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Dallas Cowboys

Stadium: AT&T Stadium | Coach: Jason Garrett
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense5th149.8 (2nd)226.9 (23rd)
Defense14th83.5 (1st)260.4 (26th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
76Ash, Richard NT6-33338/4/19921Western Michigan
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
63Cleary, Emmett T6-73244/27/19902Boston College
96Collins, Maliek DT6-23114/8/1995RNebraska
71Collins, La'el G6-43217/26/19932Louisiana State
 Cooper, Jonathan G6-23101/19/19904North Carolina
58Crawford, Jack DE6-52889/7/19885Penn State
98Crawford, Tyrone DE6-428511/22/19895Boise State
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
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
6Jones, Chris P6-02057/21/19895Carson-Newman
31Jones, Byron FS6-01999/26/19922Connecticut
91LaDouceur, L.P. LS6-52563/13/198112California
90Lawrence, Demarcus DE6-32704/28/19923Boise State
65Leary, Ronald G6-33204/29/19894Memphis
50Lee, Sean OLB6-22387/22/19867Penn State
73Looney, Joe G6-33158/31/19904Wake 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
23McFadden, Leon DB5-1019010/26/19903San Diego State
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
26Thomas, Josh DB5-111965/3/19896Buffalo
92Thornton, Cedric DT6-43096/21/19885Southern Arkansas
13Whitehead, Lucky WR5-91806/2/19922Florida Atlantic
51Wilber, Kyle OLB6-42454/26/19895Wake Forest
27Wilcox, J.J. SS6-02122/14/19914Georgia Southern
83Williams, Terrance WR6-22109/18/19894Baylor
57Wilson, Damien OLB6-12435/28/19932Minnesota
82Witten, Jason TE6-62635/6/198214Tennessee
Injured Players
61Baldwin, Darryl (IR) T6-630510/6/19911Ohio State
10Brown, Chris (IR) WR6-219512/8/1993RNotre Dame
75Davis, Ryan (IR) LB6-22752/24/19894Bethune-Cookman
79Green, Chaz (IR) T6-53004/8/19922Florida
52Harris, Jerrell (IR) LB6-32427/8/19891Alabama
17Moore, Kellen (IR) QB6-02007/12/19895Boise State
46Morris, James (IR) LB6-124511/20/19913Iowa
87Swaim, Geoff (IR) TE6-42609/16/19932Texas
99Tapper, Charles (IR) DE6-22715/7/1993ROklahoma
Practice Squad
 DeBord, Clay T6-63055/13/1992REastern Washington
 Edwards, Kadeem G6-43051/24/19912Tennessee State
 Evans, Shaq WR6-12103/7/19913UCLA
80Gathers, Rico TE6-62811/7/1994RBaylor
 George, Jeremiah LB5-112341/24/19923Iowa State
81Jones, Andy WR6-12226/28/1994RJacksonville
 Jones, Lenny DE6-32698/8/1991RNevada
 Seamster, Sammy DB6-02052/5/19912Middle Tennessee State
7Showers, Jameill QB6-22309/6/19911Texas-El Paso
 Smith, Rod RB6-32311/10/19922Ohio State
Suspended Players
94Gregory, Randy DE6-525511/23/19922Nebraska
55McClain, Rolando MLB6-42557/14/19896Alabama
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Dallas6-4313.66-3288.226.42136
 
 
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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 says the nerve in his surgically repaired knee has begun regenerating, and the Cowboys are anticipating him being able to participate in their OTAs in May, Todd Archer of ESPN reports. "I'm getting my linear speed back like I said. I'm running a 4.5 right now so. ... But with the pace that I'm keeping up, you could tell that I'm definitely getting my linear speed back and the change of direction and things like that. I mean, I feel great," Smith said Thursday.

The 2016 second round pick is still wearing a brace to support his foot and lower leg due to the nerve damage and says he thinks he'll be able to play while wearing it -- the fact that he's already able to post a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash backs up that level of optimism -- but if he fully recovers, he'll be able to shed the brace completely. Smith likely would have been a top five pick in his draft class were it not for the injury, so if he does make a full recovery, the Cowboys could be adding an impact player to the heart of their defense in 2017.

Injury
Knee - Out for the start of training camp
Clay DeBord
No Updates
Barry Church
News
Church finished the regular season with 85 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games.

The tackles were his fewest in four seasons, but that was due to a broken forearm that cost him a quarter of the campaign, and he was on pace for 113 tackles over a full 16 games. He's a free agent this offseason though, and with Byron Jones and J.J. Wilcox both showing significant improvement in 2016, the Cowboys may not make much of an effort to bring Church back.

