JAN 24 NINERS ARRESTED San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu followed his team’s playoff victory over the Cowboys on Sunday by being arrested on a felony charge of domestic violence on Monday.
The alleged incident with his girlfriend, the San Jose Police Department said, involves the woman charging Omenihu, a former Texas Longhorns standout. pushed her to the ground during an argument.
Officers said they “observed no visible physical injuries,” although she complained of pain in her arms.
Omenihu posted bail and is no longer in custody, but has been served with an emergency protective restraining order.
“We are aware of the matter involving Charles Omenihu and are in the process of gathering more information,” said the 49ers, who play at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.
JANUARY 23rd SIGNING: The Cowboys are now free – unfortunately – to begin assembling a 90-man roster through “futures” contracts.
The roster so far includes five players from the practice squad: Wideout Dontario Drummond, centers Brock Hoffman and Alec Lindstrom and DBs Sheldrick Redwine and Juanyeh Thomas.
Watch here for more signings…
JAN 22 COWBOYS UP Dak Prescott threw a 3-yard TD pass to Dalton Schultz to give the Cowboys a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter here in Santa Clara…
But rather incredibly, the PAT was blocked.
So Brett Maher and the Cowboys are now 1 of 6 in PAT attempts in the postseason. Oh, and the reason the Niners have their three points?
Interception That in the first quarter.
JANUARY 22 LAMAR’S NO DECEPTION Lamar Jackson turned down the Ravens’ offer of a six-year contract with $113 million guaranteed. One way to interpret the numbers?
The guarantees in the contract are less than half of the $230 million deal the Cleveland Browns gave Deshaun Watson last offseason. And they’re also less than Dak Prescott’s contract with the Cowboys, which has $126 million guaranteed.
Jackson – the 2019 league MVP – has a strong argument to be paid like the best quarterbacks in the league. There are different ways to look at these numbers… and we don’t know the full value or structure of this offer.
But only in terms of guaranteed money? Watson’s agreement set the bar. And Jackson — who will continue to be the subject of trade rumors until that is decided — has every reason to want to agree.
JANUARY 21 DUNGY DECISION Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy made headlines this week when he decided to respond to a statement by Rep. Sandra Feist that claimed menstrual products should be available in the bathrooms of -all schools, the politician noted, “There are many schools. which are moving towards gender-neutral bathrooms.”
Dungy, who has been outspoken about LGBTQ movements in the past, responded.
“This is nothing,” Dungy wrote on Twitter, sarcastically dispelling a debunked myth. “Some school districts are placing litter boxes in school bathrooms for students who identify as cats. It is very important to address the needs of each student.”
Despite the controversial nature of his comment – which he obviously admits as he deleted the tweet – a report from Sports Illustrated says Dungy will be on the air today for NBC’s coverage of the NFL playoffs.
JAN 19 PETERS OUT The Dallas Cowboys continue to feel good about safety Jayron Kearse’s availability Sunday, but going into Thursday’s workout here at The Star, tackle Jason Peters will once again not practice .
Kearse (knee) should be fine for this practice (maybe he’ll come in as “limited” and for Sunday’s playoff game at San Francisco. But Peters sat out Monday’s win over Tampa with a hamstring issue -hips, and the smart bet is that Dallas will use the offensive line alignment that ended that game going forward…
So the 40-year-old Peters will sit, with rookie Tyler Smith throwing to left tackle and Connor McGovern getting the start at left guard.
JAN 16 LAMAR JACKSON TRADE? Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s expiring contract is an issue … and the complication is compounded by the knee injury that has seen him miss the last six games … including the 24- 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
With the offseason underway, the Ravens are looking for answers on what to do with their franchise quarterback. The Twitter rumor mill suggests the Ravens will likely save Jackson and then trade him.
The Atlanta Falcons “at the front of the line?
JANUARY 15TH IS STILL ALIVE! The New York Giants are moving on to the Divisional Round after defeating the Minnesota Vikings 31-24 on Sunday in the U.S. Bank Stadium. … and so – scheduling involved, of course – three NFC East teams are still alive.
With the result in Minny, the Giants now face the Philadelphia Eagles next week in the Divisional Round.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys will play on Monday night against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get the fourth and last place in the next round. … and the winner of the MNF game will advance to meet the Niners next week.
JAN 14 NFL WILD CARD SATURDAY And this, Dallas Cowboys, is a tough act to follow!
The start of the NFL playoffs began on Saturday with a pair of comeback results.
After the San Francisco 49ers came back from after halftime to win by three scores (41-23 over Seattle), the Jacksonville Jaguars managed a 27-point comeback (the third largest in the history of -NFL) to beat the Los Angeles Chargers at home.
The false start in the first half came thanks to five turnovers by Jaguars … including four interceptions by Trevor Lawrence. But…the Chargers found a way to blow their four-touchdown lead to lose 31–30 in Jacksonville.
Lawrence bounced back by throwing three touchdown passes in the second half to fuel the comeback for Jacksonville.
Look familiar? Yes, this is the same Jags bunch that led Dallas by 17 points late in the regular season before coming back for a 40-34 OT win.
And of course the 49ers are the same bunch that beat Dallas last year in the first round of the playoffs.
The 49ers will host the top remaining NFC playoff team, while the Jaguars await their opponent based on Sunday’s results. And the Cowboys play on Monday night, surely hoping for a win in Tampa Bay that isn’t as dramatic.
