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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (ankle) was limited in Thursday's practice. He had an MRI on the ankle earlier this week, but it reportedly came back clean. Cooper should be fine for Sunday night's game against the Saints, but we'll continue to keep an eye on him.

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 WR Michael Gallup is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery to trim his meniscus. There's no other structural damage to the knee, so it's a pretty basic procedure. WRs Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb should see target boosts with Gallup out. WR Devin Smith, who hauled in all 3 of his targets for 74 yards and a score in the Week 2 win over Washington, is the best bet to slide into Gallup's spot.

Cowboys WR Michael Gallup left Sunday's game against the Giants in the 4th quarter because of a knee contusion. Gallup didn't return, but by that time wasn't needed to clinch the win at Washington. We'll look for an update on his status, but this doesn't look like a serious issue.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora hears that there's "every expectation" that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott sees a "significant workload" in today's opener against the Giants. "Team sources said the running back was in great shape and made an immediate positive impression," La Canfora adds. After early-week reports that Zeke would be limited after signing on Wednesday, it's now sounding more and more like he'll play something close to his usual role. Elliott should be locked into season-long fantasy lineups.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (foot) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. Despite missing most of August, Cooper is ready to rock for Sunday’s opener against the Giants. He’s a strong fantasy play.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett was encouraged by what he saw from RB Ezekiel Elliott in Wednesday's practice. "He’s in good shape. His weight’s good, all of that," Garrett said. "But again he hasn’t been practicing against pro football players. So you just work your way back into it. He’s an experienced guy. He’s played a lot of football for us, and so we’ll just use our best judgment as we go based on what we see, his feedback, what he says to us, how he feels, all of that and you just take it step by step.” Dallas' current plan is to reportedly give Zeke about half of his normal workload. That can certainly change, though, if he gets rolling in Sunday's opener against the Giants. Although he's not his usual elite RB1, Elliott belongs in most Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice. So it doesn't look like the foot issue that sidelined him for most of August will be an issue in this weekend's opener against the Giants. Cooper is safe to get into Week 1 fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Jane Slater hears that the Cowboys' current plan is for RB Ezekiel Elliott to play 20-25 snaps in Sunday's opener against the Giants. "Things can always change but this is the plan heading into today," Slater adds. Zeke averaged 59 snaps per game last year, so this would be about 40% of his normal workload. Of course, he could rack up 15+ touches on those snaps. And it's possible Dallas plays Elliott more if he gets rolling. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation. For now, consider Zeke a RB2 with upside in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

The Cowboys and RB Ezekiel Elliott have agreed to a contract extension that makes him the NFL's highest-paid RB, NFL Network reports. It's a 6-year, $90 million pact with "roughly half" guaranteed. It tacks on to Elliott's current deal to put him under contract for the next 8 years. More importantly, it rewards fantasy owners who went ahead and trusted that he'd return before the start of the season.Elliott has finished 3rd, 3rd and 6th among RBs in PPR points per game through 3 NFL seasons.He’s remained inside the top 4 in our 2019 rankings all along. The only questions left now are whether Zeke will play in Sunday’s opener and how much work he’s ready for.He spent his holdout training in Cabo and is in shape to play this weekend, his agent said yesterday. We'll watch for updates on Elliott’s Week 1 status, but we’d plan on having him in fantasy lineups vs. the Giants. Rookie Tony Pollard, meanwhile, sinks to just being a fantasy handcuff.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is flying back to the Dallas area on Tuesday "in case his extension gets done." This doesn't necessarily mean a deal is imminent, but it might be the strongest sign yet that an agreement is close. We've still had Elliott in the middle of Round 1 in our draft plans.

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said WR Amari Cooper (foot) will practice "in some fashion" on Monday. It sounds like he'll be limited after missing most of August. We'll get Dallas' 1st official practice report on Wednesday. Cooper is on track to play against the Giants this weekend, but it'd be nice to see him get in a full week of practice.

