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
44Akunne, Derek LB5-112308/17/19931North Texas
5Bailey, Dan K6-01951/26/19886Oklahoma State
11Beasley, Cole WR5-81804/26/19895Southern Methodist
60Brendel, Jake C6-43059/10/1992RUCLA
78Brown, Charles T6-53004/10/19877USC
10Brown, Chris WR6-219512/8/1993RNotre Dame
30Brown, Anthony CB5-1119612/15/1993RPurdue
88Bryant, Dez WR6-222011/4/19887Oklahoma State
19Butler, Brice WR6-32201/29/19904San Diego State
39Carr, Brandon CB6-02105/19/19869Grand Valley State
42Church, Barry SS6-22182/11/19887Toledo
24Claiborne, Morris CB5-111922/7/19905Louisiana State
67Coe, Rodney DT6-33055/18/1993RAkron
96Collins, Maliek DT6-23054/8/1995RNebraska
71Collins, La'el G6-43157/26/19932Louisiana State
36Colquhoun, Arjen DB6-020010/13/1992RMichigan State
58Crawford, Jack DE6-52889/7/19885Penn State
98Crawford, Tyrone DT6-429511/22/19895Boise State
25Dunbar, Lance RB5-81951/25/19905North Texas
56Durant, Justin LB6-12309/21/198510Hampton
85Eagan, Ed WR5-101986/19/1993RNorthwestern State-Louisiana
21Elliott, Ezekiel RB6-02257/22/1995ROhio State
89Escobar, Gavin TE6-62602/3/19914San Diego State
35Frazier, Kavon SS6-02158/11/1994RCentral Michigan
72Frederick, Travis C6-43183/18/19914Wisconsin
68Free, Doug T6-63181/16/198410Northern Illinois
23Frey, Isaiah DB6-02054/6/19903Nevada
52Gachkar, Andrew OLB6-224011/4/19886Missouri
80Gathers, Rico TE6-62811/7/1994RBaylor
79Green, Chaz T6-53184/8/19922Florida
94Gregory, Randy DE6-525511/23/19922Nebraska
84Hanna, James TE6-42607/14/19895Oklahoma
38Heath, Jeff SS6-12125/14/19914Saginaw Valley State
69Hedelin, David T6-53003/16/1991RPurdue
48Hepburn, Brandon LB6-424312/6/19891Florida A&M
59Hitchens, Anthony MLB6-02356/10/19923Iowa
95Irving, David DT6-72858/18/19932Iowa State
34Jackson, Darius RB6-022212/1/1993REastern Michigan
81Jones, Andy WR6-2200//4No College
6Jones, Chris P6-02057/21/19895Carson-Newman
31Jones, Byron FS6-02059/26/19922Connecticut
47King, Deon LB6-02257/2/1993RNorfolk State
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 C6-33158/31/19904Wake Forest
61Mack, Ryan T6-43105/31/1993RMemphis
70Martin, Zack G6-431511/20/19903Notre Dame
16Mayle, Vince WR6-22286/12/19911Washington State
93Mayowa, Benson DE6-32658/3/19914Idaho
97McClain, Terrell DT6-23027/20/19886South Florida
55McClain, Rolando MLB6-42557/14/19896Alabama
20McFadden, Darren RB6-12208/27/19879Arkansas
37McKinnon, Jeremiah DB5-111926/29/1993RFlorida International
43Milligan, Rolan DB5-102008/16/1994RToledo
17Moore, Kellen QB6-02007/12/19895Boise State
46Morris, Alfred RB5-1022212/12/19885Florida Atlantic
53Nzeocha, Mark OLB6-32401/19/19902Wyoming
74Okoye, Lawrence DE6-631010/6/19911No College
29Olatoye, Deji CB6-12057/20/19912North Carolina A&T
4Prescott, Dak QB6-22387/29/1993RMississippi State
9Romo, Tony QB6-22304/21/198014Eastern Illinois
99Russell, Ryan DE6-52751/17/19922Purdue
32Scandrick, Orlando CB5-101952/10/19879Boise State
7Showers, Jameill QB6-22309/6/19911Texas-El Paso
54Smith, Jaylon OLB6-22406/14/1995RNotre Dame
77Smith, Tyron T6-532012/12/19906USC
41Smith, Keith FB6-02404/8/19923San Jose State
62Smith, Jared G6-33153/20/19901New Hampshire
14Smith, Rodney WR6-52323/11/19903Florida State
45Smith, Rod RB6-32401/10/19922Ohio State
63Stiverson, Boston G6-331010/8/1992RKansas State
15Street, Devin WR6-32003/30/19913Pittsburgh
87Swaim, Geoff TE6-42609/16/19932Texas
28Swanson, Dax DB5-111873/21/19911Sam Houston State
79Tapper, Charles DE6-22705/7/1993ROklahoma
26Thomas, Josh DB5-111965/3/19896Buffalo
92Thornton, Cedric DT6-42956/21/19885Southern Arkansas
86Traylor, Austin TE6-32559/3/1993RWisconsin
13Whitehead, Lucky WR5-91806/2/19922Florida Atlantic
51Wilber, Kyle OLB6-42454/26/19895Wake Forest
27Wilcox, J.J. FS6-02122/14/19914Georgia Southern
2Wile, Matt K6-22156/20/19921Michigan
83Williams, Terrance WR6-22109/18/19894Baylor
57Wilson, Damien ILB6-12455/28/19932Minnesota
82Witten, Jason TE6-62635/6/198214Tennessee
76Witzmann, Bryan T6-73206/16/19901South Dakota State
64Wood, Zach DE6-32621/10/1993RSouthern Methodist
Injured Players
33McGee, Brandon (IR) DB5-1119312/11/19903Miami (Fla.)
52Harris, Jerrell (IR) LB6-32427/8/19891Alabama
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Dallas6-4313.46-3284.425.32136
 
