atlantic
53Nzeocha, Mark OLB6-32391/19/19902Wyoming
4Prescott, Dak QB6-22267/29/1993RMississippi State
9Romo, Tony QB6-22304/21/198014Eastern Illinois
3Sanchez, Mark QB6-222511/11/19868USC
32Scandrick, Orlando CB5-101962/10/19879Boise State
54Smith, Jaylon OLB6-22406/14/1995RNotre Dame
77Smith, Tyron T6-532012/12/19906USC
41Smith, Keith FB6-02324/8/19923San Jose State
45Smith, Rod RB6-32311/10/19922Ohio State
87Swaim, Geoff TE6-42609/16/19932Texas
99Tapper, Charles DE6-22715/7/1993ROklahoma
92Thornton, Cedric DT6-43096/21/19885Southern Arkansas
13Whitehead, Lucky WR5-91806/2/19922Florida Atlantic
51Wilber, Kyle OLB6-42454/26/19895Wake Forest
27Wilcox, J.J. FS6-02122/14/19914Georgia Southern
83Williams, Terrance WR6-22109/18/19894Baylor
57Wilson, Damien ILB6-12435/28/19932Minnesota
82Witten, Jason TE6-62635/6/198214Tennessee
Injured Players
61Baldwin, Darryl (IR) T6-630510/6/19911Ohio State
10Brown, Chris (IR) WR6-219512/8/1993RNotre Dame
52Harris, Jerrell (IR) LB6-32427/8/19891Alabama
17Moore, Kellen (IR) QB6-02007/12/19895Boise State
46Morris, James (IR) LB6-124511/20/19913Iowa
26Thomas, Josh (IR) DB5-111965/3/19896Buffalo
Practice Squad
60Brendel, Jake C6-43059/10/1992RUCLA
80Gathers, Rico TE6-62811/7/1994RBaylor
 George, Jeremiah LB5-112341/24/19923Iowa State
81Jones, Andy WR6-12226/28/1994RJacksonville
16Mayle, Vince WR6-22286/12/19911Washington State
 McCain, Chris LB6-523611/21/19913California
 Milton, Keavon T6-43206/23/19902Louisiana-Monroe
 Moore, Zach DE6-62809/5/19903Concordia-St. Paul
 Seamster, Sammy DB6-02052/5/19912Middle Tennessee State
7Showers, Jameill QB6-22309/6/19911Texas-El Paso
Suspended Players
94Gregory, Randy DE6-525511/23/19922Nebraska
90Lawrence, Demarcus DE6-32704/28/19923Boise State
55McClain, Rolando MLB6-42557/14/19896Alabama
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Dallas6-4313.46-3284.926.12136
 
 
Alphabetical Listing
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Position Listing
Andy Jones
News
Jones saw a team-high seven targets in Thursday's preseason finale against the Texans but was able to turn them into just two catches for 15 yards,

The undrafted rookie looked good in training camp, but wasn't able to repeat his performance in practice during preseason action. Jones may have to content himself with a spot on a practice squad to begin the year.

Jaylon Smith
News
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.

Injury
Knee - Out for Week 4 at San Francisco
Barry Church
News
Church (arm) enters training camp with 100 percent health, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

A tough son of a gun, Church brushed off a high ankle sprain for the last two months of the season, but a broken arm in Week 16 was too much to overcome in his quest for a third consecutive complete campaign. Despite the sprain and missing one game, the strong safety totaled 117 tackles (78 solo), which ranked third among defensive backs behind the Dolphins' Reshad Jones and the Bills' Corey Graham. Entering his age-28 season, Church is still within the window to produce elite numbers, and reaching triple digits in tackles would mark his third such occasion in four years.

James Hanna
News
Hanna (knee) was placed on the Cowboys' reserve/PUP list on Tuesday, ESPN reports.

Hanna underwent knee surgery in mid-August, but the injury he'd suffered is reportedly minor in nature when compared to other more prevalent knee injuries. He'll be restrained to the sidelines until Week 7, but has a legitimate chance at regaining the Cowboys' No. 2 tight end job before year's end.

