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Dallas Cowboys

Stadium: AT&T Stadium | Coach: Jason Garrett
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense22nd118.1 (9th)216.9 (26th)
Defense17th120.9 (21st)227.2 (5th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
5Bailey, Dan K6-01951/26/19885Oklahoma State
11Beasley, Cole WR5-81804/26/19894Southern Methodist
73Bernadeau, Mackenzy G6-43221/3/19868Bentley
78Brown, Charles T6-53004/10/19876USC
19Butler, Brice WR6-32151/29/19903San Diego State
39Carr, Brandon CB6-02105/19/19868Grand Valley State
16Cassel, Matt QB6-42285/17/198211USC
24Claiborne, Morris CB5-111922/7/19904Louisiana State
44Clutts, Tyler FB6-225011/9/19845Fresno State
71Collins, La'el G6-43157/26/1993RLouisiana State
58Crawford, Jack DE6-52889/7/19884Penn State
98Crawford, Tyrone DT6-429011/22/19894Boise State
72Frederick, Travis C6-43153/18/19913Wisconsin
68Free, Doug T6-63251/6/19849Northern Illinois
52Gachkar, Andrew OLB6-224011/4/19885Missouri
79Green, Chaz T6-53154/8/1992RFlorida
94Gregory, Randy DE6-525511/23/1992RNebraska
84Hanna, James TE6-42607/14/19894Oklahoma
76Hardy, Greg DE6-52807/28/19885Mississippi
96Hayden, Nick DT6-43032/4/19868Wisconsin
38Heath, Jeff SS6-12125/14/19913Saginaw Valley State
59Hitchens, Anthony MLB6-02356/10/19922Iowa
6Jones, Chris P6-02057/21/19894Carson-Newman
31Jones, Byron FS6-02059/26/1992RConnecticut
91LaDouceur, L.P. LS6-52563/13/198111California
90Lawrence, Demarcus DE6-32654/28/19922Boise State
65Leary, Ronald G6-33204/29/19893Memphis
50Lee, Sean OLB6-22387/22/19866Penn State
70Martin, Zack G6-431511/20/19902Notre Dame
85Mayle, Vince WR6-22246/12/1991RWashington State
55McClain, Rolando MLB6-42557/14/19895Alabama
40McCray, Danny DB6-12153/10/19886Louisiana State
20McFadden, Darren RB6-12208/27/19878Arkansas
92Mincey, Jeremy DE6-428012/14/19838Florida
21Mitchell, Terrance CB5-111905/17/19922Oregon
17Moore, Kellen QB6-02007/12/19894Boise State
53Nzeocha, Mark OLB6-22351/19/1990RWyoming
29Olatoye, Deji CB6-11947/20/19911North Carolina A&T
7Showers, Jameill QB6-12309/6/1991RTexas-El Paso
77Smith, Tyron T6-532012/12/19905USC
14Smith, Rodney WR6-52203/11/19903Florida State
45Smith, Rod RB6-32261/10/1992ROhio State
15Street, Devin WR6-32003/30/19912Pittsburgh
87Swaim, Geoff TE6-42609/16/1993RTexas
26Thomas, Josh DB5-111855/3/19895Buffalo
23Turbin, Robert RB5-1022212/2/19894Utah State
63Walker, Casey DT6-134012/6/19892Oklahoma
13Whitehead, Lucky WR5-91806/2/1992RFlorida Atlantic
51Wilber, Kyle OLB6-42454/26/19894Wake Forest
27Wilcox, J.J. FS6-02122/14/19913Georgia Southern
83Williams, Terrance WR6-22089/18/19893Baylor
57Wilson, Damien ILB6-12425/28/1993RMinnesota
82Witten, Jason TE6-62635/6/198213Tennessee
Injured Players
79Boatright, Kenneth (IR) DE6-32703/6/19902Southern Illinois
88Bryant, Dez (IR) WR6-222011/4/19886Oklahoma State
42Church, Barry (IR) SS6-22182/11/19886Toledo
69Clay, Cody (IR) T6-53045/4/1991RAzusa Pacific
25Dunbar, Lance (IR) RB5-81951/25/19904North Texas
89Escobar, Gavin (IR) TE6-62602/3/19913San Diego State
 Fortenberry, Reshod (IR) G6-527512/28/1990RTexas Tech
47Glaud, Ka'Lial (IR) LB6-222011/9/19902Rutgers
34Hill, Michael (IR) RB5-102108/14/19892Missouri Western State
95Irving, David (IR) DT6-72738/18/1993RIowa State
53Lawrence, Cameron (IR) LB6-22381/20/19913Mississippi State
97McClain, Terrell (IR) DT6-23027/20/19885South Florida
9Romo, Tony (IR) QB6-22304/21/198013Eastern Illinois
99Russell, Ryan (IR) DE6-52751/17/1992RPurdue
32Scandrick, Orlando (IR) CB5-101952/10/19878Boise State
64Whaley, Chris (IR) DT6-328512/8/19901Texas
Practice Squad
 Akunne, Derek LB6-02428/17/1993RNorth Texas
 Foster, Donte WR6-119911/10/19901Ohio U.
 Jackson, Buddy CB6-11803/3/19891Pittsburgh
 Johnson, Antonio T6-63076/22/1992RNorth Texas
 Malena, Ben RB5-82005/29/19921Texas A&M
 McGee, Brandon DB5-1119312/11/19903Miami (Fla.)
 Obada, Efe DE6-62654/13/1992RNo College
 Smith, Keith LB6-02324/8/19922San Jose State
 Weems, Darrion T6-53109/4/19883Oregon
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Dallas6-4311.16-3285.126.22235
 
