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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams broke the tip of his index finger in Sunday night's win over the Giants.  He doesn't need surgery but will play through it with a splint.  It's a concern for a WR.  Williams has finished with 2 or fewer catches in 6 of his last 7 games.  Thursday's matchup with the Eagles brings upside, but Williams is a high-risk Week 13 fantasy start.

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The Cowboys made LB Rolando McClain active for Sunday's win over the Jaguars despite an MCL sprain that kept him out of practice all week. But the veteran didn't play at all, instead sitting behind rookie Anthony Hitchens. "Oh it's always good when you can get guys rested up going into the bye week," Hitchens told the Dallas Morning News. "It was good for our team and hopefully he'll come back healthy and ready to go." That seems to indicate coaches will re-insert McClain once he's at or close to 100%, and the former Raiders 1st-round pick has performed well. Look for Hitchens to remain on the field at some LB spot, though, after earning the team's best run-D grades from Pro Football Focus each of the past 2 weeks -- once on the weak side and once in the middle.

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2 weeks ago

Cowboys LB Rolando McClain is active for today's matchup with Jacksonville in London. He missed all 3 practice days during the week, though, while dealing with knee and groin trouble. That makes even an active McClain pretty risky for your IDP lineup.

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2 weeks ago

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars. It’s a plus matchup, but the back issue adds risk. And Dallas figures to go run-heavy in London. Romo sits 14th in our Week 10 QB Rankings.

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Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain is questionable for Sunday's matchup with Jacksonville after missing all 3 practice days this week with knee and groin trouble. Even if he plays against the Jags, there's too much risk for IDP owners to try this guy.

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3 weeks ago

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is listed as probable for this weekend's game against the Jaguars.  He sat out on Wednesday but practiced on Thursday and Friday -- the same routine he's had all year.  The back issue is still a reason for Dallas to go as run-heavy as they have all season, if not more so.  And there's at least some risk of re-injury for Romo.  It makes him a risky Week 10 fantasy play.

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Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) put in a limited practice on Thursday -- his first since fracturing 2 bones in his back 10 days ago.  "It's improving each day, and I think if we do something positive each day, there's a good chance," Romo said after practice.  Owner Jerry Jones again said that he expects Romo to play against Jacksonville this weekend.  "I’m anticipating him playing," Jones said. “I have no reason to think that he won’t."  We'll have another update on Romo tomorrow, but he's on track to play on Sunday.  He'll be more of a QB2 in fantasy football, though.  Dallas figures to go run-heavy in a game they should control.

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3 weeks ago

Cowboys QB Tony Romo sat out Wednesday's practice to rest his troublesome back. It's not necessarily a bad sign for his Sunday status. Romo has often missed Wednesday workouts this year to rest his back, even when further removed from the injury. Dallas seems to expect him to be in the lineup against the Jaguars, but we'll keep an eye on his status into the weekend.

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Cowboys HC Jason Garrett echoed owner Jerry Jones' optimism about QB Tony Romo's Week 10 status.  “Hopefully, he just progresses,” Garrett said Monday. “He’s gotten better and better every day since the injury. Hopefully he’ll feel better from a pain standpoint and hopefully that’ll positively reflect his ability to move around, get some stiffness out. We’ve got a couple days before we practice. Hopefully he’ll handle the flight [to London] well, get over there, blood will be flowing through his body, and he’ll feel good.”  We'll track Romo's progress throughout the week.  He'll be a risky fantasy starter if active against the Jaguars this weekend, but his return would be good news for WRs Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after Sunday's loss to the Cardinals that he expects QB Tony Romo (back) to return for Week 10. QB Brandon Weeden struggled in Romo's place, completing just 18 of 33 passes for 183 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. Just 4 of those completions went to WRs Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. Romo will travel with the team to London, but we'll see if he's able to play through his painful back injury.

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3 weeks ago

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain hurt his right knee late in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. The Dallas Morning News reports, however, that the team doesn't believe it's serious. "It's not showing anything structural at all, and he felt pretty good about it," Jerry Jones said afterward. "Right now I'm not concerned about it." McClain's playing time has evened out lately after some other physical dings earlier this season, and he played more than 90% of the snaps in 2 straight games heading into Week 9. If his knee proves fine, he'll make for a decent starting option against Jacksonville in Week 10 in many IDP leagues.

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3 weeks ago

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is officially inactive for today’s game against the Cardinals. QB Brandon Weeden will make his 1st start since Week 13 of last year. Click here for our updated Week 9 projections for the Cowboys offense.

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3 weeks ago

NFL Network's Desmond Purnell reports that Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will not play against the Cardinals today.  Purnell adds that Romo is dealing with 2 fractures in the transverse process of his back.  The transverse process is a bone that extends out from the main vertebrae.  This injury isn't related to Romo's 2013 back surgery, and there's reportedly a good chance he returns for Week 10.  QB Brandon Weeden gets the start today, though.  The 31-year-old looked solid in place of Romo last week, completing 4 of 6 passes for 69 yards and a score.  Weeden is just a low-end QB2 in fantasy, but he's good enough to keep Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten in starter range.  RB DeMarco Murray is looking at another big workload today.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on a Friday radio appearance that QB Tony Romo (back) is "moving around and feeling better."  Jones added that Romo remains a game-time call.  We'll know his status by noon ET on Sunday, but Romo will be a risky fantasy play if active.  He looked uncomfortable after the injury last Monday night and didn't practice at all this week.  And Romo being at less than 100% would only make it easier for Dallas to go run-heavy.  If Romo can't play, QB Brandon Weeden would draw in.  He'd be just a low-end QB2 in fantasy but has enough arm talent to keep Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten afloat.

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