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.
The Cowboys are placing the franchise tag on DE Demarcus Lawrence for the 2nd straight year. Although it'd obviously be nice for the player to secure his longer-term status, IDP owners can continue expecting the high-level production we've gotten from Lawrence the past 2 years.
Cowboys LB Sean Lee is active for today's game against the Colts after missing the past 5 contests with a hamstring injury. Lee told NFL Network's Jane Slater that he won't be starting, though, after telling the team that he doesn't want to disrupt the development of rookie teammate Leighton Vander Esch. IDP owners should go ahead and use Vander Esch as normal and ignore Lee for Week 15 IDP usage.
Cowboys LB Sean Lee is officially questionable for Sunday's game at Indianapolis. Mike Fisher of CBS reports that the team plans to play Lee in a limited role, with Leighton Vander Esch continuing to start on the weak side and Jaylon Smith continuing to play full time in the middle. Lee's return adds a bit of risk to LVE, but we'd keep him in IDP lineups in most cases. The rookie has proved he can deliver numbers even on less than full playing time.
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett told reporters Monday that he expects LB Sean Lee to return to limited practice this week. The last time Lee did so this season (also off a hamstring injury), he returned to game action that weekend. Should Lee be ready to face the Colts this Sunday, Dallas coaches would need to decide how he fits back in. Rookie Leighton Vander Esch has filled in for Lee on the weak side, and the defense has played well. Jerry Jones said last week on 105.3 The Fan in Texas that Lee would "rotate" in with Smith and Vander Esch when he returned. Let's just hope we get a clear picture of the plan before the weekend so that we can set our IDP lineups accordingly.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Cowboys OLB Sean Lee could miss 4-6 weeks with his latest hamstring strain. That makes Leighton Vander Esch a strong pickup where available in IDP leagues and a high-end starting option for Week 10's positive scoring matchup with the Eagles.
Cowboys LB Sean Lee will "probably be out for a little bit" after re-injuring his left hamstring in Monday night's loss to the Titans, HC Jason Garrett said after the game. We'll see just how long this absence lasts. It's the same hamstring, though, cost Lee 3 games earlier this season. Leighton Vander Esch will re-enter the lineup. He topped 90% playing time in each of the 3 games Lee missed earlier. Vander Esch is worth picking up in most IDP leagues.
Cowboys DT David Irving will miss at least Monday night's game against the Titans after suffering a high ankle sprain this week. He told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this week that he could miss up to 4 weeks with the injury. That makes Irving droppable in most IDP leagues. We'll see how things progress.
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett told reporters Wednesday that he expects LB Sean Lee (hamstring) to return to a limited practice Wednesday. That points to Lee likely playing Sunday at Washington, obviously barring some setback in practice. Lee missed the past 3 games, giving way to 1st-round pick Leighton Vander Esch. A Lee return would likely mean a full-time role for the veteran and Vander Esch returning to a limited role. We'll keep an eye on the situation through the practice week.
Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (shoulder) and CB Chidobe Awuzie (ankle) are active for today's game against the Jaguars. They're OK to use as planned in IDP lineups.
Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He missed Wednesday's practice before limited workouts the next 2 days. DT David Irving, on the other hand, put in full practices Thursday and Friday after missing last week's game while dealing with a family issue and spending the 1st 4 weeks on a league suspension. He's expected to play 10-15 snaps against Jacksonville, according to Cowboys Wire. That's not enough to make Irving usable in IDP leagues, but it's his 1st real step toward getting back to IDP relevance.
The Cowboys announced Saturday that DT David Irving will not travel with the team for Sunday night's game at Houston. Irving did get activated Saturday after missing the 1st 4 games on league suspension but has barely practiced since last November. Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Irving stayed behind to deal with an "ongoing personal family matter that is out of his control" and that the team is supporting him through it. Irving will be a high-upside IDP once he's ready to play, but we'll have to wait to see when that will be. DT Maliek Collins also isn't traveling because of a knee injury.
Cowboys OLB Sean Lee is expected to miss at least a few weeks after injuring his left hamstring in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. HC Jason Garrett revealed after the game that the injury occurred to the hamstring opposite the 1 that knocked Lee from Week 2 early. Rookie LB Leighton Vander Esch stepped in to play the rest of the snaps at Seattle. He and Lee tied for a team-high 11 tackles despite playing half the game each. IDP owners can look to Vander Esch as a potential replacement for Lee in the short term.
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