JAN 14 COWBOYS LEAD NFL “America’s Team” has done it again.
According to a Sunday Night Football report, the Dallas Cowboys dominated the NFL in terms of total home attendance with 841,192 total fans through nine games at AT&T Stadium this year.
The next highest total was the New York Giants with 688,266.
Obviously there are many factors involved here: Loyalty and passion of the fans … a winning team (12-5 overall and 8-1 at home) … the NFL’s third largest stadium (behind only MetLife Stadium and Lambeau Field) – but a stadium that is itself a drawing card, even for fans of the other team.
But No. 1 is No. 1. … with Cowboys Nation hoping all the goodness travels to Tampa Bay for Monday night’s playoff opener.
JAN 8: COWBOYS PLAYOFF FAVORITES The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who started their division title run with a Week 1 win in Dallas, now host the playoff on Wild Card Weekend … with the Cowboys they open as 3-point favourites.
The Buccaneers clinched the NFC South a week ago, and the events of Week 18 – in which Dallas’ horrific 26-6 loss at Washington lock the 12-5 Cowboys into the fifth seed as the -best Wild Card team.
Times and dates for the first round of the playoffs will be announced late Sunday, but the Bucs will host Dallas at Raymond James Stadium next weekend.
And yes, CowboysSI.com will be there!
Said the owner of the Cowboys, Jerry Jones, about the loss in Washington and the anticipation that follows: “We will be able to take it all week. If that doesn’t get you ready to play in six or seven days, nothing else will.”
JAN 8 HURT VS. WEBB Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts will start Sunday’s regular season finale against the New York Giants; no surprise there, shoulder pain or not, the Eagles need to win to keep off the cowboys at once.
And the giants? Looks like someone explained something to first-year head coach Brian Daboll, who previously talked about “playing to win” even though the Giants (like Philly and Dallas) are playoff bound but don’t have the no reason to risk getting hurt. here.
So … New York will give the job to practice squad quarterback Davis Webb.
The Eagles are 13-3 but have lost two straight and need to win or tie against the Giants to clinch the top seed in the NFC and a first-round bye. In the unlikely event that the Eagles lose, the 12-4 Cowboys can jump ahead with a win in Washington today. they can also get the top seed if the Cowboys (12-4) lose to the Commanders and the 49ers (12-4) lose to the Cardinals.
Webb, who was a third-round pick of the Giants in 2017 but never attempted a pass in a regular-season NFL game.
JAN 6 JERRY ON LEAGUE VOTE ON AFC TITLE GAME NFL owners have voted to approve proposed changes to the AFC playoffs, which are highlighted by the possibility of an AFC Championship game in ‘neutral site, according to reports from NFL Network Friday. …
As Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones predicted it would happen a little earlier in the day.
“We will vote to make an accommodation for our circumstances because of the concerns and what we had to adjust because of Damar Hamlin’s injuries and this will be done and should be finished by noon,” said Jones on 105.3 The Fan.
Jones explained his view on how the league should balance the importance of home field advantage with the circumstances involving Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin.
“This is a critical time,” Jones said. “Home field advantages that are gained by how your team has played throughout the year, these are all very valuable things – that have no use … at the moment. (They should not be) considered (and not) be confused (compared to) sensitivity with Hamlin’s injuries at all.”
The changed AFC playoff plan comes after Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest in the first quarter of Monday’s matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, which resulted in the cancellation of the game.
Full details on the new playoff and AFC title game plan can be read here.
JAN 4 ‘NO CLUB’ Cowboys “Lion-backer” Micah Parsons has a nasty cut on his hand, as first reported by CowboysSI.som, and the laceration – along with what we know was quite a bit of swelling – caused it to want to play in last week’s win against the Titans with such a huge wrap that we all took to labeling it a “club”.
Wednesday’s injury report is out now, and Micah isn’t on it … And he doesn’t expect the injury to limit him Sunday in Week 18 at the Commanders.
“We’re going to be full go,” Parsons said. “No club.”
JAN 4 WASHINGTON BENCH COMMANDER WENTZ A week after quarterback Carson Wentz replaced Taylor Heinicke as the team’s starter, Washington is reportedly changing course.
While Heinicke is expected to be the starter, the same report says rookie Sam Howell will also get playing time, making his NFL debut in the final week of the regular season.
As of now, the team has yet to confirm. .. and unfortunately, the report is not good.
Carson Wentz is being benched (again) … even as coach Ron Rivera says he has “no regrets” about the fateful decision to start Wentz in the playoff loss -last week’s kill-hope against the Browns.
UPDATE: Howell is getting first-team reps right now in Washington’s workout…
And Howell will be starting Sunday.
The 7-8-1 Chiefs are probably wise to start the experiment with rookie Howell, as there’s little else to do here against 12-4 Dallas, which is playoff-bound and still trying to win the NFC East. .
JAN 3 NFL MOVE Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin’s on-field collapse rocked the sports world Monday night, as the 24-year-old went into cardiac arrest during the first quarter. against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium.
Hamlin remains in critical condition in the ICU at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. And on Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys and all NFL teams showed support for the second-year safety, as all Twitter profile pictures for the league and its teams were changed to shirt No. 3 with the message “Pray for Damar.”
The game between the Bengals and the Bills was temporarily suspended before being postponed entirely on Monday night. On Tuesday, the league revealed that the game will not be played this week and that there is no current schedule for action to resume.
