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


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


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


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

Former Cowboys WR Patrick Crayton signs with Saints


The New Orleans Saints had a new wide receiver at practice Monday, veteran Patrick Crayton. Crayton, 34, didn't play in the 2012 regular season, but he was a longtime valuable backup receiver/punt returner for the Dallas Cowboys. He played under Saints coach Sean Payton in 2004-05 when Payton was the Cowboys' offensive coordinator. Crayton spent 2010-11 with San Diego, finishing with 51 catches, for 762 yards and two TDs with the Chargers.

Garrett on Dez slant play: "a really good adjustment"


Garrett press conf 8/11/13, in response to Broaddus asking him to walk thru that play, starting about the 13:20 mark: "I just thought it was a really good adjustment by Tony and by Dez, the corner jumped inside right away, and both Tony and Dez saw it and they made the adjustment. [...] They're both very instinctive players, they see the field, they understand what's happening around them, and what we've seen over the last couple of years was those guys seeing things together, and I think that was a good example of that."

PFF ReFo: Cowboys @ Raiders, Preseason Week 1


This was an interesting game to watch – we saw Tony Romo and Jason Witten, among others in their first preseason action after sitting out the Hall of Fame game, as well as the second look at Dallas’ defense under Monte Kiffen. For Oakland, the quarterback position is in the spotlight with offseason acquisition Matt Flynn looking to take command of the offense. The Raiders took the victory in what was a surprisingly competitive back and forth affair. It yielded some notable performances to take a look at.

Cowboys 2013 schedule calendar in ICS


On the DallasCowboys.com team schedule page, they have a link to download the calendar in ICS format, which will automatically load it into Apple's Calendar, and can also be imported to Google calendars and other calendar applications. Save us the time of having to put each game on our calendars!

Beaseley in walking boot; MRI shows sprained ligaments, bone bruising


Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley had an MRI on his injured left foot Saturday that showed he had sprained ligaments and some bone bruising. Beasley was in a walking boot Saturday and is expected to miss some practice time this week, though no timetable has been set for his return.

Giants lose WR Kris Adams to fractured leg


The New York Giants lost wide receiver Kris Adams to injury early in the second half of their preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night. On Ourlands depth chart, he was listed as #4 LWR behind Nicks, Randle and Barden.

NY Daily News: Vacchiano "skeptical" JPP will be back for week 1


"I remain very skeptical about whether Jason Pierre-Paul will be back in time for the season opener, or if he'll even be much help the first month of the season -- especially after listening to him last week."

Saints DL Kenyon Coleman out for season with torn pectoral


The former Cowboys lineman "was brought in to help stabilize things during the transition to coordinator Rob Ryan’s 3-4." Now with Butler already out for the year, the Saints have lost both players the Ryan brought over from the Cowboys. Saints also lost WR3 Joe Morgan for the season to a torn meniscus and partially torn ACL.

Eagles lose WR Benn for season with ACL tear


Arrelious Benn's season is over after he sustained a torn left ACL, the team's official website confirmed. It's the same ACL that was repaired in 2010.

NFL ATL: Making the Leap, No. 2: Cowboys LB Bruce Carter


Carter arguably was the fastest inside linebacker in the NFL last year. And he won't be playing on the inside any longer. Heading into his third season, Carter will be showcased as the weakside linebacker in new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's 4-3 scheme. This was Derrick Brooks' old position. It's Lance Briggs' position. Carter and Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee could be this generation's answer to Briggs and Brian Urlacher.

PFT: RG3 will wear a knee brace all year


Bob says he will wear a brace on his surgically repaired knee for the entire 2013 season. "I don’t know if I’ll wear it forever. I know I’ll wear it for the rest of the season." Griffin also wore a brace throughout the 2010 season at Baylor after tearing his ACL in 2009. But he took the brace off for his Heisman Trophy-winning 2011 season. The brace may slow Griffin down slightly, but if it prevents him from tearing his ACL a third time, wearing it is the right decision.

