JAN 8: COWBOYS PLAYOFF FAVORITES The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who started their run to a division title with a Week 1 win at Dallas, now host the rematch in Wild Card Weekend … with the Cowboys opening as a 3-point favorite.
The Buccaneers clinched the NFC South a week ago, and the events of Week 18 – featuring Dallas’ awful 26-6 loss at Washington locks the 12-5 Cowboys into the fifth seed as the top Wild Card team.
Times and dates for the first round of the playoffs will be announced late Sunday, but the Bucs will be hosting Dallas at Raymond James Stadium next weekend.
And yes, CowboysSI.com will be there!
Said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about the loss at Washington and the coming anticipation: “We get to suck on that all week. If that doesn’t make you get ready to play in six or seven days, nothing else will.”
JAN 8 HURTS VS. WEBB Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts will start Sunday’s regular-season finale against the New York Giants; no surprise there, as sore shoulder or not, the Eagles need to win to hold off the surging Cowboys.
And the Giants? It seems somebody explained something to fire-ball first-year head coach Brian Daboll, who’d previously talked about “playing to win” even though the Giants (like Philly and Dallas) are playoff-bound but have no reason to risk injury here.
So … New York will give the job to practice-squad quarterback Davis Webb.
The Eagles are 13-3 but have lost two straight and need to win or tie against the Giants to clinch the top seed in the NFC and a first-round bye. In the unlikely event the Eagles lose, the 12-4 Cowboys can jump up with a win at Washington today. they could also get the top seed if the Cowboys (12-4) lose to the Commanders and the 49ers (12-4) lose to the Cardinals.
Webb, who was a third-round draft pick of the Giants in 2017 but has never attempted a pass in a regular-season NFL game.
JAN 6 JERRY ON LEAGUE VOTE ON AFC TITLE GAME The NFL owners have voted to approve the proposed changes to the AFC playoffs, which are highlighted by the possibility of a neutral-site AFC Championship game, per reports from NFL Network Friday. …
As Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones predicted would happen a bit earlier in the day.
“We’re going to vote to make accommodation for our circumstances because of the concern and what we needed to adjust because of Damar Hamlin’s injuries and that will be done and should be finished by noon,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan.
Jones explained his view on how the league must balance the importance of home-field advantage with the circumstances involving fallen Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin.
“This is a critical time,” Jones said. “Home-field advantages that are earned by how your team has played over the year, these are all very valuable things – that have no use … right now. (They should not be) considered (and not) be confused (in compared to) sensitivity with the injuries of Hamlin at all.”
The altered AFC playoff plan comes in the wake of Hamlin suffering from cardiac arrest in the first quarter of Monday’s matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, which resulted in the cancellation of the game.
Full details on the new playoff and AFC title game plan can be read here.
JAN 4 ‘NO CLUB’ Cowboys “Lion-backer” Micah Parsons has a nasty cut on his hand, as first reported by CowboysSI.som, and the laceration – along with what we know was quite a bit of swelling – caused him to have to play in last week’s win vs. the Titans with a wrap so massive that we all took to labeling it a “club.”
The Wednesday injury report is out now, and Micah isn’t on it … And he doesn’t expect the injury to limit him Sunday in Week 18 at the Commanders.
“We’re going to be full go,” Parsons said. “No club.”
JAN 4 WASHINGTON COMMANDER BENCH WENTZ One week after quarterback Carson Wentz replaced Taylor Heinicke as the team’s starter, it’s being reported Washington is reversing course.
While Heinicke is expected to be the starter, the same report says rookie Sam Howell will also get playing time, making his NFL debut in the final week of the regular season.
As of now, the team has yet to confirm. .. and alas, the report isn’t quite right.
Carson Wentz is getting benched (again) … even as coach Ron Rivera is saying he has “no regrets” about the fateful decision to start Wentz in last week’s playoff-hopes-killing loss to the Browns.
UPDATE: Howell is getting first-team reps right now in Washington’s workout …
And Howell will be the Sunday starter.