JAN 3 NFL REVEALS PLAN The Week 17 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals will not be played this week following the on-field collapse of Bills safety Damar Hamlin, the league announced on Tuesday.
The NFL continues to be in regular contact with the medical team caring for Damar Hamlin, as well as the Bills and Bengals organizations and the NFL Players Association.
After speaking with both teams and NFLPA management, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the clubs today that the Bills-Bengals game will not resume this week.
The NFL has not made any decision regarding the possible resumption of the game at a later date.
The league made no changes to the Week 18 regular season schedule.
We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.
Therefore the Dallas Cowboys will play as scheduled on Sunday afternoon in Washington. See below for more…
JANUARY 2 THE TIME OF COWBOYS-COMMANDERS REVEALED The Dallas Cowboys will play the Washington Commanders at 3:25 p.m. CT on Sunday, the NFL announced today.
The Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. Giants) and San Francisco 49ers (home vs. Cardinals) will all play their respective games in the same 3:25 slot … so the -neither team has a knowledge advantage. regarding its playoff setup.
Here’s the breakdown of Dallas’ scenarios, along with the likelihood the Cowboys will open the playoffs in Tampa Bay.
Also, Sunday Night Football will be between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on NBC.
JAN 2 WELCOME BACK! “It might be a little premature and it might be a little optimistic, but the Dallas Cowboys have an injury-related plan for the playoffs.
“We’re going to be welcoming back three really good football players,” COO Stephen Jones said Monday on a 105.3 The Fan visit, with an eye toward the postseason. “Leighton Vander Esch, certainly (Johnathan) Hankins, and then if we bring back (Tyler) Biadasz … that will be a great advantage for our group.”
Linebacker Vander Esch (neck/shoulder) will sit out this week in Washington. Veteran run-stopper Hankins has a pec injury. And starting center Biadasz has a high sprain ankle, with the Cowboys crossing their fingers as they speed up the O-line.for another week.
Said Jones on Biadasz: “I think after we get a full week with him and see how he’s responding to the treatment … We’ll just see what the week brings, but we certainly feel it’s a realistic chance (the medical staff) can he gets. he’s ready to play for the first round of the playoffs.”
DECEMBER 28 TO ME TOO! Dez Bryant passed on football, to be a family man and businessman, and has not played in the NFL since 2020.
But he certainly has some fun with the idea of another “retired” Dallas Cowboys trying to make a comeback.
According to the cowboysSI.com scoop, Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, 49, has been calling Jerry Jones’ office, asking for proof.
“If T.O comes back…sign me to a playoff team…seriously! LFG,” Bryant tweeted.
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 they’re not the Cowboys’ ideas, if you have to say that.
26 WHITE ON WHITE SAYINGS Because we know you care…
We can report that this is the week to see a “fresh” look with the iconic Cowboys uniforms, the white “Color Rush” uniform with navy trim … along with the new white star helmet.. .
All of this will reveal itself in this Week 17 meeting at the Tennessee Titans in a Thursday Night Football matchup.
The novelty is subtle. But face masks must be revealed!
24 DEC. SHUT UP AND PLAY This week, Cowboys leader Jayron Kearse essentially encouraged his locker room to shut up and play.
Said Kearse before Saturday’s visit to the Eagles: “We talked a lot. At this point, we don’t need to talk more. We should be about business. We should be about action. The film should speak. I really don’t think there is much more talk that needs to be done other than getting the job done.”
So far, Kearse is living up to it, with two takeaways that are largely responsible for keeping Dallas in this game. His second one…
It led to a TD by Michael Gallup, another guy whose let’s play – or in this case, his feet – does his talking for him.
Dallas is tied 27-all with the Eagles entering fourth here at AT&T Stadium.
DEC 21 Cowboys and Eagles injury reports are for Wednesday. With Micah Parsons and Jalen Hurts once again the DNP highlights.
No matter who plays on Saturday, the Cowboys promise to be ready.
“I think everybody in the locker room is looking forward to this rematch,” Dak Prescott said, adding, “Understand that the (Eagles) are playing their ass, that they’re having a hell of a season. …
“You just have to get one more shot, make sure you put your best foot forward.”
DECEMBER 21 MICAH OUT AGAIN Micah Parsons will appear on Wednesday’s practice/injury report as he did on Tuesday, listing the “Lion-backer” as DNP (illness).
“Micah Parsons won’t be with us today … He’s gone,” said coach Mike McCarthy about the sickness bug.
The Cowboys host the Eagles on Christmas Eve.
20 DEC. Malik Jefferson, waived from the Cowboys’ practice squad last week, has been re-signed to the practice squad, the team says.
Jefferson, a 26-year-old former Texas Longhorn, could offer depth in the build-up after the short-term injury to Leighton Vander Esch.
DEC 20 DALLAS AT DALLAS The Eagles announced on Tuesday that Dallas Goedert has been activated from IR. … Just in time to play against his namesake, the Dallas Cowboys.
Goedert has been out since Week 10 with a shoulder injury, but returns for the 13-1 Eagles with his 544 yards and three touchdowns on 43 catches through nine games a great complement to the 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 BENCHED The Cowboys suddenly have defensive problems.
For one, they pulled starting cornerback Kelvin Joseph after he gave up two consecutive touchdown catches allowed. … that’s how Nahshon Wright entered the game.
