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September 30 Updates

12:00 p.m. – The Dallas Cowboys signed C Brock Hoffman to the active roster and elevated LB Malik Jefferson and TE Sean McKeon from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game vs. New England.

TE Peyton Hendershot (ankle) is listed as questionable with a Friday practice injury along with C Tyler Biadasz (hamstring) who missed the game against Arizona. Jefferson's elevation comes on the heels of LB Devin Harper being waived on Thursday and claimed on Friday by the Cincinnati Bengals.


September 29 Updates

3:36 p.m. – For the second straight week, Tyron Smith will not play although this time, he's being ruled out and won't be in uniform.

The Cowboys placed Smith officially as "out" on the team's final injury report on Friday. Smith has been dealing with an ankle injury he suffered in practice last week.

Against the Cardinals, he was in uniform mainly for the Cowboys to comply with the NFL rules to make sure eight offensive linemen are suited out, but he was never expected to play.

The Cowboys should have eight dressed out this week with both Zack Martin and Tyler Biadasz both trending to play or at least be game-time decisions.


3:17 p.m. – Peyton Hendershot showed up on the injury report with an ankle injury.

The second-year tight end is listed as questionable on the injury report.

So far this year, he hasn't had a major impact in the offense, other than serving as a blocker. He has one catch for three yards and one carry for no gain at the goal line.

If he can't play, the Cowboys could elevate Sean McKeon from the practice squad or perhaps use Hunter Luepke in more of an H-back role, playing behind tight ends Jake Ferguson and Luke Schoonmaker.


2:53 p.m. - Second-year linebacker Devin Harper, who was waived on Thursday with the intention of being signed back to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday.

Harper's stint with Dallas ends after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2022 draft and playing in six games for the Cowboys, including the first three contests of 2023.


1:00 p.m. – In Friday's conference call with the media, head coach Mike McCarthy said that he feels "optimistic" about the likelihood of Tyler Biadasz (hamstring) and Zack Martin (ankle) playing on Sunday against the Patriots, with the caveat that "one big threshold" needing to be overcome will be during Saturday's practice.

As for Tyron Smith (knee), he remains working with the rehab group as the optimism isn't quite as bright for the starting left tackle.


September 28 Updates

3:27 p.m. – For the second consecutive day, left tackle Tyron Smith was listed as "DNP" on the injury report for Thursday's practice with the Cowboys.

The veteran was unable to play last week against the Cardinals because of a knee injury. Although he was active for the game and suited out, he did not play in the game and replaced by Chuma Edoga.

Head coach Mike McCarthy chose not to answer when asked this week if there would be any changes to the lineup, including possibly moving Tyler Smith from left guard to left tackle.

Tyler Biadasz and Zack Martin were both upgrade from DNP to limited on Thursday with a better chance to play on Sunday against New England.


11:27 a.m. - During head coach Mike McCarthy's press conference on Thursday morning, he said that the three starting offensive linemen that missed last Sunday's game against Arizona will increase their workload during Thursday's practice as they look to return in time for Sunday's matchup against the New England Patriots.

"I think we'll see those guys do a little more today," McCarthy said. "Tyler and Zack will be on a limited basis. Tyron will be with the rehab group today."

Tyler Biadasz (hamstring) and Zack Martin (ankle) will both participate in practice while Tyron Smith (knee) is expected to be a DNP listing once again. All three worked with the rehab group on Wednesday.


September 27 Updates

3:12 p.m. – The Cowboys had three starting offensive linemen miss last Sunday's game in Arizona. And on the first practice day of this week, all of them, along with one other linemen, are on the injury report again.

Zack Martin (ankle), Tyron Smith (knee) and Tyler Biadasz (hamstring) all missed practice on Wednesday. Chuma Edoga (elbow) was listed as limited in practice.

The Cowboys are hoping to get some of the injured guys back for practice by Thursday as they prepare for the Patriots on Sunday.

Two other players – CeeDee Lamb and DeMarcus Lawrence – missed practice for rest/precautionary reasons.


12:30 p.m. – The Dallas Cowboys added depth to their offensive line on Wednesday morning with the addition of center Billy Price to the practice squad. With Brock Hoffman having already used all three of his practice squad elevations for the season, Price adds depth to a position that has already needed replacement with Tyler Biadasz having to miss week three to a hamstring injury.