 
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Position Listing
Antonio Johnson
News
The Saints have formally declared that outside linebacker Davis Tull, running back Marcus Murphy and offensive lineman Antonio Johnson have non-football injuries as the team gears up for training camp. All three rookies, however, remain on the active roster.

Tull missed all of the OTAs and minicamp following labrum surgery in March. Players with pre-draft injuries are eligible to be placed on the non-football injury list. But it remains unclear what physical problems befell Murphy and Johnson, per the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Kenneth Boatright
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.

Injury
Barry Church
News
Church 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.

Injury
James Hanna
News
Cowboys tight end James Hanna had a scope performed on his knee Saturday, DallasCowboys.com reports. 

It was just a minor clean-up procedure and Hanna could return to practice by the end of the week, but it still seems unlikely that he'll be able to play in Week 3's game against the Falcons. Geoff Swaim would once again by the Cowboys' third tight end Sunday if Hanna is eventually ruled out.

Darren McFadden
News
McFadden rushed for 92 yards on 12 carries, and hauled in 5-of-8 targets for 53 yards Sunday against the Redskins.

McFadden closed the season with his fourth straight rushing performance over 90 yards, but his inability to score over that span was reflective of his season-long struggle to get into the end zone. The 28-year-old running back finishes 2015 with just three touchdowns despite topping 1000 rushing yards for just the second time in his eight-year career.

Jack Crawford
News
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is probable heading into Thursday's game against the Eagles.

Romo was listed with a back injury, but was able to practice in full on both Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Josh Brent, Tyrone Crawford, Doug Free, Nick Hayden, Rolando McClain and Terrance Williams were also listed as probable, and should play.

The team did not list any players as questionable, though Jeff Heath was listed as doubtful.

Jack Crawford, Tyler Patmon and Dekoda Watson were all ruled out prior to Thursday. 

Josh Thomas
News
The Vikings have signed free agent cornerback Josh Thomas, who spent last season with four different clubs.

He did play significantly for Carolina in 2012 and 2013, racking up 48 tackles during that time.

Gavin Escobar
News
Escobar (torn Achilles) finished the season with just eight catches on 13 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in 14 games.

The former second round pick is increasingly looking like a bust, as despite Escobar's size and value as a red-zone target he has yet to establish himself as a reliable pass-catching threat in three seasons. Assuming he returns from his torn Achilles tendon at 100 percent, expect him to back up Cowboys institution Jason Witten once again in 2016.

Injury
Lucky Whitehead
News
Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory returned to the practice field on Saturday, after leaving Friday's OTA practice early. 

Gregory, the team's second-round draft pick, battled dehydration on the first day of practice, per ESPN.

Third-round tackle Chaz Green and undrafted wide receiver Lucky Whitehead also returned to the field after they couldn't complete Friday's practice.  

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."

Terrance Mitchell
News
Four injured or ailing Bears have been ruled out for the Sunday game against Detroit, including placekicker Robbie Gould (quad). The others are guard Kyle Long (hip), defensive tackle Will Sutton (illness) and safety Chris Conte (back).

