The Cowboys have ruled LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) and S Jeff Heath (shoulder) out for Thursday night's game against the Bears. Vander Esch's absence makes LB Sean Lee an option for IDP lineups in Week 14.
Cowboys S Jeff Heath (shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the Bills.
The Cowboys have ruled LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) out for Thursday's game against the Bills. That means elevated playing time for LB Sean Lee in an upside matchup. S Jeff Heath (shoulder) is questionable. He missed Week 11 with the issue but returned for Sunday's game at New England.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones revealed on his Tuesday radio show that LB Leighton Vander Esch likely won't play against the Bills on Thanksgiving because of the neck injury that cost him last week. Jones refused to comment on LVE's outlook beyond Week 13, according to David Helman of the team website. Vander Esch's absence makes LB Sean Lee a startable IDP commodity against Buffalo.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys expect LB Leighton Vander Esch to miss practice Friday because of a back injury. "The team will continue to monitor it, but at this point, he's not slated to play Sunday," he reports. That would mean elevated playing time for LB Sean Lee, who delivered top-10 fantasy numbers when Vander Esch missed the Monday night game against the Giants. We'll watch this situation through the weekend.
Update: The Cowboys have officially ruled Vander Esch out.
Cowboys S Jeff Heath (shoulders) is inactive for today's game against the Lions. That should mean a start for Darian Thompson, who played 87% of the snaps after Heath left last week and totaled 5 tackles (2 solo). Thompson is merely a low-level IDP in a spot that hasn't meant big points for Heath this year.
Cowboys S Jeff Heath is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. He's listed with injuries to both shoulders. Heath is a low-level IDP option even when healthy.
Cowboys S Jeff Heath left in the 1st quarter of Sunday night's loss to the Vikings with a shoulder injury and did not return. We'll see if he can make it back for this week's trip to Detroit.
Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch remained limited in practice all week, but the team left him off the final injury report. That points to Vander Esch being ready for a full return Sunday night. We have him in LB3 territory for IDP lineups.
As expected, Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) is inactive for tonight's game against the Giants. Vander Esch put in limited practices all week but turned up questionable, and it was reported early in the weekend that Dallas didn't expect him to play. We'll see where the injury goes from here. Sean Lee gets the start with LVE out, and Joe Thomas joins the lineup on the other side.
Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch is questionable for Monday night’s game against the Giants. ESPN reports, however, that he’s likely to miss the game with his neck injury. That should mean more playing time for LB Sean Lee, whom we’ve added to our Week 9 IDP rankings
Cowboys DE Robert Quinn suffered a rib injury at the end of the 1st half of Sunday night's game against the Eagles and has been ruled out. Fortunately for him, Dallas gets a Week 8 bye. We'll see about the official diagnosis and return timeline here.
Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday night's game against the Eagles with a neck injury. He's questionable to return.
UPDATE: Dallas has ruled Vander Esch out for the game. We'll see about his return timeline.
Cowboys S Xavier Woods is active for tonight's game against the Saints. He missed Week 3 with an ankle sprain but practiced all this week, including full participation Saturday.
Cowboys FS Xavier Woods will miss the next 4-6 weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in Sunday's win over Washington, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Former Giant Darian Thompson looks like the next man up for that slot, which hasn't tended to deliver much IDP value in recent seasons.
Cowboys CB Byron Jones won't play in today's opener against the Giants, according to ESPN's Ed Werder. Jones is still working his way back from offseason hip surgery. Jones isn't a special IDP option even when healthy, so you can go ahead and dump him for another DB in most cases.
The Cowboys on Tuesday activated DE DeMarcus Lawrence from the PUP. He had missed all of training camp after April surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The joint had reportedly bothered him for 2 seasons. We'll keep an eye on reports of his progress, but Lawrence returning a couple of weeks before the start of the season is a good sign that the star pass rusher will be able to help the Dallas defense and our IDP lineups.
Cowboys DE Robert Quinn broke his left hand Tuesday and will need surgery, according to multiple outlets. He's expected to return in time for the regular-season opener. We'll keep an eye on the situation.
NFL Network reports that the Cowboys and Dolphins have worked out a trade for DE Robert Quinn. That should position Quinn as Dallas' starting right DE, opposite Demarcus Lawrence. Quinn led Miami with 6.5 sacks and 9 tackles for loss last season. Among Cowboys, only Lawrence beat either number. Settling at DE in Dallas' 4-3 front helps Quinn's IDP value and makes him a potential DL2. His arrival also helps a team D that has upgraded over the past couple of years.
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