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Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch didn't practice Wednesday. HC Jason Garrett called him "day-to-day" afterward, according to the team website, adding that "it might be a little bit of time" before he can get back onto the field. Vander Esch is nursing a neck injury that seems to carry more long-term concern than immediate. Don't bet on him returning for your Week 15 IDP lineup. We'll see how things progress. Sean Lee becomes an IDP option whenever Vander Esch sits.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott injured the index finger on his right hand and sprained his left hand in Thursday night's game in Chicago, HC Jason Garrett said. Garrett expects Prescott to be "fine" for Week 15, but we'll need to keep an eye on him. Prescott completed a season-low 55% of his passes in that loss to Chicago.

Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (knee) is inactive for tonight's game against the Bears. The rookie has averaged 2.6 carries and 2.4 targets over the past 5 weeks, so his absence is a slight boost to RB Ezekiel Elliott's projected volume.

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 RB Tony Pollard (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Bears. He didn't practice on Tuesday or Wednesday. Pollard hasn't reached fantasy relevancy this year, but he's averaged 2.6 carries and 2.4 targets over the past 5 weeks. So his absence would be a slight boost to RB Ezekiel Elliott's stock.

The Patriots have released K Kai Forbath. We'll see if they bring K Nick Folk back or sign someone else.

The MRI on Cowboys WR Amari Cooper's left knee revealed no structural damage, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. We'll keep an eye on Cooper's practice participation next week, but he should be fine for Thursday night's game against the Bears.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper told reporters that he'll get an x-ray Friday after taking a helmet to the knee late in the loss to the Bills. Cooper briefly returned after the injury but seem hobbled. He's dealt with a bunch of lower-body injuries throughout this season. We'll update his status when we learn more.

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.

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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.

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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (knee, ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Vikings. He’s been playing effectively through injuries all season, and we haven’t heard anything about him being limited tonight. Cooper remains a WR1 with upside.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (knee) is expected to play against the Vikings tonight. He's reportedly dealing with a knee bruise, but we never heard much concern that he'd miss this one. Cooper is safe to keep in fantasy lineups.

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.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (knee, ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Vikings. He's reportedly dealing with a knee bruise and got in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday. Cooper is expected to play vs. Minnesota, but we'll look for further updates on his status.

The MRI on Cowboys WR Amari Cooper's knee revealed just a bruise, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Cooper is expected to practice Friday and played Sunday night against the Vikings. The knee adds some risk, but Cooper has been playing well through injuries most of the season.

 
 
 

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