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22 Nov 2021, 19:24 GMT+10

by Nick Eatman, Rob Phillips & David Helman

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Nov. 21 Updates Jayron Kearse

#27 S

Height: 6-4 Weight: 215 lbs College: Clemson

7:33 p.m. - Safety Jayron Kearse's versatility, including his experience covering tight ends, has been a major factor in the defense's improvement this season.

Kearse drew Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce on Sunday, and he intercepted quarterback Patrick Mahomes on a throw intended for Kelce over the middle at the start of the third quarter.

It was a significant momentum play: The Cowboys' offense capitalized with a field goal to cut the Chiefs' lead to 16-6.

Kelce (five catches for 74 yards) and star wide receiver Tyreek Hill (9 for 77) were the primary matchups for Kearse and the defense in the passing game.

"A lot of respect for those guys, both of them," Kearse said. "We have players that can go out and play with anybody in this league. Nothing but respect for them. It wasn't anything we couldn't handle. We went out there and handled our business and tried to do our best to limit those guys."

--------------------------------------- Greg Zuerlein

#2 K

Height: 6-0 Weight: 191 lbs College: Missouri Western State

7:12 p.m. - After missing one week after being on Reserve/COVID-19, Greg Zuerlein returned to action Sunday against the Chiefs.

And it proved to be a good thing, considering he was the only one to score any points. Zuerlein made all three of his field goal attempts from 33, 30 and 48 yards, accounting for all nine points.

Zuerlein also became the third-fastest kicker in NFL history to reach 250 career field goals, doing so in his 144th game. Zuerlein trails only Justin Tucker (118 games) and Stephen Gostkowski (139 games).

--------------------------------------- Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

1:58 p.m. - Tyron Smith has officially been ruled out of this game against the Chiefs.

Word surfaced early this morning that the Cowboys' perennial Pro Bowler wasn't quite ready to return to action, and that is indeed the case. Smith will now miss his third-straight game with the ankle injury that's bothered him since Oct. 31 against Minnesota.

Look for Terence Steele to once against start at left tackle this week, while La'el Collins mans the right tackle job. As confirmed on Friday, Connor McGovern is also expected to start at left guard in place of Connor Williams this week.

The Cowboys' other inactives are Will Grier, Kelvin Joseph, Nahshon Wright, Israel Mukuamu and Simi Fehoko. Joseph is absent due to a personal issue, while Wright injured his hamstring in practice this week.

With two of their reserve cornerbacks unavailable, the Cowboys called up Deante Burton and Kyron Brown from the practice squad for this game.

Tyrann Mathieu will be active for Kansas City after popping up on the injury report Sunday morning.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 19 Updates Kelvin Joseph

#24 CB

Height: 6-1 Weight: 192 lbs College: Kentucky

2:22 p.m - Cornerback Kelvin Joseph (Not Injury Related-Personal) will not be traveling with the team to Kansas City and has been ruled out for Sunday's game, the Cowboys announced Saturday.

The Cowboys elevated CB Deante Burton from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement and CB Kyron Brown from the practice squad as a standard elevation\The club placed wide receiver Amari Cooper on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 19 Updates Connor McGovern

#66 G

Height: 6-5 Weight: 308 lbs College: Penn State

3:02 p.m. - The Cowboys are expected to start Connor McGovern at left guard Sunday against the Chiefs, replacing Connor Williams in the lineup, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones confirmed on 105.3 The Fan.

"He's certainly impressed his teammates and coaches, and this is a great opportunity for him," Jones said about McGovern.

The third-year veteran has made nine fill-in starts for Zack Martin at right guard since last season, including the Sept. 9 opener at Tampa Bay, but has never started at left guard. He primarily has been a utility player on offense this year, lining up at fullback and occasionally at receiver.

"I don't know when I can remember anybody as an offensive lineman getting the attention he's gotten as a lead blocker coming out of a special formation in the backfield," Jones said. "He's doing it not just with bulk, but he's doing it with feet and he's doing it with athletic ability. All of that is intriguing when you think about him when he gets down in a regular offensive line position. I think he'll do well. He's earned it."