The 7-8-1 Commanders are probably wise to begin the experiment with the rookie Howell, as there is little else to be accomplished here against 12-4 Dallas, which is playoff-bound and still trying to win the NFC East.
JAN 3 NFL MOVE The on-field collapse of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin shook the sports world Monday night, as the 24-year-old went into cardiac arrest during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium.
Hamlin remains in critical condition in the ICU at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. And on Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys and all the NFL teams showed support for the second-year safety, as all Twitter profile pictures for the league and its teams were changed to a No. 3 jersey with the message “Pray for Damar.”
The game between the Bengals and Bills was temporarily suspended before being postponed altogether on Monday night. On Tuesday, the league revealed that the game will not be played this week and that there is no current timetable for action to resume.
JAN 3 NFL REVEALS PLAN The Week 17 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals will not be played this week in the wake of the on-field collapse of Bills safety Damar Hamlin, the league announced Tuesday.
Here’s the full statement:
The NFL continues to be in regular contact with the medical team caring for Damar Hamlin, and also the Bills and Bengals organizations and the NFL Players Association.
After speaking with both teams and NFLPA leadership, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the clubs today that the Bills-Bengals game will not be resumed this week.
The NFL has made no decision regarding the possible resumption of the game at a later date.
The league has not made any changes to the Week 18 regular-season schedule.
We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.
The Dallas Cowboys will therefore play as scheduled on Sunday afternoon at Washington. See below for more …
JAN 2 COWBOYS-COMMANDERS TIME REVEALED The Dallas Cowboys will play the Washington Commanders at 3:25 p.m. CT on Sunday, the NFL announced today.
The Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles (at home vs. the Giants) and San Francisco 49ers (at home vs. the Cardinals) will all play their respective games in the same 3:25 slot … so no team will have an advantage of knowledge regarding its playoff setup.
Here’s the breakdown of the Dallas scenarios, along with the likelihood at the Cowboys will open the playoffs at Tampa Bay.
Also, Sunday Night Football will be between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on NBC.
JAN 2 WELCOME BACK! “YIt might be a little premature and it might be a little optimistic, but the Dallas Cowboys have an injury-related plan for the playoffs.
It’s a “Welcome Back!” plan.
“We’ll be welcoming back three really good football players,” COO Stephen Jones said on Monday in a 105.3 The Fan visit, with a glance toward the postseason. “Leighton Vander Esch, certainly (Johnathan) Hankins, and then if we get (Tyler) Biadasz back … that will be a big plus for our group.”
Linebacker Vander Esch (neck/shoulder will sit out this week at Washington. The veteran run-stopper Hankins has a pec injury. And starting center Biadasz has a high-ankle sprain, with the Cowboys crossing their fingers as they shuffle the O-line for another week.
Said Jones on Biadasz: “I think after we get a full week with him and see how he’s responding to treatment … We just see what the week brings, but we certainly feel like it’s a realistic chance (the medical staff) could get him ready to play for the first round of the playoffs.”
DEC 28 ME TOO! Dez Bryant has moved on from football, to be a family man and a businessman, and he hasn’t played in the NFL since 2020.
But he’s sure having some fun with the idea of another “retired” Dallas Cowboys great trying to make a comeback.
According to the CowboysSI.com scoop, Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, 49, has been calling Jerry Jones’ office, asking for a tryout.
“If T.O coming back… sign me up to a playoff team… seriously! LFG,” Bryant tweeted.
Bryant, 34, was a Pro Bowl force had 7,459 receiving yards and 73 touchdowns in eight seasons with the Cowboys. Like Owens, he keeps himself in fine shape, and … Well, these are fun ideas … but they are not the Cowboys’ ideas, if you get what we mean.
DEC 26 WHITE ON WHITE Because we know you care …
We can report that this is the week you see a “fresh” look with the Cowboys’ iconic uniforms, the white-based “Color Rush” uniform with navy trim …plus the white helmet with the new star …
And white facemasks!
This will all unveil itself in this Week 17 meeting at the Tennessee Titans in a Thursday Night Football matchup.
The newness is subtle. But the facemasks should pop!