Injury
Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Darren McFadden
News
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.

Injury
Elbow - Out for Week 4 at San Francisco
Zach Moore
News
Moore was cut by the Vikings on Friday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Moore was competing to add depth at left defensive tackle. He lost out in a position battle with Danielle Hunter. Moore was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Jack Crawford
News
Crawford (shoulder) is questionable to play on Sunday.

If Crawford is unable to play, David Irving projects to start at defensive end.

Maliek Collins
News
Collins (foot) was activated off of the Cowboys' PUP list and participated in Monday's practice, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Collins broke his right foot in OTAs and went underneath the knife in late May. Now healthy, he's expected to assume a backup role his rookie year behind Tyrone Crawford.

Josh Thomas
News
Thomas (thumb) was placed on IR on Monday, Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram reports.

The 27-year-old was expected to serve as a depth cornerback for the Cowboys during the 2016 season. Daxton Swanson and Arjen Colquhoun are likely to fill in during his absence.

Injury
Gavin Escobar
News
Escobar is listed behind Jason Witten and Geoff Swaim on the Cowboys' initial regular season depth chart, Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram reports.

Escobar's listing behind Swaim is likely due in part to the torn achilles Escobar suffered last season, as his recovery process lasted into training camp. However, Escobar avoided the PUP list, meaning he will be eligible to play Week 1. Even if he is a full go against the Giants on Sunday, Escobar's listing behind Geoff Swaim on the depth chart could mean a loss of playing time, and his fantasy production will always be hit-or-miss with the remarkably consistent Jason Witten taking most of the snaps at tight end.

Ezekiel Elliott
News
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Elliott will not have his workload reduced in response to his two fumbles during Sunday's win over Washington, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Elliott didn't have fumbling issues in college, and Jones believes the rookie running back has proper technique to avoid any such problems in the future. Things could change if Elliott keeps fumbling, but it doesn't sound like the one shaky performance will have much impact on his workload beyond Sunday's win. Alfred Morris closed out the game with Dallas' final three carries, bringing him up to five touches for the afternoon. Lance Dunbar also had five, while Elliott had 23 (two catches).

Lucky Whitehead
News
Whitehead took the opening kickoff back 101 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's preseason opener against the Rams.

It was his only return of the day, but Whitehead also got one carry for 11 yards and caught his only target for six yards. He showed flashes last year as a kick returner but if he can become a more consistent threat to break a big one, especially considering the new touchback rule the NFL is adopting this season, it would go a long way towards locking up a roster spot for Whitehead.

Travis Frederick
News
Cowboys center Travis Frederick is hoping to make things easier for quarterback Tony Romo this season, reports ESPN.

Part of Romo's responsibility is setting the protections with calling out the middle linebacker. The offensive line follows the assignment. If Frederick can take that responsibility away from Romo, then Romo can worry more about the coverage. 

"I'm going to try and do as much as I can to take as much as I can off Tony that he was doing before for the offensive line," Frederick said. 'Not necessarily because I was a rookie or this or that, but because, if I can see it better, that's going to take one thing off his plate and that's going to help the team as a whole."

Tyron Smith
News
Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith restructured his contract Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The move created an additional $8.16 million in salary cap space for the Cowboys. The team converted $10.2 million of his $11.039 million base salary in 2015 into a signing bonus.

The 24-year-old left tackle is entering his fifth season with the Cowboys after being selected in the first round of the 2011 draft. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and was named First-team All-Pro in 2014. 

Injury
Back - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Chicago
Darryl Baldwin
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Darius Jackson
News
Jackson carried the ball nine times for 21 yards while adding three catches on four targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason finale against the Texans.

The sixth round pick showed flashes of his ability all through the preseason but Jackson remains on the bubble for a spot on the Cowboys' 53-man roster with Ezekiel Elliott, Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar all locked into jobs and Darren McFadden working his way back from an elbow injury. If Jackson does get cut though, don't be surprised if he's scooped up quickly by a team with less depth at running back rather than making it to Dallas' practice squad.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Chicago
Terrell McClain
News
McClain did not participate in practice on Thursday due to a toe injury, Cowboy's writer Rob Phillips reports.

