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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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1 week 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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3 weeks 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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3 weeks 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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Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Rams.  He played through the injury last week and was able to get in limited practices on Thursday and Friday.  There's been nothing to suggest that Bryant is in danger of missing Sunday's game.  We'll find out his official status by noon ET.

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1 month ago

As expected, Cowboys WR Terrance Williams (back) is active for today's game against the 49ers.  The back shouldn't be an issue.  Williams is an upside WR3 in what should be a high-scoring game.

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams suffered a bruised back on Thursday but returned to practice on Friday. Despite being listed as questionable, he’s expected to play against the 49ers this weekend. He’s a viable WR3 in what should be a high-scoring game.

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams was held out of Thursday's practice.  He's listed on the injury report with a back and is reportedly dealing with a bruise.  It's unclear if this was just a precautionary day off or if Williams is in danger of missing this weekend's opener against the 49ers.  Check back tomorrow for an update.

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Cowboys OLB Bruce Carter told reporters Monday that he expects to start on the strong side and play the weak side in the nickel sub packages, according to the Dallas Morning News.  He also said Justin Durant will start on the weak side and Rolando McClain in the middle.  None is worth chasing in IDP leagues right now, but Carter's athletic ability and apparent 3-down role give him the most upside.

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2 months ago

Cowboys QB Tony Romo told the Dallas Morning News on Thursday that he's ready to go out and play a full game after rehabbing from back surgery.  "I mean I don't know that you would go to play in the preseason if you didn't think you could play football," he said. "I mean it's football."  It's just another indication that we probably shouldn't worry about the Cowboys starter performing at the start of the season.  Of course, we'll see how he looks in the team's 3rd preseason game, but we're comfy with Romo toward the bottom of starter territory -- with upside beyond that range.

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The Cowboys worked LB Rolando McClain in the middle with the 1st team at Tuesday's practice and slid LB Justin Durant out to the weak side.  That put regular 1st-team WLB Bruce Carter on the sideline.  But does that mean he's being demoted?  “No, I don’t think so,” Carter said, via ESPN Dallas. “I just think we need depth. Especially Ro, he needs to get his reps at Mike. … So they’re just trying, I guess, to see what the rotations are going to be. I don’t know.”  We think Carter's in denial.  The Cowboys easily could have slid Durant to the strong side or off the field when getting McClain into the lineup, but they didn't.  They removed a guy who never matched his 2013 performance to his considerable talent or his coaches' considerable expectations.  It sure seems as though Dallas would prefer to not have to rely on Carter this year.  Whether he sticks with the 1st team or not through the rest of camp, Carter doesn't make for much of an IDP target in your fantasy football draft.  He began well out of starter range in our 2014 IDP rankings and has slid even further down this week.  Carter needs to give us reason for optimism at this point.  McClain and Durant, on the other hand, will be worth looks on sheer potential tackle volume if they stick in their Tuesday roles.  This is a bad defense that will be on the field a lot.

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