Shark Bites

Cowboys DT David Irving will miss his 4th straight game Sunday against the Eagles because of a concussion. That'll give him all offseason to recover. Let's hope it doesn't remain an issue into 2018.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) isn’t listed on the final Week 17 injury report. He was sidelined on Thursday but returned to a full practice on Friday. Bryant figures to play in Sunday’s meaningless finale against the Eagles, although Dallas could still limit his snaps. Bryant has been playing through knee tendonitis for the past couple of months.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (knee) did not practice on Thursday. He wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report but told reporters that he's been dealing with knee tendonitis for the past 8 games, per ESPN's Todd Archer. Dallas could certainly opt to hold Bryant out of Sunday's meaningless finale. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett on Wednesday delivered a different message than owner/GM Jerry Jones seemed to earlier in the week. “Anybody who is healthy is going to play in this game,” Garrett said, per the team website. “If they’re not healthy, they won’t play in the game. If there’s a young guy who’s worthy of an opportunity, who’s earned that opportunity, he’ll get a chance to play in the ball game — and you’ll see that all throughout our roster. But we’re not just going to give a guy an opportunity because he’s young.” This situation is a prime example of why you should try to end your full-season fantasy league in Week 16. But if you're still going, you're probably going to want to play your primary Cowboys -- assuming they make sense.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested on Tuesday that his team might limit some starters and get younger players more snaps in this weekend's finale against the Eagles. "We should just see how the game goes, but we've got younger guys ... we have a need for them," Jones said. "We need to better understand their skills. But we'll just see how it goes." QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten are all candidates to play less than usual this weekend.

Cowboys DT David Irving will miss his 3rd straight game Sunday against the Seahawks because of a concussion. It's a worryingly long absence for the young interior defender. We'll see when he's able to return.

Cowboys LB Sean Lee (back) is active for tonight's game against the Raiders. He entered the day questionable because of a back injury that cost him Friday's practice. If you waited for him, though, go ahead and use him in your IDP lineup.

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


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