Dallas Cowboys

Stadium: AT&T Stadium | Coach: Jason Garrett
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Offense13th135.6 (3rd)196.3 (25th)
Defense8th104.0 (8th)214.1 (13th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
76Ash, Richard NT6-33208/4/19922Western Michigan
33Awuzie, Chidobe CB5-112025/24/19952Colorado
5Bailey, Dan K6-01951/26/19888Oklahoma State
11Beasley, Cole WR5-81804/26/19897Southern Methodist
75Bell, Byron G6-53201/17/19898New Mexico
23Benwikere, Bene' DB6-01959/3/19915San Jose State
85Brown, Noah WR6-22251/6/19962Ohio State
 Brown, Brian WR6-120810/22/19941Richmond
30Brown, Anthony CB5-1119612/15/19933Purdue
88Bryant, Dez WR6-222011/4/19889Oklahoma State
19Butler, Brice WR6-32201/29/19906San Diego State
 Cannon, KD WR6-018011/5/19951Baylor
97Charlton, Taco DE6-527011/7/19942Michigan
96Collins, Maliek DT6-23084/8/19953Nebraska
71Collins, La'el T6-43207/26/19934LSU
64Cooper, Jonathan G6-23081/19/19906North Carolina
98Crawford, Tyrone DE6-429011/22/19897Boise State
4Dysert, Zac QB6-32212/8/19903Miami (Ohio)
78Edwards, Kadeem G6-43151/24/19912Tennessee State
21Elliott, Ezekiel RB6-02287/22/19953Ohio State
35Frazier, Kavon SAF6-02208/11/19943Central Michigan
72Frederick, Travis C6-43203/18/19916Wisconsin
80Gathers, Rico TE6-62851/7/19942Baylor
79Green, Chaz T6-53184/8/19924Florida
94Gregory, Randy LB6-525511/23/19922Nebraska
84Hanna, James TE6-42607/14/19897Oklahoma
38Heath, Jeff DB6-12125/14/19916Saginaw Valley State
59Hitchens, Anthony LB6-02356/10/19925Iowa
 Huff, Marqueston DB5-111964/6/19923Wyoming
95Irving, David DT6-72908/18/19934Iowa State
89Jarwin, Blake TE6-52607/16/19942Oklahoma State
56Johnson, Tre'Von LB6-12352/10/19951Weber State
56Jones, Datone DE6-52887/24/19906UCLA
 Jones, Jarron DT6-63203/11/19941Notre Dame
6Jones, Chris P6-02057/21/19897Carson-Newman
31Jones, Byron CB6-02059/26/19924Connecticut
91LaDouceur, L.P. LS6-52563/13/198114California
90Lawrence, Demarcus LB6-32654/28/19925Boise State
50Lee, Sean LB6-22457/22/19869Penn State
14Lenoir, Lance WR5-112102/9/19951Western Illinois
27Lewis, Jourdan CB5-101958/31/19952Michigan
73Looney, Joe G6-33158/31/19906Wake Forest
53March-Lillard, Justin LB6-02227/5/19934Akron
70Martin, Zack T6-431511/20/19905Notre Dame
93Mayowa, Benson DE6-32658/3/19916Idaho
46Morris, Alfred RB5-1022212/12/19887Florida Atlantic
66Neal, Lewis DE6-02805/17/19952LSU
55Paea, Stephen DT6-12955/11/19888Oregon State
4Prescott, Dak QB6-22387/29/19933Mississippi State
92Price, Brian DT6-33186/24/19942Texas-San Antonio
68Ross, Daniel DE6-43103/15/19932Northeast Mississippi CC
7Rush, Cooper QB6-322511/21/19932Central Michigan
32Scandrick, Orlando DB5-101962/10/198711Boise State
 Showers, Jameill QB6-22229/6/19911Texas-El Paso
54Smith, Jaylon LB6-22456/14/19952Notre Dame
77Smith, Tyron T6-532012/12/19908Southern California
41Smith, Keith LB6-02404/8/19925San Jose State
45Smith, Rod RB6-32351/10/19924Ohio State
87Swaim, Geoff TE6-42609/16/19934Texas
10Switzer, Ryan WR5-818511/4/19942North Carolina
99Tapper, Charles DE6-22705/7/19933Oklahoma
26Thomas, Duke DB5-101925/21/19942Texas
 Thompson, Jason DB6-22084/21/19941Utah
 Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19884Maryland
39White, Marquez CB6-019010/29/19941Florida State
51Wilber, Kyle LB6-42454/26/19897Wake Forest
 Williams, Trey RB5-720012/11/19921Texas A&M
83Williams, Terrance WR6-22109/18/19896Baylor
57Wilson, Damien LB6-12455/28/19934Minnesota
82Witten, Jason TE6-62635/6/198216Tennessee
25Woods, Xavier SAF5-112027/26/19952Louisiana Tech
 
