Cowboys Fantasy News

Garrett: 'A lot of different timetables' for Tony Romo's return

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 2:47pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is wearing a back brace as he begins his recovery from a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra that he suffered Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Dallas Cowboys went 1-11 without quarterback Tony Romo last season, and they may have to turn to rookie Dak Prescott early on this season.

For now, Romo's rehab will consist of rest and immobility, but Garrett will not rule him out of the Sept. 11 season opener against the New York Giants. A source said Romo will miss 6-10 weeks.

"We've gotten a lot of different timetables for when he can return," Garrett said. "We also know that he's played with a broken bone in his back before, so there's no reason for me to stand up here and put a timetable on this. I think a lot of other people outside of this building have suggested they know what the timetable is. That's not the world we live in. We live in the world day by day, do what you can to get yourself better and we'll update you as we go."

Fantasy Impact:

Dak Prescott took the first-team reps on Sunday with Jameill Showers the backup. The Cowboys are expected to look for a veteran backup while Romo is out.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (concussion) returns to field

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 2:42pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

For the first time since suffering a concussion in practice last week, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant returned to the field.

Bryant suffered his concussion after a glancing blow from safety Barry Church on Aug. 22 and didn't make the trip to Seattle for last week’s preseason game.

Fantasy Impact:

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Bryant will go through individual drills Sunday but would not go through any team drills. He is scheduled for more tests later. The Cowboys have not played their starters in a final preseason game in years, so the next game action for Bryant is likely to be Week 1 against the New York Giants on Sept. 11, the story said.

Tony Romo has broken bone in back, could return by mid-season

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 3:11pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys announced QB Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back. They believe he’ll return this season. Rapoport reports that the best-case scenario is a return mid-season.

In an article, Rapoport was quoted as saying Romo "broke a different bone than last time," when he suffered a fracture in 2014.

Fantasy Impact:

For now, we're assuming Romo will miss the first eight games - several reports are saying he'll be out 6-10 weeks. Dak Prescott has played well in the preseason, so for now we're not significantly downgrading the other Cowboys skill players. For the record, HC Jason Garrett didn't give a timetable and labeled Romo as day-to-day, according to an story. More as this situation develops.

Seahawks Beat: Christine Michael poised to be a contributor

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 1:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The numbers look great: 24 carries for 157 yards in three preseason games. But it's the little things that stand out with Michael.

Twice on Thursday night, he identified the right defender and did a good job picking up the blitz. He's carrying out his fakes on play-action and looks comfortable in the passing game as a receiver.

At this time last year, the Seahawks gave up on Michael, trading him to the Dallas Cowboys for a seventh-round pick. But he's been the story of camp in 2016 and looks poised to be a dependable contributor on offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Michael continues to look good deep into camp and preseason. It's one of the bigger fantasy questions of the season in how will Michael's presence affect the fantasy value of Thomas Rawls. HC Pete Carroll has called them a one-two punch a few weeks ago, and other reports say the team won't depend on one running back like they have in the past. Yet other beat writers feel the team has been down this road before with Michael and don't quite believe the hype.

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa hoping to get his chance

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12:38pm - [Full Article]

Orleans Darkwa is used to being patient.

The Giants running back didn't get a carry until Week 7 last season. Darkwa made the most of that opportunity, rushing for 48 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in a 27-20 win over the Cowboys.

Darkwa is hoping to again seize his opportunity in the Giants' third preseason game against the Jets on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., CBS).

"Patience has been my life story," Darkwa said. "You're always going to be frustrated at times, but at the same time, it might be a blessing in disguise. You never know."

Fantasy Impact:

Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen are locked into their roles as the lead back and the third-down back, respectively. Fifth-round pick Paul Perkins is all but guaranteed a roster spot. That leaves Darkwa and fellow third-year veteran Andre Williams in a battle for what will likely be the final running back spot, the story said. Williams has got more of a look to this point so this is a Darkwa's big chance. Williams has had 15 carries for 56 yards on 35 snaps.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo leaves early with an apparent back injury

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 10:38pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo left Thursday night’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks after just three plays after being sacked from behind by defensive end Cliff Avril.