McClain's injury was not disclosed other than being labeled as a toe injury, which makes it difficult to know how long he'll be out. He should be considered day-to-day until more news is available. His absence leaves Dallas with just two healthy defensive tackles, Cedric Thornton and Rodney Coe, both of whom figure to see an even larger increase in reps with McClain out.

Terrance Williams
News
Williams was not targeted during the Cowboy's win over Washington.

It is unlikely that Williams' lack of action had to do with his failure to get out of bounds in the closing moments of Dallas' Week 1 loss. What's more likely is that rookie passer Dak Prescott is relying on inside targets Jason Witten and Cole Beasley, with Dez Bryant serving as the outside and big-play threat. That might be more troublesome for Williams, who was targeted just four times in Week 1. A potent red-zone threat, Williams already has two games of four or fewer targets this season after just four all of last season.

Alfred Morris
News
Morris carried the ball five times for just seven yards, but scored a touchdown in Week 2's win over Washington.

It was a little bit of sweet revenge for Morris, who was let go by Washington in the offseason. Ezekiel Elliott's fumbling issues could get Morris more touches in the short term, but he still remains firmly behind the rookie on the Cowboys' depth chart.

Andrew Gachkar
News
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.

Jake Brendel
No Updates
Kyle Wilber
News
Wilbur appears set to begin the season as the Cowboys' starter at the strong side linebacker spot.

That's basically a two-down role in Rod Marinelli's defense, as the Sam LB gets replaced on passing downs, so Wilbur isn't likely to have a lot of IDP value even as a starter. With Rolando McClain suspended and a number of other LBs banged up though, including Sean Lee (knee), Wilbur's job should be fairly safe through the first few weeks of the season.

Lance Dunbar
News
Dunbar caught just one pass on two targets for 16 yards in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

If there's an encouraging sign for Dunbar going forward, it's that Jason Witten and Cole Beasley combined for 26 targets in Week 1 as rookie quarterback Dak Prescott focused on underneath routes rather than stretching the field. Those routes are Dunbar's specialty, so his workload could increase once he's demonstrated that his knee is healthy again.

David Irving
News
Irving suffered a groin injury Tuesday and could "miss some time", David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

Irving's availability for Friday's preseason matchup against the Dolphins appears to be in doubt and a concrete timetable for a return has yet to be released. Irving was expected to see significant reps during that game due to the Cowboys' struggles with current depth on the defensive line, so it's a tough blow for the 22-year-old who was looking for an increased role. Irving was signed off the team's practice squad last season, eventually suiting up in 12 games, while recording 13 tackles and 0.5 sacks.

Ryan Davis
News
Davis was signed by the Cowboys on Wednesday, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

Davis was released by the Jaguars following the preseason, where he spent his first four seasons in the league and recorded 10 sacks over the past two years. He figures to provide depth as a pass-rusher off the edge for the Cowboys' defense, and with back-up defensive end Charles Tapper (back) questionable for Week 2, Davis could see his first action of the season Sunday against the Redskins.

Charles Tapper
News
Tapper (back) will not play in the Cowboys' regular season opener, Rob Phillips of the team's official site reports.

Tapper seems to be in the final stretch of his recovery from the back ailment, and could return as soon as Week 2. His level of participation in next week's practices will shed more light on the situation.

Injury
Back - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Chicago
Jerrell Harris
News
The Lions have parted ways with tight end Kellen Davis on Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free-Press. The team promoted linebacker Jerrell Harris and guard Rodney Austin from the practice squad.
Injury
Dan Bailey
News
Bailey was perfect in Sunday's loss to the Giants, connecting on his only PAT and all four of his field goal attempts, including a 54-yarder and a career-long 56-yarder.

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, Bailey was stuck on the sidelines rather than getting a chance to boot his third long field goal of the day and steal a win after Terrance Williams failed to get out of bounds on what ended up being the final play of the game. The All-Pro kicker is in line for another productive season if the Dallas offense continues to struggle in the red zone with rookie Dak Prescott under center.

