JANUARY 2 COWBOYS-COMMANDERS TIME REVEALED The Dallas Cowboys will face the Washington Commanders at 3:25 pm. CT on Sunday, the NFL announced today.
The Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles (at home to Giants) and San Francisco 49ers (at home to Cardinals) will play their respective games in the same 3:25 slot… its playoff setup.
Here’s the breakdown of the Dallas scenarios, along with the Cowboys’ likelihood of opening the playoffs in Tampa Bay.
Also, Sunday Night Football will be between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on NBC.
JANUARY 2 WELCOME BACK! “YIt may be a little premature and it may be a little optimistic, but the Dallas Cowboys have an injury-related plan for the playoffs.
“We’re welcoming three really good football players,” COO Stephen Jones said Monday on a visit from 105.3 The Fan, with a look to the postseason. “Leighton Vander Esch, certainly (Johnathan) Hankins, and then if we bring (Tyler) Biadasz back…that will be a huge plus for our group.”
Linebacker Vander Esch (neck/shoulder will be out this week in Washington. Veteran blocker Hankins suffered a pectoral injury. And center Biadasz suffered a sprained ankle, with the Cowboys crossing their fingers as they scramble the O line for yet another week.
Said Jones of Biadasz: “I think after we spend a whole week with him and see how he’s responding to treatment… We just see what the week brings, but we certainly feel like it’s a realistic chance (the medical team) could get ready to play the first round of the playoffs.
DECEMBER 28 ME TOO! Dez Bryant left football to be a family man and businessman, and has not played in the NFL since 2020.
But he’s certainly having fun with the idea of another “retired” Dallas Cowboys great player trying to make a comeback.
According to the scoop on CowboysSI.com, Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, 49, called Jerry Jones’ office, asking for an audition.
“If T.O comes back… sign me up for a playoff team… seriously! LFG,” tweeted Bryant.
Bryant, 34, was a Pro Bowl force with 7,459 receiving yards and 73 touchdowns in eight seasons with the Cowboys. Like Owens, he keeps himself in good shape and… Well, those are fun ideas… but not Cowboys ideas, if you know what we mean.
DECEMBER 26 WHITE ON WHITE Because we know you care…
We can report that this is the week you see a “fresh” look with the Cowboys’ iconic uniforms, the white base “Color Rush” uniform with navy trim… plus the white helmet with the new star…
All of that will be revealed in this Week 17 meeting of the Tennessee Titans in a Thursday night football game.
The novelty is subtle. But the masks must come out!
DECEMBER 24 SHUT UP AND PLAY This week, Cowboys frontman Jayron Kearse basically asked his locker room to shut up and play.
Kearse said ahead of the Eagles’ visit on Saturday: “We talked a lot. At this point, we don’t need to talk anymore. We must go about business. We must be about action. The film must speak. I really don’t think there’s a lot more conversation that needs to be done other than getting the job done.”
So far, Kearse is living up to that, with two arguments that are largely responsible for keeping Dallas in this game. His second…
Taken to a TD by Michael Gallup, another guy who lets his game – or, in this case, his toes – do the talking.
Dallas is tied at 27 points, with the Eagles entering fourth here at AT&T Stadium.
DECEMBER 21 Cowboys and Eagles injury reports will be released on Wednesday. With Micah Parsons and Jalen Hurts again the DNP stands out.
No matter who plays on Saturday, the Cowboys promise to be ready.
“I think everyone in the locker room is looking forward to this rematch,” said Dak Prescott, adding: “Understanding that the (Eagles) are playing hard, having a hell of a season. …
“You just want another chance, make sure you give it your best shot.”
DECEMBER 21 MICAH OUT AGAIN Micah Parsons will appear on Wednesday’s practice/injury report as he did on Tuesday, listing “Supporter Lion” as a DNP (illness).
“Micah Parsons won’t be with us today… It’s happening,” coach Mike McCarthy said of an illness.
The Cowboys host the Eagles on Christmas Eve.
DECEMBER 20 Malik Jefferson, released from the Cowboys’ practice squad last week, has been rehired to the practice squad, says the team.
Jefferson, a 26-year-old former Texas Longhorn, can offer depth in the build after Leighton Vander Esch’s short-term injury.
DECEMBER 20 DALLAS IN DALLAS The Eagles announced Tuesday that Dallas Goedert has been activated from IR. … Just in time to play their hated namesake, the Dallas Cowboys.
Goedert has been out since Week 10 with a shoulder injury, but he returns to the 13-1 Eagles with his 544 yards and three touchdowns on 43 receptions in nine games, a top-notch complement to receivers A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith.
Philly will likely be without QB Jalen Hurts (shoulder) for Saturday’s game at 10-4 Dallas.
DECEMBER 18 KELVIN ON THE BENCH The Cowboys suddenly have defensive problems.