Romo stepped forward in the pocket and escaped pressure to his left while Avril closed from Romo’s backside. Romo began to slide as Avril chased him down and was caught in an awkward position as the two players went to the ground.

Romo immediately reached for his lower back area and was tended to be the Cowboys’ training staff being walking off the field under his own power.

Fantasy Impact:

Romo was reportedly asking to go back in the game, so this is probably nothing serious. But it's a reminder of Romo's fragility in recent years.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott appears to be full-go

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 2:32pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Running back Ezekiel Elliott has participated in three full practices the last three days and coach Jason Garrett said he anticipates the Dallas Cowboys' first-round pick will play Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Elliott suffered a hamstring injury on Aug. 2 while the Cowboys practiced in Oxnard, California. He missed eight straight practices and the first two preseason games, but he was able to participate in two workouts before the team returned to Texas last week.

"I'm excited to finally get some full-go action," Elliott said Tuesday. "It's been a long time."

Fantasy Impact:

Garrett wasn't sure how much Elliott would play against the Seahawks. The third game of the preseason is most like the regular season for the starters, but since this is Elliott's first game some accommodations will be made, the story said.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant suffers concussion at practice

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 10:39am - [Full Article]

Add Dez Bryant to the list of absences from Thursday’s preseason game in Seattle.

The Cowboys revealed on Tuesday morning that Bryant suffered a concussion during the team’s Monday morning practice. Neither Bryant nor Tyrone Crawford will play against the Seahawks, as both players have been evaluated for concussions within the last two days.

Fantasy Impact:

This setback will likely end Bryant’s preseason, given that starters typically don’t play in the final preseason game. But with 19 days until the Cowboys open the regular season, the All-Pro receiver will have ample time to recover. Bryant had been on a fantastic run of play during the Cowboys’ first two preseason games. During limited action against the Rams and Dolphins, he caught four passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns, the story all said. Bryant tweeted he'd be OK, but it's still worth monitoring.

Dolphins want long look at RB Arian Foster

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 8:55am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Dolphins gave running back Arian Foster his first playing time of the preseason against the Cowboys last week, but it was a limited appearance.

Foster was in for nine snaps and got the ball on two of them without finding much running room. Foster lost five yards while getting little help from the blocking on his two carries, leaving coach Adam Gase to make plans to extend Foster’s time on the field against the Falcons on Thursday.

“We didn’t have much to evaluate,” Gase said, via the Miami Herald. “Whatever carries he had, there wasn’t much there to try to create. He did a couple of things on his own. Hopefully we can take a long look at him this week. I don’t want to overdo it with him. Obviously, his resume speaks for itself.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say the Dolphins are expected to keep the first team in the game into the second half on Thursday, so there will be more snaps for Foster as the team works on setting up the look of their backfield for the start of the regular season. With rookie Kenyan Drake still sidelined by a hamstring injury, that look will likely come down to how they balance playing time for Foster and Jay Ajayi.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill back on the run

Monday, August 22, 2016, 12:00pm - [Full Article]

Ryan Tannehill earned high marks for his passing in the preseason game at Dallas on Friday night, but he also provided a reminder of the impact he can make running the ball.

Tannehill’s performance against the Cowboys will be remembered more for his two touchdown passes to Kenny Stills along with a 55-yard strike downfield to the same Kenny Stills, but his two runs for 16 yards played a big role in the Dolphins’ second touchdown drive in the second quarter.

Tannehill had runs of 9 and 7 yards on consecutive plays to move the Dolphins from the Dallas 49-yard line to the 33. Four plays later, Tannehill threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Stills.