 
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Position Listing
Andy Jones
No Updates
Jaylon Smith
News
Smith (knee) has experienced "no significant improvement" in his injured nerve thus far and is deemed "unlikely" to play in 2016, per ESPN's Ed Werder.

Smith (knee), a product of Notre Dame, tore both the ACL and MCL in his left knee during the Fighting Irish's Fiesta Bowl appearance on Jan. 1. Consequently, Smith is experiencing nerve damage in the same knee, as well as his left ankle. Now, nearly six months removed from the catastrophe, the responsiveness in his knee doesn't seem to have improved. Once a candidate to be selected within the top-10 picks of the draft, Smith fell to Dallas in the second round because his recovery is reportedly contingent on the nerve tissue repairing itself. In other words, there is no timetable for his recovery, and until the rookie begins to evidence progress in any capacity, Smith's chances of lacing up in 2016 will continue to diminish.

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
Arm - Probable for start of season
James Hanna
News
Hanna signed a three-year, $8.25 million deal with the Cowboys on Friday, Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram reports.

Hanna has been a reliable blocking presence for Dallas over the last four years, but carries little to no fantasy value. The 26-year-old registered just nine catches for 79 yards last season.

Darren McFadden
News
McFadden (elbow) could miss three months, ESPN.com reports.

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

Injury
Elbow - Questionable for start of season
Lawrence Okoye
News
The 49ers waived 10 players on Monday. They were K Corey Acosta, LB Steve Beauharnais, CB Mylan Hicks, T Sean Hooey, WR Mario Hull, WR Chuck Jacobs, WR Nigel King, LB Shawn Lemon, FB Trey Millard and DL Lawrence Okoye.

Additionally, the 49ers placed G/C Daniel Kilgore on the PUP list to start the season and WR DeAndre Smelter on the NFI list. The team also placed WR Dres Anderson and LB Desmond Bishop on injured reserve.

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. 

Maliek Collins
News
Collins (foot) signed his contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

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

Injury
Foot - Questionable for start of season
Josh Thomas
News
Thomas signed a one-year deal Thursday to remain with the Cowboys.

Originally drafted by Dallas in 2011, Thomas bounced around the league until winding up back with the Cowboys at the tail end of 2015. He's provide depth in the secondary and on special teams.

Brandon Hepburn
News
The Eagles signed linebacker Brandon Hepburn and offensive lineman Tyler Hoover to the practice squad Tuesday and released linebacker Colton Underwood.
Gavin Escobar
News
Cowboys executive VVP Stephen Jones said Monday that Escobar (Achilles) could be recovered in time to play Week 1 against the Giants, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "I think Gavin will be ready to start the season," Jones said.

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

Injury
Achilles - Doubtful for start of season
Ezekiel Elliott
News
Elliott was accused of domestic violence by a former girlfriend Friday morning, but the rookie running back has denied the allegations, ESPN.com reports.

Elliott was accused of assaulting the woman in a parked car early Friday morning, while four witnesses in addition to Elliott have denied any sort of domestic violence took place. The league will likely look deeper into the issue, meanwhile Elliott was not arrested nor charged with a crime. At this point the fourth overall pick in this year's draft doesn't appear to be in danger of being convicted, although more information should become available in the near future.

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."

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. 

Darius Jackson
No Updates
Ryan Mack
No Updates
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. 

Terrance Williams
News
Williams intends to let his play speak for itself as he enters the final year of his rookie contract this season, ESPN.com reports.