 
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Position Listing
Jaylon Smith
News
Smith (knee) could see his first game action as a Cowboy in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports. "I think his baseline health is at a point where he could play, it's just getting him in that football shape and doing things the right way," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Monday. "I think Jaylon's going to be around here the next 10 years. We don't want to do anything that's not taking care of Jaylon."

The 2016 second-round pick has been able to suit up for five of the team's seven padded practices so far in training camp, a notable improvement from his every-other-day schedule during OTAs and mini-camp. If Smith does play Saturday, his snaps will be strictly limited, but he continues to trend towards a regular-season NFL debut in Week 1 -- and a remarkable comeback from what seemed like a career-threatening knee injury.

Tre'Von Johnson
No Updates
Datone Jones
News
The 49ers released Jones on Tuesday, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.

Jones' dismissal hints that the 49ers may be preparing to activate fellow defensive end Tank Carradine (ankle) from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks. The 2013 first-round pick appeared in three games for the 49ers, logging six tackles and no sacks.

Trey Williams
News
Williams signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Williams spent three games on the Cowboys' 53-man roster during Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension, but was a healthy scratch for each contest. The 25-year-old hasn't seen game action since a brief two-game stint with the Colts to close the 2015 season.

James Hanna
News
Hanna finished the regular season with four catches on nine targets for 88 yards and his first career NFL touchdown.

The fifth-year tight end's blocking skill and contributions on special teams have kept him in the No. 2 spot on the Cowboys depth chart, but it's a role that's offered little fantasy upside behind Jason Witten. With Witten set to return in 2018 and young TEs like Rico Gathers pushing for snaps, Hanna isn't likely to see his usage in the passing game increase next season.

Blake Jarwin
News
Jarwin was promoted to the Cowboys' active roster Thursday, the Cowboys' official site reports.

The Cowboys will bolster their tight end depth this week by adding Jarwin, an undrafted rookie from Oklahoma State, to the active roster. In a corresponding move, the team parted ways with quarterback Kellen Moore.

Maliek Collins
News
Collins (foot) is expected to be healthy in time for offseason workouts, Mickey Spagnola of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Collins recently underwent surgery to repair a stress reaction to the fifth metatarsal in his left foot that he first starting having troubles with in late October. It's a fortunate development for player and team alike that the 2016 third-rounder won't need to miss any practice time this offseason.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ezekiel Elliott
News
Elliott carried the ball 27 times for 103 yards while adding three catches for 38 yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Eagles.

Very little went right for either offense in this one, but Elliott still came through with his fifth 100-yard rushing performance in 10 games and fell just 17 yards shy of another 1000-yard season. Assuming he stays out of the league's disciplinary crosshairs in 2018 and avoids another suspension, Elliott should be primed for a very productive campaign as the centerpiece of the Cowboys' offense.

Travis Frederick
News
Frederick was named to his fourth Pro Bowl team as a reserve Tuesday, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The center continues to anchor one of the elite blocking units in the league, and his consistency has helped the Cowboys work in a new starting left guard this season in Jonathan Cooper without losing too much efficiency. Frederick joins offensive linemates Zack Martin and Tyron Smith (knee) on this year's Pro Bowl squad.