Price, a former first round pick by Cincinnati in 2018, has played in 69 career games including 45 starts. After playing for the Bengals for three seasons, Price was traded to the Giants in 2021. Price served a brief stint on the Raiders practice squad in 2022 before being signed to the Cardinals' active roster for the rest of the season. His most recent stint came with the Saints as he was signed by New Orleans in June before being cut ahead of training camp in July.

Price was a Rimington Trophy winner in college for Ohio State, which is awarded to the nation's top collegiate center. His unanimous All-American nod in 2017 paved the way for his first round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.


12:30 p.m. – Practice resumes on Wednesday for the Dallas Cowboys as they gear up for their week four matchup against the New England Patriots, and they will do so with all three injured starting offensive linemen working off to the side with the rehabilitation group.

Tyron Smith (knee), Tyler Biadasz (hamstring) and Zack Martin (ankle) are all recovering from nagging injuries that kept each out of the week three matchup against the Cardinals.


September 26 Updates

3:27 p.m. – Micah Parsons has received comparisons to Lawrence Taylor since the moment he started harassing quarterbacks early in his rookie year.

But when they come from a future Hall of Fame coach who helped mold Taylor into the dominant player he became, that's a different story. Bill Belichick, the current coach of the Patriots, said this week that he sees a lot of Taylor in the way Micah plays.

"Finding him, that's No. 1," Belichick said of Parsons said on a New England radio (WEII 93.7) show. "He could be inside. He could be outside. He could be on either edge. He's a big, physical player that's very athletic and quick. Along the lines of a Taylor. That kind of athlete."

And even if he's located and accounted for, Parsons still gets the job done, according to Belichick.

"Like every great player, he's pretty good at everything," Belichick said. "He's got a lot of power. He's very fast. He's long. He's very athletic so he's a hard guy to (block). He's a hard guy to knock off the ball. And he plays all over."

Ironically enough, in Parsons' only game against the Patriots back in 2021, it was one of just two games all season in which he didn't record either sack or QB hit.


September 24 Updates

8:23 p.m. — Michael Gallup was being careful with his words. When asked at the end of the game about the number of penalties called, he also had some things to say about one that was called, but then picked up.

A would-be pass interference in the end zone would've placed the ball at the Arizona 1 late in the game, but the officials huddled and decided to wave it off.

"He didn't turn around," Gallup said, referring to cornerback Marco Wilson. "I don't know. That was a tough one because he didn't play the ball. But it is what it is."

Gallup had his best game of the season and one of his best games since 2021. With six catches for 92 yards, he was a big factor in the passing game all day.


8:11 p.m. — Micah Parsons notched his fourth sack of the season, giving him one in each game this year.

He also surpassed the 30-sack milestone in just his 36th career game, the eighth-fastest in NFL history.

Parsons, who now has 30.5 sacks, is pacing ahead of Cowboys all-time sack leader DeMarcus Ware, who needed 46 games to get to 30.


7:45 p.m. — The rookie kicker continues to be a bright spot for the special teams. Aubrey made all three of his field goals, making him 10-for-10 on field goals this year.

He's the first rookie kicker in Cowboys franchise history to make his first 10 career field goal attempts. Aubrey is the fifth kicker in NFL history to make 10 field goals in his first three career games.


11:55 a.m. — For a third consecutive week to begin the 2023 season, the Dallas Cowboys will not be whole on their offensive line. Tyler Smith returns from a hamstring strain that sidelined him the first two games, but both Zack Martin and Tyler Biadasz are ruled out against the Cardinals.

Martin rolled his ankle in the victory over the Jets in Week 2, while Biadasz suffered a hamstring strain on Thursday in practice — head coach Mike McCarthy initially noting optimism but ultimately opting to sit the veteran starting center.

Tyron Smith popped up on the injury report on Saturday with a knee issue, but will play against the Cardinals and the additional good news is the Cowboys will see the return of both Donovan Wilson and Brandin Cooks on a week that saw them lose Trevon Diggs for the season.

