Dallas Cowboys

Stadium: AT&T Stadium | Coach: Jason Garrett
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense5th149.8 (2nd)226.9 (23rd)
Defense14th83.5 (1st)260.4 (26th)
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76Ash, Richard NT6-33208/4/19921Western Michigan
33Awuzie, Chidobe CB6-02025/24/1995RColorado
5Bailey, Dan K6-01951/26/19887Oklahoma State
68Baron, Woody DT6-12708/8/1993RVirginia Tech
11Beasley, Cole WR5-81804/26/19896Southern Methodist
75Bell, Byron T6-53201/17/19897New Mexico
36Blanton, Robert DB6-12029/7/19896Notre Dame
85Brown, Noah WR6-22251/6/1996ROhio State
18Brown, Brian WR6-120810/22/1994RRichmond
30Brown, Anthony CB5-1119612/15/19932Purdue
88Bryant, Dez WR6-222011/4/19888Oklahoma State
61Burbank, Ross C6-43101/27/19932Virginia
 Butler, Dejaun DB5-111802/2/1994RHawaii
19Butler, Brice WR6-32201/29/19905San Diego State
69Carrell, Jordan DT6-22906/30/1994RColorado
24Carroll, Nolan DB6-12021/18/19878Maryland
97Charlton, Taco DE6-627011/7/1994RMichigan
63Cleary, Emmett T6-73204/27/19903Boston College
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
67DeBord, Clay T6-63125/13/19921Eastern Washington
52Durant, Justin LB6-12309/21/198511Hampton
78Edwards, Kadeem G6-43151/24/19912Tennessee State
21Elliott, Ezekiel RB6-02287/22/19952Ohio State
35Frazier, Kavon SS6-02208/11/19942Central Michigan
72Frederick, Travis C6-43203/18/19915Wisconsin
80Gathers, Rico TE6-62851/7/19941Baylor
48Gilchrist, Kennan LB6-12309/16/1994RAppalachian State
 Green, John DB5-1019011/12/1993RConnecticut
79Green, Chaz T6-53164/8/19923Florida
84Hanna, James TE6-42607/14/19896Oklahoma
38Heath, Jeff SS6-12125/14/19915Saginaw Valley State
34Hillman, Ronnie RB5-101959/14/19916San Diego State
59Hitchens, Anthony MLB6-02356/10/19924Iowa
95Irving, David DT6-72908/18/19933Iowa State
2Irwin-Hill, Sam P6-321010/10/1990RArkansas
74Ivie, Joey DT6-32951/22/1995RFlorida
89Jarwin, Blake TE6-52607/16/1994ROklahoma State
81Jones, Andy WR6-12206/28/19941Jacksonville
56Jones, Lenny DE6-32658/8/19911Nevada
43Jones, Joe LB6-02402/21/1994RNorthwestern
6Jones, Chris P6-02057/21/19896Carson-Newman
31Jones, Byron FS6-02059/26/19921Connecticut
91LaDouceur, L.P. LS6-52563/13/198113California
90Lawrence, Demarcus DE6-32654/28/19924Boise State
50Lee, Sean OLB6-22457/22/19868Penn State
14Lenoir, Lance WR6-02102/9/1995RWestern Illinois
40Leslie, Darnell DE6-22355/16/1994RMonmouth (N.J.)
27Lewis, Jourdan CB5-101958/31/1995RMichigan
73Looney, Joe G6-33158/31/19905Wake Forest
47Lotulelei, John LB5-1123512/4/19913UNLV
70Martin, Zack G6-431511/20/19904Notre Dame
93Mayowa, Benson DE6-32658/3/19915Idaho
3McCown, Luke QB6-42177/12/198114Louisiana Tech
20McFadden, Darren RB6-12228/27/19879Arkansas
23McFadden, Leon DB5-1019510/26/19904San Diego State
 McFarland, M.J. TE6-52557/25/19921Texas-El Paso
17Moore, Kellen QB6-02007/12/19896Boise State
58Moore, Damontre DE6-42609/11/19925Texas A&M
46Morris, Alfred RB5-1022212/12/19886Florida Atlantic
66Neal, Lewis DE6-02805/17/1995RLSU
16Nwachukwu, Uzoma WR5-1121012/15/19901Texas A&M
53Nzeocha, Mark OLB6-32401/19/19903Wyoming
55Paea, Stephen DT6-12955/11/19887Oregon State
4Prescott, Dak QB6-22387/29/19932Mississippi State
7Rush, Cooper QB6-322511/21/1993RCentral Michigan
32Scandrick, Orlando CB5-101962/10/198710Boise State
29Seamster, Sammy DB6-02052/5/19912Middle Tennessee
28Showers, Jameill DB6-22229/6/19911Texas-El Paso
60Skipper, Dan T6-103159/20/1994RArkansas
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 TE6-42609/16/19932Texas
10Switzer, Ryan WR5-818511/4/1994RNorth Carolina
99Tapper, Charles DE6-22705/7/19932Oklahoma
65Theaker, Nate G6-531510/6/1993RWayne State (Mich.)
26Thomas, Duke DB5-101925/21/19941Texas
92Thornton, Cedric DT6-42906/21/19886Southern Arkansas
 Washington, Corey WR6-421412/29/19912Newberry
39White, Marquez CB6-019010/29/1994RFlorida State
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
49Wood, Zach LS6-32551/10/1993RSouthern Methodist
25Woods, Xavier SAF5-112027/26/1995RLouisiana Tech
Injured Players
4Dysert, Zac (IR) QB6-32212/8/19902Miami (Ohio)
86Hamlett, Connor (IR) TE6-72594/12/19921Oregon State
 Thomas, Jahad (IR) RB5-1019011/6/1995RTemple
Suspended Players
94Gregory, Randy DE6-525511/23/19922Nebraska
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
M.J. McFarland
McFarland signed a contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

