Thompson (COVID-19) recorded 43 tackles (30 solo), one interception and one forced fumble over 15 games in 2020.
The 27-year-old safety started and ended the season with a starting role before missing Week 17 on the COVID-19 list, and he posted a couple of strong IDP efforts, including a 10-tackle performance Week 1. In between, however, Thompson's liabilities in coverage mostly relegated him to special teams. He has one more very affordable season remaining on his current contract, and the Cowboys are potentially facing a lot of turnover in their secondary already. However, new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn might decide to clean house as much as possible and send Thompson packing regardless of other moves.
Thompson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Thompson won't play in Sunday's game against the Giants. The Cowboys will miss the playoffs with a loss or a Washington win. Depending on when Thompson tested positive, he may not be cleared in time for the first round of the playoffs. If Xavier Woods (ribs) is also unable to play, Reggie Robinson likely will start at safety in Week 17.
Thompson suffered a concussion during Sunday's 37-17 win over the Eagles, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Thompson had four tackles (one solo) during Sunday's divisional win. However, he'll need to garner full medical clearance in order to suit up Week 17 on the road against the Giants.
Thompson recorded seven tackles (five solo) and an interception in Tuesday's 34-17 loss to the Ravens.
Thompson's second career interception came on a pass that bounced off the outstretched hand of receiver Marquise Brown and right into the safety's waiting arms. His seven tackles were also the most Thompson has totaled since Week 1 against the Rams, as he failed to register more than four in any of the games in between.
Thompson recorded 10 tackles (nine solo) in Sunday's loss to the Rams.
Between an early exit for Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) and a Sean McVay game plan that called for a lot of runs and quick passes to neutralize the Cowboys' pass rush, both the team's safeties were very busy -- Xavier Woods also racked up nine tackles. Thompson could remain an IDP asset at least until Vander Esch returns to action, especially if other teams copy what the Rams did offensively in Week 1.
Thompson could be the Week 1 starter at safety opposite Xavier Woods (groin) following the release of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on Thursday, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.
Of course, the team could bring in a veteran to fill that role, and the release of Clinton-Dix prompted a new round of speculation regarding the team's interest in Earl Thomas. "We're certainly going to look at all avenues as we move forward here and I wouldn't rule anything out," Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said Thursday. Assuming there's no last-minute additions to the roster, however, Thompson is the most likely candidate to take on the starting job after a strong training camp, although Donovan Wilson has also made a good impression. Cornerbacks Daryl Worley, Reggie Robinson and even Chidobe Awuzie could also be in the mix for snaps at safety, as new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has stressed flexibility in his secondary during camp. Thompson has starting experience from his days with the Giants, recording 75 tackles, six passes defended and one interception over 16 games in 2017.
The Cowboys and Thompson agreed to terms on a two-year contract Tuesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Thompson suited up for 435 defensive and 222 special-teams snaps in 2019 for Dallas. Across 15 games, the 26-year-old didn't make much impact as an IDP option, producing 45 tackles (23 solo), 1.5 sacks and three pass breakups. Thompson will likely be deployed in a similar capacity in 2020.
Thompson finished the 2019 season with 45 tackles (23 solo) including 1.5 sacks, three passes defended and one forced fumble in 15 games.
After barely getting on the field in 2018 during his first campaign with the Cowboys, Thompson started four games this year as injuries hit the safety group and even made an impact as an IDP asset in Week 14, when he racked up 11 tackles including a sack against the Bears. With his rookie contract now up -- he was a third-round pick of the Giants in 2016 -- Thompson will head into free agency hoping his resume can earn him a more consistent role in someone's secondary.
Thompson (arm) won't carry an injury designation into Thursday's game against the Bears, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Since Jeff Heath (shoulder) has been ruled out, Thompson is expected to make his second straight start. The 26-year-old was solid in Week 13 against the Bills with four tackles, 0.5 sacks and a pass breakup.
Thompson was a limited practice participant Monday due to an arm injury, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The 26-year-old started in place of Jeff Heath (shoulder) in two of the last three games, and he apparently picked up the arm injury as he had four tackles (three solo), a half-sack and a pass defensed during last Thursday's loss to the Bills. Heath didn't practice Monday, so Thompson could be called upon again Thursday in Chicago, assuming he's able to play.
Thompson is expected to start at strong safety for Sunday's game against the Lions, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
This news comes on the heels of usual starter Jeff Heath nursing a shoulder injury and being inactive. Thompson likely will see plenty of snaps in the game, adding to his IDP appeal, but he has just 15 tackles (six solo) and a fumble recovery this season in eight games.
Thompson is handling first-team reps in Thursday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The Cowboys appear to be preparing Thompson for the possibility of starting Week 11 against the Lions, with Jeff Health (shoulder) practicing on a limited basis. Thompson filled in for Heath during Sunday's loss to the Vikings, compiling five tackles (two solo) while handling 87 percent of snaps on defense, and he previously played a starting role with the Giants in 2017. If Heath is forced to miss any time, Thompson could be worth fantasy consideration in IDP formats.
Thompson will start in Xavier Woods' (ankle) place at free safety in Sunday's game against Miami, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Thompson has yet to play a defensive snap this season, as he was inactive for the season opener and only saw 11 snaps on special teams in last Sunday's victory over Washington. The last time the 25-year-old saw a starting role was in 2017 with the Giants, when he logged 1,065 defensive snaps, 75 total tackles, six pass breakups and an interception over 16 games.
Thompson (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's season opener versus the Giants, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Thompson was likely looking for revenge against the Giants, as he was a starter in New York during the 2017 season. However, an ankle injury will keep him sidelined to start the year. He is expected to primarily contribute in a special-teams role when healthy this season.
Thompson (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Thompson was a starter for the Giants in 2017, but he played just one defensive snap with Dallas last year. He's now used more in a special-teams role, and he could rotate in at safety if Donovan Wilson (ankle) can't go Sunday. Thompson will first need to log practice time, as he's nursed this ankle injury for more than two weeks.
Thompson was absent from Tuesday's practice while nursing an ankle injury, The Dallas Morning News reports.
It's unclear how Thompson picked up the injury, but it was serious enough to force him out of practice. The 25-year-old could be in line for an increased role within the defense, considering he only appeared in 10 games with the team last season. As long as Thompson is sidelined, Donovan Wilson and Tyvis Powell could see an increase in reps.
Thompson (groin) participated in June minicamp, Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Thompson signed a one-year deal with Dallas in March after appearing in 10 games for the club in 2018. The 25-year-old could see an increased role with the Cowboys after a full offseason within the system. Thompson had a solid performance with the Giants in 2017, amassing 75 tackles (61 solo), six pass breakups and an interception over 16 games.
Thompson (groin) signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys on Thursday, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.
Thompson was a third-round draft pick of the Giants back in 2016 and originally came to Dallas last October when the Cowboys signed him off the Cardinals' practice squad. While the Boise State product didn't see much playing time last year, Archer reports that the Cowboys believe a full year in their offseason program will give the defensive back a chance to contribute on defense.
Thompson (groin) is officially inactive for Saturday's game against the Rams, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Thompson was a limited participant at practice this week and was listed as questionable. The 25-year-old played a minimal defensive role, so his absence is unlikely to be a significant factor Saturday.
Thompson (groin) is officiallly inactive for Saturday's wild-card game against the Seahawks, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Thompson received the questionable tag after being a limited practice participant this week. The 25-year-old played one defensive snap all season, so the Cowboys defense is unlikely to be impacted by his absence.
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