Tyron Smith
News
Smith (knee) will not need offseason surgery, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Smith suffered a right knee sprain in Week 16, bringing an end to an injury-filled season. The veteran lineman will not need surgery, but will probably take advantage of the extra rest after dealing with back, groin, hip and knee injuries throughout the season. As long as he makes a healthy recovery, Smith should return to his role as starting left tackle in 2018.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jarron Jones
No Updates
Terrance Williams
News
Williams finished the regular season with 53 catches on 78 targets for 568 yards and added two rushes for 15 yards.

After signing a four-year contract in the offseason to stay in Dallas, Williams then delivered the worst season of his NFL career, failing to crack the 600-yard mark for the second straight campaign while posting a career-low 10.7 yards per catch and failing to score a touchdown after averaging five a season through his first four years in the league. Dak Prescott's difficulty stretching the field certainly played a part in Williams' poor performance, but the receiver also struggled to get open on the routes he was given. The Cowboys are expected to revamp their passing game in the offseason, and while his spot on the roster appears safe for now, Williams could face additional competition for targets in 2018 if the team brings in new blood through the draft at wide receiver.

Alfred Morris
News
Morris finished the regular season with 115 carries for 547 yards and a touchdown while adding seven catches (on nine targets) for 45 yards.

His 4.8 yards per carry average was his best mark since his rookie season in 2012. Kept on in Dallas as an insurance policy, Morris got his chance to shine while Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension late in the season, with the high-water mark of his campaign being a 27-carry, 127-yard explosion against his former Washington club in Week 13. Morris will head into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, and while he's highly unlikely to get any offers that would make him a full-time starter once again, he's proven his value as a backup or committee RB who can handle a big workload if necessary.

Kadeem Edwards
News
Edwards was promoted to the Cowboys' active roster Friday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Edwards received this promotion in the wake of OT Tyron Smith being placed on injured reserve. He'll work in as a depth lineman for the time being.

Kyle Wilber
News
WIlber (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

Wilber did not practice Wednesday and Thursday before finishing the week with a limited session. Fellow reserve linebacker Justin Durant (groin) is also listed as questionable, which could leave Jaylon Smith and Justin March-Lillard as the only reserve linebackers should Wilber and Durant be unable to play.

Jason Thompson
News
Thompson signed with the Cowboys on Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reports.

He flashed elite-level athleticism at Utah's Pro Day last year, but a college career that saw Thompson bounce between positions and schools did little to help his skill development, and his brief pro career has followed a similar pattern -- after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Patriots, he was cut at the end of the preseason and spent time with the Seahawks and Bears in 2017 on their practice squads. If he does crack the Cowboys' game-day roster at some point, expect him to be limited to special teams duty.

Daniel Ross
No Updates
David Irving
News
Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones indicated a long-term contract with Irving (concussion) would be "real difficult to figure out," Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Irving enters 2018 as a restricted free agent and played only eight games this season, but still finished second on the team with seven sacks. The Cowboys likely want Irving to return given his impact when on the field, but are clearly hesitant to commit long term due to the injury issues.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Noah Brown
News
Brown suited up for 13 games in 2017, catching four of nine targets for 33 yards.

Seven of those nine targets came in the final five games of the season, as the rookie earned enough trust from the coaching staff to begin seeing regular snaps on offense, if not regular looks from Dak Prescott. Brown is currently buried on the depth chart in Dallas, and the team could well add another receiving option with a top pick in the draft, but the team still likes his upside as a 21-year-old. If Dez Bryant were to ever become a cap casualty, Brown's size and physicality could make him a natural replacement as an intriguing red-zone and possession option.

Taco Charlton
News
Charlton finished the regular season with 19 tackles, including three sacks, and a pass defended in 16 games.

The 28th overall pick in the 2017 draft got his NFL career off to a slow start, not recording his first sack until Week 9, and he never rose above being a depth option in the Cowboys' pass-rush rotation. Bigger things will be expected from Charlton next season, especially if David Irving (concussion) doesn't return to Dallas, but he still has a lot to prove before he'll be on the IDP radar.

