Cowboys cautious with injured vets Zack Martin, Sean Lee
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Right guard Zack Martin dinged his back and linebacker Sean Lee tweaked his right knee early in training camp with the Dallas Cowboys.
Cowboys release son of Hall of Famer Larry Allen at camp
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have released offensive lineman Larry Allen Jr., the son of Hall of Fame guard Larry Allen, to make room for linebacker Justin Phillips.
Cowboys stuff Seahawks’ run in wild-card win; it’s pass next
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The young Dallas defense stuffed the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense in a wild-card win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Now it's time for the Cowboys to take on either the league's all-time leader in yards passing in Drew Brees of New Orleans, or this year's fifth-best passing offense in Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams. The divisional round game will be next weekend.
While Wagner leads Seattle D, Lee fights for Cowboys’ scraps
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Seattle's Bobby Wagner and Sean Lee of Dallas were the All-Pro leaders of their defenses at linebacker the previous time the Seahawks and Cowboys made the playoffs.
Little has changed for Wagner's group in two years. Not much is the same in the middle of the Dallas defense going into the first postseason meeting between these teams since the 2006 season.
Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson out with knee injury
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Right tackle Lane Johnson is inactive for the Eagles against Dallas on Sunday night.
Johnson, an All-Pro last season, has a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Halapoulivaati Vaitai will take his place in the lineup.
Starting cornerback Jalen Mills has a foot injury and was already ruled out.
Linebacker Sean Lee is among several injured players sitting out for the Cowboys. Lee has a hamstring injury and is expected to miss several games.
Cowboys’ draft gamble paying off in emerging LB Jaylon Smith
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jaylon Smith makes himself presentable for the cameras, then turns to his locker to grab one last thing before starting an interview: the neck pad given to him by hard-nosed defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to acknowledge the Dallas linebacker's physical style of play.
Houston RB Miller, WRs Fuller, Coutee active against Cowboys
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller and receivers Will Fuller and Keke Coutee are all active against the Dallas Cowboys despite dealing with injuries.
Miller dealt with a chest injury this week and Fuller and Coutee had hamstring injuries. Cornerback Aaron Colvin and linebacker Brian Peters are out on Sunday night with ankle injuries.
Sean Lee, Maliek Collins ruled out for Cowboys against Lions
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has been ruled out Sunday against Detroit because of a hamstring injury, and defensive tackle Maliek Collins will be sidelined for a second straight week by a knee injury.
Lee's absence means he will have missed at least one game because of injury in eight of his nine NFL seasons. The only exception was Lee's All-Pro season of 2016 when he sat out a meaningless finale against Philadelphia after the Cowboys had clinched the NFC East title.
Maliek Collins out, Randy Gregory in for Cowboys at Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Maliek Collins has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Seattle with a knee injury and pass rusher Randy Gregory is set to return after missing a week with a concussion.
Collins missed the preseason recovering from surgery for a broken foot sustained during offseason workouts. He injured the knee in last week's win over the New York Giants.
Cowboys showing rare signs of being defined by defense first
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Sean Lee wants more time to decide if this is the best chance the Dallas Cowboys have to be defined by their defense in the linebacker's eight years with the club.
There's no question about the answer through two weeks.
Cowboys tap several sources to fill Witten’s leadership void
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Sean Lee responded with strong words to criticism from former teammate Dez Bryant.
Tyrone Crawford felt compelled to tell the team these Dallas Cowboys won't be in the business of dramas such as Bryant's Twitter-fed rant early in training camp over who he felt was responsible for his offseason release.
Cowboys LB Sean Lee fires back on Dez Bryant’s ‘snake’ tweet
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee fired back at free agent receiver Dez Bryant on Friday after his former teammate called him a "snake" on Twitter while suggesting Lee played a role in the club's decision to release its career leader in touchdown catches.
The exchange was prompted by a radio station's tweet from an interview with executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones. He suggested that quarterback Dak Prescott felt pressure to get the ball to Bryant.
