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The Extra Points Blog is a running list of Cowboys quick hits, compiled by staff writers throughout the season. 

FRISCO, Texas – Tight end Rico Gathers and wide receiver Andy Jones are returning to the Cowboys. Read

Both rookies were signed to the Reserve/Future list on Tuesday, joining eight Cowboys practice squad players and four free agents signed on Monday. Read

Gathers, a seventh-round pick last April, and Jones, an undrafted free agent, spent the 2016 season on the practice squad. Read

Here’s the full list of Reserve/Future signings this week: Read

TE Rico Gathers
WR Andy Jones
G Clay DeBord
G Kadeem Edwards
WR Shaquelle Evans
LB Jeremiah George
DE Lenny Jones
CB Sammy Seamster
DB Jameill Showers
RB Rod Smith
TE Connor Hamlett
CB Jeremiah McKinnon
CB Duke Thomas
LS Zach Wood Read

ARLINGTON, Texas – In a pool report after the game, referee Tony Corrente explained two costly Cowboys penalties in Sunday’s 34-31 divisional-round loss to the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. Read

First, Brice Butler’s 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on second-and-5 from the Packers’ 37-yard line, which ultimately led to a punt: Read

“They brought in a two-receiver set on a substitution, and number 19 (Butler) was one of those two players and came into the huddle, stayed in the huddle, then departed,” Corrente said. “He was substituted for. He has to stay either in the game or they can call a timeout to get out of it. Of course, he went out. It’s not an obscure rule, it’s just part of the substitution mechanics and part of the substitution rule.” Read

Second, the pass interference penalty on cornerback Anthony Brown that wiped out safety Jeff Heath’s interception with the game tied 28-28 late in the fourth quarter: Read

“The ball was in the air,” Corrente said. “Once the ball is in the air, and he grabbed him, which normally would be a defensive holding, now becomes a pass interference. It prevented him from continuing down to make a play on the ball.” Read

The call originally was on safety Barry Church, who wasn’t involved in the play downfield, and was corrected to Brown. Read

“They gave me the wrong number,” Corrente said. Read

FRISCO, Texas – Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott tweeted he’s OK after reports surfaced that he was involved in a minor traffic accident near the team’s new world headquarters, The Star in Frisco. Read Read

No injuries were reported in the traffic accident, according to multiple reports. The Cowboys are scheduled to return to practice Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s divisional-round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. Read

Last week, Elliott made The Associated Press first-team All-Pro an NFL-best 1,631 yards in 15 starts. With home-field advantage clinched, the Cowboys opted to rest him in the Jan. 1 finale at Philadelphia. Read

Elliott also scored 15 rushing touchdowns in the regular season, third-best in the league and the most by a Cowboys running back in a season since Emmitt Smith’s 25 in 1995. Read

FRISCO, Texas – It’s already established that Jaylon Smith won’t be part of the Cowboys’ playoff run – though he thinks he could have been. Read

The rookie linebacker spoke to reporters at length on Thursday morning, updating his recovery for the first time since he was placed on injured reserve toward the tail end of the season. Read

"I've accepted the reality I won't be playing this year," he said. "I've come to terms with it. I understand God has a plan. Just having patience. I've been thankful to be on this team and to watch my guys go out there and ball. I support and learn anyway I can." Read

Frustrating as it might be, Smith said he’s seen remarkable progress in his return from injury during the 2016 season. It’s been a year since he tore both his ACL and LCL in his final college game. Smith said he’s fully recovered from those injuries, evidenced by the fact that he said he recently ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Read

As has been the case all year, it’s Smith’s oft-discussed peroneal nerve damage that prompts the most conversation. The regeneration of that nerve, which was damaged during the same injury, has been the central talking point of Smith’s recover – and he even had good news to report on that front. Read

"Yeah, it's regenerating," he said. "It's just a thing that you have to have patience. I'm going to continue to do everything I'm asked and controlling what I can control and we're going to take our time with it." Read

That’s got to be seen as a positive for the Cowboys, who gambled that the highly-talented linebacker could regain his old form in time. Smith won’t be available for the playoffs, but there’s boundless optimism he might see a football field some time in 2017. Read