Charles Tapper
News
Tapper (foot) reported via his personal Twitter account that he's received medical clearance to return to the field.

Tapper underwent surgery to repair a foot he fractured in Week 2. Although the Oklahoma product has played in just two out of a possible 32 games since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, Tapper has shown promise when healthy and could be an integral part of the Cowboys' defensive line rotation in 2018.

Richard Ash
News
Ash (shoulder) is active for Sunday's season finale against Philadelphia, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Ash was questionable entering Sunday's game after sitting out last week's contest. He'll likely see a larger than usual role with David Irving (concussion) sidelined.

Chidobe Awuzie
News
Awuzie left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury and didn't return, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Before injuring his shoulder, Awuzie was able to haul in his first career interception Sunday. The rookie second-round pick has seen an increased role in the four previous games, making 16 tackles and breaking up six passes. Awuzie proved a lot down the final stretch, so he should be on fantasy radars once the 2018 season approaches.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brian Brown
No Updates
Dan Bailey
News
Bailey finished an injury-plagued regular season having connected on only 75 percent (15-for-20) of his field-goal attempts while missing the first two extra points of his NFL career.

All seven of those misses came in the final four games of the season, and it's fair to wonder whether Bailey rushed back too soon from a groin injury that kept him out of action from Weeks 8-11. The normally reliable kicker will get the whole offseason to heal and correct any bad habits that crept into his technique down the stretch, and he should be back to his usual self in 2018.

Zac Dysert
News
Dysert (back) cleared waivers and was reverted to injured reserve on Tuesday.

This back injury was going to keep Dysert out for the remainder of the season, so it's no surprise that he was waived/injured almost immediately. Expect him to be in the hunt for a backup or practice squad role once he finishes his recovery.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Damien Wilson
News
Wilson finished the regular season with 35 tackles, including one sack, and a pass defended in 16 games.

He has yet to miss a game in his three-year NFL career, but while Wilson was the starting strong-side linebacker on the depth chart, he actually only started nine games and routinely came off the field in passing situations. With Jaylon Smith expected to take another step forward in 2018, Wilson's role seems unlikely to grow even if Anthony Hitchens departs in free agency.

Lewis Neal
News
The Cowboys signed Neal off their practice squad Wednesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

After being cut by the Cowboys following training camp, Neal will be added to a 53-man roster for the first time in his NFL career. The undrafted rookie out of LSU will take the spot of Brian Price (knee), who is headed to season-ending injured reserve.

Dez Bryant
News
Bryant is expected to remain a Cowboy during the 2018 season, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Among wide receivers under contract for the upcoming campaign, Bryant's cap hit of $16.5 million ranks third behind Antonio Brown ($17.7 million) and Larry Fitzgerald ($16.9 million). At this point in Bryant's career, the Cowboys are paying for past performance, but his effectiveness has diminished enough that the team wouldn't be blamed for exploring all options. Despite earning a career-high 894 offensive snaps across 16 games in 2017, he managed 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns. The stat line isn't unsightly upon first glance, but 12.1 YPC, 6.3 YPT and eight catches of 20-plus yards are too few to warrant such a significant salary. No matter, owner Jerry Jones told George on Tuesday that Bryant is in Dallas' plan for next season, a sentiment backed up by team executive Stephen Jones.

Chaz Green
News
Green (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Green sat out Friday's practice session due to a sore hip but the issue doesn't appear to be overly serious. He's expected to resume his typical role along the starting offensive line.

Justin March-Lillard
News
March-Lillard signed a contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

March-Lillard was waived Saturday by the Seahawks after playing exclusively on special teams during his lone game with the team. The 24-year-old is likely to see a similar role in Dallas now that middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens has returned from a knee injury.

Jameill Showers
News
Showers signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Monday.

Showers signed with Dallas' practice squad as a quarterback in early September but was then converted to safety. With a full offseason working in the secondary he may be able to secure a role as a depth safety and special teams player in 2017.

