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Cowboys' Tavon Austin: Returns as limited participant
Austin (groin) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports.
Austin participated in a session for the first time since suffering a right groin strain Oct. 14. While he doesn't consider himself 100 percent yet, he told Watkins that he's feeling "much better." There's no guarantee he'll be available Sunday at Indianapolis, but if he is, the Cowboys could ease him into action as a punt returner and hold off on the offensive side of the ball with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott (shoulder) and Amari Cooper running on all cylinders at the moment.... See More ... See Less
Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Dealing with shoulder injury
Elliott was held out of practice Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports. "Just a maintenance day," Elliott told Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News. "Just got a little sore shoulder. It's late in the season. I've had a lot of touches. Just trying to make sure I'm fresh for [Sunday's game against the Colts]."
After Elliott ripped up the Eagles for 192 yards from scrimmage in the Cowboys' Week 14 win, coach Jason Garrett relayed the running back was feeling fine as a result of a neck injury he suffered in the fourth quarter. Elliott was seen in sweats at the beginning of Wednesday's practice, though, creating questions about his health. He put them to rest with his comments afterward. Elliott has two more sessions this week to prove that the shoulder issue won't impact his upcoming availability.... See More ... See Less
Cowboys' Sean Lee: Makes practice appearance
Lee (hamstring) took the field Wednesday for practice, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Coach Jason Garrett expressed optimism Monday that Lee would practice in a limited capacity Wednesday and that appears to have come to fruition. It still doesn't guarantee Lee will play Sunday against the Colts, with official word on that front unlikely to come until Dallas' final practice of the week Friday. Lee has accrued 27 stops, one fumble recovery and a half sack over his five outings this season.... See More ... See Less
Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Sits out practice Wednesday
Elliott (neck) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News
Hairopoulos notes that Elliott was on the field Wednesday but was in sweats, while his teammates practiced with their helmets on. Per Todd Archer of ESPN.com, the running back suffered a stinger in Sunday's overtime win over the Eagles, but returned to the game and finished with 28 carries for 113 yards and 12 catches for 79 yards. The Cowboys will provide their first Week 15 practice report later Wednesday, which will indicate if Elliott was a non-participant due to injury or merely for rest. Either way, he's expected to be ready to go this weekend against the Colts.... See More ... See Less
Cowboys' Rod Smith: Picks up 43 yards in win
Smith ran for 27 yards on four carries and added 16 yards on two catches during Sunday's 29-23 win over the Eagles.
The 43 total yards nearly doubled Smith's previous high for the season as Dallas piled up yardage on a weak Philly defense, particularly through the air as Dak Prescott set a career high with 455 passing yards. Between the offensive productivity and the game going into overtime, Smith topped five touches for just the second time this season. Given Ezekiel Elliott's (neck) stranglehold on carries in Dallas, accounting for a whopping 72 percent of them, Smith doesn't have much room to work. If the team decides to rest its star back a little down the stretch, Smith would have a so-so matchup Sunday against a middle-of-the-road Colts run defense, but don't expect a big limitation for Zeke until Dallas clinches a playoff berth and can't improve it.... See More ... See Less
Cowboys' Blake Jarwin: Comes up with career game
Jarwin caught all seven of his targets for 56 yards during Sunday's 29-23 win over the Eagles.
The second-year tight end doubled his career reception total during Sunday's outing, in which Dak Prescott surpassed his previous career high in passing yards by a whopping 123. Dallas' offense runs through Ezekiel Elliott and, though Prescott has been efficient as of late, don't expect another passing outburst Sunday against a Colts defense significantly tougher compared to the Eagles. Also, Geoff Swaim (wrist) may return.... See More ... See Less
Cowboys' Cole Beasley: Targeted four times in win
Beasley caught two of four targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 29-23 win over the Eagles.
Beasley has now failed to reach 20 yards in three consecutive games despite Dak Prescott putting together two of his most prolific passing performances of the season during that span, including Sunday's 455-yard outing. Beasley has been about half as productive since Amari Cooper joined the lineup than before him. He's averaging 2.8 catches for 22.7 yards per game since Cooper came aboard as compared to 4.7 catches and 50 yards per game without him. Expect that trend to continue Sunday against the Colts' middle-of-the-road pass defense.... See More ... See Less
Cowboys' Allen Hurns: Held to one catch
Hurns was targeted once during Sunday's 29-23 win over Philadelphia, converting it into a 9-yard catch.
Sunday was Dak Prescott's most prolific passing game of the season by a whopping 166 yards, and Hurns still managed to account for just nine of them. The offseason acquisition has now been targeted just twice in his last four games as Amari Cooper blooms in Dallas. If he were unable to do much against one of the league's worst pass defenses, things are unlikely to turn around in Indianapolis on Sunday. The Colts pass defense ranks 15th in the league, surrendering 258 yards per game -- 38 fewer than the Eagles.... See More ... See Less
Cowboys' Brett Maher: Hits 62-yarder in win
Maher made three of four field-goal attempts and both his extra-point tries in Sunday's 29-23 win over the Eagles.
Maher started by making from 28 yards, but then missed from 45 yards on his second attempt. Shortly thereafter, however, he nailed a 62-yarder as the first half expired, setting a Cowboys record in the process. The rookie's final make came from 21 yards, and with a couple extra points to boot, he put together his fifth double-digit scoring performance. That haul brought his season total to 106 points, which ranks eighth among kickers.... See More ... See Less
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