Dallas Cowboys

Stadium: AT&T Stadium | Coach: Jason Garrett
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense14th84.5 (19th)245.5 (10th)
Defense14th106.5 (18th)200.0 (12th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
33Awuzie, Chidobe CB6-02025/24/1995RColorado
5Bailey, Dan K6-01951/26/19887Oklahoma State
11Beasley, Cole WR5-81804/26/19896Southern Methodist
75Bell, Byron T6-53201/17/19897New Mexico
23Benwikere, Bene' DB6-01959/3/19914San Jose State
85Brown, Noah WR6-22251/6/1996ROhio State
30Brown, Anthony CB5-1119612/15/19932Purdue
88Bryant, Dez WR6-222011/4/19888Oklahoma State
19Butler, Brice WR6-32201/29/19905San Diego State
24Carroll, Nolan CB6-12021/18/19878Maryland
97Charlton, Taco DE6-627011/7/1994RMichigan
96Collins, Maliek DT6-23084/8/19952Nebraska
71Collins, La'el T6-43207/26/19933LSU
64Cooper, Jonathan G6-23081/19/19905North Carolina
98Crawford, Tyrone DE6-429011/22/19896Boise State
52Durant, Justin LB6-12309/21/198511Hampton
21Elliott, Ezekiel RB6-02287/22/19952Ohio State
35Frazier, Kavon SS6-02208/11/19942Central Michigan
72Frederick, Travis C6-43203/18/19915Wisconsin
79Green, Chaz G6-53184/8/19923Florida
84Hanna, James TE6-42607/14/19896Oklahoma
38Heath, Jeff SS6-12125/14/19915Saginaw Valley State
59Hitchens, Anthony MLB6-02356/10/19924Iowa
6Jones, Chris P6-02057/21/19896Carson-Newman
31Jones, Byron FS6-02059/26/19923Connecticut
91LaDouceur, L.P. LS6-52563/13/198113California
90Lawrence, Demarcus DE6-32654/28/19924Boise State
50Lee, Sean MLB6-22457/22/19868Penn State
27Lewis, Jourdan CB5-101958/31/1995RMichigan
73Looney, Joe G6-33158/31/19905Wake Forest
70Martin, Zack G6-431511/20/19904Notre Dame
93Mayowa, Benson DE6-32658/3/19915Idaho
20McFadden, Darren RB6-12228/27/198710Arkansas
17Moore, Kellen QB6-02007/12/19896Boise State
58Moore, Damontre DE6-42609/11/19925Texas A&M
46Morris, Alfred RB5-1022212/12/19886Florida Atlantic
55Paea, Stephen DT6-12955/11/19887Oregon State
4Prescott, Dak QB6-22387/29/19932Mississippi State
92Price, Brian DT6-33186/24/19941Texas-San Antonio
7Rush, Cooper QB6-322511/21/1993RCentral Michigan
32Scandrick, Orlando CB5-101962/10/198710Boise State
54Smith, Jaylon OLB6-22456/14/19951Notre Dame
77Smith, Tyron T6-532012/12/19907Southern California
41Smith, Keith FB6-02404/8/19924San Jose State
45Smith, Rod RB6-32351/10/19923Ohio State
87Swaim, Geoff TE6-42609/16/19933Texas
10Switzer, Ryan WR5-818511/4/1994RNorth Carolina
99Tapper, Charles DE6-22705/7/19932Oklahoma
51Wilber, Kyle OLB6-42454/26/19896Wake Forest
83Williams, Terrance WR6-22109/18/19895Baylor
57Wilson, Damien OLB6-12455/28/19933Minnesota
82Witten, Jason TE6-62635/6/198215Tennessee
25Woods, Xavier SAF5-112027/26/1995RLouisiana Tech
Injured Players
4Dysert, Zac (IR) QB6-32212/8/19902Miami (Ohio)
80Gathers, Rico (IR) TE6-62851/7/19941Baylor
26Thomas, Duke (IR) DB5-101925/21/19941Texas
Practice Squad
76Ash, Richard NT6-33208/4/19921Western Michigan
 Brown, Brian WR6-120810/22/1994RRichmond
78Edwards, Kadeem G6-43151/24/19912Tennessee State
89Jarwin, Blake TE6-52607/16/1994ROklahoma State
 Jones, Jarron T6-63203/11/1994RNotre Dame
14Lenoir, Lance WR6-02102/9/1995RWestern Illinois
66Neal, Lewis DE6-02805/17/1995RLSU
 Nzeocha, Mark OLB6-32401/19/19903Wyoming
 Showers, Jameill DB6-22229/6/19911Texas-El Paso
39White, Marquez CB6-019010/29/1994RFlorida State
Suspended Players
94Gregory, Randy DE6-525511/23/19922Nebraska
95Irving, David DT6-72908/18/19933Iowa State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Dallas6-4316.66-3285.126.02136
 