Benson Mayowa
News
Mayowa (back) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Mayowa started the week as a limited participant but was unable to practice Thursday and Friday. Taco Charlton and Datone Jones should serve as the Cowboys' reserve defensive ends for Sunday's season finale.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Rico Gathers
News
Gathers is nursing jaw and neck injuries in addition to concussion symptoms, William Allen of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Gathers absorbed a helmet-to-helmet hit during training camp last summer and, by all accounts, still hasn't cleared concussion protocol. However, it's now evident the tight end is dealing with more than a typical concussion, which helps explain why his recovery has taken as long as it has. It's still too early to know when he could be back on the field, but there's optimism he'll be able to participate in OTAs and minicamp in some capacity this spring with the hope to be fully ready to play when training camp rolls around in late July.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Keith Smith
News
Smith saw snaps in all 16 games in 2017, failing to get a carry and catching all five of his targets for 26 yards.

The fullback received regular special-teams work, but the Cowboys preferred to use two-tight end sets rather than two-back formations, limiting Smith's usage on offense. Assuming he retains his spot on the roster in 2018, don't expect Smith's role to change.

Brice Butler
News
Butler caught both his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Eagles.

It was a poor display from both offenses in a game that meant little to either team, but Butler's 20-yard TD catch early in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference. The 27-year-old once again failed to make much of an impact over the course of the season, with his 317 receiving yards on the year being a new career high, and while Butler's size and speed have never been question, it appears that he'll never be anything more than a depth option in an NFL offense.

Cooper Rush
News
Rush took snaps in only two games in 2017, completing one of three passes for two yards and gaining 13 yards on two carries.

The undrafted free agent mostly watched from the sidelines behind Dak Prescott, but the Cowboys feel as though Rush has the potential to develop into an NFL-caliber quarterback down the road. The team may bring in some competition for him in the later rounds of the draft, but in all likelihood Rush will enter 2018 as the team's No. 2 and, barring an injury to Prescott, will once again see occasional action at the end of blowouts.

Xavier Woods
News
Woods finished the regular season with 42 tackles and three passes defended, including one interception, in 16 games.

The rookie spent most of the season behind Byron Jones and Jeff Heath on the depth chart, but Woods started the last four games and for the most part didn't look out of place with the additional snaps. 2018 will be a new day for the safety, and Heath's limitations in coverage could open the door for Woods to claim a bigger role in the Cowboys' secondary if he shows offseason improvement.

Jonathan Cooper
News
Cooper (knee) will likely need four-to-five months of recovery, Mickey Spagnola of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Cooper, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, recently underwent surgery to repair the MCL in his left knee and it was previously reported that he'd be healthy in time for when teams usually start OTAs (typically late April). However, it now seems he's more likely looking at a return date in June.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Duke Thomas
News
Thomas (foot) was moved to injured reserve Saturday, SportsDay reports.

Thomas suffered some sort of lower-leg injury in the third preseason game. Barring an injury settlement, he's likely stuck on IR through the end of the season.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Joe Vellano
News
Vellano was waived Tuesday by the Falcons, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Vellano was waived in order to create a roster spot for the newly signed Sean Weatherspoon. Vellano was originally signed for depth purposes on the defensive line, but his services were no longer needed upon the return of Courtney Upshaw (ankle).

Randy Gregory
News
The NFL isn't expected to clear Gregory (suspension) if he decides to apply for reinstatement when first eligible to do so Nov. 6, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports.

Gregory was handed a one-year suspension from the league in January 2017 following multiple failed drug tests, so even if he were reinstated after the year is up, it would come after the current regular season has already concluded. While he's reportedly spent significant time in a rehab facility over the past year and had passed league-administered tests as recently as September, optimism regarding Gregory's reinstatement has seemed to fade over the past few weeks. Sources close to the situation declined to provide specifics behind why Gregory's reinstatement could be delayed, but the Cowboys will wait for the defensive end to get his personal life in order until he's comfortable pursuing a return to professional football. Gregory has appeared in just 14 games for the Cowboys since being selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended indefinitely
Orlando Scandrick
News
Scandrick (back) will be placed on injured reserve Friday according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com.