The remaining inactives for Week 3 include Israel Mukuamu, Eric Scott, Jalen Brooks, Junior Fehoko and Trey Lance, but Lance will operate as the emergency QB.


September 23 Updates

2:15 p.m. — Tyron Smith has been added to the Cowboys injury report on Saturday for the looming contests against the Cardinals in Arizona.

Smith is listed with a knee injury and is questionable to play on Sunday.

The veteran left tackle suffered a rolled ankle ahead of the season opener against the Giants, but took the start in New York. He will be a game-time decision in Week 3.

The team is welcoming back Tyler Smith this week from a hamstring injury, but both Tyler Biadaz (hamstring) and Zack Martin (ankle) are questionable to play.


September 22 Updates

2:29 p.m. – The Cowboys have some question marks in the middle of their offensive line heading into Sunday's game. Both right guard Zack Martin (right) and center Tyler Biadasz (hamstring) were "questionable" on Friday's final injury report.

However, the feeling from The Star in Frisco is that both players will have a good chance of playing. Head coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday that the walk-through practice on Saturday, before the team heads off to Arizona, will be important for both players.


2:31 p.m. – A couple of players are expected to make their 2023 season debuts on Sunday against Arizona. 

Tyler Smith has been out the first two games with a hamstring injury but is expected to play this week after a full week of practice. 

Donovan Wilson has been out since the first day of camp with a calf strain but has practiced all week and is expected to play.

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks missed last week's game with knee injury but is also expected to play against Arizona.


6:40 a.m. — .Trevon Diggs suffered a torn ACL on Thursday that rightfully dominated headlines, but he wasn't the only new injury to show up. Tyler Biadasz, the team's starting center, is dealing with a hamstring injury that is thankfully not nearly as severe as Diggs' knee.

Biadasz did undergo an MRI, however, to determine the level of severity. It sounds as if the results were what the Cowboys were hoping for, per head coach Mike McCarthy on Friday.

"I don't think [it will affect his availability]," McCarthy told 105.3FM the Fan. "He's definitely on my list to check when he gets in today but, talking with the medical staff last night, they think he'll be ready to go. When you have these types of things show up late like they do, the next morning is an obviously important evaluation. But they were not of high concern last night."

The team is working toward Tyler Smith returning this week, and Zack Martin has not yet participated in practice after rolling his ankle against the Jets, but current signs point to the perennial All-Pro taking the field in Arizona.


September 21 Updates

3:28 p.m. – While the Cowboys got some awful news regarding the injury to Trevon Diggs, he wasn't the only player that popped up on the injury report from Thursday's practice.
Starting center Tyler Biadasz was listed as "limited" with a hamstring injury. He was not on Wednesday's injury report. According to reports, Biadasz is expected to have an MRI to reveal the severity of his injury.

A Pro Bowler last season, Biadasz is the only true center currently on the 53-man roster. The last two weeks, the Cowboys have elevated Brock Hoffman from the practice squad on game day, but could only do that one more time this weekend in Arizona.

Sean Harlow is also on the practice squad as a center with three years experience.


September 19 Updates

3:41 p.m. – A noticeable absence from Wednesday's practice was the No. 1 jersey for Jayron Kearse.

The veteran safety, who had a key interception in Sunday's win over the Jets, was listed on the injury report with an illness.

Kearse has nine tackles this year, including seven in the Week 1 win over the Giants. Last week, his interception in the fourth quarter led to a field goal.


3:36 p.m. – After suffering a calf strain in the first practice of training camp back in late July, Donovan Wilson was back to a full participant in practice on Wednesday.

Wilson apparently was able to do everything in both individual and team periods for the Cowboys. 

The leading tackler for the Cowboys in 2022, Wilson is a unique playmaker for the defense, recording over 100 tackles, five sacks last year, along with an interception, fumble recovery and fumble forced – the only safety in the NFL to accomplish those feats. 

If Wilson can play this week, it will create an interesting situation for the Cowboys at safety, considering Juanyeh Thomas and Markquese Bell have made big contributions already in two games. The Cowboys also have Malik Hooker, Jayron Kearse and Israel Mukuamu at safety as well. 