Meanwhile, safety Donovan Wilson was injured, as was Leighton Vander Esch.
Did you add everything? Dallas was up 27-10, but Trevor Lawrence, taking advantage of some sloppiness by Dak Prescott, threw three TD passes … and the Jags were up 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 it relates to any chance of returning for the game against the Jags.
Amid 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 as a win clinches a playoff spot.
December 18 Falcons Hospital Coach Defensive coordinator Dean Pees, 73, was carted off the field in New Orleans during pregame warmups today after a Saints player accidentally collided with him.
The Falcons say Pees – who remained on the ground for quite some time after the crash – is “alert and responsive” as he is being transported to a local hospital for medical tests.
DECEMBER 14 ‘STAND BY’ Jerry Jones wants it.
The Cowboys owner was asked by the DFW media late Wednesday afternoon about Odell Beckham Jr.’s ideal signing schedule.
“Sooner than later,” he said.
“I don’t want to talk about it but I’ll stop,” Jones said. But stand by. Stand by.”
Jones, even as the Cowboys just signed another vet wideout in T.Y. Hilton, was asked on Tuesday by 105.3 The Fan if the fact OBJ can’t play today” (because of his allegedly “ticking time bomb” knee) rules out a deal.
“I wouldn’t have gone that far if you include the playoffs,” Jones said. “We wouldn’t be interested in Odell if he didn’t have the talent. I think it’s fair to say he’s an excellent receiver … he’s as you well know, not ready to play. He’s a receiver that I think would be a good fit at any time. There will be continued interest in Odell.”
Also important (click on): The parties talked about the parameters of the contract on Monday.
DEC 14 TWO KEY MOVES The Cowboys placed Johnathan Hankins (pec 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. he is an “unrewarded agent”… for the spring of 2023.
The Dallas Cowboys are still considering signing OBJ now, hoping he can contribute in the NFL Playoffs – and perhaps with a contract offer that would secure his services in future years as well, especially as his “ticking time bomb”. knee is well in his past.
Indeed, it appears that the Cowboys camp and Beckham talked on Monday about the parameters of a contract in Dallas. The games everywhere this season get smaller.
But ESPN is now reporting that “several” NFL teams believe the 30-year-old receiver will now likely wait until the offseason to make his deal.
“Executives whose teams have done their homework on Beckham expect him to wait because, as the saying goes, ‘he’s going to 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 offense for a playoff run comes with injury risk.”
The Cowboys are aware of all this and have strengthened their receiver room with the signing of veteran T.Y. Hilton.
Could there be team rewards with three-time Pro Bowler OBJ tossing down the field in the playoffs? It could be. But OBJ’s financial reward can only come when he proves his knee is healthy … making him a “prize” next March.
DEC 13 BEAS TO BILLS Could the Buffalo Bills be in the process of setting up another receiver reunion? A couple of liked tweets and reported sightings at the airport have the internet rumor mill churning about former Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley returning to Orchard Park.
And now it’s over, NFL Network reports that Beasley is signing with Buffalo.
WIVB-TV reported Monday night on Twitter that Beasley is back in Buffalo, with their reporter citing a Beasley-loving tweet, which claims Beasley was on a flight from Baltimore to Buffalo.
Beasley, 33, and a native of Little Elm, entered the NFL from SMU with the Cowboys before moving to Buffalo. He retired from the NFL just two games into his stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in early October.
In three seasons with the Bills (2019-21), the often outspoken ‘Beas’ recorded 2,348 yards and 11 touchdowns on 231 catches, becoming one of Josh Allen’s favorite targets.
DECEMBER 12 MONDAY MEDICAL In addition to offensive tackle Terence Steele being out for the year with a serious injury, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is dealing with a strained pec from Sunday’s win over the -Texans coach Mike McCarthy is suggesting it is “significant.”
The Cowboys believe defensive end Dorance Armstrong, wearing a protective boot after Sunday’s game, can play with a sore ankle this week in Jacksonville.
Steele’s loss is a big one, with the Cowboys now planning to beef up the O-line, perhaps with both a young Josh Ball and a not-so-young Jason Peters rotating in at right tackle.
Said McCarthy of Steele: “A rock of a man.”
DECEMBER 11 INJURY ISSUES The Dallas Cowboys recorded a late 27-23 win over the Texans on Sunday, but experienced some losses along the way.
Most annoying: starting right tackle Terence Steele left the game with a knee injury that the Cowboys say they are “very concerned about,” with an MRI to come.
Also, 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 first settled on junior Josh Ball but then turned to vet Jason Peters at right tackle.
Next week in Jacksonville, Peters could be the right tackle with Tyron Smith coming back to claim the left tackle job.
Also, Trevon Diggs left briefly with a thumb injury – and now he’s saying he’s playing through injuries to both thumbs. And Dorance Armstrong is wearing a protective boot after spraining his ankle.
COWBOYS OPEN HOT 11 DEC. A combination of the offensive line bullying the Texans and Tony Pollard’s skills that fit well with some fun game design by the Cowboys resulted in a fast start for Dallas over the Texans.
Pollard scored from 11 yards out to cap a nine-play, 76-yard TD drive in Week 14 here at AT&T Stadium.
DECEMBER 10 FINE Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott were fined $13,261 each for their TD celebration using the Salvation Army Red Kettle against the Colts.
Money well spent, Cowboys Nation will surely agree. Right Zeke?