DEC 24 SHUT UP AND PLAY This week, Cowboys leader Jayron Kearse essentially urged his locker room to shut up and play.
Said Kearse in advance of Saturday’s Eagles visit: “We’ve talked a lot. At this point, we should not need to talk any more. We should be about business. We should be about action. The film should speak. I really don’t think there’s much more talking that needs to be done other than getting the job done.”
So far, Kearse is living up to that, with two takeaways that are largely responsible for keeping Dallas in this game. His second one …
Led to a TD from Michael Gallup, another guy who let’s his play – or in this case, his toes – do his talking for him.
Dallas is tied 27-all with the Eagles entering the fourth here at AT&T Stadium.
DEC 21 The Cowboys and Eagles injury reports are in for Wednesday. With Micah Parsons and Jalen Hurts again the DNP highlights.
No matter who plays on Saturday, the Cowboys vow to be ready.
“I think everybody in the locker room is looking forward to this rematch,” said Dak Prescott, adding, “Understanding that the (Eagles) are playing their asses off, having a hell of a season. …
“You just want to get another shot, make sure you put your best foot forward.”
DEC 21 MICAH OUT AGAIN Micah Parsons will show up on the Wednesday practice/injury report as he did on Tuesday, with it listing the “Lion-backer” as a DNP (illness).
“Micah Parsons will not be with us today … It’s going around,” coach Mike McCarthy said of an illness bug.
The Cowboys play host to the Eagles on Christmas Eve day.
DEC 20 Malik Jefferson, waived from the Cowboys practice squad last week, has been re-signed to the practice squad, the team says.
Jefferson, 26-year-old former Texas Longhorn, can offer depth in the building in the wake of the short-term injury to Leighton Vander Esch.
DEC 20 DALLAS AT DALLAS The Eagles announced on Tuesday that Dallas Goedert has been activated from IR. … Just in time to play against his hated namesake, the Dallas Cowboys.
Goedert has been out since Week 10 due to a shoulder injury, but comes back aboard for the 13-1 Eagles with his 544 yards and three touchdowns on 43 catches through nine games a top-notch complement to receivers A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith.
Philly will likely be without QB Jalen Hurts (shoulder) for Saturday’s game at 10-4 Dallas.
DEC 18 KELVIN BENCHED The Cowboys suddenly have defensive problems.
For one, they have pulled starting corner Kelvin Joseph after he gave up two consecutive touchdown catches allowed. … so Nahshon Wright has entered game.
Meanwhile, safety Donovan Wilson is hurt, as is Leighton Vander Esch.
Add it all up? Dallas was up 27-10, but Trevor Lawrence, taking advantage in part of some Dak Prescott sloppiness, has thrown three TD passes …and the Jags are up 31-27 with 10 minutes remaining.
DEC 18 LVE HURT Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has been escorted to the locker room in Jacksonville and is now ruled OUT as it regards any chance to return to the game against the Jags.
Amid speculation about a possible concussion, the Cowboys are calling it a neck injury.
Micah Parsons has a sack and Ezekiel Elliott has a TD following a takeaway and the Cowboys are up 21-10 in the third as a win clinches a playoff berth.
DEC 18 COACH TO HOSPITAL Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees, 73, has been carted off the field in New Orleans during pregame warmups today after a Saints player accidentally collided with him.
The Falcons say Pees – who stayed on the ground for quite some time after the collision – is “alert and responsive” as he is being transported to a local hospital for medical testing.
DEC 14 ‘STAND BY’ Jerry Jones wants it.
The Cowboys owner was asked by the DFW media late Wednesday afternoon about the ideal timetable of a signing of Odell Beckham Jr.
“Sooner rather than later,” he said.
“I don’t want to talk about that but stand by,” Jones said. But stand by. Stand by.”
So … we will.
Jones, even as the Cowboys just signed another vet wideout in T.Y. Hilton, was asked on Tuesday by 105.3 The Fan if the fact OBJ can’t play today” (due to his allegedly “ticking time bomb” knee) rules out a deal.