The veteran cornerback has missed the past three games due to two separate fractures in his back, leaving him unavailable for Sunday's season finale. Scandrick recorded 38 tackles (32 solo) and three passes defensed in 11 games this season, but it is the first time he did not record an interception since 2012. He is under contract for one more season with Dallas, where he's spent his entire nine-year career. However, his return to the team isn't guaranteed, especially considering the Cowboys' decision to give more reps to their younger secondary talent throughout this season.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
La'el Collins
News
Collins (back) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Eagles, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Collins missed practice on Wednesday but was able to return in limited fashion on Thursday and Friday. He played through his back injury to see his typical role along the starting offensive line last week and appears set to do so once again.

Demarcus Lawrence
News
The Cowboys will use their franchise tag on Lawrence before the 3 p.m. EST deadline on March 6, but plan to continue negotiating with the defensive end through mid-July on a long-term contract, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Dallas' top priority this offseason is re-signing Lawrence, a goal executive vice president Stephen Jones reiterated at the Senior Bowl last month, according to Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports. At the very least, Lawrence will return to Dallas next season and take home a hefty payday while the franchise tag remains in place, but the Cowboys are hopeful that will only be a temporary arrangement until they're able to reach terms on a long-term deal with the 25-year-old, who notched a career-high and team-leading 14.5 sacks last season. The Cowboys will have until July 16 to work out an extension with Lawrence and lower his cap hit for 2018 in the process.

Ryan Switzer
News
Switzer recently underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his left ankle, Mickey Spagnola of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Switzer was bothered by an ankle injury during the final five games of the 2017 season. This procedure isn't considered to be serious and the budding wideout is expected to be healthy in time for offseason workouts.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Cole Beasley
News
Beasley finished the regular season with 36 catches on 63 targets for 314 yards and four touchdowns.

The slot receiver failed to build on his impressive 2016, topping 33 receiving yards only once while never catching more than four passes in any game, and his fantasy utility was essentially confined to two games -- a pair of two-TD performances in Weeks 5 and 9. Depending on how the Cowboys address their ineffective aerial attack in the offseason, Beasley's role and even his roster spot could be in jeopardy heading into 2018.

Jason Witten
News
Witten said after Sunday's 6-0 win over the Eagles that he intends to come back in 2018, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.

His 2017 season didn't exactly end on a high note, as he caught only two of three passes for 17 yards, but Witten still feels like he can contribute to the Cowboys. The 35-year-old posted career lows in catches, receiving yards and targets this season, however, and at this point he offers no downfield threat at all, simply providing Dak Prescott with a reliable checkdown option. With the team likely looking for ways to add more of a vertical element to its offense next season, it's hard to imagine Witten's production bouncing back in any way.

Geoff Swaim
News
Swaim recently underwent minor surgery on his right knee, Mickey Spagnola of the Cowboys' official site reports.

This procedure is likely linked to the knee injury Swaim sustained in November. Entering the last year of his rookie contract, Swaim is expected to be healthy in time for offseason workouts this spring.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Dak Prescott
News
Prescott completed 17 of 30 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown while running the ball twice for 16 yards in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Eagles.

His 20-yard TD strike to Brice Butler early in the fourth quarter accounted for the only points in a game that meant little to either team. Prescott finished his second NFL campaign with fewer passing yards, fewer touchdowns, a lower completion percentage, a lower YPA and more INTs than he did as a rookie, but his rushing contributions helped keep his fantasy value afloat. The Cowboys will likely make it a priority to generate more of a vertical threat in 2018, but as yet Prescott hasn't demonstrated that he's capable of carrying the team's offense for any meaningful stretch.

Lance Lenoir
News
Lenoir was promoted to the Cowboys' active roster Friday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Lenoir saw a roster spot open up when OT Tyron Smith and CB Orlando Scandrick were placed on injured reserve. The undrafted rookie hasn't suited up for an NFL game yet, and with Dez Bryant (knee) and Cole Beasley (illness) nursing ailments, Lenoir could log some time as a situational wideout Sunday in Philly.