“It’s worth the awareness we bring to the Salvation Army,” he said.
DEC 9 WHAT? Sean McVay is a powerful man. But not even the Los Angeles Rams coach could understand what he had just witnessed.
The coach seemed confused by the result, a 17-16 win over Las Vegas on Thursday night that featured all sorts of zaniness, capped by a Ram-for-a-day (or so) QB Baker Mayfield’s run throughout the — capped a TD drive with 1:45 to play.
“The way we designed it,” McVay said, adding, “I’m still like, ‘What’s going on right now?”
“I don’t know if you can write it any better than that,” said Mayfield, waived by Carolina just a few days ago and then inserted into Thursday Night Football (with Matthew Stafford injured) just a few plays in. “It’s a pretty damn story well, I’ll be honest with you.”
Here’s what was going on…follow!
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks – a trade target of the Cowboys before this year’s deadline – has a calf injury and is now expected to miss his second straight game. … this Sunday at noon in Dallas.
And … trending toward fellow starting wideout Nico Collins also misses the game with a foot injury.
Houston is 1-10-1 and already short on weapons against Dallas 9-3.
7 DEC. VON OUT FOR YEAR Buffalo Bills star running back Von Miller, who had hopes of returning to action in the coming weeks, instead underwent surgery for a torn ACL in his knee and is now ready for the season.
The announcement was made on Wednesday at team headquarters by head coach Sean McDermott.
Miller, a DFW native and an offseason target of the Cowboys before signing with Buffalo, has a long-term contract with the Bills … and is sure to be in the news for a while as he is a figure central to Buffalo’s recruitment of an injured receiver. Odell Beckham Jr., with the rival Dallas Cowboys there.
DEC 5 TEXAS RIVALS?! No, Week 14 does not pit a pair of “rivals” against each other in the Houston Texans playing the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sunday at noon.
Cities “love to hate” each other. But the teams and their fans? Cowboys Nation doesn’t really care about the Texans…and neither do Texans fans right now.
The Texans just lost against the Cleveland Browns, 27-14, and even Deshaun Watson’s controversial return to Houston was not important to the audience.
The Texans have a record of 1-10-1.
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 in a row and four of the last five and some oddsmakers put the Cowboys as huge 17-point favorites in this one.
The Cowboys are now making a habit of scoring 30+. The Texans during their last six games did not reach 17 points. So … place your bets!
4 DEC. JIMMY G CARTED OFF The 49ers say QB Jimmy Garoppolo is doubtful to return for the game against the Dolphins due to injury. Brock Purdy now at QB. And yes…
This is a potential balance of power shift in the NFC … for a team like the Seahawks in the West and for teams like the Dallas Cowboys across the board.
UPDATE: After San Francisco’s 33-17 win, coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo will require season-ending foot surgery.
DECEMBER 4 TWO NEW LOOKS Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will unveil a new look for their iconic red, white and blue accented boots as part of the team’s “Salute to Service” weekend. .. which you can read more about here as Dallas takes on Indianapolis here at AT&T Stadium.
But besides, Christmas is coming, 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’ve been showing off their special holiday-themed outfits.
DEC 3: DEION DEION Deion Sanders has officially announced that he will be the next head coach at Colorado.
Sanders went 27-5 over three seasons at Jackson St. and landed some of the nation’s best recruits.
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, capping the school’s first undefeated season.
“There were a number of highly qualified and impressive candidates interested in becoming the next head football coach at Colorado, but none of them had the genes, knowledge and ability to connect with student-athletes like Deion Sanders,” Colorado athletic director. Rick George said in the statement. “Not only will Coach Prime strengthen our fanbase, I am confident he will lead our program back to national prominence while leading a high-quality, high-character team.”
Sanders, 55, played 14 seasons in the NFL, five of which were spent with the Cowboys. During his tenure in Dallas, he compiled 159 tackles, 14 interceptions, and two touchdowns. Sanders was a member of the Cowboys’ 1995 championship squad that defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. He was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
He has already begun recruiting staff and players for Colorado.
2 DEC. ANTONIO BROWN TROUBLE Antonio Brown has on occasion brought 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 after a recent alleged domestic incident that resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for the former NFL standout.
Brown, 34, is reportedly wanted by police on a battery charge stemming from an incident earlier this week involving the mother of four of Brown’s six children at his South Tampa home .
On Thursday evening, 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 police officers.
Tampa’s WFTS-TV reported that officers were at Brown’s home for more than an hour, using a megaphone to call to him from his front door. A Tampa police statement indicates Brown and a woman were involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical earlier this week, with Brown allegedly saying “if she came into the house, he would shoot her in front of the police,” according to the court documents.
DEC 1 BYE, OBJ The Los Angeles Rams were not in the game regarding re-signing Odell Beckham Jr. But now there is physical evidence…
The Associated Press reveals that the former locker at team HQ that was used by, and was being saved for, the free agent wide receiver … is no more.
“The locker that had Odell Beckham Jr.’s name on it at the Rams training complex from last season is now empty again,” Beacham said. “They are no longer saving OBJ’s place.”
OBJ is, starting today, doing a suitors tour with a Thursday visit with the Giants, a Friday visit with the Bills and a Monday visit with the Cowboys on tap.
NOV 29 NOW, OBJ! Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at @1053thefan is doing the team’s pursuit of Odell Beckham Jr. almost a matter of urgency.