On the one hand, they pulled starting corner Kelvin Joseph after he gave up two consecutive touchdowns allowed. … then Nahshon Wright entered the game.
Meanwhile, safety Donovan Wilson is injured, as is Leighton Vander Esch.
Add all? Dallas won 27-10, but Trevor Lawrence, taking advantage of some Dak Prescott sloppiness, threw three TD passes… and the Jags won 31-27 with 10 minutes left.
DECEMBER 18 LVE HURT Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was escorted to the locker room in Jacksonville and is now ruled out as he considers any chance of returning to the game against the Jags.
Amidst speculation about a possible concussion, the Cowboys are calling it a neck injury.
Micah Parsons has a sack and Ezekiel Elliott has a TD after a takeaway and the Cowboys are up 21-10 in the third, with a win clinching a playoff berth.
DECEMBER 18 COACH TO HOSPITAL Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees, 73, was taken off the field in New Orleans during pre-game warm-ups today after a Saints player accidentally collided with him.
The Falcons say Pees – who was on the ground for some time after the collision – is “alert and responsive” as he is being transported to a local hospital for medical tests.
DECEMBER 14 “HOLD ON” Jerry Jones wants this.
The Cowboys owner was asked by DFW media late Wednesday afternoon about the ideal timeline for signing Odell Beckham Jr.
“Sooner or later,” he said.
“I don’t want to talk about it, but hold on,” Jones said. But wait. Wait.”
Jones, even when the Cowboys just hired another vet in T.Y. Hilton, was asked on Tuesday by 105.3 The Fan whether the fact that OBJ is unable to play today” (due to his supposedly “ticking time bomb” knee) rules out a deal.
“I wouldn’t go that far if you included the playoffs,” Jones said. “We wouldn’t be interested in Odell if he didn’t have talent. I think it’s fair to say he’s an excellent receiver…he, as you well know, is not ready to play. . There will be continued interest in Odell.”
Also important (click above): The parties discussed the parameters of the contract on Monday.
DECEMBER 14 TWO KEY MOVES The Cowboys have Johnathan Hankins (pectoral strain) and Terence Steele (torn ACL and MCL) on injured reserve.
Steele is out for the season. Hankins optimistically has a chance to be activated during the playoffs.
DEC 14 OBJ PATIENT? Odell Beckham Jr. is an “award-winning free agent”… for Spring 2023.
The Dallas Cowboys still have the idea of signing OBJ now, with the hope that he can contribute to the NFL playoffs – and perhaps a contract offer that guarantees his services for years to come as well, especially as their “ticking time bomb”. knee is well into your past.
Indeed, it appears the Cowboys and Beckham’s team spoke Monday about the parameters of a contract in Dallas. Playing anywhere this season gets smaller.
But ESPN is now reporting that “several” NFL teams believe the 30-year-old wide receiver will likely wait until the offseason to make his deal.
“Executives whose teams have done their homework on Beckham are hoping he’ll wait because, as someone once said, ‘he’ll be the prize’ of the free-agent receiver class,” writes ESPN. “Beckham is not expected to be ready to play football until the playoffs, and joining a new team and attacking for a playoff comes with injury risk.”
The Cowboys are aware of all this and have only strengthened their receiver room by signing veteran T.Y. Hilton.
Can there be team rewards from playing the three-time Pro Bowler OBJ on the field in the playoffs? It might be. But OBJ’s financial payoff can only come when he proves his knee is healthy… making it a “prize” next March.
DECEMBER 13, BEAS TO BILLS Could the Buffalo Bills be in the process of setting up another receivers meeting? A few liked tweets and reported sightings at airports had rumors swirling around the internet about former Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley making his return to Orchard Park.
And now it’s on, the NFL Network reporting that Beasley is signing with Buffalo.
WIVB-TV reported Monday night on Twitter that Beasley is back in Buffalo, with its reporter quoting a tweet from Beasley, which claims Beasley was on a flight from Baltimore to Buffalo.
Beasley, 33, a native of Little Elm, came from the NFL to SMU with the Cowboys before moving to Buffalo. He retired from the NFL just two games into his stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in early October.
In three seasons with the Bills (2019-21), the often outspoken “Beas” recorded 2,348 yards and 11 touchdowns on 231 receptions, making him one of Josh Allen’s favorite targets.
DECEMBER 12 MONDAY In addition to offensive tackle Terence Steele now out for the year with a serious injury, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is dealing with a pectoral strain from Sunday’s win over the Texans that head coach Mike McCarthy is hinting is ” significant”.
The Cowboys believe defensive end Dorance Armstrong, wearing a protective cleat after Sunday’s game, could play with a sore ankle this week in Jacksonville.
Steele’s loss is big, with the Cowboys now planning to scramble the O line, perhaps with young Josh Ball and non-young Jason Peters rotating at right tackle.
Said McCarthy of Steele: “A rock of a man.”