Williams has been the starter at left guard when healthy since 2018, including all nine games so far this season. He has played well overall as a blocker but leads the league with 13 penalties (10 accepted).

--------------------------------------- Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

3:00 p.m. -- Three players on the active roster are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs:

Left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle)

Cornerback Nahshon Wright (hamstring)

Cornerback Kelvin Joseph (personal)

The Cowboys are hopeful Smith can return to the starting lineup Sunday, but his status will depend partially on how he practices Saturday.

Joseph was excused from practice Thursday because of a personal matter and might not be available to play this week.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 18 Updates Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

4:33 p.m. - Left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) had limited participation in practice again Thursday as the Cowboys are hopeful he can return to the lineup Sunday against the Chiefs.

Rookie cornerback Kelvin Joseph (personal) did not practice. Rookie cornerback Nahshon Wright (hamstring) went from full participation Wednesday to limited work Thursday.

Kicker Greg Zuerlein had full practice Thursday after being activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

11:18 a.m. - Tyron Smith "had a good practice" Wednesday, according to head coach Mike McCarthy, as the veteran left tackle hopes to return to the lineup Sunday against the Chiefs after missing the last two games with an ankle injury.

Smith had limited participation in Wednesday's light practice. McCarthy says it's the same plan in Thursday's padded practice: Smith will go through individual work and then possibly team drills based on how he's doing.

McCarthy was asked if Smith needs to take part in team drills this week for the team to be comfortable playing him Sunday.

"It's really just coming out of the injury situation," McCarthy said. "Obviously, we'd like to see him go through the 11-on-11. But the course of action is for him to go through the individual and we'll assess from there."

--------------------------------------- Nov. 17 Updates Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

4:22 p.m. - The Cowboys seem to be relatively healthy heading into Sunday's showdown with the Chiefs as the only player on the injury report is actually expected to play.

Tyron Smith, the Cowboys' left tackle who has missed the last two games with bone spurs in his ankle, was limited in practice and could be a "full" participant on Thursday.

Both Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones have said this week they expect Smith to play in Kansas City.

Here is the full injury report for both the Cowboys and Chiefs.

--------------------------------------- Dak Prescott

#4 QB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 238 lbs College: Mississippi State

3:21 p.m. - For the second time this year, the fans have voted Dak Prescott as this week's FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week. Dak threw for 296 yards, two touchdowns and no picks, while running for another touchdown in just three quarters of play last Sunday in a 43-3 win over the Falcons.

Only Dak, Tom Brady and Joe Burrow have won this award twice this season.

By winning the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week Award, FedEx will make a $2,000 donation in Prescott's name to a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), which will be applied towards needs-based scholarships to deserving HBCU students.

--------------------------------------- Jourdan Lewis

#26 CB

Height: 5-10 Weight: 195 lbs College: Michigan

1:28 p.m. - No player had a better performance in Week 10 in the entire NFL than Jourdan Lewis. That's at least according to the analytical website "ProFootballFocus."

Lewis received the highest grade of any individual player in the league last week, getting a 94.5 grade. The cornerback not only recorded an interception in the second half, but had two big pass breakups in the first quarter to stop a Falcons drive.

The Cowboys had three of the top 15 grades of the week as CeeDee Lamb had a 91.3 grade and Zack Martin posted a 91.1 grade, becoming the first player in the NFL this season to have four different games with a 90+ grade.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 15 Updates CeeDee Lamb

#88 WR

Height: 6-2 Weight: 189 lbs College: Oklahoma

4:42 p.m. - Sounds like the Cowboys avoided any significant injuries Sunday, including wide receiver CeeDee Lamb's arm contusion that limited his snap count in the 43-3 win over the Falcons.

"I think CeeDee's going to be fine," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "I don't have an exact (report) on if he's going to practice Wednesday, but I fully anticipate he'll be available."

Lamb led the offense with six catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. He didn't play most of the second half, but the Cowboys' huge lead probably was a factor in that decision.

Dak Prescott

#4 QB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 238 lbs College: Mississippi State

11:45 a.m. - As expected, Dak Prescott was one of three nominees this week for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week award. He went 24 of 31 (77.4 percent) for 296 yards and two touchdowns for a 127.9 passer rating and also rushed for a touchdown. He didn't even play into the fourth quarter as the Cowboys cruised to a 43-3 win.

