Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 7/22/16 1:31pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Friday, July 22, but was not arrested, according to a police report filed in Ohio. The league will review the accusation under its personal conduct policy, but Elliott denied the accusations. The police report cites four witnesses who each said the assault did not take place.
Huddle Up: Not the pre-training camp headlines the fourth-overall pick and projected fantasy stud needed to generate as the rookie is encroaching into no-tolerance territory in the new NFL. Elliott appears clear initially, but let's see what develops.
Lance Dunbar - RBPosted 7/19/16 4:24pm ET
Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) hasn't been totally ruled out to return during training camp, and he's ahead of schedule in his rehab.
Huddle Up: Dunbar's playing time was trending in the right direction last season as he logged a career-most 47 touches in only four games before his injury, but the Big D backfield has only grown more crowded in the meantime with the additions of first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott and free-agent Albert Morris. That and the lingering injury recovery knocks Dunbar off the fantasy radar in all but the deepest of leagues.
Gavin Escobar - TEPosted 7/10/16 5:57pm ET
Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar (Achilles') is expected to begin the season on the PUP list after suffering a torn right Achilles' tendon in Week 15 last year.
Huddle Up: That almost ensures another full dose of Jason Witten at tight end in Big D as even when he's played a whole season, Escobar never has caught more than nine passes or accumulated more than 134 receiving yards in a single campaign.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 7/8/16 2:14pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) said his hardships last season were more mental than physical. Bryant said he was off his game from a mental standpoint, and the waiting while he was injured was also difficult.
Huddle Up: Bryant -- and the whole Dallas offense seemed to be off all last season -- but we're banking on a bounce-back as Bryant checks in as the No. 6 WR in the Huddle's preseason rankings.
Rolando McClain - LBPosted 6/30/16 3:55pm ET
Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain was suspended 10 games Thursday, June 30, for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, according to a source.
Huddle Up: An IDP-league alert that means more bad news for the Dallas D as McClain finished 2015 as the team's third-leading tackler (80 total) last season.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 6/28/16 4:26pm ET
Dallas Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott could receive 280 to 300 carries in his rookie season, in the opinion of David Helman of dallascowboys.com.
Huddle Up: Alfred Morris and/or (the currently-injured) Darren McFadden are capble fill-in options, but Jerry Jones didn't spend the No. 4-overall pick on a 50-50 timeshare back and that's precisely why the rookie is in such high demand in drafts this summer.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 6/14/16 12:45pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden underwent surgery on his elbow Tuesday, June 14, and is expected back in time for the season opener, according to head coach Jason Garrett.
Huddle Up: Well, here's momentum for the sizable Ezekiel Elliott rookie bandwagon as McFadden is expected to miss a "couple months" after reportedly injuring his elbow at home in a Memorial Day weekend mishap. In the meantime, expect the rookie to seize the Cowboys' lead role and never relinquish the grip.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 6/14/16 12:54pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) will not be a full participant in minicamp this week, and he'll mostly work on the side.
Huddle Up: Keep Dez on your health watch list this summer as foot injuries often times can be trickier than they initially appear.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 6/2/16 11:10am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) had an X-ray on his foot Wednesday, June 1. He is now able to progress to football drills. He has not been fully cleared, but he can increase cutting.
Huddle Up: Baby steps for Dez on his way back from last year's disaster and towards regaining his spot among the league's elite receivers.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 6/2/16 11:10am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (personal) was not present for organized team activities Wednesday, June 1, for personal reasons. RB Ezekiel Elliott ran with the first team in McFadden's absence, while RB Alfred Morris took snaps with the second team.
Huddle Up: Elliott with the first team, Morris with the second team, McFadden elsewhere... sounds like the Cowboys have their 2016 backfield plan set.
Alfred Morris - RBPosted 6/2/16 4:08pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris said he wants to become more of a complete back by being more involved in the passing game this season. 'It's something I really haven't been able to do my previous four years,' Morris said. 'Just to get more involved in the passing game. It's a unique opportunity to build that trust, build that faith in the coaches and quarterback and just become a complete back.'
Huddle Up: Morris caught a total of 47 passes in his four years in D.C., but his touches -- period -- look to be limited in Big D with rookie Ezekiel Elliott and holdovers Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar also vying for playing time.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 6/1/16 10:29am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden may end up as trade bait before the regular season, in the opinion of ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer.