DECEMBER 11 INJURY ISSUES The Dallas Cowboys posted a last-minute 27-23 victory over the Texans on Sunday, but suffered a few setbacks along the way.
Most bothersome: starting right tackle Terence Steele left the game with a knee injury that has the Cowboys saying they are “very concerned” about an upcoming MRI.
Additionally, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins injured his shoulder and tight end Jake Ferguson suffered a head/neck injury.
Steele’s injury is the most problematic as the Cowboys replaced him with young Josh Ball but later turned to vet Jason Peters at right tackle.
Next week in Jacksonville, Peters could be right tackle with Tyron Smith coming back to claim the left tackle job.
Also, Trevon Diggs briefly left with a thumb injury – and is now saying he’s playing due to injuries to both thumbs. And Dorance Armstrong is wearing a protective boot after spraining her ankle.
DECEMBER 11 COWBOYS OPEN HOT A combination of the offensive line intimidating the Texans and Tony Pollard’s skills fitting perfectly into some fun Cowboys game design resulted in a quick start by Dallas over the Texans.
Pollard scored from 11 yards to cap a nine-play, 76-yard opening TD in Week 14 here at AT&T Stadium.
DECEMBER 10 FINES Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys were each fined $13,261 for their TD celebration using the Salvation Army Red Kettle against the Colts.
Money well spent, Cowboys Nation will surely agree. Right. Zeca?
“It’s worth the awareness we bring to The Salvation Army,” he said.
DECEMBER 9TH WHAT THE HELL? Sean McVay is a smart guy. But not even the coach of the Los Angeles Rams could understand what he had just supervised.
The coach looked bemused by the result, a 17-16 win over Las Vegas on Thursday night that featured all kinds of craziness capped off by Ram-for-a-Day (sort of) QB Baker Mayfield running a long-of-the-field TD unit with 1:45 to play.
“Just like we designed it,” McVay said, adding, “I’m still like, ‘What the hell is going on right now?”
“I don’t know if you could write better than that,” said Mayfield, dropped by Carolina just a few days ago and then inserted into the “Thursday Night Football” game (with Matthew Stafford injured) just a few plays. be honest with you.”
Here’s what was going on… catch up!
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks – a Cowboys trade target ahead of this year’s deadline – suffered a calf injury and is now expected to miss his second straight game. … this Sunday at noon in Dallas.
And… it’s trending towards fellow starter Nico Collins to miss the game as well due to a foot injury.
Houston is 1-10-1 and already under-armed at 9-3 Dallas.
DECEMBER 7 VON OUT OF THE YEAR Buffalo Bills passing star Von Miller, who was hoping to return to action in the coming weeks, instead underwent surgery for the torn ACL in his knee and is now ready for the season.
The announcement was made on Wednesday at the team’s headquarters by coach Sean McDermott.
Miller, a DFW native and an offseason target for the Cowboys before signing with Buffalo, has a long-term contract with the Bills… Odell Beckham Jr., with the Dallas Cowboys as rivals there.
DECEMBER 5 TEXAS RIVALS?! No, Week 14 doesn’t pit a pair of “rivals” against each other as the Houston Texans play the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium at noon on Sunday.
Cities “love to hate each other.” But the teams and their fans? Cowboys Nation doesn’t care much for Texans… and neither do Texans fans now.
The Texans just lost to the Cleveland Browns 27-14, and not even Deshaun Watson’s controversial return to Houston mattered to the public.
The Texans have a 1-10-1 record.
The Cowboys – coming off a 54-19 win over Indy – are playing on Sunday Night Football as they look to improve their 9-3 record and keep pace with the Eagles. Dallas has won two straight and won four of the last five and some punters have the Cowboys as 17-point favorites going into this game.
The Cowboys are now making a habit of scoring 30+ points. The Texans in their last six games have not reached 17 points. So… place your bets!
DECEMBER 4 JIMMY G LOADED The 49ers say QB Jimmy Garoppolo is questionable to return to the game against the Dolphins due to an injury. Brock Purdy is now at QB. Yes it is …
This is a potential shift in the balance of power in the NFC… for a team like the Seahawks in the West and for teams like the Dallas Cowboys in general.
UPDATE: Following San Francisco’s 33-17 victory, head coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo will require season-ending foot surgery.
DECEMBER 4 TWO NEW LOOKS Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders will unveil a new look for their iconic cleats Sunday night with red, white and blue accents as part of the team’s “Salute to Service” weekend… about which you can read more about here, as Dallas is ready to take on Indianapolis here at AT&T Stadium.
But besides that, Christmas is just around the corner, and the Cowboys are scheduled to host the Eagles on Christmas Eve…
So the Cowboys Cheerleaders need to dress appropriately, and they will, as they are showing off their special Christmas-themed outfits.
DECEMBER 3: DEION DECISION Deion Sanders has officially announced that he will be Colorado’s next head coach.