Other nominees include Buffalo's Josh Allen and Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes.

FedEx gives fans the opportunity to recognize weekly top-performing quarterbacks and running backs in games played on Thursday through Sunday through the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards. Voting is open until Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. ET at NFL.com/FedEx each week of the season. Fans can also vote on Twitter via the @NFL published polls and on the NFL Mobile App.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 14 Updates Trevon Diggs

#7 CB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 195 lbs College: Alabama

5:22 p.m. - He's back on the board. While it's hard to call Trevon Diggs in a slump because he didn't get an interception in two straight games, the second-year cornerback picked off yet another pass Sunday, his eighth of the season when he snagged a Matt Ryan pass in the third quarter.

Diggs had given up a touchdown in each of the last two games. But he said he was refocused this week, working on the fundamentals.

"Just getting back to the basics. It's the little details that I was missing out on," Diggs said. "You've got to stay on your details to stay sharp. So, I just did that."

Through nine games, Diggs now has an NFL-leading eight interceptions, getting even closer to the Cowboys' single-season record of 11 picks set by Everson Walls in 1981.

--------------------------------------- Dorance Armstrong

#92 DE

Height: 6-4 Weight: 255 lbs College: Kansas

5:01 p.m. - What a day for Dorance Armstrong, who expected to have a bigger role on defense with Randy Gregory out this week. But he made a difference on both defense and special teams, recording a sack and a blocked punt.

He became the first player in Cowboys history to block a punt and record a sack in the game. Ironically, the last NFL player to do that is Tarell Basham, who accomplished that feat with the Jets in 2019. And before that, the last defensive end to do that was Robert Quinn, a former Cowboy, who did that with the Rams in 2011.

--------------------------------------- Ezekiel Elliott

#21 RB

Height: 6-0 Weight: 228 lbs College: Ohio State

4:54 p.m. - While his stats weren't as gaudy this week, Ezekiel Elliott still had a couple of second-quarter touchdowns. But the biggest thing they did was set the tone, especially by electing to take the ball to start the game.

"We knew going into the game we had to start fast, we knew we had to makeup for last week," Zeke said. "We want the ball; we want to hit them in the mouth first. We wanted to go score first and that's what we did."

Zeke called his day "solid" although he acknowledged the lost fumble, his first of the season.

"That's something I've been doing well on this year," said Elliott, who lost five fumbles in 2020. "Definitely gotta lock back in on my ball security. Their defense came out, they played good against the run. A lot of movement, they were pretty disruptive. We went out there and hit our plays."

Elliott had 41 rushing yards on 14 carries (2.9 yard avg) with two touchdowns. He caught three passes for 15 yards. And he also had one pass for four yards - his first attempt of his career.

--------------------------------------- Michael Gallup

#13 WR

Height: 6-1 Weight: 198 lbs College: Colorado State

10:45 a.m. - Michael Gallup and Trysten Hill will both be available for this Week 10 game against the Falcons.

The Cowboys released their game day inactives on Sunday morning, and neither veteran was among them. Gallup will play in his first game since straining his calf in Week 1, while Hill is appearing for the first time since tearing his ACL in Week 5 of last year.

The team's five inactives are Will Grier, Israel Mukuamu, Tyron Smith, Simi Fehoko and Quinton Bohanna. Smith was ruled out Friday as he continues to work his way back from an ankle injury. Grier was limited by a knee injury this week at practice, but it's normal for the third quarterback to be inactive if the starter and backup are healthy.

The Cowboys' three rookies, Mukuamu, Fehoko, Bohanna, are healthy scratches.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 12 Updates Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

3:08 p.m. - Starting left tackle Tyron Smith will miss a second straight game because of an ankle injury.

The Cowboys officially ruled Smith out of Sunday's game against the Falcons. Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday, but the Cowboys are expected to activate Michael Gallup from injured reserve this week.

