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Bill LB Kiko Alonso tears ACL, expected to miss 2014 season

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Not Cowboys or even division/conference related, but following Lee and Weatherspoon, Alonso is now the third starting ILB to end his 2014 season due to an injury suffered during offseason workouts. Cowboys certainly aren't the only ones who have to deal with these kinds of injuries to key players.

Olbermann: Redskins Not Named To Honor Native Americans

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The case is closed. Original, primary, and decisive evidence is now on the record. The Washington football team's name has nothing to do with Native Americans. Keith Olbermann explains.

Phil Costa retires from football

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Colts placed C/G Phil Costa on the reserve/retired list. The Colts signed Costa to a two-year, $2.7 million contract in March, hoping that he would push Khaled Holmes to replace Samson Satele as Andrew Luck's starting center. Instead, Costa has opted to hang up the cleats for undisclosed reasons. Said GM Ryan Grigson in a statement, "Phil feels it’s in his best interest to retire from the game."

RB Lance Dunbar will require season-ending knee surgery

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Ed Werder ‏@Edwerderespn Source: Cowboys fear RB Lance Dunbar will require season-ending knee surgery based on preliminary evaluation of MRI. Recovery time: 3 months

Cowboys sign CB Sterling Moore, release TE Andre Smith

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With Morris Claiborne likely out of Thursday’s game against the Oakland Raiders after he aggravated a hamstring strain Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys re-signed cornerback Sterling Moore on Monday. Moore Moore was among the Cowboys’ final cuts on Aug. 31 when they made the somewhat surprising decision to go with only four cornerbacks on the 53-man roster. Moore is not a stranger to having to play on a quick turnaround for the Cowboys. Last year he officially had one day of practice before playing against the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 2 after he was signed off the New England Patriots' practice squad. He finished with six tackles and two pass breakups in six games with the Cowboys. To make room for Moore, tight end Andre Smith was released. He could return to the practice squad if he clears waivers. The Cowboys had hoped cornerback Micah Pellerin would clear waivers last week, but he was claimed by the Tennessee Titans. If Pellerin had returned to the practice squad, the Cowboys would have called him up to the active roster for the second time this season.

Jeff Heath t3 in PFF's "The Third Phase: Week 6" rankings

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3t. Jeff Heath +2.0 – Dallas (18 snaps) Roles: KO Coverage – L4/L5 (6), Punt Coverage (5), KO Returns (4), Punt Returns (3) The rookie free agent for the Cowboys looks to be carving out a nice role on special teams (as UDFAs often do), following up a big Week 5 performance against Denver. In that game he made his mark on kickoffs, but this time around it was Heath’s work on punts that caught our eye – his de-cleating of Washington’s Reed Doughty helped spring Dwayne Harris for an 86-yard punt return touchdown at 2:45 of the second quarter. He also picked up two tackles in coverage.

D. Ware 0.0 depth of tackle ranks top in league

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"While Demarcus Ware is known for his pass rushing, in the run game he has an average depth of tackle of 0.0, which is the best for all defensive players with at least 10 run tackles." --PFF 32 Observations, Week 6

Hatcher, Carr, Lee & Harris make PFF Team of the Week

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Hatcher (+6.6) "was superb with two sacks and three hurries." Lee (+3.2) "was the star of the inside linebacker class this week with eight defensive stops." Carr (+5.3) " Thrown at 12 times, allowing just four completions, and breaking up three." "Returner: Was there ever any doubt that Dwayne Harris would be the guy?"

PFF: Frederick top run blocking center

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PFF's grading says that so far after five weeks, Cowboys first round pick Travis Frederick is by far the best run blocking center in the league, grading out a cumulative +7.3. The next best run blocker is Chris Myers with +5.0. Frederick has a negative pass blocking grade which pulls him down to rank #6 overall among centers. (Premium content so you'll have be a PFF subscriber to follow the link.)

Williamson: How far can the Dallas Cowboys go? (ESPN Insider)

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This is an "Insider" article at ESPN, but for those with access, Matt Williamson provides a good and optimistic overall assessment of the team, with positive reviews for Romo, his weapons and the offensive line. He notes that Kiffin is doing far more than just basic cover-2/Tampa-2 and working to vary the scheme to fit the players, and warns about taking too much negative from what the Broncos did to them, and says, "this is a pretty solid defense overall on each level." He concludes in part with this: "In standing toe-to-toe with the Broncos, the Cowboys proved they have far fewer flaws than any other team in the NFC East, and I fully expect them to win this division."

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Draw Play Utterly Blown Up

I showed you the gaping chasm at the line of scrimmage for Murray to run through with 77 as the lead, on a draw play in the first quarter of the Rams game. That was an example of a play executed...

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Lead Draw Resurrected....with Screenshots of Vast Hole for Murray

Some had been asking what happened to the lead draw, the play Romo has used with great frequency and success but which wasn't seen much the first two games. From Grantland.com article on Adrian...

Infographic: Visual Look At Ware's Journey To Sack Record

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These are very cool, put together by Lindsay Meares at the mothership, showing all kinds of breakdowns of his record...

Giants sign RB Brandon Jacobs

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Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter Giants and RB Brandon Jacobs reached agreement on a one-year deal.