James Hanna
News
Hanna (knee) is set to undergo a second knee surgery Tuesday, ESPN reports.

Hanna opened training camp on the PUP list after needing knee surgery in August and will now require his second procedure in less than three months. He will miss the remainder of the season, leaving only Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar as healthy options on the Cowboys' roster.

Injury
Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Darren McFadden
News
McFadden carried seven times for 28 yards and caught two of three targets for 19 additional yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Eagles.

McFadden started the game as Ezekiel Elliott was held out, but he only received a third of the team's carries in the game as they distributed the burden in that category among several options. Although his workload was limited, McFadden looked explosive on a couple of different plays and will be one of the more capable backup runners active during the postseason.

Jack Crawford
News
Crawford (foot) is active for Sunday's matchup with Philadelphia, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Crawford was expected to play after practicing in full all week. He'll get the start on Sunday while the Cowboys rest a few regular starters in advance of the playoffs.

Maliek Collins
News
Collins recorded three tackles, including his first two NFL sacks, in Sunday's 35-10 rout of the Browns.

The Cowboys' defensive line lacks star power but has been effective lately in getting to the opposition QB, and it was Collins' turn to shine Sunday. The rookie has just 12 tackles in eight games though, so this performance isn't likely to push him into IDP prominence.

Josh Thomas
News
Thomas (thumb) was assigned to the Cowboys' non-football injury list Tuesday per the NFL's official transaction report.

Thomas was moved from injured reserve to the NFI list as he continues to nurse a thumb injury that has sidelined him all season.

Gavin Escobar
News
Escobar caught four passes on seven targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in 16 games in 2016.

The Cowboys had depth problems at tight end in 2016 due to injuries to James Hanna (knee) and Geoff Swaim (chest), but rather than give Escobar more responsibility, Dallas simply moved away from using two-TE sets and he actually saw fewer snaps than he had either of the previous two years. That's as clear an indication as any that the organization doesn't see Escobar as part of their future, so expect to see him in a different uniform in 2017.

Ezekiel Elliott
News
Elliott ran 22 times for 125 yards and caught his only target for a two-yard loss in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Packers.

Getting his first taste of postseason action, Elliott gashed the Packers defense for 5.7 yards per carry while recording a modest long gain of 22 yards. The opposition stiffened at times, but the Cowboys remained interested in running the ball and Elliott had a very impactful game, although his team came up just short in the end. After leading the NFL in rushing, scoring 15 touchdowns and earning a Pro-Bowl appearance in his rookie campaign, the young running back's arrow is pointing straight up heading into 2017.

Lucky Whitehead
News
Whitehead ended the regular season with 589 return yards, but just 13 touches on offense in 15 games.

Other than the occasional jet sweep, Whitehead's involvement on offense remained low during his second NFL season, but with Cole Beasley seeing more work as the Cowboys' slot receiver, Whitehead added primary punt return duties to his portfolio in addition to returning kickoffs. With Terrance Williams potentially not coming back in 2017 there could be more snaps and targets available for Whitehead next season, but as yet he hasn't convinced the coaching staff he can be a reliable receiving option.

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. 

Leon McFadden
News
McFadden has been signed to the Cowboys' active roster, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

McFadden fills an empty spot on the Cowboys' roster that has been there since running back Rod Smith. He will provide depth in the Cowboys' secondary.

Darryl Baldwin
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Terrell McClain
News
McClain (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Packers.

McClain went down in Week 16 and ultimately missed the Cowboys' regular season finale against the Eagles. However, he returned to practice last week and hasn't reported a setback in his recovery since. His return would likely mean less snaps for teammate David Irving.

Terrance Williams
News
Williams caught three of five targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Eagles.

Williams was one of few starters who played the majority of the game, and he produced the team's only touchdown when he connected with Tony Romo on a three-yard play in the second quarter. He will finish the regular season with four touchdowns to his name and should continue to perform as one of the team's complementary offensive options as the postseason begins.

Alfred Morris
News
Morris is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Packers.

With Darren McFadden having returned to the Cowboys' backfield mix behind starter Ezekiel Elliott, Morris is the odd man out at running back as the team's playoff push begins.

Kadeem Edwards
News
The Buccaneers placed rookie guard Kadeem Edwards on injured reserve with a foot injury, the team announced.
Andrew Gachkar
News
Gachkar (neck) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Gachkar was a full participant in practice all week, so his questionable status heading into Sunday's game was likely precautionary. Look for him to take up his regular position as the starting strong-side linebacker in the Cowboy's defense.