Williams has developed into a good second-choice wideout opposite Dez Bryant since joining the Cowboys as a third-round pick in 2013. In fact, with Bryant out for much of last season, Williams went on to post career-highs in catches (52) and yards (840), scoring three times as well. That being said, given the Cowboys' bevy of highly-paid offensive players, it remains to be seen whether Williams is regarded as a future investment as well. Regardless, the 26-year-old plans to prove his worth on the field this season, his last with the Cowboys under his current contract.

Alfred Morris
News
Morris has a shot to solidify his roster spot in the absence of teammate Darren McFadden, who will likely miss most or all of training camp after undergoing surgery to address a fractured elbow, ESPN.com reports.

Morris presumably expected to push McFadden for the starting job after signing with Dallas in late March on a two-year, $3.5 million contract that has approximately $1.8 million in guarantees, including a $1 million signing bonus. While the cap-strapped Cowboys may have had some buyer's remorse once they drafted Ezekiel Elliott, it still seemed that the structure of Morris' contract all but assured the four-year veteran of a roster spot. With Elliott the presumed starter and McFadden now uncertain for Week 1, Morris will likely work with the second-team offense at the beginning of training camp, though he may have to hold off sixth-round rookie Darius Jackson, who put up elite marks in the 40-yard dash (sub-4.4), vertical jump (41 inches) and broad jump (133 inches) while checking in at 6-1, 220 pounds at his pro day. The Cowboys don't have a clear favorite for the backup work on passing downs, as Morris has just 47 career receptions and recently admitted that he's having a tough time learning the pass protections. Lance Dunbar (knee) would be an obvious choice if he were healthy, but he's still recovering from a torn ACL and MCL suffered in October.

Andrew Gachkar
News
Gachkar is in the mix to start at middle linebacker while Rolando McClain serves his 10-game suspension, Dallas Morning News reports.

Anthony Hitchens, who started nine games last season, is the favorite to win the job and ultra-athletic second-year LB Mark Nzeocha could also factor in with a big camp, but Gachkar received most of the first-team reps at middle linebacker in OTAs and minicamp. The veteran was primarily used on special teams last year, but at the very least should see an increase in defensive snaps in 2016.

Deon King
No Updates
Jake Brendel
No Updates
Kyle Wilber
News
Wilber has signed a two-year deal to remain with the Cowboys, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Wilber made six starts for the Cowboys last season, compiling 24 tackles along the way. While that marked the second straight season Wilber's tackling total has declined, he'll provide veteran depth to Dallas' linebacking corp going forward.

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

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

Injury
Knee - Questionable for start of season
Isaiah Frey
News
Several injured Buccaneers have been placed on the inactive list for the Sunday game against New Orleans, including linebacker Mason Foster (Achilles). Also hurt and out are running back Robert Herron (hip), wide receiver Solomon Patton (foot) and cornerback Isaiah Frey (ankle).

Their healthy scratches are tackle Anthony Collins, running back Mike James and defensive end George Uko.

Ed Eagan
No Updates
David Irving
No Updates
Charles Tapper
News
Tapper was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 101st overall.

The Oklahoma product fits a need in Dallas as the Cowboys could certainly use more depth at defensive end. With DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory both suspended for the first quarter of the season, Tapper could be a potential Week 1 starter in Dallas. At 6-3, 271, Tapper won't necessarily win with power, but he can use his crafty moves to disrupt the backfield. He recorded 7.0 sacks in his final season at Oklahoma and racked up 10.0 tackles for loss.

Deji Olatoye
News
The Chiefs signed rookie defensive back Deji Olatoye to their practice squad. He was waived by the Ravens in late August.
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
David Hedelin
No Updates
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.

Kellen Moore
News
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expects Moore to serve as Tony Romo's top backup in 2016, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The Cowboys recently used a fourth-round draft pick on Dak Prescott, who will be groomed as Tony Romo's future backup and possible replacement. The team apparently expects Prescott to spend his first season as the No. 3 quarterback, but he'll probably still get a shot to compete with Moore for the top backup job. Offering neither running ability nor a strong arm, Moore is nothing more than a care-taker.

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 (foot) will be a full go July 28 when training camp begins, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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

Injury
Foot - Probable for start of 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.

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
Benson Mayowa
News
Mayowa is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, Clarence Hill of Star-Telegram.com reports.

Mayowa is expected to be ready for Cowboys training camp in six weeks, as the team doesn't believe his injury is anything serious. He figures to have an expanded role on the defensive line early in the regular season with projected starters DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory suspended for the first four games due to violations of the league's substance abuse policy. An update on Mayowa's recovery following Tuesday's surgery should be available prior to training camp in late-July.