Huddle Up: But... but... but Jerrah said the Cowboys weren't trading any of their backs! There's no reason Dallas needs to keep him around behind first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott and recently signed Alfred Morris on the depth chart, so if the Cowboys are able to convince another team McFadden can stay healthy they should get whatever they can in return.
Alfred Morris - RBPosted 5/27/16 2:46pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris and RB Darren McFadden are not available for trade, executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday, May 26.
Huddle Up: Well, maybe not at this point, but if first-round Ezekiel Elliott proves to be the real deal, there's not going to be a lot of roster space for a third-string back who doesn't contribute on special teams.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/26/16 11:12am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) will have more X-rays on his injured right foot soon, and he hopes to participate more as the offseason progresses. Bryant admitted that he needs to be patient during his recovery, but said he feels great. He did participate in the early part of organized team activities Wednesday, May 25, before his rehabilitation.
Huddle Up: Bryant's foot injury scuttled what was expected to be a big season last year, so it's imperative that he's fully recovered before returning to action. There's nothing he needs to do in May to prove he's a top fantasy wideout; a fully healthy Bryant hitting the field in August would do just fine.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 5/26/16 2:53pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott must compete to earn a starting role this year, according to running backs coach Gary Brown. Elliott was drafted fourth overall by the Cowboys and will compete with RBs Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris. 'It's a lot faster pace,' Elliott said. 'The game moves so much faster. Yesterday, I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit shell-shocked. But today I came out. I was a little bit more prepared and was more ready mentally so it was a little bit easier for me.'
Huddle Up: The learning curve definitely is not as steep for rookie RBs, and expect the fourth-overall pick to comfortably win the starting gig with his strong, pro-ready skill set.
Terrance Williams - WRPosted 5/20/16 12:49pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams is in the final year of his rookie contract, but he's focused on the upcoming season, not a possible extension or new team. 'Now, I'm just ready to be quiet and work and let my play speak for [itself],' Williams said. 'You can always talk [about] what you're going to do and then if it doesn't go as planned, it's like a slap to your face. So I'm just ready to work and just show my play.'
Huddle Up: Williams managed to post career-best numbers (52-840) -- aside from TDs (3) -- last season despite the Cowboys' QB issues, but keep in mind that was without the injured Dez Bryant for nearly half of the season. Expect his stats to take a slight dip this season if Dez can stay on the field.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/19/16 1:21pm ET
Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) will not take part in organized team activities next week, but he hasn't suffered any setbacks. He has done well with the conditioning and individual work so far. He is running full speed and is on pace to be ready for training camp in July.
Huddle Up: No real need to push the valuable Bryant through OTA work in May, but there will definitely be more than a few onlookers interested in how he looks come late July.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 5/13/16 9:50am ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (collarbone) has not had any issues physically so far during the Cowboys' offseason program, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Garrett said that Romo has almost completely integrated back into the offseason program, adding that Romo's back is feeling well, his shoulder seems fine, he's moving around well and he's made a lot of progress. Owner Jerry Jones said there's nothing negative about where Romo is in his current state. 'Everything they hoped to accomplish technically from appraisal of surgery has gone well. Everything he's done regarding his strength, everything regarding what he's wanted to do, he's been able to do,' Jones said.
Huddle Up: Expect the Cowboys to encase Romo in bubble wrap throughout the offseason; adding Ezekiel Elliott to shoulder the offensive load should help keep him upright and healthy during the regular season as well.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/12/16 1:06pm ET
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot, ankle) is still not quite 100 percent recovered from right foot and ankle surgeries in January, and he was limited to nine games in 2015. Executive vice president Stephen Jones issued a challenge Wednesday, May 11. 'I think one of the tough things about last year for Dez, he plays with such energy, that with the contract dispute, if you will, he wasn't around, which is business, and consequently he probably wasn't in the best shape going into the season and then you start to add the injuries when players aren't in shape and they continued on through training camp and then on into the season and we ended up not having him much last year, so if he can get his rehab done and get himself in top condition, then I think we'll see the same Dez that we saw two years ago,' Jones said.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys shelled out the big bucks but didn't exactly see a positive ROI as part of the all-around disaster the Cowboys' 2015 season was. Bryant's fantasy owners certainly can relate, and it'll be intriguing to see how the wideout responds to the challenge.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/10/16 9:19am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) is making good progress in his recovery from foot surgery and has not suffered any setbacks, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Garrett said he hopes Bryant will be able to participate in some of the offseason workouts but would not say if Bryant will be able to participate in the June minicamp.
