Darren McFadden - RBPosted 9/2/15 10:02am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle could have 10-15 carries per game with RB Darren McFadden slightly below that, in the opinion of beat writer Drew Davison
Huddle Up: Sounds like the definition of a "backfield by committee". The only wrinkle might come if the Cowboys end up trading for another team's backup around cutdown day; the names of Montee Ball and Giovani Bernard have been tossed around, though that's just rumor and speculation at this juncture.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 9/2/15 8:43pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RBs Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden are both unlikely to play in the team's preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 3, and vice president Stephen Jones stopped short of saying the Cowboys were set at the running back position heading into the regular season. Jones didn't rule out Dallas signing a young running back to add to the mix. General manager Jerry Jones, however, is not surprised that there hasn't been separation between Randle and McFadden this preseason.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys may add another running back for depth but heading into the season the trio of Randle, McFadden and Lance Dunbar will all have a role in Dallas' backfield. Randle had a chance to separate from the pack early in training camp but didn't do it. McFadden played well late, so the two are close to even going into Week 1.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 8/28/15 6:02pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (hamstring) likely will be held out of the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, according to owner/general manager Jerry Jones. Bryant probably will miss the final preseason game as well since the starters usually do not play.
Huddle Up: Just another play-it-safe precautionary preseason move with another pre-eminent player. Feel good if you already have Dez locked in as your No. 1 wideout.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 8/28/15 10:28pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle will share reps with RB Darren McFadden and RB Lance Dunbar because the Cowboys 'intend to take a committee approach,' according to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Huddle Up: Randle appeared to be separating himself at one point but has been slowed by an oblique injury. It looks like Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar will all have a role in Dallas' offense. Randle is currently being over-drafted in Round 3.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 8/27/15 10:03pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (hamstring) has continued to increase his repetitions in practice and had two touchdowns in one-on-one drills Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: The newly paid Dez is unlikely to repeat his 16 TD catches of a season ago, but he should get close enough to more than live up to his current ADP of 8 -- one of two WRs among the top-10 picks in standard-scoring drafts.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 8/25/15 12:10am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle had seven carries for 30 yards in the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23, against the San Francisco 49ers, while RB Darren McFadden had three totes for just four yards. RB Lance Dunbar didn't have a run from scrimmage, and managed just two grabs for three yards. 'We didn't run the ball very well,' head coach Jason Garrett said. 'Obviously we were trying to control the line of scrimmage and didn't do a very good job of that.' The team was also playing without three starters along the offensive line, so that needs to be taken into account.
Huddle Up: Yeah, that last qualifying sentence above kind of says it all, so let's not judge the Big D ground game too harshly until it's a lot closer to full strength.
Orlando Scandrick - CBPosted 8/25/15 11:33pm ET
Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick (knee) was carted off the field in practice Tuesday, Aug. 25, and the early fears are that he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: The loss of Scandrick would be huge as he's the Cowboys' top corner following last season in which he notched 55 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and nine passes defensed. Stay tuned ...
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 8/24/15 9:55am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden had three carries for four yards and caught a pass for three yards in two series in a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: On the plus side for McFadden, he didn't get hurt... yet. He's still expected to be part of the backfield committee in Dallas, but performances like this aren't going to earn him any additional touches.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 8/24/15 3:07pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (hamstring) did not play against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 23, as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Bryant has been dealing with a hamstring injury for over two weeks now. The team doesn't seem too concerned and says it's just playing it safe with their star receiver. Right now, Bryant doesn't appear in any danger of missing the Cowboys' opener.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 8/23/15 8:07pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden will start at running back in a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Neither McFadden or projected starter Joseph Randle didn't play in the Cowboys' preseason opener, and with the latter out again with a strained oblique, this is a prime opportunity for the ex-Raider to make a move.
Lance Dunbar - RBPosted 8/21/15 10:07am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (ankle) will play in the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23, but he won't play a lot.