On Air with Larry Wansley, head of security of the Cowboys


Not sure how many of you listen to "On Air" podcast which is sort of the audio version of DC Star Magazine, but it is usually pretty good, with unusual guests who give behind-the-scenes insight into the Cowboys team, and a segment each episode with Jonathon Bales talking stats and metrics. It's different content from Talking and Break. This week they interview Larry Wansley, head of security of the Cowboys, who sure is an interesting fellow who has been with the team for 30 years but has quite a background before that....

NFP Sunday Blitz focuses on Kiffin and Cowboys' switch to 4-3


More than any of the free agents or draft choices the Dallas Cowboy added in the spring, the team’s most notable offseason acquisition was almost certainly the hiring of venerable defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, who at age 73 returns to the NFL after a four-season hiatus from the league.

Cowboys 24th in ESPN Future Power Rankings (Insider)


Roster: Stalwarts such as Jason Witten, DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff will be gone three years from now and even guys like Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher and Miles Austin could be less than effective. But the Cowboys do have potential stars in Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Tyron Smith, Morris Claiborne and Dez Bryant to carry the torch. The Cowboys do need to do a better job of reinforcing the bottom half of their roster, though. -- Williamson Quarterback: Tony Romo's new contract removes any doubt about the Cowboys' plans at the position for the coming years. How long will the coaching staff last? Romo will be 36 years old in 2016 (Roger Staubach produced at a high level until he retired at age 37, for reference). Romo has played too well too frequently for his big-game struggles to continue forever. If you're going to brand him as lacking in the clutch department, which tends to be more about narrative than substance, at least note that he ranks fourth behind Peyton Manning, Rodgers and Brees in fourth-quarter Total QBR since 2008 (69.9). The Cowboys are taking welcome steps to address their offensive line, which should help. -- Sando Draft: The Cowboys manage to puzzle me at least once every year during the draft, be it with a questionable pick based on either need or value. This year, it happened in Round 1, when they took a player (Travis Frederick) I thought would be available 30 picks later. Dallas is another team that hasn't been terrible, but simply doesn't find diamonds in the rough. A little luck would help, but it also makes me question if they're casting a wide enough net in evaluating. -- Kiper Front office: This is a franchise constantly in search of a playoff berth, but burdened with unrealistic perception and expectations. Jason Garrett and his offensive staff have done a nice job considering the poor state of the offensive line. That area must improve if the Cowboys are to contend. The switch to the Monte Kiffin Tampa 2, will take about a half season to effectuate. Look for this team to improve as the season goes on. -- Polian Coaching: Garrett is still learning how to be a coach, going into his third full season in Dallas. This is a defining year for him. Dallas has enough pieces to move the chains, but will Bill Callahan be patient enough and run the football? This team is built to win right now, and if it doesn't, Garrett could pay the price with his job. -- Edwards


The Clutchness of Miles Austin

Seems like every time we hear mention of Miles Austin, it is with a caveat that he's not healthy and reliable, with a joke about his hammmies. With the drafting of Terrance Williams, many fans and...

Dave Dameshek kibitzing with Jason Witten


Dave Dameshek is joined by NFL.com’s "Around the League" head-honcho Gregg Rosenthal to talk about Tim Tebow joining the Patriots, the East Coast-West Coast NFL divide, best Super Bowl matchups and which physical sense they could most easily sacrifice if need be. Then Dave turns his attention to record-setting Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten to talk about Jason’s ranking on NFL Network’s "Top 100 Players of 2013" list and which NFC East team he most enjoys defeating.

Really move to Erhardt-Perkins? Randle says play calls are long


Birddog26 Tweeted a while back that Cowboys are "moving to an Erhardt-Perkins style of offense" with Garrett fingerprints, which means faster, more concise concept-based play calling nomenclature. I put up a fanpost about it at the time, which caught Rabblerousr's attention, and he recently penned a front-page article looking at this new system. However, as I commended in that post, since that time I have yet to hear this confirmed from any other source, and my Tweets to other Cowboys insiders on the subject have not yielded any confirmation. Then last week in the "On Air with Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine" podcast, Josh Ellis and Jeff Sullivan interviewed Joseph Randle, and he made a comment about how long the play calls take in the huddle, and how many words are required to make the calls, and how he has to listen for his part. To me, this sure doesn't sound like the streamlined Erhardt-Perkins terminology being implemented, and I am wondering if this really is happening. So as much as I respect Birddog, I wanted to bring that to folks' attention and maybe tap the breaks on this a bit, at least until we get some kind of confirmation from another source.

Josh Brent probation hearing re alcohol monitor


News 8 has learned there's a bond hearing tomorrow to determine if Josh Brent should remain on bond. Prosecutors want hearing.— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) May 23, 2013 Prosecutors have filed a motion to check on Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent's alcohol monitor. He's been wearing a SCRAM device.— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) May 23, 2013 There are questions about Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent's alcohol monitor.There is a hearing tomorrow morning.— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) May 23, 2013

Nicks absent from Giants OTAs in contract protest


Coughlin in irritated tone: "He should be here."

First OTA live stream replay


Here is a replay of today's OTA's LIVE with @bryanbroaddus in case you missed it. dallascowboys.com/multimedia/vid…— Ed Cahill (@EdCahill) May 21, 2013

DraftCountdown.com Podcast: NFC East Draft Review


Cowboys are up first in this podcast as Scott Wright and Shane P Hallum review days 2 and 3 picks from the NFC East... Their general take is that the Cowboys got good players and good value throughout, they just question how good a fit most of the picks were for addressing perceived needs. But they have a sound take, and also give good insight into the rooks of our division opponents.

Frederick review from Draft Countdown

I know this is already old news, but I think it's good to remember those who had a reasonable take on the Frederick pick instead of just buying into the initial overreactions like so many even otherwise reasonable analysts did... Scott Wright (@DraftCountdown) and Shane P Hallum (@ShanePHallam) deserve credit here... They make similar sound comments on their Round 1 Review Podcast (Cowboys starting at 87:16) "The Cowboys opted to move down after all the players they had been targeting at #18 (Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson, Texas S Kenny Vaccaro and Alabama OT D.J. Fluker) were already off the board. It is kind of odd that they passed on Florida DT Sharrif Floyd though, who would have addressed the need for a difference-maker in the middle of their new 4-3 scheme. Dallas has been criticized for this choice but it wasn’t nearly as bad as some have made it out to be. Frederick was the top rated center in this class by most and there had been rumblings that he could sneak into the latter part of round one for months. In fact, most felt Frederick was a better prospect than his former teammate Peter Konz, who was a second rounder a year ago and started for the Falcons as a rookie. Teams know exactly what they are getting with Badger offensive linemen and Frederick certainly fits that blue-collar mold. Frederick is limited athletically but is is a big, tough, powerful blocker with a nasty temperament and the type of blocker Dallas looks for on the interior. So just to recap, the Cowboys chose a player in the proper range who addresses a need and profiles as a ten-year stalwart. Perhaps I'm missing something but what’s not to like aisde from the sexiness factor?" (Considering that Jerry gets blamed for too often going after the sexy pick, not having a sexiness factor is actually a plus.)

The Sprinter's Scheme: Can Teerlinck's Jet Techniques Help the Cowboys Linemen Take Off? by Raf


Great read from Raf on the background of the Jet technique for defensive linemen that Kiffin and Marinelli bring

La Canfora: Cowboys "really like" Clabo and "remain in contact" with him

RT Tyson Clabo: A stalwart for the Falcons, he got caught in a cap crunch. The Cowboys really like him and remain in contact with him and need to make this move. Get rid of Doug Free and his $7 million salary and give Clabo his $3.5 million-$4 million and call it an upgrade. I know Dallas is in a cap crunch, but after a questionable draft, upgrading some offensive line personnel now would be wise. And the Dolphins are now in on Clabo, too, hosting him for a visit starting Tuesday night.

Skins' Bacarri Rambo used to be known as Goo Fudge


this is pretty funny... "Bacarri Rambo was known as Goo Fudge through middle school, then Goo Rambo and now just Bacarri Rambo."

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