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Cowboys S Donovan Wilson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals. He missed practice all week again after sitting out Week 13 with the groin injury. Wilson looks unlikely to play and would be a high-risk IDP option even if active.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (calf) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Bengals. We've heard nothing to suggest that Zeke is in danger of missing this one, but the calf issue obviously adds risk to his fantasy profile. Elliott owners should look to add RB Tony Pollard as insurance.

Cowboys S Donovan Wilson is inactive for tonight's game against the Ravens. DE Aldon Smith is active. He turned up questionable with an illness that cost him some practice time but is good to go for IDP lineups. Darian Thompson looks like the stand-in for Wilson, in case you're in need.

Cowboys S Donovan Wilson (groin) and DE Aldon Smith (illness) are questionable for Tuesday's game against the Ravens. Wilson got added to the practice report Friday and then missed the week's final 2 workouts. He doesn't appear to be worth waiting for in IDP lineups. Smith reportedly practiced Saturday. Cowboys Wire reports that Smith is "not in jeopardy" of missing the game.

Cowboys K Greg Zuerlein (back) is active for today's game against Washington. Use him as planned.

Cowboys K Greg Zuerlein (back) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Washington after a limited week of practice. We'll get his official status around 3 pm ET tomorrow, but you might want to look elsewhere for your fantasy lineup.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (illness) is active for today's game against the Vikings. Use him as planned in your IDP lineups.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He didn't practice Thursday and then turned up as a non-participant Friday, though the team didn't actually practice. Lawrence reportedly still hopes to play. We'll check his status Sunday afternoon.

Cowboys QB Andy Dalton (COVID, concussion) was a full participant in Monday's practice and is on track to return for this weekend's game vs. the Vikings, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. QB Garrett Gilbert played well vs. the Steelers last time out, but Dalton still projects as an upgrade for the Cowboys offense.

Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after fracturing a bone in his left foot in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. That timeline at an already fungible position makes Diggs droppable in redraft IDP leagues. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were the other CB starters for that game. Saivion Smith picked up Diggs' playing time after the injury. The Cowboys get a Week 10 bye.

Cowboys DE Aldon Smith (knee) is active for today's game against the Steelers. Use him as planned in IDP lineups.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Steelers. He was limited in practice all week, and OC Kellen Moore said Friday that it’s a “wait-and-see thing” in terms of how big a workload Zeke will be able to handle. That, Dallas’ offensive line problems and this brutal matchup leave Elliott as a RB3 for Week 9.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) "has a good chance" to play against the Steelers today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He looked good at Saturday’s workout, but will be tested today pre-game to make sure he can open it up," Rapoport adds. Cowboys-Steelers doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET, so we won't get Zeke's official status until 3 pm. If you're hoping to use him, make sure to have a backup option in place. Tony Pollard would handle the vast majority of Dallas' RB touches if Elliott ends up inactive.

Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys are "preparing to be without" RB Ezekiel Elliott for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Dallas has elevated FB Sewo Olonilua from the practice squad to add backfield depth. Elliott will still reportedly test his hamstring before the game to see if he'll be active. But it seems likely he'll at least see a more limited role than usual. That should mean more time for Tony Pollard, who becomes a fringe PPR option if you're hard up for a RB.

The Cowboys have named QB Garrett Gilbert the starter for Sunday's game against the Steelers. He reportedly took the majority of 1st-team snaps during the week and will be backed up by Cooper Rush. It doesn't really matter for fantasy purposes. Gilbert has attempted 6 NFL passes since entering the league as a 6th-round pick of the Rams back in 2014. Even his college career included just a 49-45 TD-INT ratio. It's a good week to play the Steelers defense.

Cowboys DE Aldon Smith (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers. He put in limited practices all week. We'll update his status Sunday morning.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Steelers after a limited week of practice. OC Kellen Moore said Friday that it’s a “wait-and-see thing” in terms of how big a workload Zeke will be able to handle. He was already a RB2 in this spot and now comes with more downside. We’ll see what we hear about Elliott’s status on Sunday morning. Expect to see more RB Tony Pollard, but the matchup dampens his appeal.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been limited in the first 2 practices of the week with a hamstring issue. While we haven't heard any concern about his availability for Sunday's game against the Steelers, beat writer Clarence Hill hears that "there is a question about his work load." So on top of shoddy QB play and poor offensive line play, Zeke now has this hamstring injury to worry about. We'll monitor the situation. Hill adds that "Tony Pollard is prepared for a bigger load."

The Cowboys will have their 4th starting QB of the season vs. the Steelers on Sunday. Ben DiNucci is getting benched in favor of Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush, who will compete in practice this week, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Dallas' passing game has little chance vs. the swarming Steelers defense regardless of who's under center.

ESPN's Todd Archer reports that the Cowboys have placed QB Andy Dalton on the COVID list and that he'll miss at least Week 9. That means another start for rookie Ben DiNucci. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on the radio this week that Sunday night's game at Philly was "too much" for the rookie. We'll see how he likes an even tougher pass rush from Pittsburgh.

Update: NFL Network's Tom Pelissero says the Cowboys won't go back to DiNucci this week. Instead, Cooper Rush and Garrett Gilbert will compete in practice for the start against Pittsburgh.

 
 
 

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