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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper is dealing with a knee injury that he originally suffered in practice last week and aggravated in Monday night's win over the Giants, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Cooper was able to play through it vs. the G-Men, scoring a late 45-yard TD. And Archer confirms that Cooper is expected to play against the Vikings on Sunday night. We'll keep an eye on him.

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

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Bengals will have a new QB when they return from their Week 9 bye. Cincinnati plans to bench Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley for the Week 10 home date with Baltimore. The Bengals moved up in Round 4 to draft Finley this spring after a career that included 3 starting seasons for N.C. State. Finley averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempt for the Wolfpack, with a 4.4% TD rate and 64.5% completions. He also had a solid preseason for the Bengals, completing 73.4% of his passes at 6.5 yards per attempt, with 3 TDs and 1 INT. We're certainly not boosting our fantasy outlooks for any of Cincinnati's skill-position players for a 4th-round rookie at QB, but change probably can't hurt the sputtering offense. Football Outsiders rated the Bengals 30th in overall offensive DVOA heading into Week 8, including just 27th in passing offense.

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 WR Amari Cooper (quad) is active for tonight’s game against the Eagles. He only got in a limited practice on Friday and won’t be at 100%. Cooper made it through just 3 snaps before aggravating the quad injury last week. Tonight’s matchup is awesome, but Cooper comes with plenty of risk in fantasy lineups. WR Randall Cobb (hip, back) is also active.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Cowboys WRs Amari Cooper (quad) and Randall Cobb (hip, back) are expected to play against the Eagles tonight. It's a surprising turnaround for Cooper, who seemed unlikely to play most of the week until returning to a limited practice on Friday. It's safe to assume that he won't be at 100% tonight, though, and we saw last week that he's at risk of aggravating the quad injury. Consider Cooper a risk/reward WR2 for Week 7. OTs Tyron Smith (ankle) and La'El Collins (knee) are also expected to play tonight, per Schefter, so QB Dak Prescott's stock is on the rise.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (quad) returned to practice on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days and is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Eagles. Cooper told reporters after Friday’s workout that he expects to play. We’ll look for an update on his status on Sunday morning. If he ends up active, Cooper will be a risk/reward fantasy play in a plus matchup at less than 100%. He made it through just 3 snaps before aggravating that quad injury last week. WR Randall Cobb (hip, back) is also listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game.

Cowboys WRs Amari Cooper (quad) and Randall Cobb (back) remained sidelined on Thursday. Both guys are looking extremely iffy for Sunday night's game against the Eagles. Their absences would leave Michael Gallup, Devin Smith, Tavon Austin and Cedrick Wilson as Dallas' top 4 WRs.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (quad) didn't practice on Wednesday. ESPN's Todd Archer reported earlier this week that Cooper's availability for Sunday night's game against the Eagles is "in serious question." WR Randall Cobb (back) also missed Wednesday's practice after sitting out last week's loss to the Jets.

ESPN's Todd Archer hears that Cowboys WR Amari Cooper's availability for this Sunday night's game against the Eagles is "in serious question." Cooper is reportedly in significant pain with his quad bruise. Considering it's an aggravation of an injury originally suffered in Week 5 -- and that Dallas has a Week 8 bye -- it might make sense for the team to hold Cooper out this week. We'll keep an eye on him.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Cowboys WR Amari Cooper has been diagnosed with a thigh bruise. "There is no indication of long-term damage," Rapoport adds. It's relatively good news -- but the injury was still enough to keep Cooper from returning to Sunday's loss to the Jets. Consider him iffy for this weekend's game vs. the Eagles.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper exited in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Jets with a quad injury. ESPN's Todd Archer reports that this is an aggravation of an injury Cooper suffered in last week's loss to the Packers. He's officially questionable to return to this one.

Update: Cooper has been ruled out.

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup (knee) is active for today’s game against the Packers. He’s 3 weeks removed from surgery and is expected to be limited in his 1st game back.

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup is expected to play today, "though it may not be a full workload," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Combine that with a challenging matchup against Green Bay's much-improved pass defense, and Gallup doesn't make for a very attractive fantasy play just 3 weeks beyond knee surgery.

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Green Bay after a limited week of practice. Both Gallup and insider Michael Gehlken have said that Gallup will play vs. the Pack. We’d try not to use him in fantasy lineups in his 1st game back from knee surgery, but Gallup’s return is good news for QB Dak Prescott.

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup (knee) is on track to return for Sunday's game against the Packers, according to insider Michael Gehlken. He was reportedly able to do more than expected in Wednesday's practice. "If I feel good, I can keep going," he said afterward. "If I didn't feel good, I was just going to do [individual drills]. It's all on me." We'll see whether Gallup will be limited this weekend, but his return is a nice boost for QB Dak Prescott. It's no coincidence that Prescott averaged 10.9 yards per pass attempt with Gallup over the first 2 games vs. just 7.2 without him over the last 2.

In his weekly radio spot on 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated WR Michael Gallup (knee) could be back as soon as this Sunday against the Packers. "I'm not ruling it out for Sunday," Jones said. We'll certainly keep an eye on Gallup's practice participation this week. Even if he doesn't make it back for the Green Bay game, this is an encouraging sign.

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 WR Amari Cooper (ankle) was limited in practice all week but isn’t listed on the final injury report. An MRI on that ankle came back clean, and we’ve heard nothing to suggest it’s a real concern. Keep Cooper locked into fantasy lineups for Sunday night’s showdown with the Saints.

 
 
 

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