Terence Steele started at left tackle for Smith last week and said the transition was a little more challenging than he expected after a successful five straight starts at right tackle for La'el Collins. But Steele said he's feeling more comfortable on the left side this week with more reps.

Click here for the full injury report for the Cowboys and Falcons.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 11 Updates Michael Gallup

#13 WR

Height: 6-1 Weight: 198 lbs College: Colorado State

3:45 p.m. - Wide receiver Michael Gallup is still on track to be activated from Injured Reserve/Designated to Return, head coach Mike McCarthy said.

Gallup started his 21-day practice window on Oct. 25, so technically the Cowboys could wait another week. But Gallup has progressed to a normal practice level and looked good again Wednesday leading up to Sunday's game against the Falcons, McCarthy said.

The fourth-year receiver has missed the last seven games with a calf injury. Cedrick Wilson has played well in Gallup's place but is dealing with a shoulder injury and will not practice again Thursday.

McCarthy said he doesn't expect any limitations for Gallup when he returns to the lineup.

"I think Michael will hit his stride," McCarthy said. "We'll get to Saturday and go through the whole weeks of work. I just think you've got to be smart with how much you use him, so we'll see how the rotation goes obviously with Amari (Cooper) CeeDee (Lamb) and Ced. We were being smart with Cedrick yesterday. Just really how we work out the reps I think will be the biggest part. But I don't envision Michael being held back any."

--------------------------------------- Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

3:30 p.m. -- For the second straight day, left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) and wide receiver Cedrick Wilson did not practice due to injury.

Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb has practiced fully both days this week after an ankle injury kept him out of practice one day last week, so clearly the second-year starter is feeling better physically heading into Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Click here for the full injury reports for the Cowboys and Falcons.

--------------------------------------- Randy Gregory

#94 DE

Height: 6-5 Weight: 255 lbs College: Nebraska

The calf injury has popped up once again, this time it will sideline of the best defensive players.

Randy Gregory will miss multiple weeks, according to head coach Mike McCarthy after suffering the injury in Wednesday's practice.

For now, Gregory has not been placed on IR but it's a possibility.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 10 Updates Cedrick Wilson

#1 WR

Height: 6-2 Weight: 195 lbs College: Boise State

3:34 p.m. - Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson (shoulder), left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle), cornerback C.J. Goodwin (illness) and running back Corey Clement (illness) did not practice Wednesday.

And with kicker Greg Zuerlein currently on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, punter Bryan Anger and long snapper Jake McQuaide were held out of practice. They're not on Reserve/COVID and not considered close contacts, but the Cowboys' medical staff decided to hold them out Wednesday merely as a precaution.

Defensive end Randy Gregory has been dealing with a minor knee injury for a few weeks, but he was a limited participant Wednesday because of a calf issue, according to the injury report. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Gregory would have some scaled-back practice reps Wednesday to manage his workload heading into Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Click here for the full injury report for the Cowboys and Falcons.

--------------------------------------- Greg Zuerlein

#2 K

Height: 6-0 Weight: 191 lbs College: Missouri Western State

10:54 a.m. - The Cowboys aren't ruling Greg Zuerlein out of Sunday's game at this point, holding out hope that the veteran kicker can return from COVID-19 protocols in time to face the Falcons, but the club is making contingency plans for the week.

As reported Tuesday, kickers Lirim Hajrullahu and Brett Maher are scheduled to work out after Wednesday's practice.

"I just want to see both of them compete, go through the workout today and we'll hopefully have some information on which direction we'll go," McCarthy said. "Still hopeful Greg can hopefully, you know, potentially be ready. I know it's against the odds, but we'll see how it goes."

--------------------------------------- Nov. 9 Updates Brett Maher

#2 K

Height: 6-1 Weight: 183 lbs College: Nebraska

4:33 p.m. - The Cowboys are bringing back a few familiar faces on Wednesday to try out for a possible opening at kicker this weekend.

The Cowboys have placed veteran kicker Greg Zuerlein on the Reserved/Covid-19 list, meaning he could miss this Sunday's game against the Falcons.

The Cowboys are working out Brett Maher, who spent nearly two years with the team in 2018-19, along with Liram Hajrullahu, who has been with the Cowboys in training camp and parts of the season on the practice squad.