“This year has to be a big part of it,” Jones said. “We have six regular season games and the playoffs, so in my mind, we have almost the whole show ahead of us. We have to have a situation where he can really contribute now.”
Now, let’s make sure we interpret this properly: Part of what Jones seems to be saying is that Dallas “needs” a healthy OBJ … and since he spent nearly a year rehabbing his knee, there are lingering questions there.
But what if those questions are answered around next Monday when Beckham is scheduled to visit The Star?
Jones also indicated that the OBJ airline incident has no impact on the team’s (coach Mike McCarthy’s words) “full steam ahead” interest in the star receiver.
“Very genuine,” Jones said when describing his phone visit with Beckham. “Very competitive. You feel confident. He feels good about himself. We think he can fit in really well with us.”
Jones also said of the airport incident, “His judgment, his behavior is not an issue with him. It’s with a lot. It’s not with him.”
So … if it goes through the medics and the other obstacles (money, other bidders) are dealt with?
“We have to have it this year,” Jones said. “It is very important. This year must be a big part of it.”
NOV 28 OBJ FLIGHT-LESS Odell Beckham Jr., early Sunday, tweeted about a remarkable experience without being specific,
“An hour of comedy,” he said about…something.
Maybe this RUMOR / VIDEO is what he is talking about … Did the cops take OBJ off the plane?
The Dallas Cowboys, one of the owners of the free agent star, have often insisted that OBJ’s “diva” reputation is unfounded.
Let’s see what the airport cops have to say about that… which is…
Therefore, the flight crew thought he was sick because they could not wake him up to fasten his seat belt. He refused to get off the plane when asked. … until the police arrived.
Oh, and by the way, no, according to the passenger with the video, this incident did not happen at DFW Airport, as some have speculated. Passengers were reportedly on a flight from Miami to Los Angeles and the “plane was taxiing down the runway but we (returned) back to the gate due to a problem”…
NOV 25 OBJ SCHEDULES MEETINGS The Dallas Cowboys have worked their way into the news regarding free agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. through his planned visit with them. Okay, and with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones revealing he had a “good Thanksgiving visit” over the phone with OBJ.
But there are still several teams on Beckham’s list as he is ready to start making his free-agent visits. … And yes, the Cowboys have company.
That’s the word via CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson, who is reporting Friday that Beckham has solidified plans to visit three candidates… and to do so in this order…
We understand that the visit to Dallas is scheduled for Monday, December 5th. So the Giants and Bills sessions seem to be around the corner.
Anderson also reports that Beckham, who has been rehabbing a knee injury, is also having conversations with the Kansas City Chiefs and the 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 that he could be asked. for $20 million APY.
OBJ’s Bills recruitment was led by his Rams Super Bowl teammate Von Miller, with Miller now in the news as he deals with his own knee injury sustained in the Thanksgiving win at ‘Detroit.
NOV 24 OBJ CALLS COWBOYS DATE It’s a date!
Both the Cowboys and the Giants are willing to host a visit with Odell Beckham Jr., but we already knew that. Now comes the ball rolling: Beckham will visit with the Cowboys on Monday, December 5, according to Jay Glazer.
It looks like the Giants have yet to settle on a date, but they are on Beckham’s wish list. The Bills, Niners and Chiefs can also be seen here … although those organizations haven’t been as vocal about it all as Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones and his franchise.
Beckham is reportedly healthy after rehabbing his knee and is reportedly seeking a long-term deal worth around $20 million APY, all part of his search, as he puts it, for “a home.”
And in DFW? The house search is underway for December 5th.
NOV 23 TP WINS AWARD This is indisputable: Tony Pollard has become perhaps the most feared weapon on 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 victory in Minnesota.
TP numbers? He had 189 scrimmage yards (109 receiving, 80 rushing) and two TDs on Sunday.
Our PFF buddy Marcus Mosher writes: “Tony Pollard’s breakout season is upon us. He has suddenly turned Dallas into one of the NFL’s most dangerous offenses, one that feeds ‘a player who could be the best 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 NFL’s No. 1-ranked offense.
That has to do with the return of Dak Prescott, of course. But as the Cowboys prepare to host the Giants on Thanksgiving in a battle of two 7-3 NFC East teams? Yes, it has a lot to do with Tony Pollard too.
22 NOV BRADY IN TEXAS TROUBLE? The Texas State Securities Board has reportedly advanced its investigation into the operations and failure of cryptocurrency platform FTX to now include the activities of celebrities such as Tom Brady of the NFL and NBA’s Stephen Curry.
Bloomberg News first reported the latest in the investigation, which is looking into possible securities law violations.
“Anyone giving investment advice in Texas typically needs to be registered and typically needs to truthfully disclose all known material facts,” the Texas State Securities Board said via The Texas Tribune. “In Texas, there is no different system of justice 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 they, among others, “or controlled, promoted, assisted, and actively participated” in the alleged scheme where they are “aggressively marketed” FTX – which the filing describes as “truly a house of cards” and a “Ponzi scheme”.
NOV 21 RUSSELL WILSON ANOTHER HERSCHEL After all the dust had settled and after all the onion skins had been peeled off, the NFL world came to a universal agreement: There will never, ever be another trade like the deal again of Herschel Walker, so cleverly created by the Cowboys that it became the cornerstone of a three-time Super Bowl champ.
