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Cowboys QB Andy Dalton (concussion) has been downgraded to out for Sunday night's game against the Eagles. 7th-round rookie QB Ben DiNucci out of James Madison will draw the start. He has a strong group of pass-catchers and might bring sneaky rushing upside -- but he's really only in play in 1-game DFS contests.

Cowboys QB Andy Dalton (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Eagles. Look for 7th-round rookie QB Ben DiNucci to get the start in that one. He projects as a significant downgrade for Dallas' offense, although it's not like Dalton played well the past 2 weeks.

Cowboys QB Andy Dalton (concussion) didn't practice on Wednesday. He seems unlikely to get cleared for Sunday night's game vs. the Eagles after taking a vicious head shot last weekend. Dalton's absence would leave Dallas with QB Ben DiNucci and make all the Cowboys' pass-catchers tough to trust in fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Cowboys QB Andy Dalton is in the concussion protocol. We'll see if he can get cleared ahead of Sunday night's game vs. the Eagles. If not, Dallas will be down to 7th-round rookie QB Ben DiNucci, who completed 2 of 3 passes for 39 yards in relief of Dalton yesterday.

Cowboys QB Andy Dalton exited Sunday's game in Washington in the 3rd quarter after taking a hit to the head from LB Jon Bostic. Dalton will be tested for a concussion and seems unlikely to return today. QB Ben DiNucci is in for Dallas.

Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch is active for tonight's game against the Cardinals. It will mark his 1st action since he suffered a collarbone fracture in the opener.

The Cowboys have activated LB Leighton Vander Esch from IR. That falls in line with last week's word from HC Mike McCarthy that Vander Esch was trending toward facing the Cardinals tonight. We'll confirm LVE's active status closer to game time. It's tough to know whether he'll jump back to full playing time right away. But Vander Esch's activation puts him ahead of Joe Thomas as an IDP option for Week 6.

Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy said Saturday that he's "definitely encouraged" about LB Leighton Vander Esch's chance of playing Monday night against the Cardinals. "All the arrows are pointing up right now," McCarthy added. The team has yet to actually activate the LB from IR, though, following surgery for a Week 1 collarbone fracture. If you're hoping to use Vander Esch -- or replacement Joe Thomas -- in your IDP lineup, then you'll need to watch the situation into Monday.

Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch has returned to the practice field this week. CBS Sports reports that he's on track to play Monday night against the Cardinals. Dallas, however, has yet to list him on this week's injury report, which means the team has yet to activate him from IR. Vander Esch suffered a collarbone fracture in Week 1, so playing in Week 6 would mark a surprisingly quick return. Players typically take half a season to return from that surgery. We'll see about Vander Esch's status for Monday night as we move into the weekend. He's at least worth picking up now where available, though, assuming that he'll be ready to play Washington in Week 7. His return will push Joe Thomas back out of the starting lineup.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott underwent successful surgery on his right ankle on Sunday night. He's been told that the recovery timetable is 4-6 months, according to NFL Network's Jane Slater. So Prescott is done for 2020. But, barring setback, he should be ready to roll for 2021. We'll monitor his rehab.

The Cowboys announced that QB Dak Prescott suffered a right ankle compound fracture and dislocation in Sunday's game against the Giants. He'll have surgery on Sunday night and is likely done for the 2020 season. We should get confirmation tomorrow. Dallas will now turn to QB Andy Dalton, who completed 9 of 11 passes for 111 yards in leading Dallas to a comeback win today.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott appeared to dislocate his right ankle in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Giants. He's obviously done for the day. We'll look for confirmation on the injury and a timeline for Prescott's return -- but expect this to be a lengthy absence. QB Andy Dalton is Dallas' backup and will be worth a look in fantasy thanks to his loaded group of pass-catchers.

Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (knee) is active for today’s game against the Seahawks. He saw his playing time limited last week by injury, though, and then saw limited practice participation this week. Try to avoid using Lawrence in IDP lineups if you can help it.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He missed the 1st 2 practices of the week with a knee injury that limited his Week 2 playing time. Dallas estimated him at a limited participation level for Friday's walkthrough. Keep Lawrence out of your Week 3 IDP lineups if you can. DE Everson Griffen figures to see extra playing time.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence barely played in the 2nd half of Sunday's win over the Falcons because of a knee injury. HC Mike McCarthy said Monday they "were just keeping an eye on" Lawrence's knee in the 2nd half after he hurt it in the 1st, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. The coach said they should know more about Lawrence's status for Week 3 once the practice week begins Wednesday. Lawrence's downtime produced more snaps for DE Everson Griffen. Aldon Smith led the edge group in playing time for the 2nd straight game.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (ankle) isn’t listed on the final Week 2 injury report. He was limited on Thursday but put in a full practice on Friday. We’ll keep an eye on the ankle, but Cooper is a must-start in Sunday’s likely shootout vs. Atlanta.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a foot. ESPN's Todd Archer, meanwhile, hears that Cooper is dealing with a foot injury. Either way, his participation level in Friday's practice now needs to be closely monitored ahead of Sunday's game vs. Atlanta.

Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch will have surgery on his fractured collarbone and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Joe Thomas played full-time snaps filling in for Vander Esch on Sunday night and is an option for deep IDP leagues. LB Jaylon Smith and SS Darian Thompson also gain tackle upside with LVE out.

Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin has been diagnosed with a "clean" ACL tear, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jarwin is done for 2020 but should make a full recovery for the start of the 2021 campaign. His absence leaves Dalton Schultz atop the TE depth chart. He struggled in Sunday night's loss to the Rams and is only worth stashing in deep and TE-premium leagues. The loss of Jarwin figures to mean more targets for Dallas' WRs and RBs.

Cowboys MLB Leighton Vander Esch fractured his collarbone in Sunday night's loss to the Rams and will go on IR, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Vander Esch is expected to return this year, but he'll likely miss at least half the games. Don't bother hanging on to LVE in redraft leagues, unless you have an IR spot to play with. His absence will help the tackle upside for LB Jaylon Smith and SS Darian Thompson.


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