McFarland had signed with the Cowboys back in May but was let go roughly a month after. He takes the roster spot of Connor Hamlett, who was waived after breaking his fibula.

Andy Jones
Jones signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday.

Jones spent his rookie year on the Cowboys' practice squad after an impressive showing in camp as an undrafted rookie. He'll fight for a spot near the bottom of Dallas' receiver depth chart once again in 2017.

Jaylon Smith
Smith (knee) will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Smith's return to game action has been a long time coming, as he's now more than 18 months removed from the knee injury that pushed him out of the first round of the 2016 draft and sidelined him his entire rookie season. The team may still ease him into game action, but him seeing any time will be a major step in the right direction as he looks to play a large role for the defense in 2017 and beyond.

Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Clay DeBord
No Updates
James Hanna
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
McFadden is expected to start in Ezekiel Elliott's (suspension) absence for the first six games of the regular season, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

McFadden said he's been preparing like he's the top guy in Dallas' backfield, and following Friday's news that Elliott will be sidelined until Week 8, it appears the veteran will indeed return to a prominent role. In the wake of DeMarco Murray's departure, McFadden started 10 games during the 2015 season, when he finished with 1,089 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and caught 40 passes for 328 more yards. Although injury limited him to just three appearances last season, McFadden has years of starting experience, as does Alfred Morris, who could serve as the Cowboys' No. 2 back in Elliott's absence.

Blake Jarwin
No Updates
Maliek Collins
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.

Hip - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Kennan Gilchrist
No Updates
Ezekiel Elliott
Elliott (suspension) isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Colts, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

There's no reason to risk Elliott's health with his spot cemented atop the running back depth chart. Moreover, it doesn't hurt to get Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris additional reps with the first-team offense in the event all or part of Elliott's six-game suspension is upheld. For the time being, Elliott's representatives will prepare for an Aug. 29 hearing in front of arbiter Harold Henderson.

Suspension - Suspended until Week 8 at Washington
Travis Frederick
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
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 DT 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 that they can manage it once again in 2017.