Sanders went 27-5 over three seasons at Jackson St. and got some of the best recruits in the country.
The announcement came moments after Sanders led Jackson State to its second straight SWAC title.
Jackson State defeated Southern 43-24 in the title game, ending the school’s first undefeated season.
“There were several highly qualified and impressive candidates interested in becoming Colorado’s next head football coach, but none of them had the pedigree, knowledge and ability to connect with student-athletes like Deion Sanders,” said Athletic Director from Colorado. Rick George said in the statement. “Not only will Coach Prime energize our fan base, I am confident he will bring our program back to national prominence while leading a high quality, high character team.”
Sanders, 55, has played 14 seasons in the NFL, five of which he spent with the Cowboys. During his tenure at Dallas, he compiled 159 tackles, 14 interceptions and two touchdowns. Sanders was a member of the Cowboys’ 1995 championship team that defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football of Fame in 2011.
It has already started recruiting employees and players for Colorado.
DECEMBER 2 ANTONIO BROWN PROBLEM Antonio Brown occasionally brings up the idea of a return to the NFL, sometimes suggesting the Dallas Cowboys as his employer.
This will not happen. Instead, Brown has real-life issues, as he is again facing legal action in the wake of an alleged recent domestic incident that resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for the former NFL standout.
Brown, 34, is reportedly wanted by police for a battery charge stemming from an incident earlier in the week involving the mother of four of Brown’s six children at her south Tampa home.
As of Thursday night, NBC News reported that Tampa police are still trying to arrest Brown after making several attempts outside his home. The department told NBC that Brown “is not communicating with officers.”
Tampa’s WFTS-TV reported that officers were at Brown’s home for more than an hour and used a megaphone to hail him from the front door. A statement from Tampa Police indicates that Brown and a woman were involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical earlier this week, with Brown allegedly saying that “if she came in the house, he would shoot her in front of the police,” according to with court documents.
DECEMBER 1, BYE, OBJ It’s already known that the Los Angeles Rams were off the table when it comes to the re-signing of Odell Beckham Jr. But now there’s physical evidence…
The Associated Press reveals that the old locker in the team’s headquarters that had been used and was being put away for the free agent wide receiver… no longer exists.
“The locker that had Odell Beckham Jr’s name on it at the Rams’ training complex since last season is now empty again,” Beacham said. “They’re not saving the OBJ place anymore.”
OBJ is, as of today, running a pretenders tour with a Thursday visit with the Giants, a Friday visit with the Bills, and a Monday visit with the Cowboys on tap.
NOVEMBER 29TH NOW, OBJ! Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at @1053thefan is making the team’s search for Odell Beckham Jr. almost a matter of urgency.
“This year has got to be a big part of it,” Jones said. “We’ve got six games of the regular season and the playoffs, so in my opinion we’ve got almost the whole show to go. We’ve got to have a situation where he can really contribute now.”
Now, let’s make sure you interpret this correctly: Part of what Jones seems to be saying is that Dallas “needs” a healthy OBJ… and since he’s spent nearly a year rehabbing his knee, there’s lingering doubt there.
But if those questions are answered next Monday, when is Beckham scheduled to visit The Star?
Jones also indicated that the OBJ airline incident has no impact on the team’s “full steam” (coach Mike McCarthy’s words) interest in the star receiver.
“Very genuine,” Jones said in describing his telephone visit to Beckham. “Very competitive. Feels confident. Feels good about himself. We think he might fit in really well with us.”
Jones also said of the airport incident: “His judgment, his behavior is not an issue for him. It is for many. It’s not for him.”
So…if he passes his medicals and the other hurdles (money, other bidders) are resolved?
“We’ve got to have this year,” Jones said. “It’s very important. This year has to be a big part of that.”
NOVEMBER 28 OBJ FLIGHT-LESS Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday morning tweeted about a remarkable experience without being specific,
“Comedy time,” he said about… something.
Maybe this RUMOR/VIDEO is what he’s talking about… Did the cops just remove the OBJ from the plane?
The Dallas Cowboys, one of the free agent’s star suitors, often insist that the OBJ’s “diva” reputation is unfounded.
We’ll see what the airport guards have to say about it… which is…
So the crew thought he was sick because they couldn’t wake him up to put on his seat belt. He refused to leave the plane when asked. … until the police arrive.
Oh, and by the way, no, according to the passenger in the video, this incident did not take place at DFW Airport as some have speculated. The passengers were allegedly on a flight from Miami to Los Angeles and the “plane was taxiing on the runway, but we (returned) back to the gate because of a problem”…
NOVEMBER 25 OBJ DEFINES MEETINGS The Dallas Cowboys hit the headlines over free agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. through your planned visit with them. Well, and with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones having revealed he had a “nice Thanksgiving visit” over the phone with OBJ.
But there are still several teams on Beckham’s roster as he is ready to start making his free agent visits. … And yes, the Cowboys have company.