Kyle Wilber
News
Wilber (neck) will play Sunday against the Eagles, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Wilber sustained a neck injury in Week 5, but has since used the Cowboys' Week 7 bye to heal. Considering he was able to practice without limitation this week, it appears he was able to recover in full.

Lance Dunbar
News
Dunbar carried the ball three times for 20 yards and caught three of six targets for 19 yards in a 27-13 loss to the Eagles in Week 17.

The 39 yards from scrimmage were actually a season high for Dunbar, who saw very little action in 2016 behind Ezekiel Elliott due to injuries and the emergence of Cole Beasley as Dak Prescott's preferred short-yardage receiving option. Dunbar can be an explosive player when he gets a chance, but even if he returns to Dallas in 2017, his touches will likely remain very limited.

David Irving
News
Irving had a dominant fourth quarter in Sunday's 26-20 win over the Buccaneers, recording two sacks and causing a Jameis Winston interception.

He had five QB pressures in total on the game, including the one that resulted in a Jeff Heath pick after Irving got a piece of Winston's arm, but for IDP purposes, his numbers on the season aren't that impressive -- just 12 tackles and three sacks. The Cowboys' defense tends to produce a different hero every week, so don't bank on Irving repeating this performance against the Lions in Week 16.

Ryan Davis
News
Davis (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Clarence Hill Jr of the Star-Telegram reports.

Davis exited Monday's win over the Lions due to the knee injury and will now have his season cut short as the Cowboys begin to look ahead to the playoffs. The team signed fellow defensive lineman Richard Ash off the Jaguars practice squad to replace Davis. The Cowboys are dealing with several injuries on the defensive line, but will have a couple weeks to rest up before the divisional round of the playoffs.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Charles Tapper
News
Tapper (back) suffered a setback with his back injury and doesn't know when he'll be cleared, Clarence Hill of the Star Telegram reports.

Tapper said the situation is frustrating after his back flared up again just as he was close to being cleared. Look for more updates to come as the week goes on, but it doesn't seem likely that he'll be ready for Week 4.

Injury
Back - Injured Reserve
Richard Ash
News
Ash signed a contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, John Oehser of Jaguars.com reports.

Ash had been a member of the Jaguars' practice squad after appearing in one game for Jacksonville before being released in November. He'll function as defensive line depth for the Cowboys, but isn't expected to play a major role in Week 17.

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
Lenny Jones
No Updates
Dan Bailey
News
Bailey connected on both his field goal attempts and his only PAT in a 27-13 loss to the Eagles in Week 17.

He finishes the regular season with 27 made field goals on 32 attempts and a perfect 46-for-46 mark on PATs, giving Bailey more than 120 points for the fifth time in six seasons. The five misses are actually his most since he was a rookie, but with the Cowboys' offense looking like it will be a force in 2017 and beyond thanks to Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and a fantastic offensive line, Bailey should remain a rock-steady fantasy option at kicker.

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.

Emmett Cleary
News
The Bengals placed tight end Alex Smith (biceps) on injured reserve, released tight end Ryan Otten and signed offensive lineman Emmett Cleary to the practice squad.
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 (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's playoff game against the Packers, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Thornton's availability boosts the Cowboys' defensive tackle depth, but with 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 13 games this season, the former Philadelphia Eagle is only an option in the deepest of IDP formats.

Dez Bryant
News
Bryant caught nine of 12 targets for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Packers.

After a slow start, Bryant broke out with a 40-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter and scored again on a leaping seven-yard play in the fourth that completed the Cowboys' comeback. Unfortunately the Packers were able to pull out the victory, but Bryant got the postseason monkey off his back, as the two touchdowns were the first of his playoff career, and he led the team in targets, catches and yards as well. He displayed a growing rapport with Dak Prescott throughout the season and could return to the upper echelon of NFL wideouts next year if he can remain healthy.

Chaz Green
News
Green (back) was officially placed on IR by the Cowboys on Saturday, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

The 24-year-old tackle has not played since Week 4, and it was recently announced that he is set to undergo season-ending back surgery. Emmett Cleary is slated to continue filling in at tackle with Green out.

Injury
Back - Injured Reserve
Ronald Leary
News
Leary (back) is active Sunday against the Eagles, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Despite not practicing at all during the week, Leary will be available to play in his 14th consecutive game Sunday.