Damien Wilson
News
Wilson (eye) was activated off of the Cowboys' NFI list and participated in Monday's practice, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports

Dallas' fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Wilson was hit in the eye while playing paintball in late July, but no long-term impairments are expected to manifest. Nonetheless, Wilson earned glowing reports from the Cowboys' coaching staff throughout the team's offseason program and appears headed for a backup role in 2016 behind the likes of Sean Lee and Kyle Wilber.

Keavon Milton
News
The Seahawks have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Super Bowl: B.J. Daniels, Marcus Burley, Patrick Lewis, Keavon Milton, David King, Garry Gilliam and Kevin Norwood, the team announced.

Gilliam caught a fake field goal touchdown during the NFC Championship Game for Seattle.

The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England.

Kellen Moore
News
Moore, who suffered a broken left ankle Tuesday, is expected to miss three to four months, NFL.com reports.

Moore is slated to undergo surgery Wednesday to address the issue, which for the moment leaves Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers -- a pair of inexperienced signal-callers -- as the team's backup options behind starting QB Tony Romo.

Injury
Lower Leg - Injured Reserve
Cedric Thornton
News
Thornton signed a four-year, $18 million contract with the Cowboys on Thursday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

A run-stuffing defensive end in the Eagles' 3-4 defense, Thornton will shift inside for the Cowboys and line up next to Tyrone Crawford at defensive tackle, replacing Nick Hayden in the starting lineup. There won't be a lot of IDP value for Thornton in that role, but he should help solidify Dallas' team defense, and having a more active partner at DT could boost Crawford's numbers as well.

Dez Bryant
News
Bryant caught just 1-of-5 targets for eight yards in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Giants.

Bryant appeared to catch a nice touchdown pass in the second quarter, but the play was ultimately overturned via replay, as he bobbled the ball a bit in the back of the end zone. Dak Prescott didn't throw a touchdown pass, but didn't look bad, primarily using Jason Witten and Cole Beasley, who combined to catch 17 passes for 131 yards. It would be unwise to expect Bryant to be held down for too long, but next week's game at Washington represents a challenge, as the star wideout will likely square off against prized free agent Josh Norman.

Chaz Green
News
The Cowboys pared down their roster to 75 players on Tuesday by releasing four and giving injury designations to six, according to the team's official website.

The Cowboys waived linebacker Jonathan Brown, wide receivers Antwan Goodley and David Porter and and tight end Brandon Barden. They also waived/injured defensive end Kenneth Boatright, running back Michael Hill and offensive tackle R.J. Dill.

Dallas also placed Orlando Scandrick on IR, Chaz Green on the PUP list and Mark Nzeocha on the NFI list.

Ronald Leary
News
Leary (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup with Washington.

Leary's absence from the field on Sunday comes as a bit of a surprise, as he was a full participant in practice all week. As a depth lineman, even if healthy, Leary wouldn't see too much action, so his absence on Sunday shouldn't be an issue.

Jameill Showers
News
Showers was signed to the Dallas practice squad on Monday, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Showers was released by the Cowboys on Saturday, after the team signed Mark Sanchez to open the season as Dak Prescott's backup. If Sanchez or Prescott were to suffer an injury before Tony Romo (back) returns, Showers might find his way back onto the Dallas roster. The 2015 UDFA spent the vast majority of last season on the practice squad.

Benson Mayowa
News
Mayowa (knee) was activated off the Cowboys' PUP list and participated in Monday's practice, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The Cowboys lured Mayowa away from the Raiders earlier this offseason, but he needed arthroscopic knee surgery in June and landed on the team's PUP list to begin training camp. Now nearing full strength, Mayowa will provide depth along Dallas' defensive line.

J.J. Wilcox
News
Cowboys free safety J.J. Wilcox played through a broken nose in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Wilcox suffered the injury while delivering a massive hit on Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. early in the game. He told team trainers to dismiss the injury until after the game was over.

Rico Gathers
No Updates
Keith Smith
News
Cowboys quarterback Dustin Vaughan, linebacker Keith Smith, linebacker James Anderson, tackle Doug Free, tackle Donald Hawkins, defensive end Kenneth Boatright and defensive tackle Terrell McClain were ruled inactive for Sunday's divisional playoff game at Green Bay.
James Morris
News
Morris (undisclosed) was placed on the Cowboys' injured reserve list on Tuesday.