That’s the word from CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson, who on Friday reports that Beckham has solidified plans to visit three suitors… and to do so in that order…
It is our understanding that the visit to Dallas is scheduled for Monday, December 5th. So the Giants and Bills sessions are right around the corner.
Anderson also reports that Beckham, who is recovering from a knee injury, is also in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens. It is also believed that the San Francisco 49ers could be in contention for the services of the two-time All-Pro receiver, who is looking for a long-term “home” (and contract), with speculation he could be invited for $20 million. APY.
The Bills’ OBJ draft was handled by Von Miller, his Rams Super Bowl teammate, with Miller now in the news as he deals with his own knee injury sustained in Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day win.
NOVEMBER 24 OBJ SETS DATE FOR THE COWBOYS It’s a date!
Both the Cowboys and Giants are scheduled to have a visit from Odell Beckham Jr., but we already knew that. Now comes a ball advance: Beckham will visit the Cowboys on Monday, December 5, according to Jay Glazer.
The Giants haven’t set a date yet, it seems, but they are on Beckham’s wish list. The Bills, Niners and Chiefs could feature here as well… though those organizations haven’t been as vocal about it as Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones and his franchise.
Beckham is reportedly healthy after knee rehab and is reportedly looking for a long-term contract worth around $20 million APY, all part of his search for, as he puts it, a “home.”
And in DFW? The housing search is scheduled for December 5th.
NOVEMBER 23 TP WINS AWARD It’s indisputable: Tony Pollard has become perhaps the scariest weapon in the Cowboys’ offense, and this week he’s being recognized for it. He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after his stellar contributions to Dallas’ 40-3 win at Minnesota.
PT numbers? He had a career-high 189 yards from scrimmage (109 receiving, 80 rushing) and two TDs on Sunday.
Our PFF friend Marcus Mosher writes, “Tony Pollard’s season is upon us. This has suddenly turned Dallas into one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL, feeding on a player who is arguably the best player in the league right now.’ ‘
Over the last four games, the Cowboys have scored 141 points per game and are averaging 412.8 yards of offense. That’s better than where they were a year ago when they were the #1 offense in the NFL.
This has something to do with the return of Dak Prescott, of course. But as the Cowboys prepare to host the Giants on Thanksgiving in a two-team 7-3 NFC East battle? Yes, it has a lot to do with Tony Pollard too.
NOVEMBER 22 BRADY IN TROUBLE IN TEXAS? The Texas State Securities Board has reportedly advanced its investigation into the operations and bankruptcy of cryptocurrency platform FTX to now include the activities of celebrities such as Tom Brady of the NFL and Stephen Curry of the NBA.
Bloomberg News first reported the latest on the investigation, which is looking into potential securities law violations.
“Anyone providing investment advice in Texas is typically required to be registered and typically is required to truthfully disclose all known material facts,” the Texas State Securities Board said via The Texas Tribune. “In Texas, there is no different justice system or regulation for people who are celebrities.”
This comes on the heels of news of a class action lawsuit being filed that names Curry and Brady and other celebrities and claims that they, among others, “controlled, promoted, assisted and actively participated” in the alleged scheme in which ” FTX aggressively marketed – which the lawsuit describes as “truly a house of cards” and “a Ponzi scheme”.
NOVEMBER 21 RUSSELL WILSON ANOTHER HERSCHEL After all the dust had settled and all the onion skins had been peeled back, the NFL world came to universal agreement: never, ever again would there be another trade like the Herschel Walker deal, so deftly created by the Cowboys that became the foundation of a three-time Super Bowl champion.
Is “Never Again” happening again in Seattle?
Walker’s 1989 trade — seen as the greatest steal in football history — netted Cowboys the Vikings multiple premium round picks for the star running back. Among the players drafted with the picks acquired from Minnesota are Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Darren Woodson and Kevin Smith.
And now? The Denver Broncos, like the Vikings, thought they were “one star away”.
How is that looking at the Broncos? Wilson, as our man (and veteran Seahawks spotter) Corbin K. Smith writes, is “playing the worst football of his career at Mile High City, as he completed less than 60% of his passes and threw just seven touchdown passes in 10 starts as Denver disappointed with a 3-7 record and is currently bottom of the AFC West.”
And how is Seattle faring with a reformed Geno Smith at QB? He is, Smith writes, “a viable MVP candidate leading an NFC West-leading 6-4 starter team.”
And that’s not even counting all the guys and all the pickaxes and… Well, delve into Corbin’s in-depth analysis of how “The Herschel Heist” would never happen again… except that maybe it just did.
NOV 20 TP NO. 1? Tony Pollard matters. Ezekiel Elliott matters. And as Dallas prepares for today’s Cowboys clash at the Vikings, there’s the insistence that both running backs matter, with an ageless nod to the notion that “As Zeke goes, so go the Cowboys.”
