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Cowboys LB Bruce Carter broke his left ring finger in Thursday's practice, but he told the Dallas Morning News that won't keep him from playing Sunday against the Cardinals.  "We went to the hospital and let the doc look at it," Carter said. "He said it looked fine. … I'll be fine. They're just going to use kind of like this splint I have now. Wrap it up and I should be fine."  Carter should be fine to use as you normally would in your IDP league.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said QB Tony Romo's Week 9 status will come down to "soreness, stiffness and pain tolerance."  He can't do any additional damage to his back by playing, and Romo has a history of playing through pain.  The question is how effective he can be.  Jones admitted that Romo could be a game-time decision.  Cowboys-Cardinals kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday.

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ESPN's Ian Fitzsimmons hears that Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is "at best questionable" for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.  Romo was able to return on Monday night, but it took a pain-killing shot to get him back out there.  And he undoubtedly woke up sore on Tuesday.  Of course, Romo has a history of playing through injuries, so don't count him out for Week 9.  But he'll be a risky fantasy start if he plays.  QB Brandon Weeden will start if Romo can't.  Fitzsimmons adds that Romo's season "is not in jeopardy."

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Test results on Cowboys QB Tony Romo have not yet come back, according to HC Jason Garrett.  But Garrett did say on Tuesday that it's "a separate injury, not related to what he had last year."  That's excellent news.  It sounds like Romo is dealing with a run-of-the-mill bruise.  We're expecting him to play against the Cardinals this Sunday, although the back could still cause some trouble.  He didn't look comfortable after returning on Monday night.  Romo is shaping up as a risk/reward Week 9 fantasy starter.

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ESPN Dallas reports that Cowboys LB Justin Durant will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right biceps in Monday night's loss to Washington. His absence should make it easier for LBs Bruce Carter and Rolando McClain to find full-time snaps going forward.

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3 days ago

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett confirmed after Monday night's game that x-rays on QB Tony Romo's back came back negative.  That was obviously the case since Dallas allowed Romo to re-enter.  Owner Jerry Jones said that his QB was diagnosed with a "contusion," but Garrett said more tests are planned.  Romo looked uncomfortable after returning from the injury.  That'll make him a shaky Week 9 fantasy start, assuming he plays against the Cardinals.

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3 days ago

Cowboys QB Tony Romo appeared to re-injure his back in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's game against the Redskins.  He took a knee to the lower back and was in obvious pain.  He gingerly limped off the field and back into the locker room.  Remember that Romo has undergone a pair of back surgeries since April 2013, so this is obviously a major concern.  Brandon Weeden is Dallas' backup QB.

Update: Romo returned with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter.

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Cowboys LB Bruce Carter is officially probable for Monday night's game against Washington and expected to play for the 1st time since Sept. 28. Carter suffered a thigh strain in that win over the Saints and missed the past 3 games. We'll see if he takes back over the full-time role he left. He'll make for a risky IDP option, especially against a Washington team that has proved to be a negative matchup for fantasy LBs so far.

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Cowboys LB Bruce Carter said Tuesday that he won't play Sunday against the Giants but expects to return for the Week 8 game against Washington.  Carter suffered a quad strain in the win over New Orleans and will miss his 3rd straight game this weekend.  "I feel good," he said, according to the Dallas Morning News.  "It's just a matter of getting my strength back and getting myself back in shape.''  Carter has been the highest-upside IDP option among Dallas LBs this year, though the whole group has dealt with injuries.

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Cowboys RB Joseph Randle was arrested for shoplifting on Monday night.  He reportedly tried to steal cologne and underwear.  The guy is making $495K this year, by the way.  We doubt he faces any discipline from the league for the incident.  Randle topped 4 touches last week for the 1st time this season.  He's just a DeMarco Murray handcuff.

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2 weeks ago

Despite missing the 1st 2 days of practice this week with his groin injury, Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain will play against the Seahawks. He returned for a limited workout Friday and remains less than 100%. We wouldn't count on him playing his full role and would keep him out of IDP lineups.

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After Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray rushed 31 times in Sunday's win over the Texans, HC Jason Garrett said the team plans to limit his rushing workload a bit more going forward.  "DeMarco was out there and we think that's probably too many carries in the game, week in and week out," Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. "He ended up with 31 so we'd like to get that number lower. We'd really just like to get the other guys an opportunity. I don't see any wear and tear in DeMarco but having said that, we want to make sure we create a rotation and we'll focus on doing that in the next few weeks."  This is actually good news for fantasy owners.  There's approximately zero chance that the team will approach a committee setup.  Keeping Murray's carries more under control should help keep him fresher and keep from putting extra risk on a guy with a long injury history.  Through 5 games, Murray's on pace to tie Larry Johnson's NFL-record 416 carries in a season.  We'll see what kind of work Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle can actually get with Murray healthy.

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ESPN Dallas reports that Cowboys LB Bruce Carter will need to rest his strained right quad at least 10-14 days before returning to action.  Former Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware lost 3 games last season to a quad strain, but Carter's hopeful.  "It's just something how your body responds to it," Carter said. "Some guys are different so hopefully my recovery time will be lot faster than his."  Carter has played pretty well in recent weeks, especially Sunday night against the Saints.  He should at least slide back into a starting role when he's ready to return.  He has not been a special fantasy performer outside of 1 big game, however, so Carter can be dropped for immediate help in many IDP leagues.

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1 month ago

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Monday that LB Bruce Carter is day-to-day with the quad strain that forced him out of Sunday night's win over New Orleans.  That means we'll need to watch the practice reports this week to see if Carter will make it back for a Week 5 meeting with Houston.  He might prove a risky IDP option even if active.  The Texans have provided a slightly positive matchup for LB scoring so far.

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1 month ago

Cowboys LB Bruce Carter left Sunday night's game in the 2nd half with a quad injury.  Carter sped down the field to catch Saints RB Khiry Robinson during a long run but then pulled up lame instead of making the tackle.  He hobbled off the field and did not return.  Carter stood on the sideline the rest of the way, though, in a game his team led by double digits.  We'll see during the week how serious the injury is.  Carter had been playing well, collecting 6 tackles and 2 pass breakups against New Orleans after a big Week 3.

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Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain is active for tonight's game against the Saints.  He put in a limited practice Friday after missing the 1st 2 days with the groin injury that cost him last week's game.  We'd still be wary of getting McClain back into IDP lineups.  Bruce Carter remains the top Dallas LB option for fantasy owners.  We'll see how many snaps McClain can handle in his return.

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1 month ago

As expected, the Cowboys will play without MLB Rolando McClain and OLB Justin Durant today at St. Louis.  Rookie Anthony Hitchens is expected to start in the middle for McClain, but Bruce Carter's the only Dallas LB worth considering for Week 3 in your IDP lineup.  Even he's not a stellar option.

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