The specifics of his injury are still vague. Whatever it may be, though, does not appear to overly serious and Morris should be set to return in 2017.

Injury
Undisclosed - Out for Week 4 at San Francisco
Brice Butler
News
Butler caught one of two targets for 16 yards in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Butler showed flashes of big-play ability in the preseason, but it's unlikely that he'll have much of an opportunity to continue during the season. As one might expect, rookie quarterback Dak Prescott leaned heavily on his veteran tight end Jason Witten and shifty slotman Cole Beasley in his debut and established outside targets Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams remain in the wings along with a powerful run game. Simply put, there might not be enough downs for Butler to make a consistent impact.

Randy Gregory
News
Gregory (suspension) reported to the Cowboys' practice facility Monday, although he's not allowed to practice with the team until early October, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The defensive end is currently serving a four-game suspension and is undergoing treatment for substance abuse, but a longer suspension is still looming as the NFL takes its time in scheduling a hearing on his appeal. After a lackluster Week 1 showing from the Cowboys' pass rush they could really use Gregory in the lineup, but his eventual return date remains up in the air.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 16 vs. Detroit
Chris McCain
News
The Dolphins have traded McCain to the Saints, NOLA.com reports.

The team is reportedly giving up a draft pick in compensation, but it's unclear what round. McCain (6-5, 236) has seven tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble across 18 total appearances, but is yet to start a game at the NFL level. He finally may have a chance to start with the Saints though as the team doesn't appear convinced Kasim Edebali can make up for the loss of Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) and first-round pick Sheldon Rankins (broken fibula) is expected to miss the first four weeks of the regular season.

Doug Free
News
When the Cowboys kick off training camp next month, the team is expecting veterans Doug Free, Rolando McClain and Morris Claiborne to be healthy enough to participate, reports The Dallas Morning News.

All three have been limited during the offseason because of various aliments. Free dealt with a foot injury last season and Claiborne was bothered by a torn patellar tendon. Meanwhile, McClain is recovering from knee surgery in the offseason.

Orlando Scandrick
News
Scandrick (hamstring) is questionable to play on Sunday.

Scandrick did not practice this week and appears unlikely to square off against the Bears.

Injury
Hamstring - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Chicago
La'el Collins
News
La'El Collins could replace Ronald Leary at left guard for the Cowboys in Week 7, per ESPN Dallas.

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.

Demarcus Lawrence
News
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.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 vs. Cincinnati
Cole Beasley
News
Beasley hauled in all seven of his targets for 73 yards in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears.

Beasley was visibly shaken up after taking a hard hit on the opening series, but he returned to the game in short order and had no problem making his presence felt. He nearly posted a much bigger stat line, coming up just inches shy of the goal line on a 29-yard gain in the second quarter. As mentioned on NBC's broadcast of the game, it was the first pass Beasley has ever caught more than 20 yards downfield. Such is life for an undersized slot target, and in any case, the lack of big-play potential doesn't seem to bother Dak Prescott, who can (theoretically) look to Dez Bryant when he wants to go deep. While Bryant eventually figures to supplant him, Beasley enters a Week 4 matchup against San Francisco as the team leader in targets (25), receptions (20) and receiving yards (213).

Chris Brown
Injury
Justin Durant
News
Durant started at inside linebacker in Thursday's preseason game against the Seahawks, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Signed in mid-July after considering retirement during the offseason, Durant worked behind Anthony Hitchens through the first two weeks of the preseason. However, the 30-year-old Durant still has a shot to enter Week 1 as a starter, potentially even working in a three-down role. It's still a long shot, but there is some chance Durant could be a serviceable IDP option for the first time since early in the 2014 season.

Jason Witten
News
Witten hauled in three of four targets for 51 yards in Sunday's win over Washington.