Quarterback David Fales, cornerback Terrance Mitchell and defensive end Trevor Scott are all healthy scratches.

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. 

Tyler Clutts
News
The Cowboys have re-signed fullback Tyler Clutts, the team announced

Clutts joined the team late in 2013 and was the Cowboys' only fullback during the 2014 season. After his contract expired, the Cowboys brought in Jed Collins, who spent last year with the Lions.

By bringing Clutts back, the Cowboys released Collins. Clutts will likely be Dallas' starting fullback again. 

Clutts caught his first NFL touchdown pass in the playoffs during Dallas' loss to the Packers. 

Greg Hardy
News
Hardy (illness) is active for Sunday's game against Washington, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

Hardy battled an illness all week, but gradually increased his practice participation as the week moved on. Despite the game being meaningless in terms of playoff seeding, Hardy and the Cowboys will look to finish a tumultuous 2015 season on a high note.

Terrell McClain
News
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said that defensive tackle Terrell McClain would miss at least a week of camp with multiple injuries, per the Dallas Morning News

McClain is suffering from a bone bruise and a strained hamstring. The five-year vet played in 13 games for Dallas last season, earning 19 tackles and one sack. 

Injury
Terrance Williams
News
Williams obliterated his previous season high with eight catches for 173 yards on nine targets Sunday against the Redskins.

Williams set a new career-high with 840 yards this year despite playing without starting quarterback Tony Romo for much of the season. He scored only three touchdowns after combining for 13 over his first two NFL campaigns, but at least Williams finished on a high note.

Andrew Gachkar
News
Linebacker Andrew Gachkar has signed a contract with the Cowboys, according to FOX Sports 1. 

Gachkar has spent the previous four seasons with the Chargers. He was selected by San Diego in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft. With the Chargers, Gachkar totaled 120 tackles and one forced fumble. 

His agent David Canter appeared to confirm the news by tweeting, "How bout Dem Cowboys!!!" while tagging Gachkar in the post. 

Cameron Lawrence
News
The Cowboys parted ways with running back Ryan Williams on Tuesday, reports ESPNDallas.com. Williams has not played in a game since 2012.

Moreover, the team released linebacker Cameron Lawrence and offensive lineman Ryan Miller.

Injury
Kyle Wilber
News
Cowboys linebacker Kyle Wilber started four of the final five games on the strong side last year, making him the favorite to start at the position in 2014, reports the Dallas Morning News. Wilber, 25, appeared in every game and finished with 42 tackles, two sacks and 14 quarterback pressures.

He'll be challenged by DeVonte Holloman.

Lance Dunbar
News
Dunbar (torn ACL) finished the season with a career-high 21 games in 23 targets for 215 yards in just four games, adding five carries for 67 yards.

After Dez Bryant got hurt in Week 1, Dunbar emerged as the most dynamic receiving threat the Cowboys had before his own campaign was cut short. The undersized scatback has battled injuries throughout his career and now heads into free agency, but the Cowboys have no one else with his skill set on the roster so don't be surprised if he returns to the team in 2016.

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Nick Hayden
News
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett made it a point of emphasis to mention to reporters at the NFL Meetings that re-signing defensive lineman Nick Hayden was important, reports the Dallas Morning News.

“Well, we’re always trying to get better and we have to get better,’’ Garrett said. “We have to bring some impact players into our defense. But Nick has been such a good player for us as a leader of that defensive line and he’s a really productive player. There’s a lot of the dirty work but he’s one of those guys who makes a lot of hits on the ball, is around the football a lot and simply makes a lot of plays.

"That was an important signing for us.’’

Hayden has started all 16 games with the Cowboys for two consecutive seasons. Over his seven-year career, he has 135 total tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Ben Malena
News
The Cowboys signed running backs Michael Hill and Ben Malena after workouts on Saturday, per the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

The Cowboys are Hill's fifth NFL team since entering the league in 2013. Malena spent time with the Cowboys during training camp last year. 

Dallas also waived/injured rookie safety Ray Vinopal

Robert Turbin
News
Turbin carried the ball five times for 23 yards and failed to catch his only target in Sunday's loss to the Bills.

Darren McFadden has been producing as the starting RB for the Cowboys over the last few weeks, leaving few touches available for Turbin. A free agent in the offseason, the former Seahawk may not have done enough to warrant a return to Dallas in 2016.