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports that "Dallas is frustrated with the last exchange" in contract talks with RB Ezekiel Elliott's camp, referring to Sunday negotiations. Robinson added: "After Saturday's momentum, Cowboys expected more compromise to get a deal done today. Didn't happen, so it's on to Monday and a hopeful reset." Robinson had reported Saturday that the 2 sides were "close to completing" an extension. We're still drafting Elliott in the middle of Round 1, because he sits top 5 in our projections even if you factor in a couple of missed games. But you'll need to decide your comfort level with the risk vs. reward if this remains unresolved when you draft.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that "talks between the Cowboys and RB Ezekiel Elliott are intensifying, with both sides aiming to wrap up a new deal this weekend." This standoff was always likely to run up close to Week 1. But with the opener now just 8 days away, both sides are motivated to get something done. We're still drafting Elliott 4th overall in all fantasy drafts, behind only Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects WR Amari Cooper (foot) to return to practice on Monday. He's been sidelined since the 1st week of August. “I don’t see it impacting us at all,” Jones said of Cooper's injury. “I’m just glad he’s got his health in the place that it is relative to his foot ... I think he’s well ahead of when he stepped on the field with us last year as to what we’re trying to do offensively." Cooper's ADP has dropped into the late 3rd round. He's a fine pick at that price.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after Thursday night's preseason finale that he's prepared for RB Ezekiel Elliott's holdout to last into the regular season. "I'm operating as though right now, he's going to miss regular season games," Jones said. "My entire expectation for what we're putting together as a team right now would anticipate with him holding out and not having him in training camp, that he's going to miss games. We just accept that." The Dallas Morning News' Calvin Watkins reports that the Cowboys have talked with Zeke's agent in the last few days but that "nothing of substance" occurred. Jones' comments could be a final negotiation ploy to get a deal done. But we're now just 9 days away from the season opener. We just knocked 2 games off of Elliott's projections and gave RB Tony Pollard another healthy boost up the RB rankings.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper remains "on schedule" for Week 1, HC Jason Garrett said Monday. Cooper has been sidelined for most of August with some type of left foot or heel injury and won't practice this week. Cooper told NFL Network's Jane Slater that he's been able to run full speed but that the injury is impacting his ability to cut. We haven't moved him down the WR rankings, but you can certainly use the injury as a tiebreaker if deciding between Cooper and a similarly valued player.

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said in a Friday radio appearance that he's "confident" a deal will get done with RB Ezekiel Elliott before Week 1. "Things happen real quick, sometime within hours," Jones said, adding that Zeke has been in communication with his teammates during his holdout. This thing was always likely to push up close to the beginning of the season. Deadlines spur action, as they say. It's become less comfortable to spend a 1st-round fantasy pick on Elliott, but we're still expecting him to be on the field for Week 1.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Cowboys recently offered Ezekiel Elliott a contract that would make him 1 of the 2 highest-paid RBs in the league. That presumably means Zeke would be making more than #3 Le'Veon Bell but less than #1 Todd Gurley. We'll see if Elliott holds out for even more, but this certainly qualifies as a step in the right direction in negotiations. We're still expecting Elliott to be signed and on the field come Week 1.

The Cowboys "hope" to get WR Amari Cooper back on the practice field next week, according to insider Clarence Hill. Cooper has been sidelined for almost 2 weeks now with plantar fasciitis. But he has no doubt that he'll be ready for Week 1, even if he needs to play through the foot issue. “I mean I played with a lot of foot injuries,” he said, noting that he had this same problem as a sophomore at Alabama and during his rookie season. “So I’m pretty good at playing with foot injuries. But I don’t think I’m going to have to play with it.” Cooper added that the pain has subsided over the past couple of weeks, currently putting his pain level at 3 on a scale of 1-10. The plantar fasciitis adds some risk to Cooper's fantasy outlook, but he's still a fine pick at his mid-3rd-round ADP.

 
 
 

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