Maher has made the four longest field goals in team history, including a 63-yarder against the Eagles in 2019. He also made a 63-yarder against the Jets in 2019 and a 62-yard kick in 2018 against the Eagles. But he struggled in mid-range kicks as well, eventually leading to his release in the 2019 season. Overall, Maher was 29 of 36 field goals in 2018 and 20 of 30 in 2019.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 8 Updates Dan Quinn

Defensive Coordinator

College: Salisbury University Hometown: Morristown, NJ

5:02 p.m. - Dan Quinn isn't ready to "stroll down memory lane" this week.

Next on the Cowboys' schedule is the Atlanta Falcons, where Quinn was head coach from 2015-2020 and won the NFC title in 2016.

But the Cowboys' defensive coordinator is focused solely on correcting the defense's mistakes from the 30-16 loss to the Broncos.

"I have great memories for there and I always will and I think a lot of the really cool things that we accomplished there - and there were a lot of them - versus how it ended. And I think that's an important declaration," Quinn said about his time in Atlanta. "I'll certainly be forever grateful to (Falcons owner) Arthur (Blank) to give me the opportunity there and to all of the players I had the privilege to coach.

"But you guys saw the performance yesterday, so there is no time to take a stroll down memory lane. We've got some s**t to fix. So I'll be right where my feet are, right where I'm supposed to be, going after it as hard as we can."

--------------------------------------- Nov. 7 Updates Ezekiel Elliott

#21 RB

Height: 6-0 Weight: 228 lbs College: Ohio State

5:52 p.m. - At one point, Ezekiel Elliott was questionable to return to Sunday's game because of a knee contusion and was seen on the sideline with a heating pad on the injury.

But the veteran starter got back in the lineup after that brief rest period. He finished with 10 carries for 51 yards and three catches for 25 yards in the Cowboys' 30-16 loss.

"It's something I've been dealing with the past couple weeks," Elliott said about the knee issue. "Just a guy landed on it."

Elliott stayed in the game for the Cowboys' two late touchdown drives despite the Broncos' comfortable lead, a sign that the knee issue didn't limit him much.

--------------------------------------- Jerry Jones

Owner / President / General Manager

5:45 p.m. - Like most everyone, Sunday's resounding 30-16 loss to the Broncos surprised Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones.

But the Cowboys entered the game with a 6-1 record, riding a six-game win streak. Jones knows they're capable of bouncing back quickly.

"Here at home we would've thought that physically that we could be better," Jones said. "To their credit they came to play, they came to play physically.

"Our guys we know what's at stake. Our players know what's at stake. I know the makeup of the players, I know the makeup of the staff, and they'll respond the way that we'd hope they would respond."

--------------------------------------- Malik Turner

#17 WR

Height: 6-2 Weight: 202 lbs College: Illinois

5:40 p.m. - Malik Turner almost made NFL history Sunday.

Had Turner's blocked punt in the third quarter counted as a block in the stat sheet, he would've become the first player ever with two touchdown catches and a blocked punt in a single game.

But the blocked punt didn't count because the Cowboys touched the ball after it crossed the line of scrimmage. Technically, the Broncos recovered a muff by Dallas.

--------------------------------------- Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

2:30 p.m. - There were no surprises among the Cowboys' inactives for Week 9.

Tyron Smith was ruled out on Friday afternoon, so it was expected to see his name among the four players who won't suit up against the Denver Broncos. Will Grier, Israel Mukuamu and Simi Fehoko are also inactive - all of them being healthy scratches.

It was a week without a lot of injury drama. Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper were both deemed healthy enough to play earlier this week, while Blake Jarwin was moved to injured reserve on Saturday. Michael Gallup also remained on injured reserve for this game, and the team will likely elevate him next week.

The Broncos will be without starting left tackle Garrett Bolles, who was ruled inactive along with Jamar Johnson, Malik Reed and Mike Purcell. Drew Lock and Noah Fant were also ruled out as part of the NFL's COVID-19 protocols.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 6 Updates Francis Bernard

#53 LB

Height: 6-1 Weight: 230 lbs College: Utah

2:30 p.m. - Francis Bernard looks likely to make his 2021 debut on Sunday.