Matt Cassel
News
Cassel finished the 2015 season with 1276 passing yards and a 5:7 TD:INT ratio in eight games.

His 58.3 percent completion rate and 6.3 YPA were also poor, and he eventually lost the starting job to Kellen Moore, who wasn't much better. Given the struggles the Cowboys had this season when Tony Romo went down, expect them to address their backup QB position in a significant way in the offseason, either in the draft or by acquiring an upgrade elsewhere.

David Irving
Injury
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Jeremy Mincey
News
Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey (concussion) is active for Sunday's game in New Orleans, the Cowboys' official website reports.

Mincey's return from a one-week absence should help a Dallas defense that struggled badly against the Falcons last week, but a Sunday night game at the Superdome may still prove rather difficult. With just 40 tackles and six sacks in 18 games since the beginning of last season, Mincey does not warrant IDP consideration.

Deji Olatoye
News
The Chiefs signed rookie defensive back Deji Olatoye to their practice squad. He was waived by the Ravens in late August.
Buddy Jackson
No Updates
Donte Foster
News
The Vikings announced they added quarterback Chandler Harnish, receiver Donte Foster and safety Pierre Warren to the practice squad. Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson was released from the squad.
Dan Bailey
News
Bailey connected on all three of his extra point attempts in Week 17's loss to Washington.

The Cowboys kicker was his usual excellent self in 2015, posting a career-high 93.8 percent success rate on his field goals (including five of six from 50 yards or longer) and knocking through 100 percent of his extra points, but reduced opportunities provided by a struggling, injury-ravaged offense resulted in a career-low 115 points for Bailey on the season. Assuming Tony Romo and Dez Bryant stay on the field in 2016, however, Bailey should be able to improve on his totals in 2016.

Damien Wilson
News
The Cowboys have announced the signing of rookie linebacker Damien Wilson. Bringing the fourth-round pick in the fold leaves only first-rounder Byron Jones unsigned.

Wilson was a tackling machine last year at the University of Minnesota, racking up 119, including 10.5 for losses and four sacks. He has worked in the first-team nickel package in practice both in the middle and on the weakside.

Mackenzy Bernadeau
News
Cowboys guard Mackenzy Bernadeau's restructured contract includes a $1.15 million pay cut for 2014, reports USA Today. He started 11 games last season and figures to start at right guard this fall.
Kellen Moore
News
Moore rebounded from last week's poor performance by completing 33-of-48 passes for a career-high 435 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions against the Redskins on Sunday.

Moore piled up yardage in his second career NFL start after looking completely inept against the Bills last week. The former Boise State star will have to cut down on his mistakes if he wants to find success at the NFL level, as his 4:6 touchdown-to-interception ratio through three appearances leaves much to be desired.

Dez Bryant
News
Bryant has already begun rehabbing from his most recent foot and ankle surgeries, The Dallas Morning News reports. "We felt like the surgery went well and he's still getting back, it's still a process," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said, "but we're glad we got it done almost immediately after the season so it's given him plenty of time to come back and all reports are that everything has been positive up to this point."

With a full offseason to rehab and recover, Bryant is expected to be at 100 percent heading into next season and look more like the receiver who averaged 91 catches, 1312 yards and 14 TDs between 2012 and 2014 than the one who played in only nine ineffective games in 2015 due to a broken foot.

Injury
Foot - IR. Out for season
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
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.

Chris Whaley
News
Cowboys defensive tackle Chris Whaley tore his Achilles tendon during practice on Monday, per the Dallas Morning News.

Whaley has a history of injuries. As an undrafted rookie last year, Whaley was limited as he continued to recover from three torn ligaments in a knee.

Injury
Jameill Showers
News
Showers was added to the 53-man roster Friday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Showers has served as the Cowboys' scout team quarterback for much of the season, but he'll join the active roster Sunday in the wake of Tony Romo (collarbone) being placed on season-ending IR. Showers began his collegiate career at Texas A&M before transferring to UTEP for his final two seasons of eligibility.

Derek Akunne
No Updates
Efe Obada
No Updates
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.

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.
Brice Butler
News
Butler caught four passes on 10 targets for 60 yards in Week 17's loss to Washington.