11:30 p.m. – Wednesday marks the first day of practice going into the Dallas Cowboys' week three matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, and with it comes injury updates from head coach Mike McCarthy on Tyler Smith (hamstring), Zack Martin (ankle) and Chuma Edoga (elbow).

"I expect Tyler Smith to practice today and Zack [Martin] will be with the rehab team," McCarthy said. "Chuma [Edoga] will do some work today."

Donovan Wilson (calf) and Brandin Cooks (knee) are both expected to practice today as well, according to McCarthy, in what is expected to be in limited fashion.


September 18 Updates

3:44 p.m. – Every snap this season, Tyler Biadasz has his hands on the football before the snap. But twice already this year, he's been the last one to grab it, thanks to his hustle. 

Biadasz recovered yet another fumble by the offense on Sunday, sprinting more than 30 yards down the field to pounce on a fumble by CeeDee Lamb, to keep a possession alive. Last week, he also recovered a Tony Pollard fumble near the goal line that led to a touchdown.

"First of all, he's coachable," Mike McCarthy said of Biadasz, referring to the constant reiteration for lineman to follow the play downfield and always be ready. "That's a credit to Tyler, he's saved us on two of them. Two weeks in a row, those are huge plays in the game."


1:15 p.m. — Tyler Smith has missed the first two games of the Cowboys season with a hamstring strain, but there's potential for him to take the field in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals.

"We feel very optimistic about Tyler [Smith] having a great chance at having a shot against Arizona," Executive Vice President and Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones told 105.3FM the Fan on Monday morning.

Smith was "on the cusp" of playing in Week 1 against the New York Giants, but was held out to allow for more recovery time to help avoid potentially suffering a setback.

The former first-round pick has been pushing to play, per head coach Mike McCarthy, but also stated last week that he understands "it's a long season" and it's key to "be smart about it".


September 17 Updates

7:30 p.m. — When Jourdan Lewis took the field on Sunday to battle the New York Jets, it marked his first time doing so since breaking his foot in October 2022, on an interception against the Detroit Lions.

Although he operated on a pitch count this week, he impacted the game when his sticky coverage forced a target to Randall Cobb to fall harmlessly to the turf.

The veteran cornerback was all smiles in the locker room following the 30-10 victory, and said his foot responded wonderfully to his return to action.

"I felt amazing [physically], man. We practice hard, so going out there wasn't that bad. It wasn't that bad. And it felt good [mentally]. It was a confidence booster to know I can go out there and I can press whoever they line up against me. It felt really good to go out there and do the job."


7:21 p.m. – He said it on Tuesday, and now, owner/GM Jerry Jones said it again after the game Sunday.
"We got ourselves a kicker," Jones said, referring to Brandon Aubrey, who made five field goals against the Jets, including a career-long 55-yarder in the third quarter.

Aubrey became the fourth rookie in franchise history to make five field goals in a game.

Currently this year, Aubrey is 5-of-6 on extra points but 7-of-7 on his field goal attempts.

"Yeah, any time you go out and have a good performance, it's going to raise your confidence level up," Aubrey said. "Just want to go out and stay consistent and keep the same rhythm with every kick."


7:11 p.m. – After being limited on the injury report this week with a groin injury, Zack Martin was able to play against the Jets, but the injury bug got him again late in the game when he was rolled up on early in the fourth.

Martin stayed down for a moment but was able to stay in the game to finish the drive before being replaced by T.J. Bass with the game out of hand.

Martin, himself, joked in the locker room about some of his teammates prematurely waving for the trainers to come out to the field to attend to him.

"I was like, 'just give me a second,'" Martin joked, seemingly suggesting that he'll be fine.


6:34 p.m. – In his first season as the No. 1 running back, Tony Pollard showed why the Cowboys believed he could handle this lead role.

Not only did he finish with a career-high 25 carries for 72 yards, but also had seven receptions – also a career-high – for 37 yards.

In total, the 32 touches for Pollard is the most by any Cowboys player since Ezekiel Elliott had 33 in 2019, ironically against the Jets.

Pollard finished with just a 2.9 average per carry, mainly as the Cowboys played it conservative in the second half with a sizable lead.


6:21 p.m. – It's rare to have the same exact stat line as a runner and receiver, but Deuce Vaughn was able to do that. He had three carries for 16 yards and also had three receptions for 16 yards as well.