The Cowboys elevated their second-year linebacker from injured reserve on Saturday afternoon. Bernard was a fun success story as a rookie, making the team as an undrafted free agent and appearing in 13 games.

Bernard injured his hamstring at the outset of training camp and has yet to play this year, but the loss of Jabril Cox to a torn ACL makes his return a timely on.

As Bernard returns from IR, the Cowboys also sent Blake Jarwin to the injured list. Jarwin injured his hip in the win against Minnesota and didn't practice this week. He'll now have to sit out for at least three games before he can return.

There had been speculation that Michael Gallup might return from his Week 1 calf injury for this game against Denver, but the Cowboys opted to leave him on injured reserve for one more week. With his three-week practice window expiring next week, it's a good bet Gallup will return to the roster soon.

The Cowboys also promoted Justin Hamilton to the active roster for a fourth time. Hamilton has spent most of this year on the practice squad, but he has been elevated three times. He played his best game of the season last week against the Vikings, tallying three tackles and two pressures.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 5 Updates Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

3:26 p.m. - As expected, left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) and tight end Blake Jarwin (hip) have officially been ruled out of Sunday's game against Denver.

Wide receivers CeeDee Lamb (ankle) and Amari Cooper (hamstring) are officially questionable for Sunday, but Cooper has been able to practice on a limited basis this week and Lamb took part in today's walkthrough and is expected to practice Saturday, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

Quarterback Dak Prescott's game status for Sunday is not in question, according to the injury report. He's set to start after missing the Vikings game with a calf strain.

Click here for the full injury report for the Cowboys and Broncos.

--------------------------------------- Anthony Brown

#30 CB

Height: 5-11 Weight: 196 lbs College: Purdue

3:15 p.m. - Trevon Diggs gets most of the headlines in the Cowboys' secondary, and understandably so - he's got seven interceptions in seven games.

But Anthony Brown has also played well as the starting cornerback opposite Diggs. Together, they've formed a productive combination in coverage this season.

"He's coming off his seven-game interception streak, and me on the other side, people might feel like they're targeting me more because he's getting so many interceptions. But I feel like I'm just as good as any corner in this league and I feel like I'm holding my own on my side also," Brown said.

--------------------------------------- CeeDee Lamb

#88 WR

Height: 6-2 Weight: 189 lbs College: Oklahoma

11:08 a.m. - CeeDee Lamb did not practice Thursday due to an ankle injury in Wednesday's practice, but head coach Mike McCarthy sounded optimistic about Lamb's availability to play Sunday against Denver.

"He's getting better. I'm not of high concern," McCarthy said. "We have the mock game (walkthrough) today, so he'll be part of that and I anticipate he'll practice tomorrow. That's the plan."

Lamb wore a helmet and worked off to the side with the athletic training staff during the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 4 Updates CeeDee Lamb

#88 WR

Height: 6-2 Weight: 189 lbs College: Oklahoma

4:03 p.m. - Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb did not practice Thursday due to an ankle injury that occurred during Wednesday's practice.

Lamb wore a helmet and worked off to the side with the athletic training staff during the portion of practice open to the media. Fellow starting wide receiver Amari Cooper (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis Thursday.

Click here for the full injury report for the Cowboys and Broncos.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 3 Updates Dak Prescott

#4 QB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 238 lbs College: Mississippi State

3:18 p.m. - Dak Prescott (calf) participated in Wednesday's short practice as head coach Mike McCarthy scaled back the team's workload coming off the Sunday night road game.

Prescott was listed as a limited participant, though the participation levels on Wednesday's injury report are a reflection of a full practice. The Cowboys are scheduled to have a normal practice Thursday, and McCarthy said Prescott might be a full participant if he continues to make progress with his calf.

Prescott was inactive against the Vikings because of a calf strain, but the Cowboys are optimistic that he can return to action Sunday against the Broncos if the week of practice goes well.

--------------------------------------- Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

10:35 a.m. - Not only will Tyron Smith not practice on Wednesday, but Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said his chances of playing Sunday seem unlikely.