Stephen Paea
News
Paea (knee) told Cowboys coaches Wednesday he would retire from professional football, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Paea has been dealing with this nagging knee injury for weeks, but he only missed the Cowboys' past game against the Packers. With the injury apparently impacting Paea's desire to play, the veteran defensive tackle will call it quits after a solid seven-year career that also included stops in Chicago, Washington and Cleveland. David Irving, Maliek Collins and Brian Price are now the remaining defensive tackles on the Cowboys' roster.

Tyrone Crawford
News
Crawford finished the regular season with 27 tackles, including four sacks, and two passes defended in 16 games.

It's just the third time in his five-year career that Crawford has suited up for all 16 games. The defensive lineman remains a jack-of-all-trades for the Cowboys, bouncing between end and tackle as needed, but that role also limits his IDP upside -- he has only 16.5 career sacks, with a career high of five set in 2015.

Anthony Brown
News
Brown finished the regular season with 56 tackles, 11 passes defended including two interceptions, and one sack in 16 games.

The surprise of the Cowboys' 2016 defense, Brown made nine starts in 2017 but by the end of the campaign, rookies Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis had muscled past him on the depth chart. Brown's role next season will likely depend as much on whether Orlando Scandrick is back with the team as it does on his own offseason development, but he profiles best in nickel and dime packages rather than as an every-snap starter.

Marquez White
News
White (hamstring) has returned to practice, Bryan Broaddus of the team's official site reports.

White did not play in the Cowboys first preseason contest, but his return to practice hints that he could be available for team's second exhibition game Saturday. As it currently stands, White projects to function as a depth corner for Dallas this year if he can stay healthy.

Jeff Heath
News
Heath finished the regular season with 71 tackles (63 solo), three interceptions and two forced fumbles in 15 games.

The tackles and picks were career highs for Heath, who got his first chance at a regular starting job in the NFL with somewhat mixed results. His high ratio of solo tackles is a testament to his hard-hitting ways in the open field, but it also shows a lack of foot speed that made him a step or two later to the ball than his teammates. With younger safeties like Xavier Woods pushing for bigger roles in 2018, Heath could find it difficult to hang onto his starting spot.

Joe Looney
News
Looney underwent surgery on his fractured left wrist this offseason, Mickey Spagnola of the Cowboys' official site reports.

It isn't clear when Looney originally fractured his wrist. While he's expected to fully recover from the injury, it remains to be seen whether his rehabilitation will impact his ability to land a contract this offseason, as Looney will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.

Injury
Wrist - Questionable for the start of training camp
Rod Smith
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Smith finished the regular season with 232 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 55 carries while adding 19 catches on 23 targets for 202 yards and a touchdown through the air.

Buried on the RB depth chart to begin the season, Smith opened some eyes with an impressive showing despite limited touches against the 49ers in Week 7, then scored five TDs over a four-game stretch later in the year while Ezekiel Elliott served his suspension. With Alfred Morris potentially not returning to Dallas next season, Smith could head into 2018 as Elliott's top backup.

Sean Lee
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Lee finished the regular season with 101 tackles (70 solo) and one interception in 11 games.

It was the same old story for the extremely talented but fragile veteran. Lee was an IDP dynamo when he was on the field, but he's missed multiple games due to injury in six of his eight NFL seasons -- including the entire 2014 campaign. The 31-year-old will return to his weak-side LB role in 2018, but the Cowboys have to hope that Jaylon Smith or someone else can begin to emerge to eventually replace Lee as the heart and soul of their defense.

Chris Jones
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Jones inked a four-year extension with the Cowboys on Wednesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Jones has been the Cowboys' starting punter since 2013 and will be expected to carry the punting torch through at least the 2021 season. Through six seasons, Jones has recorded a net average of 40.9 yards per punt.