Fantasy Impact:

Having a quarterback with Tannehill’s kind of mobility is something new for HC Adam Gase, who spent his three seasons as an offensive coordinator with Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler, the story said. It also added Gase seemed reluctant at first to use Tannehil in the read-option. But Tannehill was quoted in the story that it will be used more as a change of pace, but something the team will do from time to time this season.

Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar set to return to practice

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 3:33pm - [Full Article]

The Cowboys’ first practice at their new facility will feature a new face – or at least a new participant.

Lance Dunbar certainly isn’t new, but it’s been nearly a year since he practiced with the Cowboys after tearing his ACL and his patellar tendon last October. Dunbar has been working diligently on his rehab in the 10 months since, and he’s prepare to take the next step.

“We work our way back into practice, so today I’ll be doing individuals – slowly working back in,” he said on Sunday afternoon.
The fifth-year running back opened training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which made him unavailable for practice. But alongside fellow running back Darren McFadden, he was a constant at strength and conditioning sessions during practice.

Fantasy Impact:

After what has surely been a trying wait, Dunbar should be able to finally get his feet wet in his return to football. It’s unlikely he’ll appear in any of the competitive portions of practice, but it’s a start. Dunbar can be a pass-catching weapon for the Boys as well as a gadget player. He played in all 16 games for Dallas in 2014 and had just 29 rushes and 18 receptions. Last year he was averaging five catches a game through four games before the injury. We only project him for 20 receptions this year.

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 1:11pm

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore suffered a concussion in Miami's 41-14 preseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys, and must now undergo the NFL's concussion protocol program to return to practice.

The hit occurred late in the second-quarter when a scrambling Moore, who has served as Ryan Tannehill's primary backup since 2012, clearly began his slide at the end of a 9-yard run. Cowboys linebacker James Morris drove at Moore’s helmet, and hit Moore in the head with his shoulder. Moore's head violently bounced off the field turf and the nine-year veteran stayed on the ground for a couple minutes while Morris was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 1:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dallas RB Alfred Morris is competing with Darren McFadden, who has missed the first two preseason games as he recovers from a broken elbow, and rookie Darius Jackson for the backup job behind first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott.

“He was more of a first- and second-down back in Washington,” coach Jason Garrett said, “so we’re giving him an opportunity to do some other things here. He’s a good football player and a pro. He’s working hard and learning every day.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the he’s running well enough to get it, but the Cowboys want him to be a better receiver and blocker. He caught a screen pass for a short gain and dropped another pass in the flat and pass catching was never something he excelled at with the Skins. He’s worked hard to improve as a blocker, the story said.

Cowboys RB Alfred Morris 'outstanding' filling in as the lead back

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 8:19pm

Dallas Cowboys - [Full Article]

Ezekiel Elliott got two reps, so the lion’s share of the first-team work went to Alfred Morris – who was outstanding. It’s always hard to gauge running backs in training camp, because tackling is not allowed. But Morris seemed to break through to the second and even the third level before he was even touched on most of his runs.

Fantasy Impact:

With Darren McFadden on the shelf (elbow), Morris is getting the chance to prove he can be Elliott's primary backup. If anything were to happen to Elliott, the Cowboys' RB1 would hold significant fantasy value.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott back at practice

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 9:02pm - [Full Article]

As expected, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott returned to the practice field Tuesday.

NFL Media's Jane Slater reported that the rookie is participating in individual drills after dealing with a hamstring tweak.

The No. 4 overall pick had tweaked his hamstring two weeks ago. The Cowboys planned to take it slowly with their stud rookie runner.

Elliott took part in some walk-throughs, but after missing the team's first preseason game, getting him back on the practice field in pads is a positive step.

Fantasy Impact:

Expect the Cowboys to play it safe with their top pick, especially given that hamstrings can be a nagging, persistent injury if not fully healed.
When finally healed, Elliott has the talent to be a three-down workhorse back behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and the focal point of Dallas' offense. Those are all reasons why is one of our top fantasy backs to draft.

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