McCarthy said Smith would be "pressed to play" this week against Denver because of spurs in his ankle.

Smith missed the second half of the Vikings game and parts of the New England game as well two weeks earlier with an ankle injury.

McCarthy said the Cowboys will work on a few options at left tackle but said he'd "rather Denver find out when they find out." Those options likely include Ty Nsekhe starting at left tackle, or perhaps La'el Collins. Terence Steele has started the last six games at right tackle but he practiced at left tackle during training camp.

--------------------------------------- Blake Jarwin

#89 TE

Height: 6-5 Weight: 260 lbs College: Oklahoma State

10:31 a.m. - The tight end is expected to miss Wednesday's practice with a hip injury.

Jarwin suffered the injury in the game against the Vikings. He was held without a catch for the second time in the last three games. He has just 10 catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 2 Updates Bradlee Anae

#56 DE

Height: 6-3 Weight: 257 lbs College: Utah

3:03 p.m. - The Cowboys made two roster moves Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to moving Jabril Cox to injured reserve with his torn ACL, the team opted to waive second-year defensive end Bradlee Anae.

Anae drew a costly offside penalty in the second quarter of Sunday's win against Minnesota. With the Vikings facing a 4th-and-5 from their own 30-yard line and punting, Anae jumped early and afforded the Minnesota offense a new opportunity. The Vikings would ultimately move the ball into range for a 45-yard field goal, extending their lead to 10-3.

Anae will be subject to the NFL's waiver system. It's possible the Cowboys could bring him back to their practice squad if he does clear waivers.

With several players - including Michael Gallup - working their way back from injury, the Cowboys now have two open roster spots heading into Week 9.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 1 Updates Micah Parsons

#11 LB

Height: 6-3 Weight: 245 lbs College: Penn State

5:11 p.m. - Head coach Mike McCarthy wasn't shy with his answer when asked about rookie linebacker Micah Parsons, who has already wowed the Cowboys with his play so far. But apparently, Sunday night's game in Minnesota was on another level.

"I thought it was his best game purely as a football player," McCarthy said. "Clearly, it was his best week of preparation. He had a huge night. He was all over the field. I thought he clearly played his best game as a Cowboy."

Parsons had 11 tackles, including four for loss, becoming the first rookie in NFL history to have 10+ tackles and four behind the line of scrimmage in a single game.

Parsons spent most of the game as a pure linebacker, but had a few pass-rushes from the defensive line rotation.

--------------------------------------- Jabril Cox

#14 LB

Height: 6-3 Weight: 233 lbs College: LSU

11:58 p.m. - The Cowboys announced three injuries following Sunday's win over the Vikings:

Left tackle Tyron Smith sprained his left ankle and did not return to the game. Smith was on the injury report during the week with an ankle issue from the Patriots game before the bye week. Ty Nsekhe replaced him in the lineup.

Cornerback Trevon Diggs sprained his right ankle on the game's final drive but said afterward that the injury wasn't serious.

Rookie linebacker Jabril Cox suffered a right knee sprain and left the stadium with the team on crutches. He'll be re-evaluated Monday.

--------------------------------------- Ezekiel Elliott

#21 RB

Height: 6-0 Weight: 228 lbs College: Ohio State

11:58 p.m. - With 73 scrimmage yards against the Vikings, Ezekiel Elliott became the fifth-fastest player in NFL history to reach 9,000 scrimmage yards (78 career games). The only players to reach that milestone faster: Edgerrin James, LaDainian Tomlinson, Eric Dickerson and Le'Veon Bell.

The most important of those 73 yards: Elliott's 15-yard catch and run on third-and-11 to set up Cooper Rush's winning touchdown pass to Amari Cooper in the final minute.

"We ran a triple-seam play, looking at taking a shot at the end zone," Elliott said. "They covered that up, everyone got depth. Coop just threw the check-down. After that, I just ran hard, and just got the first."

--------------------------------------- Oct. 31 Updates Dak Prescott

#4 QB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 238 lbs College: Mississippi State

5:44 p.m. - After a week of suspense, the news is now official: Dak Prescott will not play in this Halloween game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Prescott went through an extensive pregame routine Sunday evening in an effort to play through his current calf injury, but the Cowboys ultimately deemed he wasn't ready.