The Cowboys added wide receiver Shaquelle Evans to the practice squad on Wednesday. Read

Evans, a fourth-round pick of the Jets in 2014, has spent the last three years with three different teams. Read

Evans was recently with the Patriots for a brief stint on their practice squad and spent the previous season with the Jaguars in a similar role. Read

A standout at UCLA, Evans (6-1, 205) has yet to play in an NFL game. Read

He joins Andy Jones now as one of two receivers on the Cowboys practice squad. The team has five receivers on the 53-man roster.  Read

FRISCO, Texas -- The Cowboys are looking to acquire veteran guard Jonathan Cooper after his workout with the team on Tuesday at The Star. Read

Cooper is a former first-round draft pick, going No. 7 overall to the Arizona Cardinals back in 2014. He spent two years in Arizona before being traded to the Patriots, who cut him this year. Cooper was picked up by the Browns but also released. Read

The Cowboys would have to open a roster spot to add Cooper.   Read

While Cooper hasn’t lived up to the lofty expectations of a first-round pick, the Cowboys might be looking at him as a future prospect if signed. However, he would be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Read

Ron Leary is also an unrestricted free agent, prompting plenty of speculation about the Cowboys’ offensive line prospects. La’el Collins started the year at left guard before going on injured reserve in September. While he is slated to return from injury, possibly in times for the playoffs, he does have position flexibility and could play tackle if needed. Read

If the Cowboys do opt to sign Cooper, it remains to be seen who would be released from the 53-man roster to make room.  Read


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys announced Tuesday the signing of linebacker John Lotulelei to their Reserve/Future list. Read

Undrafted out of UNLV in 2013, Lotulelei has appeared in 18 career games with the Seahawks, Jaguars and Raiders, tallying 12 total tackles and a forced fumble. Read

Lotulelei is on the Reserve/Future list, not the current 53-man roster, and is not eligible for the upcoming playoffs. NFL teams sign Reserve/Future list players for the coming offseason when the rosters will expand to 90 players. Read

FRISCO, Texas – With a first-round bye as the NFC’s No. 1 seed, the Cowboys won’t know their NFC divisional-round opponent until next weekend’s wild-card round ends – but they do know when they’ll be playing next. Read

The NFL announced the Cowboys’ divisional-round game at AT&T Stadium is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3:40 p.m. (Central) on FOX. Read

Dallas will face the lowest remaining seed in the NFC: the winner of No. 4 Green Bay-No. 5 New York Giants, or No. 6 Detroit if the Lions beat No. 3 Seattle. If Seattle beats Detroit, the Seahawks would face No. 2 Atlanta. Read

FRISCO, Texas – The schedule won’t come out for some time, but the Cowboys learned who – and where – they’ll play next season on Sunday night. Read

The vast majority of the 2017 slate had been known for some time, as the NFC East is scheduled to play the NFC West and AFC West next season, on top of the usual six division games. But Green Bay’s 31-24 win against Detroit rounded out the rest of the Cowboys’ first-place schedule, as they will face both the NFC North champion Packers and NFC South champion Falcons. Read

The Cowboys will travel to play Atlanta, Arizona, San Francisco, Denver and Oakland, and they’ll host Green Bay, Los Angeles, Seattle, Kansas City and San Diego at AT&T Stadium. They will also obviously play the usual six division games – home and away against New York, Philadelphia and Washington. Read

The full league schedule, complete with dates and times, is typically released in April near the NFL draft. Read

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys created an open spot on their 53-man roster Thursday by waiving wide receiver Vince Mayle. Read

With various injuries across the roster – nine players missed practice Thursday due to injury – the team could use the open spot to add depth at another position leading into Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. Offensive line is a possibility with starting left tackle Tyron Smith (knee) and left guard Ronald Leary (back) not practicing so far this week and their playing status uncertain for Sunday. Read

The Cowboys signed Mayle from the practice squad in November after tight end Geoff Swaim was placed on injured reserve. Mayle played 36 offensive snaps in six games and recorded four special teams tackles. Read