Is “never ever” happening again in Seattle?
The 1989 Walker trade – considered the biggest heist in football history – netted the Cowboys the Vikings multiple premium-round picks for the star running back. Among the players drafted with the picks acquired from Minnesota: Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Darren Woodson and Kevin Smith.
And now? The Denver Broncos, like those Vikings, thought they were “one star away.” The Seahawks obliged, landing quarterback Russell Wilson for two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and three players. veterans.
How are the Broncos looking? Wilson, as our man (and veteran Seahawks observer) Corbin K. Smith writes, is “playing the worst football of his career in the Mile High City, as he completed less than 60 percent of -passes and has thrown just seven touchdown passes in 10 starts as Denver has disappointed with a 3-7 record and is currently in last place in the AFC West.”
And how is Seattle doing with fresh-faced Geno Smith at QB? He is, Smith writes, “a viable MVP candidate leading an upstart 6-4, NFC West-leading squad.”
And that’s not even counting all the guys and all the spades and… Well, dig into Corbin’s in-depth look at how “The Herschel Heist” was never going to happen again… except that maybe he just did.
NOV 20 TP NO. 1? Tony Pollard counts. Ezekiel Elliott is important. And as Dallas prepares for today’s Cowboys at Vikings showdown, there is the constant insistence that both running backs are important, with a perpetual nod to the idea that “As Zeke goes, so go the Cowboys. “
But NFL Network is suggesting 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 “reduced” to the lineup, with Pollard. “to get more touches,” it seems, from the knee-braced Elliott.
Our gentle suggestion: The play script, at least as much as any pre-game concept, will be the determining factor in who does what.
NOV 18 TANK INJURY ISSUES Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Friday morning that DeMarcus Lawrence (legs, knee) will be limited in his work today here at The Star.
But, he added, “I have every intention of playing” in Sunday’s game at the Vikings.
Lawrence, who has a history of playing through serious injuries, is indeed ready to do it again.
“The right knee hurts worse than the feet,” he said. “I’m dealing with so much right now. I just try to stay focused on the task at hand.”
But … are you playing on Sunday?
Ezekiel Elliott (knee) and Anthony Barr are also on track to return to action this weekend.
McCarthy on Zeke: “I anticipate him going.”
McCarthy on Barr: “He’s on a trajectory to play Sunday.”
NOV 17 NEW GUYS ON THE WORK The Cowboys added two “name” players to their roster via the practice squad, and on Thursday the new guys – defensive end Takk McKinley and receiver Antonio Callaway – took the field here at The Star.
Callaway, the former Browns starter, is wearing No. 14.
Takk, the former first-round starter with the Falcons, is No. 59.
NOV 16 Chicago Wants Taco The Chicago Bears signed Taco Charlton off the New Orleans Saints practice squad.
The former Cowboy, a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft taken by Dallas, played two seasons with them before being cut. Charlton’s time with the Cowboys was a disappointment, where he collected just four sacks in 27 games.
His new deal with the Bears now reunites him with current coach Matt Eberflus, the former linebackers coach for the Cowboys when Charlton was drafted.
NOV 16 TAKK IN The Dallas Cowboys made another move. The Cowboys signed defensive end Takk McKinley to the practice squad after welcoming him to a workout 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 his final two with the Browns and Rams.
The move follows Tuesday’s signing of another “name” player looking for a reboot as former Browns starter Antonio Callaway joined the club via the practice squad.
NOV 15 CENTER TRYOUTS The Cowboys have moved UDFA rookie center Alex Lindstrom to (practice-squad) IR and now need help there, a source tells CowboysSI.com, with a trio of prospects now taking tryouts here in The Star.
Beau Benzschawel played for Wisconsin and went undrafted in 2019.
Brock Hoffman is a rookie UDFA from Virginia Tech.
Michal Menet was drafted by Arizona in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Penn State.
Dallas’ starting center is still Tyler Biadasz, and Lindstrom has been working as a backup.
NOV 15 ROCK-BOTTOM RAMS The Los Angeles Rams will be without their top offensive weapon for at least four weeks, after designating star wide receiver Cooper Kupp as injured reserve, Rams Sean McVay announced.
Kupp was injured during the Rams’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday with a high ankle sprain suffered late in the game.
Kupp will miss at least four weeks and will have tight-rope surgery to repair the injury. Recovery from tightrope surgery is typically five to six weeks, according to reports.
McVay did not rule Kupp out for the season.
Kupp is the Rams’ all-time leading scorer in most receiving statistics, 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 rock-bottom Rams” as they slip out of contention in an NFC in which the 6-3 Dallas Cowboys are trying to keep pace here.
NOV 13 DALLAS IMPARATTA 7-ALL Cowboys at Packers was mostly 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 has a TD catch from QB Dak Prescott as the receiver came swinging out of the backfield … but with a turnover to put Dallas 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 for rookie Christian Watson to tie the score at 7-all.
NOV 12 COWBOYS AND TILLERY? 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 prepare for Sunday’s ‘Green Bay) want a piece of the action.
But there is a problem – a problem of being too good.
The 6-6, 295-pound Tillery fell out of favor with the Chargers’ coaching staff this year as he recorded just eight tackles before being waived on Friday. So the first round pick of the 2019 NFL Draft is going to start over somewhere…
But the way the waiver order works, the worst teams get the first claims. And Dallas – with a record of 6-2 – is going to the bottom of the teams with a shot at it.