Acquired from the Raiders after Dez Bryant broke his foot, Butler played in only seven games for the Cowboys due to injuries of his own, finishing the season with just 12 catches on 26 targets for 258 yards. He'll be in the mix for a depth spot in 2016 along with Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley, plus anyone the club picks up in the draft or through free agency, but don't expect Butler to fill a large role in the Dallas offense.

Charles Brown
News
The Jets signed offensive tackle Charles Brown on Friday, per nj.com.

Charles took the open roster spot left by offensive tackle Sean Hooey, who the team released on Thursday.

Brown, who tried out for the Jets during minicamp this week, spent more than half of last season as a backup with the Giants.

Randy Gregory
News
Gregory suited up for 12 games in 2015, recording just 11 tackles and failing to pick up a sack.

He showed flashes of pass-rushing ability in the preseason but a high ankle sprain derailed him early, and Gregory never seemed able to quite get back on track afterwards. Greg Hardy may not return to Dallas in 2016, but with a full offseason to heal and get stronger, Gregory should be able to step into a starting role at defensive end next season if necessary.

Brandon McGee
News
The Rams placed cornerback Brandon McGee (foot) on injured reserve Saturday. He hasn't played since Week 2 and will miss the remainder of the season with the injury.

The team promoted defensive back Jemea Thomas from the practice squad to fill the open roster spot. He has yet to play in a regular-season game this 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
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.

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
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 underwent a procedure on his back, according to Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett,

Lawrence had been dealing with the back all season, but it didn't effect his production, as he led Dallas with eight sacks. Garrett wouldn't put a timetable on Lawrence's return, but the coach didn't sound concerned that it would hold the 23-year-old defensive end out for long.

Cole Beasley
News
Beasley reeled in five of seven targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to Washington.

The diminutive slot man posted his second two-score game of the season on Sunday, providing evidence that when it rains, it pours, as Beasley caught just one touchdown in the season's other 14 games. Beasley signed a $13.6 million contract in the offseason, but was unable to take the next big step in his career due to the absence of Tony Romo throwing the ball and a healthy Dez Bryant eating up cover men. Expect Beasley to take that step in 2016.

Reshod Fortenberry
Injury
Jason Witten
News
Witten caught six of eight targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Washington.

The score was Witten's first since Week 1. The veteran tight end struggled without his long-time quarterback in the lineup for much of the season, but still managed to rank fourth in the leauge among tight ends with 77 receptions - his most since 2012. Witten will be 34 to open next season, but should still have enough in the tank to give Romo is favorite security blanket. A huge leap in production may be unrealistic, though. While Witten didn't have Romo to throw him the ball, he also didn't have a healthy Dez Bryant commanding targets.

Geoff Swaim
News
Swaim is expected to see more action over the final two games of the season due to Gavin Escobar's torn Achilles, DallasCowboys.com reports.

The seventh-round pick has seen just 16 snaps all season and none since Week 5, but Swaim will get a chance to prove he has a place in the Cowboys' 2016 plans. Don't expect him to see a lot of targets, however.

Rodney Smith
News
The battered Browns list three injured players on their inactive list for their Sunday game at Carolina, including Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder). Also hurt and out are fellow corner K'Waun Williams (hamstring) and tight end Gary Barnidge (rib).

The healthy scratches are wideout Rodney Smith , running back Glenn Winston and offensive linemen Vinston Painter and Andrew McDonald.

Morris Claiborne
News
Claiborne finished the season with 37 tackles and seven passes defended in 11 games.

He has yet to play a full 16-game schedule in his career, and the former first round pick will head into free agency without much value on the open market. Given his draft pedigree, Claiborne could receive an offer based more of his potential upside than his previous production, but if he doesn't attract much interest, the Cowboys are thin at cornerback and could make an effort to bring him back.

Michael Hill
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.

Injury
Darrion Weems
News
The Cowboys have signed Charles Brown and cut fellow offensive tackle Darrion Weems, per the team website.

Brown got into two games with the Giants last season, but played more extensively with New Orleans the previous four years.

Weems lost last season to a shoulder injury.

Ryan Russell
News
The Cowboys announced the signing of two draft picks. 

The team signed fifth-round defensive end Ryan Russell, out of Purdue, and seventh-round linebacker Mark Nzeocha, out of Wyoming.

The team also waived linebacker Troy Davis and tackle Donald Hawkins while releasing linebacker Dekoda Watson

Injury
Tyrone Crawford
News
Crawford will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, ESPN Dallas reports.