FRISCO — The Dallas Cowboys decided linebacker was a bigger priority than receiver even after releasing franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant.
The Cowboys took Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State with the 19th pick in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.
Cowboys go linebacker, not receiver, get Boise’s Vander Esch
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys decided linebacker was a bigger priority than receiver even after releasing franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant.
The Cowboys took Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State with the 19th pick in the first round of the draft Thursday night. He walked the stage at his new home field in nearby Arlington, where Dallas was hosting the first draft in an NFL stadium.
"It made me speechless," Vander Esch said. "It's the craziest moment of my life so far."
HARLINGEN — Andrew Garza was known around the neighborhood as the good kid.
He liked to play basketball and even helped his neighbor take out the trash.
In school, the 12-year-old liked to be known as the class clown. He loved watching the Cowboys play on Sunday with his father.
Andrew had aspirations of being a linebacker for the Harlingen Cardinals. His favorite NFL player was Dallas Cowboy Sean Lee.
Omaha Burke’s Henrich earns Penn State offer, but interested in NU
Omaha Burke's Nick Henrich was the first 2019 in-state player to receive a Division I scholarship offer.
South Dakota State offered the 6-foot-4, 210-pound linebacker in the spring of 2017. After his All-Nebraska junior season, Henrich's latest offer came Wednesday night from Penn State.
Of Henrich's offers, eight of them are from Power Fives conference schools — Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Duke, Kentucky, Nebraska and Penn State. Ohio and South Dakota State are the others.
Prescott throws 3 TDs as Cowboys spoil Eli’s return
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys needed a big win to stay in the playoff hunt and they got it with the big play in spoiling Steve Spagnuolo's debut as New York interim coach and the return of quarterback Eli Manning to the Giants' starting lineup.
Cowboys know playoff formula: keep winning without Elliott
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — In 15th-year tight end Jason Witten's view, the Dallas Cowboys still have playoff hopes — if they win every remaining game.
And that includes their first victory without suspended star running back Ezekiel Elliott, 38-14 over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. It was a refreshing reversal for Dallas after getting outscored 72-6 in the second half of losses in the first three games minus last year's NFL rushing leader.
Redskins left tackle Trent Williams (knee) active vs Cowboys
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams is active against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night after missing three of past five games with a right knee injury that will require surgery.
Williams returned after sitting out the Thanksgiving victory over the New York Giants. He had played the previous two games after missing two straight.
Eagles watch Washington-Dallas game with eagerness
What once looked like a showdown in the NFC East now is a matter of survival for Dallas and Washington.
A Redskins victory or tie clinches the division for what has been the league's team of the year, the Eagles. Yes, not even into December and folks in Philly could be celebrating — even if that means rooting for the despised team from the nation's capital.
Cowboys struggles continue in Thanksgiving Day loss
On a day meant for thanks, there just wasn’t much to be thankful for in regards to this Cowboys performance.
It was a turkey.
Facing one of the hottest teams in the NFL, the Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas was overmatched from start to finish, losing 28-6 in front of a sold-out crowd of 93,012 and a national television audience.
Tyron Smith, kicker Bailey return for Cowboys vs Chargers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith is active along with kicker Dan Bailey for the Dallas Cowboys in their Thanksgiving game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
LA right tackle Joe Barksdale is returning after missing four straight games with a foot injury. Barksdale has been out five games overall.
Cowboys’ star LB Sean Lee out vs Eagles with hamstring issue
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has been ruled out of Sunday's game against NFL-leading Philadelphia because of a hamstring injury.
The 2016 All-Pro was injured in the first quarter of last week's 27-7 loss to Atlanta. The Cowboys lost both games he missed because of hamstring issues earlier in the season and gave up three touchdown drives after the injury against the Falcons.
Dallas Cowboys must find fast fix with 4 missing stars
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott will miss at least the next three games depending on the next legal round in the Dallas Cowboys running back's fight over his six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence.