Bene' Benwikere
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Benwikere will sign a one-year deal with the Bengals, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Benwikere started the 2016 season as the Panthers' top cornerback, but quickly fell down the ranks and was eventually released by the team following a 300-yard performance from Julio Jones. He then had a brief stints with the Dolphins and Packers to end the season. Only 25, the cornerback could play his way into a starting position with the Bengals, who are currently facing a lot of uncertainty in the secondary. Dre Kirkpatrick is a pending free agent and Adam Jones' best days may be behind him. William Jackson III, the Bengals' 2016 first-round pick, spent the entire season on injured-reserve, leaving his status in question as well. Benwikere adds depth to the cornerback position, but will have to show signs of his former self in order to make it on the 53-man roster.

Zack Martin
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Martin recently underwent a cleanup procedure on his right elbow and will miss the 2018 Pro Bowl as a result, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Martin's recovery from surgery isn't expected to impact his availability for the Cowboys' offseason program, so he likely won't have too many reservations about skipping out on his fourth straight Pro Bowl. The 27-year-old guard was honored as a second-team All-Pro this season, the second time he's received that distinction during his career.

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Elbow - Questionable for the start of training camp
Byron Bell
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Bell is on track to start at left tackle Sunday against the Eagles with Tyron Smith (groin/back) unlikely to play, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.

The Cowboys struggled mightily to replace Smith, a four-time All-Pro, in the Week 10 loss to the Falcons, with his replacement in the starting lineup, Chaz Green, surrendering five sacks. Green was pulled in favor of Bell later in the contest, but the 28-year-old didn't fare much better, conceding two sacks in relief. It nonetheless appears that will be enough to earn Bell the right to protect Dak Prescott's blind side in Week 10, which could inhibit the productivity of the Dallas offense for the second week in a row.

Anthony Hitchens
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Hitchens finished the regular season with a career-high 84 tackles (55 solo), two passes defended and a forced fumble in 12 games.

Despite missing the first four games of the season with a knee injury, Hitchens still put together a strong campaign as the Cowboys' middle linebacker. He'll be a free agent in the offseason and it's unclear at this point how much effort the team will put into trying to bring him back, as players like DeMarcus Lawrence will be bigger priorities to re-sign and Jaylon Smith could be ready to step into a starting role in 2018, but wherever Hitchens lands he should be a tackling machine, although his minimal contributions in other categories put him on the fringe of IDP utility.

Jourdan Lewis
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Lewis collected 54 tackles and 10 passes defended, including an interception, in 15 games in 2017.

The third round pick has worked his way into the starting lineup by the end of the season and made some big plays, although he also got burned a few times, something that isn't surprising for a first-year cornerback. Lewis figured to be a big part of a young and improving Cowboys secondary in 2018, although his IDP value will likely be limited.

Marqueston Huff
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Huff was waived by the Buccaneers Saturday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Huff, who joined the team at the start of camp, impressed in special teams, but failed to make enough of an impression in the defensive backfield. If he does not make the team's practice squad he will be forced to look for a new opportunity.

Kavon Frazier
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Frazier underwent "cleanup surgery" on his knee this offseason, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Frazier dealt with a knee injury early on during the 2017 season, but it isn't clear if this recent procedure is related in any way. Regardless, Frazier isn't expected to miss much, if any, of the Cowboys' offseason training program starting in late April.

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Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
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Byron Jones
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Jones, who has predominantly played safety the last two seasons, could be moved to cornerback next season, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

New secondary coach Kris Richard has a track record for preferring corners with size, and Jones would fit the bill. He's also been inconsistent in his time at safety, and by the end of last season he was splitting snaps with Kavon Frazier at the position. A shift back to corner -- the position Jones spent the most time at in his rookie campaign -- wouldn't do his IDP value any favors, but it could strengthen the Cowboys' overall team defense.

KD Cannon
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Cannon signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Cannon joined the Cowboys' practice squad in late December after an uneventful 2017 season. The 22-year-old will have the benefit of being in Dallas' offseason program as he turns the page on a quiet rookie season.

Brian Price
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Price (knee) recently underwent a right knee scope, Mickey Spagnola of the Cowboys' official site reports.

This procedure is likely related to the knee injury that planted Price on injured reserve in early November. Fortunately, he's expected to be healthy in time for the start of offseason workouts this spring.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp