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Cowboys OLB Sean Lee is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Raiders. He put in limited practices Wednesday and Thursday with the hamstring injury that cost him 3 games before allowing him to return last week against the Giants. But Lee sat out Friday's practice with a back injury. Unfortunately, we won't know Lee's game status until about 7 p.m. ET Sunday, though we'll be looking for earlier indications. If you can secure Anthony Hitchens as IDP insurance, then waiting on Lee could prove worthwhile. The Cowboys, Raiders, Falcons and Bucs don't present many other options likely to be available on waivers, though. If it's a D flex spot, then you can check the DB rankings and DL rankings for potential replacements. Dallas also ruled out DT David Irving (concussion) for the 2nd straight week.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that K Dan Bailey is dealing with a "sensitive" hamstring. He wasn't listed on the Week 14 injury report but missed 2 long FGs and an XP (the 1st of his career) in the win over the Giants. We'll keep an eye on Bailey this week, but he's a bit of a risky Week 15 fantasy option.

The Cowboys will be without DT David Irving (concussion) and slot CB Orlando Scandrick (back) for today's game against the Giants. DT Maliek Collins (foot) is active after hitting the weekend questionable. He could see an increased role in Irving's absence but is a shaky IDP bet at best. Scandrick's absence only enhances the matchup for Giants WR Sterling Shepard.

Cowboys DT David Irving is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants after missing practice all week with a concussion. But players usually put in at least some practice time if they're on track to clear the protocol before the game. According to the Dallas Morning News, Irving is not expected to play. That takes a key piece out of a team defense you likely weren't using in fantasy anyway -- despite a nice Week 13 performance against Washington.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (hand) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He'll start Sunday's game against the Giants -- and we're not expecting the hand to be an issue. Still, Prescott is a shaky QB1 after failing to reach 180 passing yards in 5 of his last 6 games.

Cowboys DT David Irving missed practice Wednesday after suffering a concussion in last Thursday's win over Washington. The issue wasn't diagnosed until after the game. We'll see if he has time to complete the league protocol before Sunday's game against the Giants. The fact that he sat out practice 6 days later doesn't bode well.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (hand) is "good to go" for Sunday's game against the Giants, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Prescott escaped with just a bruised hand and didn't seem impacted by it last Thursday night. He's a borderline QB1 for Week 14.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Monday that the team expects OLB Sean Lee to practice Wednesday and that Lee expects to be ready for Sunday's game against the Giants. Lee missed the past 3 contests and most of the loss in Atlanta with a hamstring injury. He belongs right back in IDP lineups when he returns.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott downplayed the throwing-hand injury he suffered in Thursday night’s win over the Redskins. “It’s good,” Prescott said afterward. “I’m fine.” Prescott got a quick X-ray in the locker room during the game that came back clean, but his hand was noticeably swollen. It’ll be a situation to monitor when Dallas returns to practice next week.

Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is questionable for Thursday night's game against Washington. Hitchens played through the issue on Thanksgiving and totaled 7 tackles. We expect him to play. LB Sean Lee will miss his 3rd straight game with a hamstring injury.

Cowboys K Dan Bailey (groin) is active for today's game against the Chargers. Fill-in K Mike Nugent, meanwhile, is inactive. That indicates Dallas isn't worried about Bailey making it through the game, so you shouldn't either if you were planning on using a Dallas kicker.

Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is active for today's game against the Chargers. There's tackle upside with LB Sean Lee out, but Hitchens isn't a high-level IDP option.

Cowboys LT Tyron Smith is active for today's game against the Chargers after missing the past 2 games with his back injury. That's good news for QB Dak Prescott, who posted 2 of his 3 worst outings all season over the past 2 weeks.

Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Chargers. He was limited in practice the past 2 days after sitting out Monday. Hitchens looks like a shaky IDP bet, especially given that he hasn't been a high-upside fantasy option when healthy.

Cowboys K Dan Bailey (groin) put in a limited week of practice and is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Chargers. We'll find out if he's active around 3 pm ET tomorrow. We'd try to avoid using Bailey in fantasy lineups in his 1st action in a month.

Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens left in the 2nd half of Sunday night's loss to the Eagles with what Jerry Jones called a groin pull, according to Pro Football Talk. Hitchens was due for an MRI Monday, though we have yet to see any results from that. Dallas will already be without lead LB Sean Lee for Thursday's game against the Chargers.

Cowboys S Jeff Heath is inactive for Sunday night's game against the Eagles with a concussion.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Ezekiel Elliott is withdrawing his appeal and serving his 6-game suspension. That will return him for the Week 16 game against the Seahawks. Elliott is obviously droppable in most leagues, but you'll have to decide whether it makes sense to stash him for that Week 16 clash. In the meantime, Alfred Morris looks like the lead fill-in. We'll see if that changes after a sluggish 1st game of rushing without Elliott, though.

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer reports that Cowboys LB Sean Lee is likely to miss at least the next 2 games with the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. It's the same left hamstring that forced Lee out of 2 games earlier this season. The timeline for this one isn't surprising, given that Dallas plays on Thanksgiving Day after Sunday night's clash with the Eagles. We'll see if he's ready for a Week 13 game against Washington. The situation makes Lee droppable in shallow IDP leagues and raises the tackle ceiling for Anthony Hitchens. Jaylon Smith will step into the lineup for Lee.

Cowboys OLB Sean Lee suffered a hamstring injury in the 1st half game against the Falcons. He's officially questionable to return but has been standing on the sideline since leaving rather than going to the locker room for treatment. A hamstring issue previously cost him 2 games before the Week 6 bye.

 
 
 

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