The rookie from Kansas State had both a 13-yard run and a 11-yard reception during a second-quarter drive that resulted in a touchdown and two-point conversion.


1:55 p.m. — Brandin Cooks did not participate in any practice this week due to a knee injury and was labeled as questionable on Friday's injury report, but the veteran wide receiver has officially been ruled out against the Jets.

Cooks is joined by Donovan Wilson and Tyler Smith, who are both working toward making their 2023 debut, recovering from a calf and hamstring strain, respectively.

The remaining inactives include Eric Scott, Junior Fehoko, Noah Igbnioghene and Trey Lance, though Lance will operate under the league's new emergency quarterback rules.

Jourdan Lewis is officially making his return to the field after a brutal foot injury suffered last season, and rookie seventh-round pick Jalen Brooks will make his NFL debut today in the absence of Cooks.


September 16 Updates

1:04 p.m. — Greg Zuerlein won't get a chance to return to Dallas this weekend, the former Cowboys kicker dealing with a groin injury this week.

Initially labeled as questionable by the Jets on the Friday injury report, he's been downgraded to out — one day later.

Having no kickers on the practice squad to elevate this weekend, the Jets are signing Austin Seibert to be their boot against a Cowboys' special teams unit that blocked Pro Bowl kicker Graham Gano — turning it into a touchdown — one week ago.

Seibert had played in 30 NFL games, finishing the 2022 season with the Detroit Lions where he finished with 100% accuracy on extra points (12-for-12) and 60% on field goal attempts (three-of-five) missing on his lone attempt longer than 49 yards.

Zuerlein kicked for the Cowboys for two seasons (2020-21) and made over 82 percent of field goals (63-of-79).


September 15 Updates

3:21 p.m. – Of the four players in question to play Sunday against the Jets, two of them are listed as doubtful on Friday's final injury report.

For the second straight game, both Tyler Smith (hamstring) and safety Donovan Wilson (calf) are listed as doubtful. Neither of them played in the Week 1 win over the Giants.

However, wide receiver Brandin Cooks (knee) and guard Zack Martin (groin) were both listed as questionable to play against the Jets. Cooks was not a participant in Friday's walk-through but Martin was limited for the second straight day.

If Cooks doesn't play, Jalen Brooks would likely be active and Jalen Tolbert should have a larger role. Without Martin, rookie T.J. Bass would likely be the starter at right guard.


10:45 a.m. — Things are still up in the air as it relates to the potential availability of Tyler Smith against the New York Jets on Sunday at AT&T Stadium, and the same is true of Brandin Cooks.

Smith was held out of the season opener at MetLife Stadium with a hamstring strain suffered several days prior, and though he's made progress — noting on Thursday that he feels "much better than I did 11 days ago" — owner and general manager Jerry Jones isn't overly optimistic about Smith's chances in Week 2.

"He's probably the least likely to be active on Sunday," Jones told 105.3FM the Fan on Friday morning, also noting the Cowboys will "see what the day brings" over the next couple of days.

Cooks, who is nursing a knee injury that occurred in the 40-0 victory, has yet to practice this week but Jones made it clear "it's a long way to kickoff" and that "it's not like he needs the reps", intimating it will potentially be a gametime decision on the dynamic veteran wideout.


September 14 Updates

3:18 p.m. - Veteran cornerback Jourdan Lewis said he felt pretty close to playing last week, but was held out as he fully recovers from a foot injury. But this week against the Jets? Lewis was asked to put a percentage on his chances of playing.

"I think it's a 100 percent on me playing ... but it's not may call," Lewis said. "It feels really good. I felt good last week, but I needed some stabilizing."

Lewis hasn't played in a game since Week 7 against the Lions last year. That's when he initially suffered a foot injury that has sidelined him the rest of the regular season and playoffs, all of the offseason and training camp. But now, Lewis said he's "absolutely" the closest he's been to playing again.

If he returns to the lineup, he'll join a cornerback group that was quite productive last week against the Giants. Trevon Diggs forced two turnovers, Stephon Gilmore had an interception, DaRon Bland had an interception returned for a touchdown and Noah Igbinoghene returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown.