“I wouldn’t go that far if you include the playoffs,” Jones said. “We wouldn’t have been interested in Odell had he not had the talent. I think it’s fair to say that he’s an outstanding receiver … he’s as you well know, not ready to play. He’s a receiver that I think would fit any time. There’s going to be continued interest in Odell.”
Also important (click above): The parties talked contract parameters on Monday.
So, yeah … stay tuned.
DEC 14 TWO KEY MOVES The Cowboys have placed Johnathan Hankins (pec strain) and Terence Steele (torn ACL and MCL) on injured reserve.
Steele is out for season. Hankins optimistically has chance to be activated during playoffs.
DEC 14 OBJ PATIENT? Is Odell Beckham Jr. a “prize free agent” … for the spring of 2023.
The Dallas Cowboys still have the idea of signing OBJ now, with the hope that he could contribute in the NFL Playoffs – and maybe with a contract offer that would secure his services in future years as well, especially as his “ticking time bomb” knee is well in his past.
Indeed, it seems the Cowboys and Beckham’s camp talked on Monday about the parameters of a contract in Dallas.playing anywhere this season becomes smaller.
But ESPN is now reporting that “several” NFL teams believe the 30-year-old receiver is now most likely to wait until the offseason to do his deal.
“Executives whose teams have done their homework on Beckham expect him to wait because, as one put it, ‘he’ll be the prize’ of the free agent receiver class,” ESPN writes. “Beckham isn’t expected to be ready to play football until the playoffs, and joining a new team and offense for a playoff run comes with injury risk.”
The Cowboys aware of all this and just fortified their receivers room with the signing of veteran T.Y. Hilton.
Can there be team rewards with tossing the three-time Pro Bowler OBJ onto the field in the playoffs? Maybe. But OBJ’s financial reward might only come when he proves his knee to be healthy … making him a “prize” next March.
DEC 13 BEAS TO BILLS Could the Buffalo Bills be in the process of setting up another receiver reunion? A couple of liked tweets and reported airport sightings has the internet rumor mill churning about former Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley making his return to Orchard Park.
And now it’s on, NFL Network reporting that Beasley is signing with Buffalo.
WIVB-TV reported Monday night on Twitter that Beasley is back in Buffalo, with their reporter citing a liked tweet by Beasley, which claims that Beasley was on a flight from Baltimore to Buffalo.
Beasley, 33, and a Little Elm native, came into the NFL from SMU with the Cowboys before moving to Buffalo. He retired from the NFL just two games into his stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back at the beginning of October.
In three seasons with the Bills (2019-21), the often outspoken “Beas” recorded 2,348 yards and 11 touchdowns on 231 catches, becoming one of Josh Allen’s favorite targets.
DEC 12 MONDAY MEDICALS In addition to offensive tackle Terence Steele now being out for the year with a severe injury, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is dealing with a strained pec from Sunday’s win over the Texans that coach Mike McCarthy is suggesting is “significant.”
The Cowboys do believe that defensive end Dorance Armstrong, wearing a protective boot after the game on Sunday, could play with his sore ankle this week at Jacksonville.
The Steele loss is a large one, with the Cowboys now planning to shuffle the O-line, maybe with both young Josh Ball and not-young Jason Peters rotating at right tackle.
Said McCarthy of Steele: “A rock of a man.”
DEC 11 INJURY ISSUES The Dallas Cowboys on Sunday registered a last-minute 27-23 win over the Texans, but experienced some losses along the way.
Most bothersome: starting right tackle Terence Steele left the game with a knee injury that has the Cowboys saying they are “very concerned,” with an MRI to come.
Also, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins injured his shoulder and tight end Jake Ferguson sustained a head/neck injury.
Steele’s injury is the most problematic, as the Cowboys first replaced him with young Josh Ball but then turned to the vet Jason Peters at right tackle.
Next week at Jacksonville, Peters could be the right tackle with Tyron Smith coming back to claim the left tackle job.
Also, Trevon Diggs left briefly with a thumb injury – and is now saying he’s playing through injuries to both thumbs. And Dorance Armstrong is wearing a protective boot after he sprained his ankle.