John Green
No Updates
Leon McFadden
McFadden has been signed to the Cowboys' active roster, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

McFadden fills an empty spot on the Cowboys' roster that has been there since running back Rod Smith. He will provide depth in the Cowboys' secondary.

Robert Blanton
Blanton (ankle) has participated in contract drills during training camp, SportsDayDFW.com reports.

Blanton logged 106 tackles in the 2014 season, but he didn't record over 35 in his next two seasons -- partially due to last campaign being cut short by an ankle injury. He'll be in the thick of a battle with Jeff Heath for the starting strong safety spot, as Heath hasn't flashed overly-impressive numbers in his four-year career. Keep on an eye on this competition throughout preseason.

Ross Burbank
No Updates
Terrance Williams
Williams failed to catch his lone target in Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams.

After sitting out the Hall of Fame Game, Williams played into the second quarter of Saturday's contest as the Cowboys went three-and-out on their first three drives. He's locked in as the starting outside receiver opposite Dez Bryant, but slot man Cole Beasley actually led the team in targets, catches and receiving yards last season. Beasley drew 98 targets on 601 snaps, whereas Williams had just 61 despite logging 746 snaps. The Cowboys still re-signed Williams on a four-year, $17 million contract this offseason, apparently valuing him as an occasional big-play threat and solid run blocker.

Alfred Morris
Morris changed his diet and workout routine in the offseason and as a result has looked quicker in training camp than he did last season, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

He also credits having a better understanding of the Dallas offense for the improvement, after having spent his entire career prior to 2016 in Washington. Morris' spot on the Week 1 roster was likely secured when Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension was announced, but the veteran back will still begin the year behind Darren McFadden on the depth chart, limiting his touches and fantasy upside.

Dan Skipper
No Updates
Kadeem Edwards
No Updates
Dejaun Butler
No Updates
Kyle Wilber
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.

Jahad Thomas
Thomas (hamstring) cleared waivers Saturday, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports.

Thomas will now focus on getting healthy and finding a franchise that can utilize his talents. With his 5-foot-10, 170-pound stature, he'll likely vie for a role as a pass-catching back.

Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Corey Washington
Washington signed a contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Washington, who was waived by the Chiefs less than a week ago, will compete for a depth role at receiver.

David Irving
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.

Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 vs. Green Bay
Noah Brown
No Updates
Taco Charlton
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
Tapper (hip) returned to practice Friday, Bryan Broaddus of the team's official site reports.

Tapper's appearance on the practice field Friday all but assures that he's recovered from the hip injury. From the looks of things, Tapper seemed much more explosive than his usual self and was disruptive on the defensive side of the ball. Tapper has a long ways to go before he can claim a starting spot on the defensive line, but the progression is a good sign moving forward.

Richard Ash
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.

Uzoma Nwachukwu
Nwachukwu signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Rob Phillips of the team's official site reports.

Nwachukwu heads to Dallas after spending the last preseason with the Seahawks. The wideout was cut just before the beginning of the regular season and spent the year as a free agent. He has also spent time with the Houston Texans.

Chidobe Awuzie
Awuzie intercepted a pass during team drills for the second straight day Thursday, the Cowboys' official site reports.

The second-round pick has primarily been working with the second-team defense, but he's flashed some playmaking instincts both on the outside and in the slot. Awuzie's role in the Dallas defense as a rookie has yet to be determined, but his coverage ability and athleticism should get him plenty of snaps in nickel packages even if he isn't a Week 1 starter.

Ankle - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Lenny Jones
No Updates
Brian Brown
No Updates
Dan Bailey
Bailey has yet to miss a field goal so far in training camp, DallasCowboys.com reports.

This is nothing new for the 29-year-old, who is second only to the Ravens' Justin Tucker in career field goal accuracy at 89.5 percent. Bailey has averaged 127.2 points through his six NFL seasons, and he doesn't figure to see any kind of letdown in 2017 while riding shotgun for a Cowboys attack built around Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott and a formidable offensive line.

Zac Dysert
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.

Back - Injured Reserve
Damien Wilson
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
Emmett Cleary
No Updates
Kellen Moore
Moore re-signed with the Cowboys on Monday.