 
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Position Listing
Jaylon Smith
News
Smith recorded a team-high 10 tackles in Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Broncos.

It's always noteworthy when someone other than a healthy Sean Lee leads the Cowboys in tackles, but the fact that Smith was able to do it in his second NFL game after making a recovery from what could have been a career-ending knee injury is very impressive. The Dallas coaching staff has said it won't push the former Notre Dame star too hard, but his current performance level suggests he doesn't need training wheels. Smith may be emerging as a strong IDP asset.

James Hanna
News
Hanna (groin) returned to practice Monday, Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram reports.

Hanna returned to practice Monday following a groin injury that had been bothering him for a few days. Hanna remains stuck behind teammate Jason Witten on the team's depth chart but could find himself enjoying a bigger role this season if he stays healthy.

Darren McFadden
News
McFadden (coach's decision) was inactive for Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Broncos, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

It's becoming increasingly clear that Alfred Morris is the true backup to Ezekiel Elliott at this point, as McFadden was a healthy scratch for the second time in as many weeks Sunday.

Blake Jarwin
No Updates
Maliek Collins
News
Colllins (hip) was limited in practice Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Collins already missed the Hall of Fame Game, and now he's day-to-day ahead of Saturday's matchup with the Rams. He's in line for a starting position, especially since David Irving will miss the first four games with a suspension. Collins played all 16 games last season, finishing with 23 tackles and five sacks.

Ezekiel Elliott
News
The NFL's emergency motion seeking a stay of Elliott's preliminary injunction has been denied, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.

The league wanted a fast response and got its wish, albeit without the desired result. The NFL now has to wait for a ruling on its appeal of the injunction in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The process could take a few months, which increases Elliott's chances of playing the entire season. He's set to face a tough Arizona defense in Week 3, coming off the worst performance of his young career in Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Broncos. Elliott did have 140 yards from scrimmage against a tough Giants defense Week 1.

Travis Frederick
News
Bersin, who underwent offseason ankle surgery, has returned to practice during training camp, Steve Reed of The Associated Press reports.

Bersin had surgery in early June to remove bone spurs from his left ankle, but the depth wideout has recovered quickly enough to be back on the field during the opening days of camp. As a result, Bersin will avoid missing valuable reps in his quest to make the Panthers' roster for the fourth straight season.

Tyron Smith
News
Smith (back) was a full participant in Monday's practice, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The All-Pro left tackle had been sidelined since last Tuesday with back soreness but appeared to be in top form in his return, easily putting defensive tackle Maliek Collins on the ground in running drills. Smith has a bulging disc in his back that he elected not to undergo offseason surgery to correct, but he played through the condition last season, and the team seems confident he can manage it once again in 2017.

Jarron Jones
No Updates
Terrance Williams
News
Williams caught four of five passes for only 17 yards in Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Broncos.

Between the ankle injury he's playing through and the stifling Denver secondary, Williams wasn't able to get open down the field at all, having to settle for quick passes on short routes from a beleaguered Dak Prescott. Next week's game against the Cardinals may not improve Williams' fantasy outlook much, and he could well continue to produce disappointing numbers until he gets a chance to heal up over the Cowboys' Week 6 bye.

Alfred Morris
News
Morris played only one snap and failed to get a touch in Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Broncos.

The Denver defense did an excellent job bottling up Ezekiel Elliott, but rather than turn to Morris, the Cowboys instead gave Rod Smith the only two non-Zeke carries of the day. This lack of usage doesn't bode well for Morris' hold on a game-day roster spot moving forward, much less his workload should Elliott be forced to serve his six-game suspension or otherwise be taken out of the Cowboys plans.