Dallas Cowboys miss Tyron Smith, others more than Ezekiel Elliott in loss to Falcons
Sure, the Cowboys missed Ezekiel Elliott on Sunday.
They missed LT Tyron Smith a whole lot more, though.
The absences of Sean Lee and Dan Bailey arguably loomed larger than Elliott's on Sunday, too.
Dak Prescott was sacked eight times in Dallas' noncompetitive 27-7 loss in Atlanta, where Smith's replacement, Chaz Green, served as a turnstile in Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn's historic afternoon (six sacks, one shy of matching late Hall of Famer Derrick Johnson's single-game NFL record).
Sean Lee’s return coincides with surge for Cowboys defense
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Sean Lee wasn't on the field for the crazy Kansas City play that threatened to ruin an otherwise strong performance from the Dallas defense.
Niles Paul out after suffering concussion vs. Cowboys
LANDOVER Redskins tight end Niles Paul will miss the remainder of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys after suffering a concussion.
In the first quarter, Paul took a helmet-to-helmet hit with Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee on the goal line as Redskins running back Rob Kelley scored. Paul remained down in the end zone for several minutes, but was able to walk off.
The Redskins lead the Cowboys 10-7 with 13:46 left in the second quarter.
Packers WR Adams active after scary hit last week
Green Bay receiver Davante Adams is active against Dallas on Sunday, 10 days after he was taken off the field on a stretcher following a helmet-to-helmet hit that led to a suspension for Chicago linebacker Danny Trevathan.
Packers running back is Ty Montgomery inactive after sustaining broken ribs in the win over the Bears. Left tackle David Bakhtiari (hamstring) is out against the Cowboys, but right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) is active.
The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t have asked for a better matchup in the traditional “dress rehearsal” game of the preseason. The Oakland Raiders have to be considered a contender this year thanks to a high-powered offense that features one of the best offensive lines in the league and a hot, young quarterback.
The Way We Hear It: Where’s the ‘D’ for 2017 Dallas Cowboys?
Based on the miraculous rookie campaigns of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, the hope that Dez Bryant can remain injury-free and once again be one of the best receivers in the game, and the best offensive line in football, the Dallas Cowboys are a popular pick to win the NFC.
With Lee leading, question is who follows on Cowboys defense
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Sean Lee anchors Dallas' defense with plenty of questions as it tries to match a dynamic offense that carried the Cowboys to the best record in the NFC last season.
While the All-Pro linebacker is a good starting point, the Cowboys made it clear in the draft that few positions are safe for a unit that twice couldn't stop Green Bay in the final minutes after Dallas pulled even in a divisional playoff loss last season.
Cowboys’ Lee makes another Pro Bowl as injury replacement
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas linebacker Sean Lee made his second straight Pro Bowl as an injury replacement after the team's leading tackler was one of the biggest snubs on the original list.
Lee was named Tuesday to fill in for Carolina's Luke Kuechly, who missed the final six games after sustaining his second concussion in as many years. The Pro Bowl is Jan. 29 in Orlando, Florida.
Bing Predicts winner: Cowboys (51 percent)Opening line: DAL -4Kickoff time: 4:40 p.m. EST (Sunday)In the closest prediction Bing has made this season, the Cowboys get the slightest of nods in what should be the best game of the postseason so far. In one corner, we have the league's most balanced offense, featuring four first-team All-Pro selections and the league's No. 3 quarterback based on passer rating. Dallas also boasts the NFL's fifth-best scoring defense and one of the league's most...
Cowboys defensive leader Sean Lee finally gets playoff shot
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Sean Lee's first All-Pro season will end with the first trip to the playoffs for the oft-injured Dallas linebacker.
If that sounds like a breakout year, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten would argue otherwise.
"To me, it's not like, oh, we're seeing a different player than we've seen in the past," Witten said. "I remember the first week, his rookie year, he was tough on scout team. He's what you want your linebacker to look like."