Moore returns to Dallas after spending all of last season on injured reserve due to a broken leg suffered in August. Now fully recovered from that fracture, Moore is currently positioned as the Cowboys' No. 3 quarterback, but with Tony Romo sure to leave the team at some juncture, Moore could compete for Dallas' second-string job behind Dak Prescott during training camp.

John Lotulelei
The Jaguars have signed wide receiver Kenny Shaw, defensive tackle David Carter and linebacker Josh Hull while waiving/injured defensive tackle Jordan Miller, linebacker John Lotulelei and wide receiver Damian Copeland.
Cedric Thornton
Thornton suffered a hamstring injury during practice Tuesday, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Thornton joined Tyrone Crawford (leg) as a starting Cowboys defensive lineman to exit practice early Tuesday. It's unclear how Thornton suffered his injury or how severe it is. If he's limited or held out at all going forward look for Jordan Carrell and Joey Ivie to see some extra reps.

Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Dez Bryant
Bryant won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, NFL Network's Alex Flanagan reports.

Along with Bryant, the Cowboys will also rest Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten in what appears to be a precautionary move designed to prevent their proven offensive stalwarts from taking unnecessary risks this early in the preseason. His next to chance to see game action will come Aug. 19 against the Colts.

Chaz Green
Green (shoulder) was back at practice Tuesday, Bryan Broaddus of the team's official site reports.

According to the report, Green looked solid in his return to practice and has fully overcome the shoulder ailment that was plaguing him over the last several weeks. Green is expected to function as a reserve offensive lineman on arguably the league's best offensive front this season.

Jameill Showers
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
Mayowa missed Monday's practice due to stiffness in his knee, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Mayowa's knee stiffness is the result of a long flight. Thus, the issue isn't likely to be a problem going forward. Should he make the final roster, the 26-year-old projects to serve as a backup defensive end this coming season.

Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Rico Gathers
Gathers (head) is entering the NFL's concussion protocol, NFL Network's James Palmer reports.

The former college basketball player has been a revelation through two preseason games, catching seven of 10 targets for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He's probably still more of a long-term project than anything else, but it isn't out of the question that the tight end could have a limited role in his second NFL season, after spending all of last year on the practice squad. He'll first need to pass through the league's protocol, presumably missing at least one exhibition outing in the process.

Concussion - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Keith Smith
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.
Sam Irwin-Hill
No Updates
Brice Butler
Butler (foot) returned to Monday's practice, Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram reports.

Butler is entering his third season with the Cowboys, and sixth overall. He tallied 219 yards and three touchdowns on 16 receptions last season. He currently sits fourth on the team's depth chart, so continuing to build on his rapport with quarterback Dak Prescott at practice will be essential in increasing his role with the offense.

Zach Wood
No Updates
Cooper Rush
No Updates
Xavier Woods
Woods won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

Woods reportedly impressed during the team's first preseason contest, but won't be available to follow his debut with a second performance. While the Cowboys' sixth-round pick will sit out, his early play likely places him on solid footing as far as a 53-man roster goes. Still, it would behoove him to retake the field at some point in the preseason to further establish himself with the squad.

Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Jonathan Cooper
No Updates
Duke Thomas
Thomas signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Monday.

An undisclosed injury ended Thomas' rookie campaign, and he'll be looking to stay healthy and make a roster in his second season. His ability to make the Cowboys' roster may come down to if he's able to contribute on special teams as well as provide depth at cornerback.

Randy Gregory
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.

Suspension - Suspended until January 2018
Jordan Carrell
No Updates
Orlando Scandrick
Scandrick is returning to form this offseason and is prepared to compete for a starting role, Jon Machota of Sports Day reports. "My time is now, and I ain't looking over my shoulder, wondering what's going to happen," Scandrick said. "I'm just going out every day and trying to get better, trying to get back to where I was. I felt like I was an ascending player when I tore my ACL and I'm going to get back to that."