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.
Dax Swanson
News
The Patriots placed cornerback Alfonzo Dennard on season-ending injured reserve with a hamstring injury, reports Field Yates of ESPN on Saturday. Dennard appeared in only six games this season, registering 15 combined tackles and one interception -- all season lows.

In corresponding moves, the Patriots elevated wide receiver Josh Boyce from the practice squad to take the spot of Dennard on the 53-man active roster. They re-signed Dax Swanson to the practice squad and released defensive lineman Cam Henderson.

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.

Rolan Milligan
No Updates
Zach Wood
No Updates
Rodney Coe
No Updates
Boston Stiverson
No Updates
Bryan Witzmann
No Updates
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.

Jared Smith
News
The Falcons have signed offensive lineman Jared Smith, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Smith, a seventh-round selection by the Seahawks, was waived prior to the start of training camp in 2014.

Randy Gregory
News
Already suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, Gregory is now facing a longer suspension due to another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, Gregory has checked into a treatment facility and won't report to training camp. He'll presumably now be suspended for at least half the season, and might end up missing the whole year. Gregory was one of the top pass-rushing prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he dropped to 60th overall due to off-field concerns that included a positive marijuana test at the Combine. He then had a quiet rookie season, failing to record a sack in 12 appearances.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 vs. Cincinnati
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.

Injury
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 (knee) declared, "I'll be totally fine. I see myself working my way into training camp and being full-go very, very soon," the Cowboys' official site reports.

Scandrick supported his claim by pointing out that he'll be 13 months removed from the injury when the season begins. Wisely, the cornerback has been patient in his recovery this offseason and hasn't tried to force himself back into action, keeping his eyes on a healthy return to training camp. His return can only help Dallas' encore after allowing the fifth-least passing yards in the NFL during 2015.

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
Jeremiah McKinnon
No Updates
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.

Chris Brown
No Updates
Justin Durant
News
Durant has signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys.

Durant's return to Dallas comes after fellow linebacker Rolando McClain was recently suspended for 10 games. The nine-year veteran played for the Cowboys in 2013 and 2014, before finishing with 82 tackles (57 solo) in 13 games for the Falcons last season. Given Sean Lee's success at Durant's usual weakside linebacker spot last season, it's unclear where the 30-year-old will line up this year, but he'll certainly help the Cowboys' depth while McClain is out.

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
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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.

Dak Prescott
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The Cowboys selected Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 135th overall.

Prescott is far from the NFL prototype at quarterback, as he was a raw passer before his senior year in college and was otherwise a very run-heavy quarterback. But Prescott showed impeccable in-game character as the likely best player in Mississippi State history, proving both tough and clutch while carrying the team on his back. Prescott should be an excellent runner in the NFL and, while he might not be more than a backup, the year-to-year improvements he made as a passer in college give reason to hope he might be Dallas' quarterback of the future.

Morris Claiborne
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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.

Austin Traylor
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Ryan Russell
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Russell has been getting the bulk of the left defensive end snaps with the first team so far in OTAs, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

After being inactive for 10 of 11 games as a rookie last year, Russell seems to have taken a step forward in his development. The Cowboys will need all the help they can get at DE for the first month of the season with DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory both suspended, but if Russell can continue impressing the coaching staff through the offseason into training camp, he could be a Week 1 starter.

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

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

Injury
Shoulder - Probable for start of season
Mark Nzeocha
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Nzeocha is in the mix to start at middle linebacker while Rolando McClain serves his 10-game suspension, Dallas Morning News reports.

Anthony Hitchens, who started nine games last season, is the favorite to win the job, and veteran special teams ace Andrew Gachkar could also see more snaps on defense, but Nzeocha would be the best fit purely from an athletic standpoint. The 2015 seventh round pick has a lot to prove in camp after missing almost his entire rookie season recovering from a knee injury before the Cowboys even guarantee a roster spot to him, however.

Anthony Brown
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Jeff Heath
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The Cowboys have signed Heath to a four-year deal, the Dallas Morning News reports.

In his role as reserve safety for the Cowboys in 2015, Heath managed to record two interceptions to go along with 25 tackles and a forced fumble. While he's generally off the IDP radar, Heath -- who turns 25 next month -- has carved out added value to the Cowboys with his strong special teams play.

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.

Sean Lee
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Lee (knee) expects to be ready for training camp, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

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

Injury
Knee - Probable for start of season
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.

Matt Wile
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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 (collarbone) is expected to be a full participant when the Cowboys start OTAs in late May, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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

Injury
Collarbone - Probable for start of training camp
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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The Cowboys have yet to decide on whether or not to release McClain (suspension), reports.

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

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.

Arjen Colquhoun
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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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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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