3:01 p.m. – As if the Cowboys don't have enough key starters on the injury report, especially on the offensive line. Now, veteran Zack Martin has been added after being limited in practice with a groin injury.

The Cowboys also have Tyler Smith (hamstring) and Tyron Smith (ankle) on the list. Tyler Smith did not practice while Tyron was able to be a full participant. If Martin can't play, that could leave the Cowboys down two guards for the Jets, who have one of the top interior D-lines in football, led by Quinnen Williams.

The good news is Martin himself sounds optimistic about the outlook, and not concerned at all about his availability vs. the Jets.

"I'm doing good," he told 105.3FM the Fan on Thursday. "It was just a little tight so they [took] care of me today."


12:00 p.m. — Wednesday's estimated practice report had Brandin Cooks (knee), Tyler Smith (hamstring) and Donovan Wilson (calf) all listed as non-participants, and head coach Mike McCarthy was able to provide a Thursday update on each going into the first full practice of the week.

"All three have improved. Donovan did more yesterday than I expected. Tyler will work with rehab today and Brandin will be in the same mode [as Wednesday]."

In addition, Jourdan Lewis – who is in the ramp-up phase of getting back on the field after recovering from a Lisfranc foot injury suffered last season – is nearing his return, according to McCarthy.

"I think Jourdan is very close to playing."


September 13 Updates

12:26 a.m. — Donovan Wilson and Tyler Smith are two integral pieces for what makes the Cowboys dominant on both sides of the ball, but both were absent with injury in the Week 1 blowout over the New York Giants.

As the team prepares to host the New York Jets in Week 2, both Wilson and Smith were held out of the Cowboys' walkthrough on Wednesday and remained with the rehab group.

That isn't to say there's no chance either (or both) take the field on Sunday because, per head coach Mike McCarthy, Wilson is making big strides while Smith doesn't sound far behind.

"I know Dono had a big workout today. I know Tyler is doing really well. He's pushing to play. [On Thursday], hopefully we can get them involved. I know Dono is a little further ahead than Tyler right now. They'll both work with the rehab group today."


3:15 p.m. – The Dallas Cowboys did not hold a full practice on Wednesday, as the team instead did a walk-through ahead of their week two clash against the New York Jets. The team released their full injury report on Wednesday afternoon as if it had been a full practice, and a notable addition was a "DNP" designation for wide receiver Brandin Cooks who is dealing with a knee issue.

"He's doing OK," head coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday. "I think he's gonna try to do a little bit tomorrow. He's got a chance [to play Sunday]."

Along with Cooks, LG Tyler Smith (hamstring) and S Donovan Wilson (calf) were also listed as DNP. LT Tyron Smith (ankle) was listed as a full participant as his injury concern continues to wane after he played on Sunday night against the Giants.

Thursday's full practice in pads will determine the severity of the injuries to Cooks, Smith and Wilson going deeper into the week.


September 11 Updates

3:56 p.m. – When the Cowboys re-signed Johnathan Hankins and then drafted Mazi Smith, the defensive tackle position definitely got deeper, but also created some uncertainty about the role for Osa Odighizuwa.

But the third-year tackle had one of his best games of his career Sunday night against the Giants, producing two sacks and showing versatility to line up at both tackle and end, where he rushed from the outside to sack Daniel Jones in the second quarter.

Defensive end Dan Quinn was overly pleased with Odighizuwa's play in Week 1, and claimed "he's putting the whole package together."

Odighizuwa not only tied with Dorance Armstrong for two sacks, but led the team with three quarterback hits to go along with four total tackles.


September 10 Updates

12:30 a.m. — Despite a huge performance from Trevon Diggs that included a powerful pass breakup that led to a DaRon Bland pick-six and a forced fumble at the end of a big play from New York, he is already looking ahead to next week in order to stack confidence.

"We're gonna put this game behind and try to do it again next week," Diggs said.

Diggs helped to account for two of Dallas' three takeaways, with the other coming from veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore on an interception.

When asked about Diggs and Gilmore being the best cornerback duo in the league, Diggs resorted to the audience for that answer.

"I feel like we'll just put it on display every weekend and let y'all decide."