Scandrick dealt with a plethora of injuries last season, sidelining him after two consecutive career years. The Cowboys made a point of adding young talent to their secondary -- drafting Chidobe Awuzie in the second round of April's draft and Jourdan Lewis in the third -- leaving some to wonder if Scandrick's time would be up in Dallas. However, the veteran has been playing outside corner and nickelback with the first-team defense through OTAs and minicamp. Look for more updates on the position battle to come throughout training camp.

La'el Collins
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.

Nate Theaker
No Updates
Demarcus Lawrence
Lawrence (back) was limited in practice Tuesday.

Lawrence is still being worked in as the top defensive end in Dallas. The 2014 second-round pick last played a full season in 2015, when he posted 55 tackles and eight sacks. If he can find that production again, he can be a serious fantasy contributor.

Ryan Switzer
Switzer (hamstring), as expected, will not take the field for Saturday's preseason tilt against the Colts, Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Switzer is currently working to get back from a hamstring injury, though apparently hasn't recovered enough to take the field Saturday. It's unclear who will return kicks and punts in his absence.

Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Cole Beasley
Beasley won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, NFL Network's Alex Flanagan reports.

The Cowboys are simply resting their key offensive players, so Beasley's absence is not a concern. However, with Ryan Switzer (hamstring) not expected to play, it's unclear who will operate as the primary punt returner Saturday.

Damontre Moore
Moore signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys on Friday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 2013 third-round pick has played for three teams in four years with only 10 career sacks to his name, but Moore will provide some depth at defensive end for a Cowboys squad that will probably look for more pass rushing help in the draft.

Suspension - Suspended until Week 3 at Arizona
Justin Durant
Durant (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday after passing his physical, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

Durant began training camp on the Non-Football Injury list with an undisclosed issue. The veteran played in 13 games for the team last season, totaling 37 tackles and three passes defended in the process. He projects to provide depth at linebacker heading into the season.

Jason Witten
The Cowboys signed Witten to a four-year extension that runs through 2021, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Witten will celebrate his 35th birthday in May as he prepares for his 15th NFL season. While it can safely be assumed the final few years of his extension don't contain any guaranteed money, the deal still suggests he'll consider playing beyond 2017 and give the team a little more time to find and develop his successor at tight end. Witten is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he fell shy of 700 receiving yards for the first time since his rookie season, catching 69 of 95 targets for 673 yards and three touchdowns. His decreased production was partially a result of the Cowboys' run-heavy offense, but he should be able to handle an every-down role for at least another year or two. It's possible the offense could open up a bit in Dak Prescott's sophomore campaign.

Geoff Swaim
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 now 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.

Joe Jones
No Updates
Dak Prescott
Prescott won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, NFL Network's Alex Flanagan reports.

Like last week, the Cowboys will sit their key offensive players, leaving Prescott to watch from the sidelines along with Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten. In turn, Kellen Moore, Luke McCown and Cooper Rush will divvy up the QB reps Saturday.

Lance Lenoir
No Updates
Stephen Paea
Paea (knee) expects to play in Saturday's preseason tilt with the Colts, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Paea looks to be nearing a full return following a knee injury that has been plaguing him for months, assuming he avoids any setbacks.

Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Joey Ivie
The Cowboys selected Ivie in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 228th overall.

Ivie wasn't a very visible part of Florida's defense and didn't test well at his pro day, but he quietly contributed a lot of snaps over the last three years. He could stick as a rotational tackle for Dallas.

Tyrone Crawford
Crawford has been diagnosed with a lateral ankle sprain, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

Crawford was carted off the field during Tuesday's practice, but a subsequent X-ray has cleared him of any sort of break. That said, there's a chance the Cowboys hold him out for the entire preseason to make sure he's 100 percent healthy for the opener, so it will be a situation to monitor over the next month or so. For now, Crawford remains without any sort of timetable for a return.

Ankle - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Mark Nzeocha
Nzeocha (knee) was back at practice Thursday, the Cowboys' official site reports.