Jameill Showers
News
Showers is getting a promotion from the Cowboys' practice squad to the active roster, but he'll be serving as a safety and special teamer, as opposed to a backup quarterback, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

If Showers is active for Sunday's game against Cincinnati, he'll likely just play special teams while serving as an emergency option at quarterback and safety. Mark Sanchez will still be the top backup to Dak Prescott.

Benson Mayowa
News
Mayowa recorded 25 tackles and led the Cowboys with six sacks in 2016, including four in his final five games.

Signed away from the Raiders last offseason, Mayowa didn't show much early in the year, but emerged as a legitimate pass-rushing threat down the stretch. With Randy Gregory now suspended for the entire 2017 campaign, Dallas will be looking for Mayowa to take on a bigger role next year, and he could challenge the double-digit mark in sacks.

J.J. Wilcox
News
Wilcox (thigh) is active for Monday's matchup with the Lions, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

Wilcox practiced in full all week and was expected to return after sitting out the team's past three games. He'll likely return to his role as a depth option at safety behind starters Barry Church and Byron Jones.

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 the start of training camp
Brice Butler
News
Butler finished the regular season with 16 catches on 32 targets for 219 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in 16 games.

Despite Dez Bryant's ongoing problems staying healthy, Butler didn't get many opportunities in 2016, seeing more than three targets in a game only once all season. He's a free agent this offseason, but unless he gets an offer to start from another team, he's just as likely to return to the Cowboys -- especially if Terrance Williams heads elsewhere.

Jonathan Cooper
News
Cooper agreed to terms on a contract Tuesday with the Cowboys, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The Cowboys own one of the league's most dominant offensive lines, so Cooper, a former first-round pick, will simply serve as depth at guard during the team's playoff run. The 26-year-old was let go by the Browns last week, but has 14 career starts under his belt and could be an adequate option to step in for the Cowboys in the event Ron Leary (back) and/or La'el Collins (toe) are unavailable in the divisional round.

Randy Gregory
News
Gregory has been been suspended for at least one year for violating the NFL's Policy for Substances of Abuse, the Cowboys' official site reports.

Gregory missed the first 14 games of this season due to his first two violations of the policy, and a third will wipe away the entire 2017 campaign. Although he flashed the talent that made him a second-round pick in 2015 during the Cowboys' last two contests, he'll have to wait until 2018, at the very least, before his pass-rushing chops will be felt again.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until January 2018
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 (foot) is active for Sunday's matchup with Tampa Bay, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Scandrick didn't miss any practice time due to his foot injury this week and shouldn't be at all limited on Sunday night.

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.

Injury
Toe - Injured Reserve
Demarcus Lawrence
News
Lawrence (back) is listed as active for Sunday's playoff game against the Packers, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Lawrence logged just 11 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in nine games this season, but his return to action after missing three games with a back injury boosts the Cowboys' pass rush and depth at defensive end.

Shaq Evans
News
Evans (leg) returned to practice Wednesday, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Evans hasn't practice since Jul. 31, as he's been dealing with a lower leg muscle strain. He's currently battling for a roster spot, so his return to the field was much needed, as he'll need to impress the coaching staff over the next few weeks. The 25-year-old wide receiver has yet to log action in a regular season game during his career, further exemplifying the uphill battle Evans has to make the final roster.

Cole Beasley
News
Beasley caught three of four targets for a team-high 49 yards in a 27-13 loss to the Eagles in Week 17.

He heads into the playoffs having set new career highs in catches (75), targets (98) and yards (833), as Beasley quickly established a rapport with quarterback Dak Prescott and became the Cowboys' most dependable possession receiver. That role makes him far more valuable in PPR formats than in leagues with standard scoring, but with Terrance Williams' future in Dallas uncertain, Beasley could see even more passes head his way in 2017.

Chris Brown
Injury
Justin Durant
News
Durant (elbow) is listed as active for Sunday's playoff game against the Packers, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Durant's return will fortify the Cowboys' depth at linebacker, but with 37 tackles and a sack in 13 regular season games, his impact as a fantasy IDP in 2016 was modest.

Jason Witten
News
Witten intends on returning for the 2017 season, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Witten's 14th season came to a close with Sunday's playoff defeat to the Packers, but the veteran plans on continuing his career next season. At 34 years old, Witten finished second on the Cowboys with 69 receptions for 673 yards and three touchdowns this year, and he also scored his first postseason touchdown Sunday. In what's currently slated to be his final season under contract in Dallas, Witten could very well become the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards and games played while suiting up in 2017.

Geoff Swaim
News
Swaim (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Swaim sustained a season-ending pectoral injury in Sunday's victory over the Steelers. Only Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar remain as healthy options at tight end.