DEC 11 COWBOYS OPEN HOT A combination of the offensive line bullying the Texans and Tony Pollard’s skills fitting in nicely to some fun Cowboys play design has resulted in a fast Dallas start over the Texans.
Pollard scored from 11 yards out to cap a nine-play, 76-yard opening TD drive in Week 14 here at AT&T Stadium.
DEC 10 FINES Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have each been fined $13,261 for for their TD celebration using the Salvation Army Red Kettle against the Colts.
Money well-spent, Cowboys Nation will surely agree. Right. Zeke?
“It’s worth the awareness we bring to the Salvation Army,” he said.
DEC 9 WHAT THE HELL? Sean McVay is a sharp guy. But not even the Los Angeles Rams coach could quite grasp what he’d just overseen.
The coach seemed befuddled by the outcome, a 17-16 win over Las Vegas on Thursday night that featured all sorts of zaniness, capped by Ram-for-a-day (or so) QB Baker Mayfield executing a length-of-the-field TD drive with 1:45 to play.
“Just like we drew it up,” McVay said, adding, “I’m still kind of like, ‘What the hell is going on right now?”
“I don’t know if you could write it any better than that,” said Mayfield, waived by Carolina just a few days ago and then inserted into the “Thursday Night Football” game (with Matthew Stafford hurt) just a few plays in. “It’s a pretty damn good story, I’ll be honest with you.”
Here is what was going on … follow along!
DEC 8 INJURY ISSUES
Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks – a Cowboys trade target before this year’s deadline – has a calf injury and is now expected to miss his second consecutive game. … this one Sunday at noon at Dallas.
And … it’s trending toward fellow starting wideout Nico Collins missing the game as well due to foot injury.
Houston is 1-10-1 and already short on weaponry against 9-3 Dallas.
DEC 7 VON OUT FOR THE YEAR Buffalo Bills pass-rushing star Von Miller, who had harbored hopes of returning to action in the coming weeks, has instead undergone surgery for the torn ACL in his knee and is now done for the season.
The announcement was made on Wednesday at team headquarters by head coach Sean McDermott.
Miller, a DFW native and a Cowboys offseason target before he signed with Buffalo, has a long-term contract with the Bills … and will surely stay in the news for a while as he is a pivotal figure in Buffalo’s recruitment of injured receiver Odell Beckham Jr., with the Dallas Cowboys a rival there.
DEC 5 TEXAS RIVALS?! No, Week 14 does not pit a pair of “rivals” against one another in the Houston Texans playing at the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium at noon on Sunday.
The cities “love to hate” each other. But the teams and their fans? Cowboys Nation doesn’t care much about the Texans … and neither do Texans fans right now.
The Texans just lost to the Cleveland Browns, 27-14, and not even the controversial Deshaun Watson return to Houston mattered to the audience.
The Texans have a 1-10-1 record.
The Cowboys – coming off a 54-19 win over Indy – are playing on Sunday Night Football as they look to improve on their 9-3 record and maintain pace with the Eagles. Dallas has won two straight and four of the past five and some oddsmakers put the Cowboys as a whopping 17-point favorite in this one.
The Cowboys are now making a habit of scoring 30-plus. The Texans over their last six games haven’t topped 17 points. So … place your bets!
DEC 4 JIMMY G CARTED OFF The 49ers say QB Jimmy Garoppolo is questionable to return to the game against the Dolphins due to an injury. Brock Purdy now in at QB. And yes …
This is a potential balance-of-power shift in the NFC … for a team like the Seahawks in the West and for teams like the Dallas Cowboys across the board.
UPDATE: Following San Francisco’s 33-17 win, coach Kyle Shanahan said that Garoppolo will require season-ending foot surgery.
DEC 4 TWO NEW LOOKS The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will on Sunday night reveal a new look to their iconic boots with a red, white and blue accent as part of the team’s “Salute to Service” weekend … which you can read more about here as Dallas is set to take on Indianapolis here at AT&T Stadium.
But in addition to that, Christmas is coming, and the Cowboys are scheduled to host the Eagles on Christmas Eve …
So the Cowboys Cheerleaders need to dress appropriately, and will, as they have been showing off their special holiday-themed outfits.