Cooper Rush will make his first NFL start in Prescott's place. The former Central Michigan standout signed in Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and has spent much of the last four years as the Cowboys' backup. Rush was released last spring when the team signed Andy Dalton, but he rejoined the roster in the fall when both Prescott and Dalton were lost due to injury.

Rush entered training camp as the presumed No. 3 quarterback behind Prescott and Garrett Gilbert, but he made a late push and ultimately won the backup job in the final week of the preseason.

As for Prescott, he'll now have an additional week to rest and recuperate in the hopes of starting next week when the Cowboys host the Denver Broncos.

The Cowboys' four other inactives for this game are Israel Mukuamu, Azur Kamara, Matt Farniok and Simi Fehoko.

--------------------------------------- Oct. 30 Updates Kelvin Joseph

#24 CB

Height: 6-1 Weight: 192 lbs College: Kentucky

2:37 p.m. - Rookie cornerback Kelvin Joseph is set to make his NFL debut.

The Cowboys have activated the second-round draft pick from the injured reserve/designated to return list ahead of Sunday's game against the Vikings.

If active Sunday, Joseph will provide depth at cornerback and likely play on special teams.

Joseph missed the first six games with a hamstring injury suffered in preseason.

The Cowboys also elevated defensive tackle Justin Hamilton from the practice squad (standard elevation) Saturday.

--------------------------------------- Oct. 29 Updates Dak Prescott

#4 QB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 238 lbs College: Mississippi State

3:02 p.m. - Quarterback Dak Prescott (calf), left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) and defensive end Dorance Armstrong are officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

The Cowboys are likely to wait until the weekend to decide whether Prescott will start Sunday.

Like Prescott, Smith and Armstrong had limited participation in practice this week. Armstrong has missed the previous four games with an ankle injury.

Smith rolled his ankle in the Cowboys' Oct. 17 win over the Patriots, but head coach Mike McCarthy said the bye week helped him heal up and the team will be smart with his practice workload as they move into a stretch of six games in 33 days.

Click here for the full injury report for the Cowboys and Vikings.

--------------------------------------- Cooper Rush

#10 QB

Height: 6-3 Weight: 225 lbs College: Central Michigan

3:02 p.m. - Cooper Rush knows a final decision on Dak Prescott's playing status Sunday won't be made until the weekend, but the backup quarterback is staying ready in case Prescott doesn't play due to a calf strain that has limited his work in practice this week.

Rush has taken first-team reps in practice this week while Prescott has rehabbed on the side and worked in individual drills.

"That helps more than usual," Rush said. "Usually you're preparing for a game as the backup without getting any reps all week. So definitely going into it, you feel a whole lot better."

--------------------------------------- Oct. 28 Updates Dak Prescott

#4 QB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 238 lbs College: Mississippi State

5:33 p.m. -- Thursday's injury report for the Cowboys looks exactly the same as Wednesday's: quarterback Dak Prescott (calf strain), left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle), cornerback Trevon Diggs (ankle) and defensive end Dorance Armstrong (ankle) all had limited practice participation once again.

Click here for the full injury report for the Cowboys and Vikings.

--------------------------------------- Dak Prescott

#4 QB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 238 lbs College: Mississippi State

10:46 p.m. - Head coach Mike McCarthy said Dak Prescott's calf responded well to his limited practice work Wednesday and the Cowboys will take a similar approach to Thursday's practice.

"He'll start with the rehab component, then get into the individual (drills), then we'll see what he can do after that," McCarthy said.

cott appeared to be moving well in his warmup and some individual drills during the open portion of Wednesday's practice. He's working through a calf strain suffered Oct. 17 in the Cowboys' overtime win over the Patriots.

Regarding Prescott's playing status for Sunday against the Vikings, McCarthy said "there's no timeline on when we're going to make the decision."

"I think you take in the full week," McCarthy said. "Dak has a ton invested as far as his personal conditioning and we trust the relationship between him and (associate athletic trainer/director of rehabilitation) Britt (Brown) to get across that threshold. That's frankly where we stand."

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