Kadeem Edwards
No Updates
Kyle Wilber
News
Wilber (neck) will play Sunday against the Eagles, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Wilber sustained a neck injury in Week 5, but has since used the Cowboys' Week 7 bye to heal. Considering he was able to practice without limitation this week, it appears he was able to recover in full.

David Irving
News
Irving (suspension, ankle) returned to practice Thursday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Irving sat out practice on Tuesday and Wednesday due to an ankle issue but he appears to have since recovered. Given his four-game suspension to start the year, it's highly unlikely that the ailment will still be an issue by the time he's eligible for regular-season action.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 vs. Green Bay
Noah Brown
No Updates
Taco Charlton
News
Charlton (back) played in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.

The rookie had been dealing with a lingering back injury coming into Saturday's contest so it was a great sign to see him running around making plays. Charlton played 26 defensive snaps for the Cowboys and looks poised to make his mark on the defense come Week 1.

Charles Tapper
News
Tapper (neck) was a full participant at the Cowboys' practice Wendesday, Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website reports.

Tapper was recently limited by a neck injury, which does not appear to be slowing him down anymore. He was hindered by a hip injury earlier in camp as well. Both injuries may have played a role in his inconsistency at camp thus far. The rookie is looking to make an impression and earn a role on the defensive line.

Richard Ash
News
Ash (back) has been moved off the Active/Non-Football Injury list, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Ash has appeared in a total of three games the past two seasons, recording six tackles. It's a good sign that he is cleared to play, as he's going to need training camp to prove he's worth keeping on the 53-man roster.

Chidobe Awuzie
News
Awuzie (hamstring) is considered day-to-day, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Awuzie exited Sunday's game against the Broncos in the first quarter with a hamstring strain after playing only five defensive snaps. Specific information is unlikely to come out until the Cowboys practice later this week, but the team does have an extra day of rest as they face the Cardinals next Monday night.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 3 at Arizona
Brian Brown
No Updates
Dan Bailey
News
Bailey was successful on both his extra points and his only field-goal attempt from 56 yards in Sunday's loss to the Broncos.

While the Cowboys offense mostly struggled, Bailey did well with his limited opportunities in the thin Denver air. He's perfect through two games to begin the season, but he'll need a better performance from Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott to post better numbers next week in Arizona.

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 - Injured Reserve
Damien Wilson
News
Wilson (eye) was activated off of the Cowboys' NFI list and participated in Monday's practice, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports

Dallas' fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Wilson was hit in the eye while playing paintball in late July, but no long-term impairments are expected to manifest. Nonetheless, Wilson earned glowing reports from the Cowboys' coaching staff throughout the team's offseason program and appears headed for a backup role in 2016 behind the likes of Sean Lee and Kyle Wilber.

Lewis Neal
No Updates
Kellen Moore
News
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Moore would re-sign with the team, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Jones' announcement comes just three days after the Cowboys cut him from their roster in what was presumably an indication that undrafted rookie Cooper Rush had captured the backup gig behind starter Kellen Moore. However, in addition to announcing that Moore would rejoin the Dallas roster, Jones said that the team hasn't decided whether Moore or Rush will serve as Prescott's understudy in the Week 1 clash with the Giants. The team's gameday inactive report should provide more clarity on that front.

Dez Bryant
News
Bryant caught seven of 16 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Broncos.

Bryant struggled to create much separation against the talented Broncos secondary, but he was able to brush off Aqib Talib in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter. He was targeted on both of Dak Prescott's interceptions on the day, including one that Talib returned 103 yards for a touchdown near the end of the game. Although Bryant had his hands full, he still improved upon his Week 1 production across the board and drew his highest number of targets since the 2013 season. He will face another tough matchup against the Cardinals next week, but his usage is healthy and he continues to thrive in the red zone.

Chaz Green
News
Green may get the start over Jonathan Cooper at left guard, Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

The oft-injured third-round pick in 2015 just recovered from a sprained ankle, but the Cowboys seem to prefer Green's physical upside -- when he's 100 percent, anyway -- to Cooper's experience in between All-Pros Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick on the offensive line. As was the case last season for Dallas, the left guard position could be in flux from week to week depending on who's healthy and performing up to expectations, but the unit's overall effectiveness shouldn't take too much of a hit as a result.