But the NFL Network is teasing a new wrinkle for Week 11, the idea that Zeke – “light years ahead” of where he was after missing two games with a sprained knee – will be “replaced” in the lineup. , with Pollard “to get more touches”, it seems, than the knee-propped Elliott.
Our kind suggestion: the game’s script, at least as much as any pre-game concept, will be the determining factor of who does what.
18 OF NINE TANK INJURY ISSUES Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Friday morning that DeMarcus Lawrence (feet, knee) will be limited in his work today here at The Star.
But, he added, “I have every intention of having him play” in Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
Lawrence, who has a history of playing through serious injuries, is really primed to do it again.
“The right knee hurts more than the feet,” he said. “I’m dealing with so much right now. Just trying to stay focused on the task at hand.”
But… are you playing on Sunday?
Ezekiel Elliott (knee) and Anthony Barr are also on course to return to the field this weekend.
McCarthy on Zeke: “I predict he will.”
McCarthy on Barr: “He’s on a trajectory to play on Sunday.”
17 OF NINE NEW GUYS AT WORK The Cowboys added two “nominees” to their roster via the practice squad, and on Thursday, the new guys – defensive end Takk McKinley and receiver Antonio Callaway – took to the field here at The Star.
Callaway, the former Browns starter, is wearing number 14.
Takk, the former first-round starter with the Falcons, is number 59.
NOVEMBER 16 Chicago Wants Taco The Chicago Bears have signed Taco Charlton off the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad.
The former Cowboy, a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft picked by Dallas, played two seasons before being cut. Charlton’s time with the Cowboys was a disappointment, amassing just four sacks in 27 games.
His new contract with the Bears now teams him with current head coach Matt Eberflus, the former Cowboys linebackers coach when Charlton was drafted.
NOVEMBER 16: The Dallas Cowboys make another play. The Cowboys signed defensive end Takk McKinley to the practice squad after hosting him for practice over the summer.
McKinley is a former first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, taken by the Atlanta Falcons under then head coach Dan Quinn. McKinley played four seasons in Atlanta before playing the last two with the Browns and Rams.
This move comes on the heels of the signing of another “name” player looking for a reboot, as former Browns player Antonio Callaway joined the club via the practice squad.
NOVEMBER 15 CENTER TRYOUTS The Cowboys moved rookie UDFA center Alex Lindstrom to (practice squad) IR and now need help there, a source tells CowboysSI.com, with a trio of candidates now testing out here inside The Star .
Beau Benzschawel played for Wisconsin and went undrafted in 2019.
Brock Hoffman is a rookie UDFA at Virginia Tech.
Michal Menet was drafted by Arizona in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Penn State.
Dallas’ starting center remains Tyler Biadasz, and Lindstrom was working as a backup.
NOVEMBER 15 ROUND ROOM RAMS The Los Angeles Rams will be without their main offensive weapon for at least four weeks after designating wide receiver Cooper Kupp to injured reserve, Rams Sean McVay announced.
Kupp was injured during the Rams’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday with a sprained ankle he suffered late in the game.
Kupp will miss at least four weeks and undergo tightrope surgery to repair the injury. Recovery from tightrope surgery is typically five to six weeks, according to reports.
McVay did not rule out Kupp for the season.
Kupp is the Rams’ overwhelming leader in most receiving stats and currently ranks second in the NFL in receptions (75), fifth in targets (98), fifth in yards (812) and fifth in touchdowns (6).
Read more about “the bottomless Rams” as they escape contention in an NFC where the 6-3 Dallas Cowboys are trying to keep pace here.
NOVEMBER 13 DALLAS TIE FOR 7 ALL Cowboys at Packers has mostly been about Dallas’ ability to get close to the goal line… but also about scoring just once in the first quarter and a half.
CeeDee Lamb got a TD reception from QB Dak Prescott as the receiver got out of the backfield… but with a move to Dallas going up 14-0, Prescott threw an end zone interception.
And with 4:54 left in the first half at Lambeau Field, Aaron Rodgers responded with a deep TD pass to rookie Christian Watson to tie the score at 7-all.
NOVEMBER 12 COWBOYS AND LINES? The Los Angeles Chargers are waiving former first-round defensive tackle Jerry Tillery — and the Dallas Cowboys, always looking to shore up a good defense (albeit with some run-stopping challenges as they gear up for Sunday in Green Bay) would like a piece of action.
But there is a problem – a problem with being too good.
The 6-6, 295-pound Tillery has fallen out of favor with the Chargers coaching staff this year as he recorded just eight tackles before being released on Friday. So the 2019 NFL Draft first round pick will have a fresh start somewhere…
But the way the resign order works, the worst teams get the first complaints. And Dallas – with his 6-2 record – is heading to the bottom of the teams with a chance against him.
That process could start as early as next week, and teams like the One-Win Texans look like the most logical winners here.