He played through the shoulder injury in the second half and Crawford was something of a disappointment after signing a big contract last offseason, finishing 2015 with 35 tackles including five sacks. If he can stay healthy next year, he still has a chance to develop into a disruptive inside force on the Cowboys' defensive line.

Cody Clay
News
The Cowboys signed defensive tackle Carlif Taylor on Friday, per NJ.com.

Taylor was released by the Giants after the team's first preseason game. To make room for Taylor, Dallas released offensive lineman Cody Clay.

Injury
Mark Nzeocha
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.

Jeff Heath
News
Heath will not receive a fine from the league following his hit last week on Ricardo Lockette, ESPN Dallas reports.

He was flagged after a collision with Lockette on a punt return that sent the Seahawk to the hospital for eventual neck surgery, but the NFL reviewed the play and decided no further discipline on Heath was necessary.

Rod Smith
News
Running back Rod Smith was claimed by the Cowboys on Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The team will take a look at him over their bye week as they prepare to shuffle up a struggling backfield, but Smith is still a long shot to see meaningful snaps on offense behind Christine Michael, Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden.

Sean Lee
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Lee (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against Washington, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

Lee continues to be a hot commodity in IDP leagues in his age-29 season, but owners who depended on him throughout the year will be without his services in the season finale. He didn't log a single day of practice time all week, so his absence comes as no surprise. Look for Kyle Wilber or Damien Wilson to see extra snaps in his stead.

Ka'Lial Glaud
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The Dolphins worked out linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud on Thursday, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. 

Glaud played college football at Rutgers and signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He was a participant at the NFL's veterans combine. 

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Casey Walker
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The Ravens signed safety Will Hill and defensive tackle Casey Walker to their restricted free agent tender offers, sources told The Baltimore Sun.

Will signed his $1.542 million right-of-first-refusal original round tender. He did not receive an offer sheet from other teams. Walker signed a $510,000 exclusive-rights free agent tender.

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.

Devin Street
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Street caught his only target for a 25-yard touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

The TD was the first of his career. Despite Dez Bryant's foot injury, Street hasn't become more involved in the Cowboys' offense and has just three catches on six targets for 56 yards on the season.

Tony Romo
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Romo will be evaluated in late February or early March to determine if surgery is necessary on his left collarbone, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Before undergoing a CT scan last week, Romo fully expected to have surgery at some point in the offseason, but the Cowboys now have some options to ponder. If the team opts for the first one, a set of screws will attach a plate over the collarbone in order to stabilize the area and avoid another fracture. As for the second choice, if the next CT scan reveals a suitable amount of bone growth and regeneration to last week's base line, he may undergo a Mumford procedure, in which part of "the distal clavicle is shaved off or removed." The latter procedure is preferable, as it reduces long-term stress on the collarbone versus the attachment of a plate. No matter which path Romo takes, he'll face a 6-to-8 week recovery, setting him up to take part in the entire offseason program.

Injury
Shoulder - IR. Out for season
Brandon Carr
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Carr finished the 2015 season with a career-high 76 tackles, but failed to intercept a pass for the season straight season.

The tackles gave him a little IDP value in deep formats, but the veteran cornerback has one more season left on his contract and his declining performance could result in Carr being a cap casualty in the offseason. The Cowboys have depth issues at DB, however, so depending on how they address the position in the draft, Carr could end up sticking around for one more year in Dallas.

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 (concussion) is active Sunday against the Bills.

McClain had collected double-digit tackle totals in three straight games prior to missing Week 15's contest due to a concussion. He was a full participant in practice all week, however, so look for the veteran to resume a regular role Sunday, with plenty of opportunities to rack up tackles.

Anthony Hitchens
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Hitchens (ankle) is active Sunday against the Buccaneers, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

After missing practice on Wednesday and Thurday, Hitchens put in a limited practice on Friday, so he'll see time at outside linebacker. However, he's only averaged 15 snaps over his last three contests, so he may not be a major factor against the Buccaneers.

Danny McCray
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All five players listed as probable on the Bears' final injury report for Week 10 are active for Sunday night's game against the Packers, including linebackers Jonathan Bostic (back) and Lance Briggs (ribs), cornerback Kyle Fuller (hip, hand), safety Danny McCray (knee) and offensive tackle Jordan Mills (foot).
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.

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