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 (knee) is back at practice Thursday, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Mayowa is practicing with the first team in drills, so it looks as if he's put the injury behind him entirely after being sidelined Wednesday. The 26-year-old is expected to open the regular season in a backup role on the defensive line.

Rico Gathers
News
Gathers is still in concussion protocol, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Gathers was placed on injured reserve to start the season after suffering a concussion in mid-August. The concussion is apparently a fairly serious one, as the former Baylor basketball star is yet to step back onto the practice field since suffering from the head injury. With an injury this serious, the Cowboys will likely stay extra cautious with the young tight end who should plenty of promise prior to getting hurt.

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
Keith Smith
News
Smith (knee) was able to participate fully at Wednesday's practice.

Smith dealt with a knee issue during campbut appears to have fully recovered. Barring any setbacks, the fullback should be in line to take the field Sunday night against the Giants.

Brice Butler
News
Butler (ankle) isn't listed on the Cowboys' injury report Wednesday.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said earlier Wednesday that Butler might be limited due to a sprained ankle, but the fifth-year wideout apparently was fine to practice in full. Butler could join the starting lineup for a tough Week 2 matchup in Denver if Terrance Williams doesn't heal from his own sprained ankle. Williams was able to play through the injury in Sunday's win over the Giants, catching six of seven targets for 68 yards.

Cooper Rush
News
Rush won the backup quarterback job, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The undrafted rookie out of Central Michigan enjoyed a phenomenal preseason, completing 38 of 51 passes for 398 yards and a league-high six touchdowns without throwing an interception. It was enough to convince the Cowboys to release Kellen Moore, who spent last year on injured reserve and struggled throughout the preseason.

Xavier Woods
News
Woods (hamstring) was a participant at the Cowboys' practice Wednesday, Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website reports.

Woods has been hindered by a hamstring injury throughout training camp. He is competing for a role providing depth at safety, so more practice reps will be advantageous for this chances.

Jonathan Cooper
No Updates
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 - Injured Reserve
Randy Gregory
News
Gregory (suspension) tested positive for marijuana on a drug test administered back in February, K.D. Drummond of USA Today reports.

This marks Gregory's seventh failed drug test since entering the league in 2015. He's already serving a one-year ban as a result of a different failed drug test, so this development further complicates his path back to getting on the field for the Cowboys. Per TMZ's reports, people close to Gregory believe that his NFL career could be over. Gregory's situation moving forward should become clearer once the NFL decides on a course of action for his most recent transgression.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until January 2018
Orlando Scandrick
News
Scandrick (hand) was a limited participant at the Cowboys' practice Thursday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Even practicing on a limited basis is good news for Scrandrick after not playing in the Cowboys' Week 2 blowout loss to the Broncos. Dallas' injury issues at cornerback were exposed by Trevor Siemian on Sunday, and if Scandrick is able to play it would provide a big boost as the Cowboys face the Cardinals.

Injury
Hand - Questionable for Week 3 at Arizona
La'el Collins
News
Collins signed a two-year, $15.4 million contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Collins signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2015. His extension will keep him in Dallas through the 2019 season. Currently entering his third professional campaign, Collins is expected to replace Doug Free, who retired, as the team's starting right tackle.

Demarcus Lawrence
News
Lawrence recorded seven tackles, including two sacks, in Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Broncos.

Two games into the 2017 season and Lawrence is already halfway to his previous career high of eight sacks, set in 2015. He won't be able to keep up this pace, but if he can stay healthy, the 25-year-old seems ready to put up some big numbers and earn himself a big contract when his rookie deal expires at the end of the year.

Ryan Switzer
News
The Cowboys did not list Switzer (hamstring) on their first official injury report of the season Wednesday.

Switzer was slowed down by a hamstring injury throughout camp, but it appears he has recovered from the issue. The 2017 fourth-round draft pick will return punts and kicks for the Cowboys this season, as well as provide depth at wide receiver. Barring any setbacks, he is on track to play Sunday night.

Cole Beasley
News
Beasley caught four of eight passes for 33 yards in Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Broncos.

