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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 day 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 week 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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3 weeks 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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1 month 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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Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar left Saturday's 2nd preseason contest with a left shoulder injury.  ESPN Dallas reports that the team plans further evaluation Sunday but that HC Jason Garrett said, "We don't think it's going to be too, too serious."  We'll await the official diagnosis.  Escobar obviously isn't much of a fantasy prospect on his own but could make for an interesting waiver target if Jason Witten were to go down.

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Cowboys QB Tony Romo's back certainly didn't look like a problem in his preseason debut against the Ravens on Saturday night.  In 2 possessions, he completed 4 of 5 passes for 80 yards and a score. Three of Romo's 4 completions went to WR Dez Bryant, including a 31-yard TD.  It's a small sample size, but the entire 1st-team offense looked ready for the start of the season.  We'll continue to keep an eye on Romo's back, but if healthy, he offers top-6 fantasy upside.  And you can get him in the 8th or 9th round of your draft.

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1 month ago

After attending Cowboys camp, insider Jason La Canfora came to the conclusion that QB Tony Romo still "isn't himself" after offseason back surgery.  "He's not throwing too many deep balls, he's not rolling out with abandon," La Canfora writes.  "The ball didn't come out with sizzle ... and he wasn't connecting on much outside of 10 or 15 yards ... At this point Romo certainly does not look like a quarterback ready to cut loose and go full throttle."  We've been hearing mixed reviews on Romo's performance in camp.  It's possible he's just taking it easy to make sure he's at 100% when Week 1 rolls around.  We'd feel a lot more comfortable targeting him as a fantasy starter if he shows well in preseason action, though.  We'll see him for the first time on Saturday night.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects QB Tony Romo to play “a few series” Saturday against Baltimore. Romo’s back has limited him in training camp, but it’s not something to be overly concerned about. While Dallas projects as a pass-happy team, Romo should throw behind one of the NFL’s top O-lines. Even if he looks rusty against the Ravens, he'll retain QB1 appeal in fantasy.

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