"See It Through: The Journey to Week One" Cowboys preseason to a poem

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Nice video composite put together by @EdCahill from the mothership

Cowboys acquire DE/LB Caesar Rayford in trade w Colts

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Cowboys have acquired DE/LB Caesar Rayford in a trade with the Colts. The Cowboys sent an undisclosed draft pick. http://t.co/Sb9YFPpXAl

— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) September 3, 2013

Cowboys changing jersey numbers

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Carlos A. Mendez ‏@calexmendez Some new numbers for the Cowboys: Selvie 99 (was 98), Randle 21 (was 35), Frederick is 72 (was 70). New Cowboys: Kyle Bosworth has 58, Edgar Jones 55 (Albright's old number). PS guys Cameron Lawrence now 53, Jason Vega now 56.

Giants RB Andre Brown fractures leg in preseason finale

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It's the same leg Brown fractured last season. It's a significant blow to the Giants' backfield depth, as the team will now likely be forced to keep rookie Michael Cox and kickoff return-type Da'Rel Scott as the backups to David Wilson. [...] The Giants may strongly consider making Brown their injured reserve/designated for return player. But at the very least he's going to miss a huge chunk of the season. Aug 29 - 9:39 PM

Eagles release safety Kenny Phillips

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The Eagles have cut Kenny Phillips, a league source told PFT’s Mike Florio on Sunday. The 26-year-old Phillips signed with Philadelphia after spending five seasons with the Giants. Phillips has dealt with a quadriceps injury during the summer. Phillips could hold appeal to clubs looking to bolster their ranks at safety. It should be noted that the Giants, his old club, lost starting safety Stevie Brown to an ACL tear on Saturday.

Giants FS Stevie Brown torn ACL, out for season

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Stevie Brown - DB - Giants Giants FS Stevie Brown has officially been diagnosed with a torn ACL, and is done for the season. It's a huge blow for the Giants, who claimed Brown off the scrap head last season only to watch him pick off eight passes, which was tied for second in the NFL. Brown was playing on a one-year, $2.023 million restricted free agent tender, and is headed for the open market. Veteran Ryan Mundy is expected to take his place in the starting lineup. Mundy has made just five starts in 64 career appearances. Brown has a year to get healthy for his age-27 season. He's likely to have trouble getting guaranteed money in free agency. Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys place DE Tyrone Crawford on IR

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As expected, just had to wait until the 1st round of cuts. Heal up that achilles, get ready for 2014.

Around the League: Cowboys favorites in NFC East?

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The NFC East is the "SEC of the NFL," but it is the most wide open division in football. Two Around the League writers picked the Cowboys to win the division, and our podcast special guest Henry Hodgson also took Dallas for the top spot. (Podcast link at the bottom of their page if you want to listen to the whole audio.)

Felix Jones traded to Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers desperately need another option at running back. The Philadelphia Eagles have no use for Felix Jones. Those two truths led to another one-for-one NFL trade Friday morning. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that former Cowboys first round pick Jones was sent to Pittsburgh in exchange for linebacker Adrian Robinson.

Cowboys sign DE Jason Vega

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Vega was a very productive player for the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and has been with the Patriots since early this year, but was released by them Tuesday after suffering a knee injury in the second preseason game. Could be just depth to get them through one or two more preseason games, but the pro scouting department is active as always....

Giants G/T Diehl out 6 wks with thumb surgery

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The New York Giants offensive line is in trouble. The team announced Wednesday that guard/tackle David Diehl will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair his unstable right thumb. Diehl's injury will cost him approximately six weeks. Starting center David Baas sprained his MCL and is out 2-4 weeks, which already forced some shuffling on the line. First-round pick Justin Pugh is now practicing with the starters, with guard Kevin Boothe moving to center.

PFF ReFo: DAL @ ARZ, Preseason Wk 2

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Performances of note for Dallas include the pass protection overall, and in particular the right side with Bernie and Free being solid; Tanney for a "very impressive performance" especially compared to Orton; and the receiving corps, with Harris, Dez and Escobar all standing out. Noteworthy that, "The Cowboys’ defense lined up with exactly four down-lineman on all 76 of the Cardinals’ offensive snaps." And, "Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and defensive tackle Jerome Long led all Cowboy defenders with grades of +2.5."

Von Miller likely to get 6-game ban

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"Von Miller is facing a six-game suspension for violation of the league's substance policy, according to league sources, but the sides still are negotiating as representatives of the Denver Broncos linebacker are trying to get the ban reduced to four games. The announcement is expected this week, and could come as early as Monday." A six-game suspension would mean Miller will be out for week 5 at Dallas. If it were only a 4-game suspension, he would have been out for the Giants and the Eagles, but back just in time for the Cowboys.

Brandon Moore on why he chose to retire instead of joining Cowboys

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Everyday Life, but No Ordinary Thing... Brandon Moore went back on a deal with the Cowboys to retire, a decision that left him wearing winter boots instead of shoulder pads in August. He’s not sweating the move.

Redskins rookie safety Phillip Thomas out for season with Lisfranc injury

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Coach Mike Shanahan announced on Tuesday afternoon that safety Phillip Thomas will be placed on injured reserve after doctors found a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot. Shanahan said that Thomas will have surgery and be sidelined four-to-five months, which means he’s out of the picture for the team this season. Thomas, a fourth-round pick in April, started alongside fellow rookie Bacarri Rambo against the Titans last weekend, but was forced out of the game after injuring his foot while making a tackle. The injury was originally described as a sprained foot, but further evaluation discovered the season-ending injury.

Cowboys working out DE Travis Chappelear, likely to sign

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Cowboys working out DE Travis Chappelear. Probably sign. Spent time with Bengals, Patriots

— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 12, 2013

Following up @toddarcher on Travis Chappelear: 6-5, 270, undrafted rook DE. 4.7 40-yd, 37-in vert, big-time 38 reps on bench #Cowboys

— mike fisher (@fishsports) August 12, 2013
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