With Dak Prescott unable to find anyone open down the field against a stingy Broncos secondary, the Cowboys' QB looked Beasley's way fairly often on short underneath routes, but the slot receiver wasn't able to do much with them. Unlike 2016, it's been a quiet start to the season for Beasley, but his numbers could begin to pick up next week against the Cardinals.

Damontre Moore
News
Moore (suspension) was reinstated Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Moore now returns from a two-game suspension that was issued in July for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The 25-year-old signed a one-year deal with Dallas this spring and will likely only a depth piece on the Cowboys' defensive at this point.

Justin Durant
News
Durant is expected to start at middle linebacker in Week 1 with Anthony Hitchens (knee) out for the first half of the season, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

Both Durant and Jaylon Smith will see action in the middle, but the Cowboys don't intend on accelerating Smith's recovery plan from the nerve damage in his knee, which will keep him on a limited snap count to begin the year. Durant likely will handle the bulk of the action on running downs, while Smith slots in primarily on nickel packages, and the timeshare should make both very risky IDP plays as they cut into each other's fantasy value.

Jason Witten
News
Witten caught 10 of 13 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Broncos.

Dallas' all-time leader in catches and receiving yards added another franchise record to his tally when he passed Ed "Too Tall" Jones and played in his 225th game as a Cowboy. Witten also leapfrogged Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison to take fourth place on the NFL's career receptions leaderboard with 1,106. The future Hall of Famer has had a great start to the 2017 season, and with a number of top tight ends getting hurt already this year, he looks like a very safe fantasy harbor heading into next week's road game against the Cardinals.

Geoff Swaim
News
Swaim (foot) returned to practice Monday, Bryan Broaddus of the team's official site reports.

Swaim's foot injury seems to be a thing of the past following his return to the practice field. Although still listed as the third tight end on the team's depth chart, Swaim appears to be in a strong candidate for a special teams role.

Dak Prescott
News
Prescott (ankle) wasn't listed on the Cowboys' injury report Thursday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Both owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett expressed optimism regarding Prescott after he emerged from Sunday's beatdown in Denver with an ankle injury, and the quarterback backed up their comments with no restrictions in the first practice of the week. Even if Prescott's mobility is compromised somewhat Monday at Arizona, Ezekiel Elliott is unlikely to post back-to-back duds, bringing back some stability to the offense.

Lance Lenoir
No Updates
Stephen Paea
News
Paea did not participate in Thursday's practice due to a knee injury, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Paea's injury doesn't appear to be too serious, as it is a lingering problem that the team keeps a close eye on. It looks like the Cowboys are just taking precautionary measures with the defensive tackle and Paea likely won't miss any time as a result.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 3 at Arizona
Tyrone Crawford
News
As expected, Crawford (ankle) was able to fully participate in Wednesday's practice.

Crawford suffered a lateral sprain early on in camp, which subsequently sidelined him for a few weeks. However, the team was hopeful he would be available for Week 1, and barring any setbacks, he is seemingly in line to start at defensive end Sunday night.

Mark Nzeocha
News
Nzeocha was waived by the Cowboys on Monday, Nick Eatman of the team's official site reports.

After the Cowboys acquired linebacker Jayrone Eliott in a trade from the Packers, Nzeocha was the casualty. Nzeocha played in six games last season and recorded three tackles. He's eligible to join the team as a practice squad member if he clears waivers.

Anthony Brown
News
Brown reported that he's not concerned about the hamstring injury he sustained during Thursday's Hall of Fame Game against the Cardinals, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Brown exited Thursday's contest with a hamstring injury but apparently isn't too concerned about his physical condition following the team's first preseason game. In a postgame interview, Brown made his lack of concern evident, stating that "I just have to get treatment tomorrow. It's just tight. Nothing major." The young cornerback sounds like he'll be good to go in the long-term, though his availability in the team's upcoming practices could be in doubt.

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 is expected to compete in camp this year for the starting strong safety spot, Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram reports. "Every time we've given him a chance to play on defense, he does something really good for our football team," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Monday. "Makes tackles. Makes interceptions. He's just demonstrated that he's worthy to be in this conversation about competing for that starting safety spot."