DEC 3: DEION DECISION Deion Sanders has officially announced he will be the next head coach at Colorado.
Sanders went 27-5 over three seasons at Jackson St. and landed some of the nation’s top recruits.
The announcement came just moments after Sanders led Jackson State to its second straight SWAC title.
Jackson State defeated Southern 43-24 in the title game, capping the school’s first undefeated season.
“There were a number of highly qualified and impressive candidates interested in becoming the next head football coach at Colorado, but none of them had the pedigree, the knowledge, and the ability to connect with student-athletes like Deion Sanders,” Colorado athletic director Rick George said in the statement. “Not only will Coach Prime energize our fanbase, I’m confident that he will lead our program back to national prominence while leading a team of high quality and high character.”
Sanders, 55, played 14 seasons in the NFL, five of which he spent with the Cowboys. During his tenure in Dallas, he compiled 159 tackles, 14 interceptions, and two touchdowns. Sanders was a member of the Cowboys’ 1995 championship squad which defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. He was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football of Fame in 2011.
Has already begun recruiting staff and players to Colorado.
DEC 2 ANTONIO BROWN TROUBLE Antonio Brown on occasion brings up the idea of a return to the NFL, sometimes suggesting the Dallas Cowboys as his employer.
That is not going to happen. Instead, Brown has real-life issues as he is again facing legal action in the wake of a recent alleged domestic incident that resulted in an arrest order being issued for the former NFL standout.
Brown, 34, is reportedly wanted by police for a battery charge stemming from an early-week incident involving the mother of four of Brown’s six children at his south Tampa home.
On Thursday night, NBC News reported Tampa police are still trying to arrest Brown after making multiple attempts outside his home. The department told NBC that Brown is “not communicating with police officers.”
Tampa’s WFTS-TV reported that officers were at Brown’s home for over an hour, and used a megaphone to call out to him from his front door. A Tampa police statement indicates that Brown and a woman were involved in a verbal altercation that turned physical earlier this week, with Brown allegedly saying that “if she got in the house, he would shoot her in front of police,” per court documents.
DEC 1 BYE, OBJ It is already known that the Los Angeles Rams were not in play as it regards re-signing Odell Beckham Jr. But now there is physical evidence …
The Associated Press reveals that the former locker at team HQ that had been used by, and was being saved for, the free-agent wide receiver … is no more.
“The locker that has had Odell Beckham Jr’s name on it at the Rams’ training complex since last season is now blank again,” Beacham said. “They are no longer saving OBJ’s spot.”
OBJ is, starting today, taking a suitors tour with a Thursday visit with the Giants, a Friday visit with the Bills and a Monday visit with the Cowboys on tap.
NOV 29 NOW, OBJ! Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on @1053thefan is making the team’s pursuit of Odell Beckham Jr. almost a matter of urgency.
“This year has to be a big part of it,” Jones said. “We have six regular-season games and the playoffs, so in my mind, we have almost the whole show ahead of us. We got to have a situation where he can really contribute now.”
Now, let’s make sure to interpret that properly: Part of what Jones seems to be saying is that Dallas “needs” a healthy OBJ … and as he has spent almost a year rehabbing his knee, there are lingering questions there.
But if those questions are answered around next Monday when Beckham is scheduled to visit The Star?
Jones also indicated that OBJ’s airline incident has no impact on the team’s “full steam ahead” (coach Mike McCarthy’s words) interest in the star receiver.
“Very genuine,” Jones said in describing his phone visit with Beckham. “Very competitive. Feels confident. Feels good about himself. We think he can fit in really good with us.”
Jones also said of the airport incident, “His judgment, his behavior is not an issue with him. It is with many. It isn’t with him.”
So … if he passes the medicals and the other hurdles (money, other bidders) are dealt with?
“We have to have this year,” Jones said. “It’s very important. This year has to be a big part of it.”
NOV 28 OBJ FLIGHT-LESS Odell Beckham Jr., early on Sunday, tweeted about a notable experience without being specific,
“Comedy hour,” he said about … something.