12:26 a.m. — It's the first time in the NFL career of Tony Pollard that he took the field as the lead back, and he didn't disappoint in the beatdown by the Dallas Cowboys over the New York Giants in the regular season opener on Sunday night.

Pollard, hot off of earning his first Pro Bowl in 2022, finished the evening with 14 carries for 70 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, along with two catches for 12 yards (82 total yards from scrimmage).

It was a game dominated by defense that Pollard says helped tee up the offense to add to the scoreboard, in a game that saw the Cowboys score in all three phases of the game.

"They made it easy for us today," he said. "They kind of took our job from us. They put up just as many points as us. Anytime the defense is going like that, it's good for everything … It gets everybody going — from the momentum."


11:21 p.m. – Last year, KaVontae Turpin was primarily a return specialist, and landed spots on the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams.

But this year, he figured to have a bigger role on offense. That showed up in the first game, as he was used both as a runner and receiver, scoring his first career touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a nine-yard run.

"We've got a lot of playmakers on this team," Turpin said. "It feels good to be a part of this offense and we've got a lot of guys who can make plays with the ball in their hands. I was able to get in there (end zone) tonight. It's a great feeling."

Turpin scored two special teams touchdowns in one game during the preseason last year against the Chargers, a game that propelled him as one of the better return specialists in the league.


10:57 p.m. – Aside from guiding his team to a 40-0 win over a division rival, the stat sheet for Dak Prescott doesn't reflect one of his better games. With 143 passing yards, no TDs or interceptions and a 72.0 QB rating, Prescott wasn't a major factor in the game, but much of that could be attributed to the steady downpour of rain for most of the game.

What Prescott can do is chalk up another win over the Giants, giving him 11 straight wins over the New York rivals dating back to 2017.

The 11 straight wins ties Dak with Roger Staubach for the longest win streak against the Giants by any NFL quarterback since 1950.


10:31 p.m. – What a start for Thomas, who became the first NFL player in eight years to block a field goal in his NFL debut when he redirected the Giants field goal that was returned for a touchdown early in the game.

Thomas is also the first Cowboys player to block a field goal in his first game in the last 25 years.

But Thomas did a little more than that, making an impact on defense. He had a tackle for loss on the first drive, also a pass deflection on the second drive.

The first-year safety who spent all of last year on the practice squad has taken advantage of the extra reps with Donovan Wilson out since the first day of training camp with a calf injury. Wilson is expected to return to action next week against the Jets.


6:00 p.m. – We are 90 minutes to kick for the Cowboys season opener against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, and Dallas will take the field without three key starters.

Left guard Tyler Smith (hamstring) has been ruled out, which most likely opens the door for Chuma Edoga to get the start in his place. Safety Donovan Wilson (calf) and cornerback Jourdan Lewis (foot) are also out as they work back from injury.

Left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) and defensive end Sam Williams (toe) are active and will play on Sunday night.

For the Giants, tight end Darren Waller is active after popping up on the injury report on Thursday afternoon.


September 9 Updates

1:00 p.m. – Malik Hooker has been added to the Week 1 injury report against the Giants with an illness, just ahead of the team's departure for New York.

It's being described as procedural and the expectation is that the veteran safety will take the field on Sunday night.

The Cowboys also elevated two players from the practice squad — C.J. Goodwin and Brock Hoffman — to the gameday roster this week.

Goodwin is the resident special teams ace and Hoffman provides insurance in the event Tyler Smith, who is nursing a hamstring strain, is deemed unavailable against the Giants.


September 8 Updates

8:45 a.m. – Head coach Mike McCarthy said on his Friday conference call with the media that Tyler Smith (hamstring) and Tyron Smith (ankle) both participated in the team's mock game on Friday morning, and that he hopes to get both along with Donovan Wilson (calf) back on the practice field for Saturday.

"They were both part of the mock game [on Friday]," McCarthy said. "Tomorrow, as of right now, they're scheduled to be limited [for the team's walk-through], both Tyron and Tyler as well as Dono. Dono is gonna do more than he did yesterday. We're making progress. The reality of it is if they don't take the necessary reps in tomorrow's practice, that'll probably tell us the story for Sunday night."