That process can start at the beginning of next week, and teams like the Texans with one win seem to be the most logical winners coming here.
Taken 28th overall in 2019, Tillery, 26 years old, was in his fourth season with the Chargers after starting 29 of 54 games played, with 106 tackles and 10.5 sacks.
NOV 2 TRYOUT SCOOP The Cowboys on Wednesday ran 10 workouts at The Star in Frisco and we have the list…
Scoop: #Cowboys BIG FA workout on The Star…
More information how we collect if. …
NOV 1 RIDLEY SUSPENDED … GET A COMMERCIAL?! Calvin Ridley’s strange story just keeps getting a little stranger.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who are in dire need of difference makers, were about a year ago exploring the idea of trading for unhappy Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley.
But a few problems got in the way.
First, the talented receiver left Atlanta citing mental health reasons; he seemed to be considering retirement.
Then, the Falcons engineered a trade from him to the Eagles – but they voluntarily backed out of the deal because the Falcons had knowledge that Ridley would serve a one-year suspension for betting on NFL games.
The Falcons did this in good faith. And now they do something else: He was traded to the Jags who have been interested in what the NFL Network called a “complicated” deal that could eventually net Atlanta in the second and fifth rounds.
NOV 1 WR DEAL Put this in the “Do Something” category of moves that don’t actually make a lot of sense – or, at least, it didn’t make sense for Dallas.
The Bears just traded a second-round pick for a receiver in Chase Claypool who has some average 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 no. Not for a second round pick. … which may end up being too high for Dallas to consider in discussions with Brandin Cooks, a much more proven pro than Claypool.
NOV 1 CHUBB TO MIAMI Bradley Chubb has been traded to the AFC East as the Dolphins re-enter their Buffalo Bills Arms Race. Full story here.
NOV 1 TJ TO MINNY TJ Hockenson got to see a lot of the Cowboys. His Lions just played in Dallas … and now, later this month, his Vikings – as the tight end was just traded there – will see the Cowboys again. Full story here.
NOV 1 DE COST The Cowboys continue to be linked to pass-rush trade rumors (see Bradley Chubb) … not that we completely see the logic.
But in the event, it is instructive to know the price.
We know it because the Los Angeles Rams offer for Panthers tight end Brian Burns is, via. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, consisting of two first-round picks.
It seems likely that the Panthers rejected the Rams’ offer of those two first-rounders 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 their premier sack artist.
And it might suggest how unlikely it is for Dallas to travel down this road.
NOV 1 JOKER Kareem Hunt had just come off Cleveland’s 32-13 win 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 all over it, 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 either you go somewhere else or here, it doesn’t matter. I love the game of football,” said Hunt, who also likes to be “The Joker” on Halloween, as he conducted his interview of after the game in his game. “Batman” related mask.
31 October HUNTING FOR NFC EAST? The Philadelphia Eagles, according to a volume of rumors, are interested in Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt. It is being suggested that the Browns will move the former NFL rushing champion and their running back for maybe only a fourth round pick, and that Hunt will serve in Philly as the backup for Miles Sanders.
NFL insider Jay Glazer noted that he could see the Eagles trading 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 Nick Chubb’s starting caddy … why would he be happy as Sanders’ backup?
Say this about Philly, though: at 7-0, the roster they built is the product of many, many good moves.
OCTOBER 31 ‘EMBARRASSED’ ROQUAN TRADE The Chicago Bears were handed a 49-29 loss by 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 he jumps from a 3-5 NFC loser to a 5-3 AFC winner.
The Bears reportedly get a second and fifth rounder as the Ravens will work on a long-term extension for the young talent.
OCT 31 BRANDIN COOKS CONNECTIONS In our two recent conversations with Texans sources, the organization continues to play down the idea of trade receiver Brandin Cooks.
And there are prohibitive reasons for him to move, as 1) we believe Houston will ask for a second-round pick in exchange and 2) he has a price tag of $18 million locked in for 2023.
But will it help Dallas or another contending team? Undoubtedly, the “take-the-top-off” vet thrives in Houston (in seven starts this year the 29-year-old has 32 catches for 354 yards and one touchdown) despite the QB play shaved
He is a perennial 1,000 yard man and his name has now appeared in two media spots, in Dallas and in New York. Are the Cowboys really that interested in spending what it takes here?
31 October STEPHEN JONES Hints at OBJ? Despite Jerry Jones’ “itchiness” and “risk-taking” mentality, COO Stephen Jones said the Cowboys are “comfortable” at wideout.
But then Stephen added: “And then there are some men who belong to no one who are there.”
Stephen’s quote, and the list of “who”, is here.
OCTOBER 31 DANCE FOR THE EXPIRATION OF TREATIES? The Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL face the trade deadline Tuesday afternoon … and CowboysSI.com’s one-on-one with Jerry Jones leaves our own Mike Fisher believing that 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 ‘who’? The ‘what’ ‘? The openly discussed wide receiver”?
“These dances cannot be danced alone; Jerry – and Stephen Jones and Will McClay, most directly involved – need willing partners.
“But I can say this, after a few postgame media sessions in the bigs and then a celebratory elevator ride on the way to Jones’ AT&T Stadium suite:
“Jerry Jones wants there to be an opportunity where he can use his confidence in his ‘feel and gut and instinct and his willingness to go out there and take that risk.’
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