Maybe this RUMOR / VIDEO is what he’s talking about … Did Cops Just Remove OBJ from Airplane?
The Dallas Cowboys, one of the suitors of the free agent star, have frequently insisted that OBJ’s “diva” reputation is unfounded.
We’ll see what the airport cops have to say about that … which is …
So, the flight crew thought he was sick because they couldn’t wake him to fasten his seat belt. He refused to exit the plane when asked. … until police arrived.
Oh, and by the way, no, according to the passenger with the video, this incident did not occur at DFW Airport, as some have speculated. Passengers were allegedly on a flight from Miami to Los Angeles and the “plane was taxi’ing down the runway but we (return) back to the gate because of a problem” …
NOV 25 OBJ SETS MEETINGS The Dallas Cowboys have worked their way into the headlines regarding free agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. via his planned visit with them. Well, and with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones having revealed that he had a Thanksgiving “good visit” by phone with OBJ.
But there are still multiple teams on Beckham’s list as he is ready to start making his free-agent visits. … And yes, the Cowboys have company.
That’s the word via Josina Anderson of CBS Sports, who on Friday is reporting that Beckham has solidified plans to visit three suitors … and to do so in this order …
New York Giants.
Then the Bills.
Then the Cowboys.
It is our understanding that the visit to Dallas is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5. So the Giants and Bills sessions figure to be right around the corner.
Anderson also reports that Beckham, who has been rehabbing a knee injury, is also having conversations with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens. It is also believed that the San Francisco 49ers could be in contention for the services of the two-time All-Pro receiver, who is looking for a long-term “home” (and contract), with speculation that he might be asked for $20 million APY.
The Bills’ recruitment of OBJ has been keyed by Von Miller, his Rams Super Bowl teammate, with Miller now in the news as he deals with his own knee injury sustained in the Thanksgiving win at Detroit.
NOV 24 OBJ SETS COWBOYS DATE It’s a date!
Both the Cowboys and Giants are set to host a visit with Odell Beckham Jr., but we already knew that. Now comes an advancement of the ball: Beckham will visit with the Cowboys on Monday, Dec. 5, according to Jay Glazer.
The Giants have yet to nail down a date, it seems, but they are on Beckham’s wish list. The Bills, Niners and Chiefs may also figure here … though those organizations haven’t been quite as loud about it all as Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones and his franchise has been.
Beckham is supposedly healthy after his knee rehab and reportedly is looking for a long-term deal at around $20 million APY, all part of his search, as he puts it, for a “home.”
And in DFW? The housing search is on for Dec. 5.
NOV 23 TP WINS AWARD This much is indisputable: Tony Pollard has become maybe the scariest weapon on the Cowboys offense, and this week is being recognized for it. He’s been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after his stellar contributions to Dallas’ 40-3 win at Minnesota.
TP’s numbers? He had a career-high 189 scrimmage yards (109 receiving, 80 rushing) and two TDs on Sunday.
Our buddy at PFF, Marcus Mosher, writes: “The Tony Pollard breakout season is upon us. That has suddenly turned Dallas into one of the NFL’s most dangerous offenses, one feeding off a player who is arguably the league’s best right now.”
Over the last four games, the Cowboys have scored 141 points per game and they are averaging 412.8 yards of offense. That’s better than where they were a year ago when they were the NFL’s No. 1-ranked offense.
That has something to do with the return of Dak Prescott, of course. But as the Cowboys prep to host the Giants on Thanksgiving in a battle of two 7-3 NFC East teams? Yes, it has a lot to do with Tony Pollard as well.
NOV 22 BRADY IN TEXAS TROUBLE? The Texas State Securities Board has reportedly advanced its investigation into cryptocurrency platform FTX’s operations and bankruptcy to now include the activities of celebrities like the NFL’s Tom Brady and the NBA’s Stephen Curry.
Bloomberg News first reported the latest in the investigation, which is looking at possible securities-law violations.