Huddle Up: Bryant was disappointing as he played through injury last year, so for him to reclaim top-five receiver status--and the trust of fantasy drafters--he'll need to demonstrate he's healthy. The sooner that happens this summer, the better.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 5/10/16 4:13pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (clavicle) has recovered ahead of the eight weeks at the back end of his recovery timetable, and he's expected to be a full participant in offseason practices later this month. 'He's looking good,' quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said. 'We had two practices where we've been out here on the field with the guys and he's done everything. He's throwing, he's got good velocity on all of his throws, great movement in his legs. He looks like he's re-energized because he hadn't played, you know, missed the majority of the season. So he's real energized and anxious to get going.'
Huddle Up: Romo is looking to play only his third full season in the last seven, but it's going to be tougher than ever with the QB just having turned 36.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/8/16 9:53pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) played catch on the side during rookie minicamp over the weekend, and head coach Jason Garrett said he continues to do well with his rehab.
Huddle Up: So far, so good as Bryant's fantasy owners are counting on a big, bounce-back season from the wideout following his career-worst 31-401-3 season a year ago.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 5/5/16 12:06pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will be a valuable part of the Cowboys' offense, but defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli believes he'll help the defense, too. Marinelli said the Dallas defense will play the Dallas offense more than anyone, and guys like Elliott and WR Dez Bryant will force the defense to be physical and be better prepared for opposing offenses.
Huddle Up: To say fantasy expectations are high for the fourth-overall pick would be a gross understatement, and he tops the Huddle's list of fantasy rookies to watch. For more, check out David Dorey's breakdown article currently headlining this site.
Alfred Morris - RBPosted 5/3/16 12:38pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris said he does not regret signing with the Cowboys this offseason even though the team selected RB Ezekiel Elliott in the first round of the draft. Head coach Jason Garrett has not talked with Morris about his role on offense, but Morris is excited to compete for a job.
Huddle Up: Morris' career numbers have been trending downward, and that's obviously not a good combination with the Cowboys using the fourth-overall pick on a shiny new toy. Expect Morris and Darren McFadden to compete for No. 2 touches.
Ezekiel Elliott - RBPosted 4/28/16 9:38pm ET
The Dallas Cowboys selected Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft Thursday, April 28.
Huddle Up: With visions of their 2014 ground dominance, the Cowboys couldn't resist taking the draft's top back in Elliott, who immediately is the odds-on favorite to be the first rookie off the board in fantasy drafts this summer. In the meantime, the fantasy stocks of Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris obviously are falling fast.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 4/17/16 2:45pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (collarbone) said he has been throwing fully for a week and a half to two weeks in his rehabilitation, adding that the experience has been good.
Huddle Up: So far, so good for the soon-to-be 36-year-old QB this offseason, but of course, he won't take a hit until August at the earliest so we won't truly know how his surgically-repaired collarbone will hold up.
Alfred Morris - RBPosted 4/17/16 10:28pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris said he doesn't care what his role will be in 2016, and he is looking forward to the opportunity to play for the Cowboys.
Huddle Up: Morris averaged nearly 270 rushes a season during his four years in D.C., but with Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and possibly a rookie back expected to be in the Big D backfield mix this season, expect Morris' touches to continue their downward trend.
Lance Dunbar - RBPosted 4/12/16 10:31am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) doesn't know when he'll be able to return to action after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and patella tendon last season. There is a chance Dunbar may not be healthy enough in time for the start of the regular season, and he could be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Dunbar was a nice PPR find for fantasy owners last season filling the pass-catching back role in Dallas. Given his recovery, or lack thereof, best not bank on him being nearly as effective--at least to start the season.
Lance Dunbar - RBPosted 3/31/16 3:50pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) just starting jogging and said there is no timeline for his return.
Huddle Up: Dunbar was on pace for a big receiving year when his season was cut short after four games, but now things are a little more complicated with Alfred Morris in the backfield mix as well.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 3/24/16 10:21am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) is doing well in his rehabilitation process for foot surgery he had this offseason, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Garrett said Bryant is around the building, has had a lot of productive days and is on schedule for the offseason program.
Huddle Up: After last year's injury-marred campaign, the Cowboys and fantasy owners need a healthy Dez in 2016. Every step Bryant takes towards playing bumps him up the receiver rankings.