With the offensive line injuries being especially worrisome with the lack of depth behind the starting five, McCarthy said that having Chuma Edoga and rookie Asim Richards step in would be an option if one or both of the Smiths cannot go on Sunday night.

"That's an option," he said. "That's the first combination we've been working."


September 7 Updates

8:45 a.m. – Cowboys LG Tyler Smith (hamstring) will work again on Thursday with the rehab group during practice, but head coach Mike McCarthy said that Smith told him that he "feels really good" with three days to go until the season opener.

"If he practices Saturday, we'll give him a chance to go [Sunday]," McCarthy said.

Donovan Wilson (calf) will miss practice altogether on Thursday as he tends to a "positive personal matter" and Sam Williams (toe) will work with the rehab group.


September 6 Updates

3:52 p.m. – The first official injury report of the season has some encouraging news for Jourdan Lewis, who has missed all of the offseason with a foot injury.

But on Wednesday, Lewis was a full participant in practice, suggesting that he could return to action for Sunday's game with the Giants.

The Cowboys have some depth at corner already with Trevon Diggs, Stephon Gilmore and DaRon Bland but Lewis would add even more experience, especially in the slot.

Last year, Lewis only played in six games, starting four, before suffering the injury that sidelined him the rest of the season.


September 5 Updates

8:46 a.m. — There's added caution being taken with Tyler Smith this week, as the Cowboys prepare to open their 2023 regular season against the New York Giants on Sept. 10.

The former first-round pick exited practice on Monday with what's been described as tightness in his hamstring, and will undergo a precautionary MRI on Tuesday, per owner and general manager Jerry Jones.

Smith, who'll open the season as the starting left guard, will be key in the continuity and impact of the offensive line going forward, and it appears there isn't much concern from the Cowboys on his availability for Week 1.

"We felt better about that after we assessed it after practice. You always are concerned initially. … Nothing that we've evaluated keeps him out of [the opener] at this point," said Jones, one day before practice resumes at The Star in Frisco.


August 31 Updates

With week one quickly approaching, eyes are starting to lock in on safety Donovan Wilson and his availability ahead of the Sept. 10 season opener after suffering a calf injury on the first day of training camp.

When asked about it on Thursday, head coach Mike McCarthy said that a more complete update would be available early next week.

"It's going okay," McCarthy said about Wilson's recovery. "We'll have more for you on Monday. He won't work in a full capacity today."


August 30 Updates

2:44 p.m. — It didn't take long for Will Grier to find a new home in the NFL, only one day after being released by the Dallas Cowboys in the wake of trading for quarterback Trey Lance.

Grier has signed onto the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad, the team announced on Wednesday, marking his first change of teams since 2021 — when he joined the Cowboys practice squad.

The former third-round pick (2019) began his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers before heading to Dallas, ultimately seeing Cooper Rush cement the role of QB2; and now Lance joins the Cowboys QB room as the developmental quarterback.

Grier gets a fresh start in Cincinnati after playing a career-best game in the preseason finale against the Las Vegas Raiders, serving backup to Joe Burrow and Jake Browning, reuniting with former offensive line teammate La'El Collins in the process.


August 28 Updates

6:48 p.m. The Arizona Cardinals announced on Monday that they have officially moved quarterback Kyler Murray to the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List, which rules the former No. 1 overall pick out for at least the first four games of the team's season.

With the Cowboys traveling to Glendale on Sept. 24, Dallas will officially see a different signal-caller with Joshua Dobbs being the expected starter in Arizona. Rookie Clayton Tune and David Blough are the only other quarterbacks on the roster after veteran Colt McCoy was cut by the organization on Monday.

The Cowboys will look to improve upon their 3-7 record in their last 10 games at Arizona when they travel to State Farm Stadium in week three.


4:18 p.m. With Tuesday's 3:00 p.m. CT deadline to cut the roster to 53 impending, head coach Mike McCarthy and his staff along with the front office are working diligently today and early tomorrow to make final decisions.

As it pertains specifically to the offensive line depth, McCarthy acknowledged the challenge in the room as of now.

"Oh yeah, we got some work to do," McCarthy said about the offensive line. "We just had a pretty extensive personnel meeting, but we're still working through it."


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