Ranked 28th overall in 2019, Tillery, 26, was in his fourth season with the Chargers after starting 29 of 54 games played, with 106 tackles and 10.5 sacks.
NOVEMBER 2 TRYOUT SCOOP The Cowboys held 10 practices Wednesday at The Star in Frisco and we have the list…
Scoop: #Cowboys BIG FA training at The Star…
More information as we gather. …
RIDLEY SUSPENDED NOVEMBER 1… GET TRAPPED?! Calvin Ridley’s bizarre story just keeps getting a little more bizarre.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, badly in need of differentials, had been exploring the idea of trading hapless Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley for about a year.
But some problems got in the way.
First, the talented wide receiver left Atlanta citing mental health reasons; he was apparently considering retirement.
So the Falcons planned to trade him to the Eagles — but voluntarily backed out of the deal because the Falcons knew Ridley was about to receive a one-year suspension for betting on NFL games.
The Falcons did this in good faith. And now they’ve done something else: He’s been traded to the Jags long interested in what NFL Network calls a “tricky” deal that could eventually net Atlanta second- and fifth-round picks.
NINETEEN 1 WR BUSINESS Put this in the category of “Do something” moves that don’t actually make a lot of sense – or, at least, wouldn’t make sense to Dallas.
The Bears just traded a second-round pick for a receiver in Chase Claypool, who had some middling production (including just one TD catch this year and zero catches on two targets for the Steelers last week), but who was at some level on Dallas’ radar…
But not. Not for a second-round pick. … which could end up being too costly for Dallas to consider in discussions with Brandin Cooks, a much more proven professional than Claypool.
NOVEMBER 1 CHUBB TO MIAMI Bradley Chubb was traded to the AFC East as the Dolphins re-enter their Buffalo Bills arms race. Full story here.
NOVEMBER 1 FROM TJ TO MINNY TJ Hockenson is about to see a lot of Cowboys. Your Lions just played Dallas… and now, later this month, your Vikings – as the tight end was just traded there – will see the Cowboys again. Full story here.
NOVEMBER 1 COST Cowboys remain connected to pass-rush trade rumors (see Bradley Chubb)… not that we completely see the logic.
But just in case, it is instructive to know the price.
We know this because Los Angeles Rams offer to Panthers lead Brian Burns is, via. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, consisting of two first-round picks.
It seems likely that the Panthers turned down the Rams’ offer of these two first-round players because they would come in 2024 and 2025; that’s all the Rams have.
But it could also indicate how much Carolina really doesn’t want to lose her top sack artist.
And it might suggest just how unlikely it is that Dallas will go that route.
JOKER 1 OF NINE Kareem Hunt had just appeared in Cleveland’s 32-13 victory over Cincinnati on “Monday Night Football” and it was Halloween. So it made perfect sense that he would celebrate in his own way.
“I mean, I’m up for anything, man,” Hunt said, per NFL.com. “I’m a football player and this is a business. So I’m ready to do whatever they decide with me.”
“It’s going somewhere else or here, whatever doesn’t matter. I love the game of football,” said Hunt, who must also love being “The Joker” on Halloween, as he conducted his post-game interview in his ” Batman-related mask”.
OCTOBER 31 NFC EAST HUNT? The Philadelphia Eagles, according to a number of rumors, are interested in Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt. It’s being suggested that the Browns would move the former NFL champion and his backup running back for perhaps just a fourth-round pick, and that Hunt would serve Philly as a backup to Miles Sanders.
NFL insider Jay Glazer noted that he could see the Eagles trade for a running back, which adds credence – if not logic – to the rumor. Assuming part of the reason for Hunt’s unhappiness in Cleveland is that he’s caddying up to starter Nick Chubb… why would he be happy as Sanders’ backup?
However, say this about Philly: At 7-0, the roster that has been built is the product of many, many right moves.
OCTOBER 31 ‘UNDER’ ROQUAN TRANSLATED The Chicago Bears suffered a 49-29 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, something star linebacker Roquan Smith found “embarrassing”.
And now Smith is being traded to the Baltimore Ravens. … and in doing so jumps from a 3-5 NFC loser to a 5-3 AFC winner.
The Bears will reportedly have a second round and a fifth round as the Ravens work on a long term extension for the young talent.
OCTOBER 31 BRANDIN COOKS TIES In our two recent conversations with Texas sources, the organization continues to play down the idea of trading receiver Brandin Cooks.
And there are prohibitive reasons for him to move, such as 1) we believe Houston would ask for a second-round pick in exchange and 2) he has a guaranteed $18 million price tag for 2023.
But would he help Dallas or another rival team? Undoubtedly, the take-the-top-off vet has had success in Houston (in seven games this year, the 29-year-old has 32 receptions for 354 yards and one touchdown), despite the QB’s shaky play.
He is a perennial 1,000 yard guy and his name has appeared in two media outlets in Dallas and New York. Are the Cowboys really interested in spending whatever it takes here?