Recovery from a knee scope in June slightly delayed the start of his training camp, but the linebacker is now back in the mix. Heading into his third NFL season, Nzeocha has only three tackles in eight career games, but he could see his role expand in 2017, depending on the availability of Damien Wilson, who could be facing a suspension for an off-field incident, and Jaylon Smith (knee).

Anthony Brown
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.

Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Marquez White
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
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
Looney (toe) sat out of practice Tuesday, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

While Looney is sitting out, Jonathan Cooper has taken over as second-team center. The Cowboys don't have a game until Saturday, so that presents extra time for Looney to recover.

Toe - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Rod Smith
Smith has been working ahead of Alfred Morris as the No. 3 running back dating back to minicamp, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.

This adds further credence to the notion Morris could be traded or released, but it doesn't mean Smith will be the one replacing the 28-year-old in the No. 3 role, as Jahad Thomas (hamstring) and recent addition Ronnie Hillman are also in the mix. Capable of playing both halfback and fullback, Smith likely will need to prove his worth on special teams in order to earn a roster spot.

Connor Hamlett
Hamlett (leg) reverted to the Cowboys' injured reserve after clearing waivers.

Hamlett was waived/injured by the Cowboys on Tuesday after breaking his fibula, but he now will be placed on the team's injured reserve and miss the upcoming season.

Leg - Injured Reserve
Sean Lee
Lee left Thursday's practice due to hamstring tightness, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

This likely isn't anything to be overly concerned about, as Archer reported that the team is just taking precautionary measures with its defensive leader. However, it's still a situation worth monitoring, given Lee's injury history.

Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Luke McCown
McCown missed Monday's practice due to a sore shoulder that resulted from a hit in Saturday's preseason opener, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

With Tony Romo retired, the Cowboys no longer have the fortune of an elite backup quarterback behind Dak Prescott. McCown is now competing with Kellen Moore and Cooper Rush for the role. The veteran did not do much to help his chances Saturday, as he completed just 6-of-13 passes for 31 yards. It us unclear when he injured his shoulder, so that may have played a factor in his performance. There is nothing to indicate a serious concern, but the injury should be monitored going forward.

Shoulder - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Chris Jones
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
Carroll was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence, Claire Z. Cardona of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Carroll, who signed a three-year, $10 million deal with the Cowboys this offseason, could be subject to league discipline due to this transgression. The cornerback has been working with the first-team defense during OTAs.

Sammy Seamster
The Dolphins placed defensive back Sammy Seamster on injured reserve Monday due to a shoulder injury, the Miami Herald reports. 
Ronnie Hillman
Hillman had one carry for no gain and two catches for 15 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.

Hillman served as the No. 4 running back, playing much of the fourth quarter. He seems to be competing with Rod Smith for the third spot on the depth chart while Ezekiel Elliott is suspended. Smith also had a quiet night, gaining two yards on one carry and five yards on one reception. With Elliott appealing his suspension, there's no guarantee either Hillman or Smith makes the Week 1 roster.

Zack Martin
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Byron Bell
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
Hitchens left practice due to a bloody nose after a blow to the face, but he was able to return, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Hitchens has been working with the starting defense as a middle linebacker and it would've been an unfortunate break for the defense if he had been forced to miss time. Fortunately the injury isn't expected to linger or limit him any further.

Jourdan Lewis
Lewis said Wednesday that his ailing hamstring feels much better, but he remains day-to-day, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The former Michigan Wolverine has been sidelined since July 29. When healthy, the plan remains for him to compete for a supporting role in the Cowboys' secondary.

Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 vs. N.Y. Giants
Darnell Leslie
No Updates
Kavon Frazier
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
Jones was credited with a career-high 88 tackles and 10 passes defended in 16 games this season, as well as his first interception.

The Cowboys left Jones at safety this year rather than bouncing him around the secondary, and after a bit of a slow start his production exploded in the second half -- Jones racked up 62 tackles in his final eight games. Given his elite athleticism, there's no reason to suspect that's a fluke, so he could become a breakout IDP start in 2017.

Woody Baron
No Updates

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