It was a steep decline from Week 1's nine-catch effort, but Witten remains a valuable commodity even with his long-time battery-mate Tony Romo shelved. Just as Witten's rapport with Romo made the veteran tight end valuable, Witten's reliability should make him a continued safety net for rookie Dak Prescott.

Geoff Swaim
News
Swaim (ankle) is active for Sunday's matchup against Washington.

Swaim suited up for a full practice both Thursday and Friday, and although he's presumably healthy, the second-year tight end isn't expected to see a major workload behind veteran Jason Witten. Swaim was targeted just once on 16 offensive snaps in the team's Week 1 matchup.

Dak Prescott
News
Prescott completed 19 of 24 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown, adding four carries for 36 yards and another score in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Bears.

Prescott was once again efficient while taking a backseat to the Dallas running game, though this time around he was actually a part of the rushing attack, most notably on a one-yard plunge at the goal line. He later recorded the first passing touchdown of his career, and he was able to pick up key first downs whenever the Cowboys seemed like they might be letting the lead slip. While won't be turned loose unless the team has to play from behind, Prescott is shockingly poised and accurate for a rookie, giving him serious upside when such a scenario arises. Dating back to the preseason, he's yet to commit a turnover in the NFL. Next week brings a favorable matchup in San Francisco, though game flow could work in Ezekiel Elliott's favor more so than Prescott's.

Morris Claiborne
News
Claiborne has been shifted over to the left cornerback slot during OTAs and has looked healthier than he has since his rookie season, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports. "Just being able to go out and stay sticky on the receivers because I had time to actually work on it [is the biggest change]," Claiborne said Thursday. "I haven't had any nagging injury, and I actually had time to actually work at the line of scrimmage and work on getting stronger. And that helps a lot."

Putting him on the left side has allowed the Cowboys to move Brandon Carr back to the right, the role he filled during his days with the Chiefs, and if Claiborne holds up it would also allow Orlando Scandrick (knee) to stay in the slot once he's back on the field. Claiborne will need to prove he can stay on the field before everyone will really anticipate a rebound from him, but so far, so good.

Tyrone Crawford
News
Crawford recorded two tackles in the Cowboys' Week 1 loss to the Giants.

Crawford missed some time in the preseason due to a concussion but he's since recovered and is the current starter at defensive tackle for Dallas.

Mark Nzeocha
News
Nzeocha (Achilles) is doubtful to play in Week 3.

Though Nzeocha was able to participate in practices throughout the week, it appears unlikely he'll make his season debut in Sunday's matchup against the Bears.

Injury
Achilles - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Chicago
Anthony Brown
News
Brown recorded seven tackles and a pass defended in Thursday's preseason finale against the Texans.

The sixth round pick dealt with a hamstring injury during training camp but appears fully recovered. Brown is in a tough fight for a 53-man roster spot as a depth DB and special teams player with the likes of Deji Olatoye and Dax Swanson.

Mark Sanchez
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The Cowboys will sign the recently-released Sanchez, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

After a stellar preseason, Dak Prescott proved to head coach Jason Garrett and the rest of the Cowboys' decision makers that he's capable of running the offense in Tony Romo's (back) stead. However, with only second-year pro Jameill Showers available for quarterback duty, Sanchez will be brought in to provide a veteran presence in the QB room.

Jeff Heath
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Heath (concussion) was able to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Texans, recording a tackle and recovering a fumble.

He should be fine for Week 1 and Heath will serve a depth role for the Cowboys as a backup safety and special teams player.

Joe Looney
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The 49ers have listed the following players as inactive for Saturday's Week 16 matchup against the Chargers: running back Carlos Hyde (ankle), wide receiver Steve Johnson (knee), cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring), linebacker Ahmad Brooks (thumb), quarterback Josh Johnson and guards Andrew Tiller and Joe Looney.

Hyde, Johnson and Brock were all ruled out for Saturday's game on the team's final report, but Brooks joins them on the inactive list after being deemed questionable. The team will have running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Michael Crabtree active for the game.

The 49ers are a 1-point favorite for the Saturday night showdown with the Chargers.