OCTOBER 31 DOES STEPHEN JONES GIVE OBJ SUGGESTIONS? Despite Jerry Jones’ “itchiness” and “risk-taking” mentality, COO Stephen Jones said the Cowboys are “comfortable” as a wideout.
But then Stephen added: “And then there are some guys that don’t belong to anyone out there.”
Stephen’s quote and our “who” list is here.
OCTOBER 31 DANCING FOR DEADLINE BUSINESS? The Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL face a trade deadline on Tuesday afternoon… and CowboysSI.com’s one-on-one with Jerry Jones leaves our Mike Fisher believing Jerry has “The Itch.”
Writes Fish: “Jerry Jones has ‘the itch.”
“My 32 years of chronicling the Jones era in Dallas come with no guarantees about what the Cowboys will do between now and Tuesday’s deadline. The “what”? The widely discussed wide receiver”?
“These dances cannot be danced alone; Jerry – and Stephen Jones and Will McClay, more directly involved – need willing partners.
“But this I can say, after a few general post-game media sessions and then a festive elevator ride on the way to Jones’ AT&T Stadium suite:
“Jerry Jones wants there to be an opportunity where he can utilize his confidence in his ‘feeling and courage and instinct and willingness to go ahead and take that risk.”
OCTOBER 31 NAMES IN NEW ENGLAND Amidst multiple reports that the Patriots have been drafting multiple players, names like right tackle Isaiah Wynn, running back Damien Harris and safety Jabril Peppers have been mentioned among the latest rumors about the Patriots. It is also being reported that New England recently received questions about all of the Pats’ seniors, including Jakobi Meyers, DeVante Parker, Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne.
OCTOBER 31: 10 NAMES Sunday was a big rumor mill day, with the Buffalo Bills very much in the news. Buffalo News has created a top 10 list, and here are our responses related to the bills and beyond…
1) Rams chasing Cam Akers. Sources in LA tell us the two parts are “over.”
2) Brandin Cooks, receiver for the Texans. Cooks is a breathtaking weapon, but the Texans, according to one source, would only listen if a second-round pick was offered. That, and Cooks’ 2023 salary of $18 million, makes this a bust.
3) The Panthers guard Austin Corbett. He has a tie with the Bills coaching staff and the Panthers are in liquidation mode. (Even if they insist they don’t.)
4) Panthers forward Cam Erving. Erving is a former cowboy and is, respectfully, just a guy.
5) DeShon Elliott Lions Security. Based on his time with the Lions – with a defense that seems to give up 35 points in a heartbeat – that’s not very appealing.
6) Commanders running back Antonio Gibson. Washington’s front office is on record as denying a desire to trade Gibson. (We’d like to put Cleveland’s Kareem Hunt in that category too — as a name to explore, at least.)
7) Matt Hennessy, center for the Falcons. A depth play for the Bills? Right. But keep in mind that going into Week 8, the Falcons – surprisingly – are #1 in the NFC South… which means they have no reason to sell.
8) Jerry Jeudy, receiver for the Broncos. A 2020 first round draft pick, Jeudy would likely love to get out of the Denver mess. The Broncos, however, would be wise to ask an exorbitant price here.
There is Cowboys-related gossip here, but we say more smoke than fire.
By the way, and that goes for the Steelers’ Cooks and Chase Claypool and maybe free agent Odell Beckham Jr. the public obviously is?
9) Bears running back David Montgomery. He’s in the final year of his rookie contract, so it would be a lease. Do the Bills need to add a “power back”? And if so, don’t they already have one on Zack Moss disabled?
10) 49ers Safety Tarvarius Moore. The 49ers see themselves as contenders, not “sellers” – as evidenced by their willingness to pay a price for Christian McCaffrey the Bills would not.
OCTOBER 30 AIKMAN SEES THE NEED A member of the Dallas Cowboys “family” is trying to help with an opinion – and his name is “Troy Aikman”.
“You better have some offense in today’s NFL if you want to win games,” Aikman told TMZ when asked if his former team should look for a wide receiver. “The way you attack is you have weapons and you have to have more than one or two.”
Does Aikman’s contemporary Michael Irvin have another idea, signing rehab free agent Odell Beckham Jr.?
That’s the guy pointed out by Irvin, it seems. Aikman has no name; he just has an educated opinion. An exchange with the receiver, Aikman said, “would definitely help them.”
Worth noting: Aikman issued these comments about Dallas “needing some offense” before the Cowboys beat the Bears 49-29 to go 6-2 at the bye.
OUT 26 ONE-UPDED? It has to be mentioned that Dallas’ deal for Johnathan Hankins actually preceded the Eagles’ trade for Robert Quinn. So no, Dallas did not “respond” to the “arms race” there. But that doesn’t mean some aren’t asking for another answer, especially when rumors surface that Philly may be chasing Saints star running back Alvin Kamara.
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