Huddle Up: Toss Dunbar into the crowded Cowboys backfield committee, though he remains logjammed behind Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden. At least he'll have a brief opportunity to prove he warrants touches, or can be banked on when McFadden and Randle go down with their inevitable injuries.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 8/21/15 10:07am ET
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle (oblique) aggravated his oblique injury Thursday, Aug. 20, and is doubtful for the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Randle's hurt. McFadden just came back from injury, which means the clock is ticking on when his next injury occurs. That leaves Lance Dunbar as the beneficiary of the Cowboys' elite offensive line... and many scratching their head as to why Pierre Thomas or another veteran free agent isn't en route to Dallas right now.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 8/21/15 6:17pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RBs Joseph Randle (oblique), Darren McFadden (hamstring) and Lance Dunbar (ankle) are all expected to receive some playing time during the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23, according to owner/general manager Jerry Jones.
Huddle Up: Randle reportedly re-aggravated his oblique strain Thursday in practice, but if Jerry speaks, we must heed every word.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 8/20/15 8:03pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden hinted that the Cowboys will use a running-back-by-committee approach this season, mainly between he and RB Joseph Randle. 'You know the competitor in me definitely wants to be the No. 1 guy that goes out there. But at the same time, it's like, man, you know we're going to split carries. So whoever goes out there or goes out there second -- I just know whenever I do get a chance to get the ball in my hands, I'm going to go out there and go 110 percent,' McFadden said.
Huddle Up: Randle, entering his third season with the Cowboys, is still expected to start and likely receive 60-some percent of the touches, but McFadden -- and here's the perennial qualifier -- if he's healthy, will receive his share of the workload as no back on the Cowboys' current roster is close to being the 449-touch workhorse DeMarco Murray was a season ago.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 8/20/15 8:07pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle left practice early Thursday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Something to keep an eye on as there's speculation that Randle might've aggravated the oblique strain that he suffered last week -- an issue which kept him out of the Cowboys' preseason opener.
Lance Dunbar - RBPosted 8/19/15 9:55am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar was replaced in practice Tuesday, Aug. 18, after he fumbled. He has had trouble with fumbling during training camp and the preseason.
Huddle Up: On the bright side, at least Dunbar is healthy enough to participate. The Cowboys continue to struggle to find someone to run consistently and effectively behind their elite offensive line in the wake of DeMarco Murray's departure.
Cole Beasley - WRPosted 8/18/15 10:43pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley was added to the injured list Tuesday, Aug. 18, with a sore Achilles' tendon.
Huddle Up: Beasley, who hit career highs with 420 yards and four TDs on 37 receptions last season, is battling to retain the No. 3 WR role and may have to fight through a little discomfort to keep ahead of the competition.
Lance Dunbar - RBPosted 8/17/15 4:44pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (ankle) is expected to participate in individual and 7-on-7 drills during practice Monday, Aug. 17, but likely will sit out of the team drills.
Huddle Up: Dunbar is recovering from an ankle injury and the Cowboys want to be cautious with him. Joseph Randle is set to handle the early downs but Dunbar will still be a big part of Dallas' offense this season, especially in the passing game.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 8/17/15 4:44pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is expected to participate in individual and 7-on-7 drills during practice Monday, Aug. 17, but likely will skip the team drills.
Huddle Up: McFadden has missed all of training camp with a hamstring injury. The fact that the's out there doing anything is a positive sign. The Cowboys are hoping he can play in this week's preseason game but that may be wishful thinking.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 8/15/15 11:25am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle (oblique) could participate in team drills during practice Saturday, Aug. 15. Randle has been limited because of an oblique injury.
Huddle Up: Gus Johnson was hurt in Thursday's preseason game, so the Cowboys need some healthy bodies at running back soon. Randle looks like he's close to returning, which is a good sign for Dallas' think backfield.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 8/15/15 9:19pm ET
Updating a previous story, Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) was removed from the physically unable to perform list Saturday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: McFadden has yet to practice while dealing with a hamstring issue. He should be present for the Cowboys' second preseason game. McFadden still has a good chance of making Dallas' roster if he can stay healthy due to the Cowboys' lack of depth at the running back position.