Rod Smith
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Smith will move to fullback for the Cowboys this season, Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

This does give Smith a slightly better path to the 53-man roster, as the selection of Ezekiel Elliott (Smith's former college roommate) and Darius Jackson in the draft as well as the offseason signing of Albert Morris leaves the RB depth chart very full for the Cowboys. The team also drafted Smith's younger brother, Jaylen, in the second round, so he certainly has plenty of incentive to stick with the club even beyond the usual factors.

Jeremiah George
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The Jaguars have ruled out defensive end Andre Branch (groin) and linebacker Khairi Fortt (hamstring) for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Linebacker LaRoy Reynolds (neck) and wide receiver Tommy Streeter (abdominal strain) were both deemed as questionable, despite practicing Friday.

Meanwhile, quarterback Blake Bortles (right shoulder, left ankle), defensive end Chris Clemons (knee), safety Josh Evans (foot), linebacker Jeremiah George (ankle), running back Toby Gerhart (shoulder) and defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (foot) were ruled out Week 14.

Sean Lee
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Lee (knee) participated in practice Monday, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Lee was a limited participant in practice since going down last week, but it's unclear as to whether he was a limited participant or not on Monday because only a portion of practice was open to the media. Nonetheless, his participation only bodes well his health, as well of his chances of suiting up for Sunday's NFC East showdown against the Giants.

Chris Jones
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The Cowboys agreed to a contract extension with punter Chris Jones on Tuesday, the team announced.

The deal will keep Jones under contract with the Cowboys through the 2017 season. He recently signed his tender offer of $1.54 million.

Sammy Seamster
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The Dolphins placed defensive back Sammy Seamster on injured reserve Monday due to a shoulder injury, the Miami Herald reports. 
Tony Romo
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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.

Injury
Back - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Chicago
Brandon Carr
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Carr has been lining up on the right side of the defense during OTAs, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.

He played on the right side in Kansas City, but Mo Claiborne's lengthy injury history has forced Carr to line up on the left for most of his tenure in Dallas, with inconsistent (at best) results. Claiborne has actually been healthy so far this offseason though, so the team will try to ease Carr back into the spot where he's most comfortable. Don't expect this to have a big impact on Carr's IDP value if it lasts, but it could help the Cowboys' overall secondary play.

Zack Martin
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Cowboys guard Zack Martin left Tuesday's joint practice with St. Louis with an apparent injury.

Martin was down for several minutes and a cart came onto the field. Martin was able to walk off under his own power, however, per the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Cowboys medical staff appeared to be tending to Martin's neck or shoulder.

Rolando McClain
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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.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 12 vs. Washington
Anthony Hitchens
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Hitchens is the favorite to start at middle linebacker while Rolando McClain serves his 10-game suspension, Dallas Morning News reports.

He's started 20 games over the last two years filling in for McClain and Sean Lee, and that familiarity with the system gives Hitchens an edge over veteran Andrew Gachkar and second-year player Mark Nzeocha. Hitchens' production took a step backwards last season though, and if the ultra-athletic Nzeocha flashes in training camp and the preseason he could put a lot of pressure on Hitchens for the job.

Kavon Frazier
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The Cowboys selected Frazier in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 212th overall.

This looks like a worthwhile pick for Dallas. Frazier provided a strong safety presence on a good Central Michigan defense in 2015, surpassing 100 tackles in the process. At the Central Michigan pro day, Frazier opened eyes with a 40.5-inch vertical, 128-inch broad jump and 6.88-second three-cone drill.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Chicago
L.P. LaDouceur
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The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys tendered contracts to six exclusive rights free agents, including Patrick Crayton. Terrance Copper, Willie Pile, and Jacques Reeves have been tendered contracts worth $385,000. Lousaka Polite and L.P. Ladouceur were tendered at $310,000.
Byron Jones
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Cowboys rookie cornerback Byron Jones will undergo an MRI on his injured shoulder, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Despite the MRI, Jones said he feels fine and has full range of motion in his shoulder.
Vince Mayle
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Mayle was signed off Cowboys' the practice squad Saturday, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

The Cowboys needed to add a skill player with Lance Dunbar getting placed on injured, so Mayle will get his shot. Look for him to see limited snaps initially.