The Cowboys have a lot of snaps to replace in their secondary after losing four defensive backs in free agency, including safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox, and all signs point to Heath taking on a much larger role in his fifth NFL season. Whether he's a Week 1 starter next to Byron Jones could depend on whether the team uses an early pick this weekend on a safety, but at the moment his only real competition on the roster comes from second-year player Kavon Frazier and former Viking Robert Blanton.

Joe Looney
News
Looney (toe) got reps at left guard during Wednesday's practice, Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website reports.

Looney, who was recently sidelined with a toe injury, has spent the majority of the preseason working as Travis Frederick's backup at center. However, he got some work at left guard Wednesday, so he may see more opportunities to provide depth on the line as the season gets underway.

Rod Smith
News
Smith carried the ball seven times for 53 yards and caught three of four targets for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.

Even with Ezekiel Elliott suspended, Smith will have a hard time seeing touches in the Dallas backfield working behind proven vets Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris. Nonetheless, the versatile Smith continues to put together an impressive preseason, and he could surprise once the games start counting if he gets an opportunity.

Sean Lee
News
Lee recorded a team-high eight tackles in Sunday's 19-3 win over the Giants.

The veteran linebacker looked to be in midseason form, making a number of strong stops against a Giants offense that couldn't get anything going on the ground or through the air. Injuries are always a concern with Lee, but as long as he's in the lineup, he should remain one of the best IDP options in the league at his position.

Chris Jones
News
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.

Nolan Carroll
News
Carroll remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and appears unlikely to practice Thursday, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

If Carroll is in fact sidelined for the Cowboys' first practice session of the week, it wouldn't bode well for his chances of suiting up in the team's Week 3 matchup with the Cardinals on Monday night. While the Cardinals' passing attack has been far from potent this season, the potential absence of a starting cornerback in Carroll would nonetheless be significant blow for a Cowboys secondary that was shredded for 232 yards and four touchdowns by the Broncos' Trevor Siemian in Week 2. On a more positive note, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett relayed that Orlando Scandrick (hand), the team's other starting corner, is slated to practice Thursday, according to Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 3 at Arizona
Bene' Benwikere
News
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
No Updates
Byron Bell
News
Bell (ankle) participated in drills at Cowboys' practice, David Helman of the team's official site reports.

Bell spent most of 2016 on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He was signed to a one-year, "prove-it" deal in March, and now he'll be healthy enough to fight for a spot on one of the best offensive fronts in football.

Anthony Hitchens
News
Hitchens (knee) was going through rehab during the Cowboys' practice Thursday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Hitchens is about a month removed from suffering a tibial plateau fracture in his right knee and is halfway through his recovery timetable, but it's still good to see him rehabbing at this point. The 25-year-old could return following the Cowboys' Week 6 bye at the earliest, but there remains a lot of work to be done before a definitely return date is set.

Injury
Knee - Out for Week 3 at Arizona
Jourdan Lewis
News
Lewis (hamstring) was inactive for Sunday's game against the Giants, Jori Epstein of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Lewis has been out with the hamstring injury for majority of training camp, but he was questionable for Sunday after practicing in a limited fashion this past week. Lewis should be seen as day-to-day heading into Week 2.

Kavon Frazier
News
Frazier (foot) is nearing 100 percent health, Kevin Casas of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. "My foot is 100 percent, but I'm not working in the team drills yet, just a lot of individual stuff as a precaution," Frazier said during June's minicamp.

Frazier, who underwent foot surgery in March to prevent a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal from becoming something more serious expects to be ready to go for training camp. After playing in nine regular-season games as a sixth-round rookie in 2016, the Central Michigan product is expected to compete for a starting safety role in the wake of Dallas' decision to part ways with veterans J.J. Wilcox and Barry Church this offseason.

L.P. LaDouceur
No Updates
Byron Jones
News
Jones (groin) is active and expected to start Sunday's game against the Broncos, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

It's now obvious that the Cowboys were exercising precaution with Jones at the end of the practice week. Jones will be tasked with helping slow down Broncos' receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, and that job became tougher after starting cornerback Orlando Scandrick (hand) was declared out Friday.

Brian Price
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Price was claimed off waivers by the Cowboys on Tuesday, Brandon George of SportsDay.net reports.

The Cowboys dropped defensive tackle Cedric Thornton to make room for Price, and it's likely he's being brought in for added depth until David Irving (ankle) serves his four-game suspension.

 

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