Gus Johnson - RBPosted 8/14/15 9:32am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Gus Johnson (shoulder) suffered a separated AC joint in his shoulder in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Evidently Darren McFadden is contagious, as another Cowboys back went down with injury. Johnson has been a sleeper pick to swipe some carries from the DeMarco Murray-less Dallas backfield, but this injury will set him back in that quest. Assuming Pierre Thomas' demands aren't unreasonable, he may be getting another phone call.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 8/11/15 4:45pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle (oblique) participated in practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, although, he still may sit out the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: With the RB returning to preseason practice the next day, it's a sure sign that the issue isn't anything serious. Speaking of sure signs, sitting out a preseason game while largely healthy is a good harbinger that the Cowboys are saving Randle for bigger and better things.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 8/10/15 11:33pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle was unable to finish practice Monday, Aug. 10 after suffering what was deemed a "slight" oblique strain. He was examined by head athletic trainer Jim Maurer. "We're going to go in here and figure out what we've got to do to get it back right so I can get back out here," Randle told ESPN NFL Nation reporter Todd Archer as he walked off the practice field.
Huddle Up: Randle, who has had a strong camp and is the favorite to win the Cowboys' coveted starting job, joined fellow backs Darren McFadden (hamstring) and Lance Dunbar (ankle) on the sidelines Monday but let's see if turns out to be anything more than just a temporary scare.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 8/8/15 1:02pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden could be released if he does not perform like the team expects during training camp and the preseason.
Huddle Up: McFadden has already injured both hamstrings and the Cowboys have yet to play a preseason game. He still has time to make the final roster but Joseph Randle is clearly the top back with Lance Dunbar in line to see time on passing downs.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 8/8/15 5:29pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is expected to see an increased workload next week. The Cowboys want him to practice after the first preseason game against the San Diego Chargers Thursday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: McFadden has been battling a hamstring injury but needs to show something soon to secure a roster spot. He still has time but McFadden isn't going to make an impact sitting on the sidelines.
Lance Dunbar - RBPosted 8/8/15 5:29pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (ankle) was not on the practice field Saturday, Aug. 8. Dunbar has been dealing with a sprained ankle, but head coach Jason Garrett has already said he doesn't think the injury is serious.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys will be cautious with Dunbar. Even though Joseph Randle looks like he'll handle the bulk of the early down touches, Dunbar will see plenty of playing time on passing downs this season.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 8/6/15 11:00am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (hamstrings) is building frustration with the team because of his absence and the load he's putting on the other running backs. McFadden remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, but he is inching closer to a return to the practice field as soon as Saturday, Aug. 8. 'I've been feeling good, man,' McFadden said Wednesday, Aug. 5. 'I'm just looking forward to getting back out there on the field.'
Huddle Up: The Cowboys seriously didn't expect McFadden to be/stay healthy, did they? We have years of evidence to the contrary. Joseph Randle is the starter, and anything Dallas gets from McFadden will be pure gravy--and in all likelihood occur while McFadden is on fantasy benches or the waiver wire.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 8/6/15 11:50pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant says his hamstring is tight, but he's OK. Bryant came up limping after a catch and a dunk over the goal posts Thursday, Aug. 6.
Huddle Up: Even the Cowboys' new $70 million -- OK, $45 mil guaranteed -- man isn't immune from the early-camp hammy tightness. Most likely, though, there won't be any more dunks in Cowboys' camp.
Lance Dunbar - RBPosted 8/5/15 10:39pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar suffered an ankle injury Wednesday, Aug. 5. Executive vice president Stephen Jones didn't think the injury was serious, but the team will check it out further.
Huddle Up: The extent of the injury isn't known yet but Stephen Jones said he didn't think it was serious. Dunbar is scheduled for more tests. Obviously this is important to the value of Joseph Randle. Dunbar is an excellent receiver and expected to play on passing downs. If he were out for an extended period of time, Randle's already increasing draft stock would go through the roof.
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