Injury
Pectoral - Injured Reserve
Dak Prescott
News
Prescott completed 24 of 38 pass attempts for 302 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's game against the Packers. He also gained 13 yards on a pair of carries in the 34-31 loss.

Making his first playoff appearance, Prescott was able to complete 63 percent of his throws while connecting with Dez Bryant for a pair of touchdowns and Jason Witten for another. He also led the Dallas offense to a last-minute field goal that tied the game just before Green Bay's winning field goal as time expired. Despite the fact that the season ended on a losing note, Prescott established himself as one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the NFL and acquitted himself extremely well on the postseason stage.

Morris Claiborne
News
Claiborne (ribs) is questionable to return to Sunday's playoff game against the Packers, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

The severity of Claiborne's injury wasn't specified. Unless he can return, look for Anthony Brown to receive as much playing time as he can handle.

Injury
Ribs - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tyrone Crawford
News
Crawford (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's playoff game against the Packers, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Crawford is thus slated to return to action following a two-game absence. He figures to move back into his starting role at defensive end, an assignment that gave him a modest degree of IDP utility in 2016. Crawford finished up the season with 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 14 games.

Mark Nzeocha
News
Nzeocha (achilles) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Nzeocha has been dealing with an achilles injury since the preseason, but will finally suit up in Week 5 against the Bengals. He will provide depth at middle linebacker behind starter Anthony Hitchens.

Anthony Brown
News
Brown (concussion) is active Sunday against the Eagles, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Brown was only a limited participant in Friday's practice, but he'll be available nonetheless as he looks to play in his 14th consecutive game Sunday.

Mark Sanchez
News
Sanchez is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Packers.

Sanchez, who logged some action in Week 17, when the Cowboys took it easy on a number of their key starters, is once again the odd man out at QB, with Tony Romo slated to serve as Dak Prescott's backup Sunday.

Jeff Heath
News
Heath went 3-for-6 on field goal attempts using the skinnier practice uprights during Wednesday's practice, and could be used as the Cowboys' backup kicker if Dan Bailey's back becomes a more serious issue, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.

He had college soccer scholarship offers coming out of high school, so booting the ball isn't new for Heath. The backup safety has only seen one snap on defense this year, spending most of his time on the special teams coverage units, but if he is pressed into action as Dallas' kicker he could suddenly become a very sneaky IDP play.

Joe Looney
News
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
News
Smith signed a futures contract with the Cowboys on Monday, ESPN reports.

Smith converted to a fullback role ahead of the 2016 campaign but never made it through the entire season in Dallas. He appears set to square off with Keith Smith for what will likely be one roster spot in the offseason.

Jeremiah George
News
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 finished the regular season with a career-high 145 tackles in 15 games, tied for fourth in the NFL.

He once again failed to play a full 16-game schedule, but only because the Cowboys rested him in Week 17 with the No. 1 seed in the NFC already locked up. Lee's improved health and last year's switch to the weak side did wonders for his production, although he failed to record an interception for the first time in his career and was only credited with one pass defended. Jaylon Smith (knee) now seems to be on track to take over at middle linebacker in 2017, which could impact Lee's numbers, but as long as he's on the field he should remain a tackling machine.

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 wasn't listed on the Cowboys' injury report Wednesday.

Although he was absent from practice last Thursday due to an illness, Romo took part Friday and clearly showed no ill-effects during the initial session of divisional-round prep. He'll continue onward as the primary backup to starting QB Dak Prescott.

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 is suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance abuse policy, NFL.com reports.

McClain satisfied his previous 10-game suspension at the conclusion of Week 11, but is now facing further discipline due to a missed drug test. The Cowboys reportedly don't expect McClain to play another snap in the NFL.

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Suspension - Suspended indefinitely
Anthony Hitchens
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Hitchens was limited in practice Thursday after suffering a knee bruise on Wednesday. The linebacker said he'll be ready to play Sunday, Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Seems as if the middle linebacker is dealing with a minor setback and doesn't expect to be held out for any extended period of time. Look for his participation in Friday's practice to help determine his status for Sunday's tilt with the Cowboys. If he is ultimately ruled out, expect Mark Nzeocha to get the spot start.

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.

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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Jones was credited with a career-high 88 tackles and 10 passes defended in 16 games this season, as well as his first interception.

The Cowboys left Jones at safety this year rather than bouncing him around the secondary, and after a bit of a slow start his production exploded in the second half -- Jones racked up 62 tackles in his final eight games. Given his elite athleticism, there's no reason to suspect that's a fluke, so he could become a breakout IDP start in 2017.

 
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