“Anyone who renders investment advice in Texas typically needs to be registered and they typically have to truthfully disclose all known material facts,” said the Texas State Securities Board via The Texas Tribune. “In Texas, there is not a different system of justice or regulation for people who are celebrities.”
This comes on the heels of news of a class-action lawsuit being filed that names Curry and Brady and other celebrities and claims they, among others, “either controlled, promoted, assisted in, and actively participated” in the alleged scheme where they “aggressively marketed” FTX – which the filing describes as “truly a house of cards” and “a Ponzi scheme.”
NOV 21 RUSSELL WILSON ANOTHER HERSCHEL After all the dust had settled and after all the onion skins were peeled, the NFL world came to a universal agreement: There would never, ever again be another trade like the Herschel Walker deal, so cleverly created by the Cowboys that it became the foundation of a three-time Super Bowl champ.
Is “never ever” happening again in Seattle?
The 1989 Walker trade – viewed as the greatest heist in football history – netted the Cowboys the Vikings multiple premium-round picks for the star running back. Among the players drafted with the picks acquired from Minnesota: Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Darren Woodson and Kevin Smith.
And now? The Denver Broncos, like those Vikings, thought they were “one star away.” The Seahawks obliged, unloading quarterback Russell Wilson for two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and three veteran players.
How is that looking for the Broncos? Wilson, as our man (and veteran Seahawks watcher) Corbin K. Smith writes, is “playing the worst football of his career in the Mile High City, as he has completed less than 60 percent of his passes and thrown just seven touchdown passes in 10 starts as Denver has disappointed with a 3-7 record and currently sits in last place in the AFC West.”
And how is Seattle doing with retread Geno Smith at QB? He is, Smith writes, “a viable MVP candidate leading an upstart 6-4, NFC West-leading squad.”
And that doesn’t even count all the guys and all the picks and … Well, dig into Corbin’s in-depth look at how “The Herschel Heist” was never ever going to happen again … except that maybe it just did.
NOV 20 TP NO. 1? Tony Pollard matters. Ezekiel Elliott matters. And as Dallas prepares for today’s Cowboys at Vikings showdown, there is the as-always insistence that both running backs matter, with a forever nod to the notion that “As Zeke goes, so go the Cowboys.”
But NFL Network is suggesting a new wrinkle for Week 11, the idea that Zeke – “light years ahead” of where he was after having missed two games with a sprained knee – will be “eased back” into the lineup, with Pollard “to get more touches,” it seems, than the knee-braced Elliott.
Our gentle suggestion: Game script, at least as much as any pregame concepts, will be the determining factor in who does what.
NOV 18 TANK INJURY ISSUES Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday morning that DeMarcus Lawrence (feet, knee) will be limited in his work today here at The Star.
But, he added, “I have all intention for him to play” in Sunday’s game at the Vikings.
Lawrence, who has a history of playing through serious injuries, is indeed prepared to do it again.
“Right knee hurts worse than the feet,” he said. “I’m dealing with so much right now. Just trying to stay focused on the task at hand.”
But … you’re playing on Sunday?
“Of course,” he said.
Ezekiel Elliott (knee) and Anthony Barr are also on track to return to the field this weekend.
McCarthy on Zeke: “I anticipate him going.”
McCarthy on Barr: “He’s on a trajectory to play Sunday.”
NOV 17 NEW GUYS AT WORK The Cowboys have added two “name” players to their roster via the practice squad, and on Thursday the new guys – defensive end Takk McKinley and receiver Antonio Callaway – took the field here at The Star.
And here’s your FIRST LOOK …
Callaway, the former Browns starter, is wearing No. 14.
Takk, the former first-round starter with the Falcons, is No. 59.
NOV 16 Chicago Wants Taco The Chicago Bears have signed Taco Charlton off the New Orleans Saints practice squad.
The ex-Cowboy, a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft taken by Dallas, played two seasons with before being cut. Charlton’s time with the Cowboys was a disappointment, racking up just four sacks in 27 games.
His new deal with the Bears now reunites him with now-head coach Matt Eberflus, the former linebackers coach for the Cowboys when Charlton was drafted.
NOV 16 TAKK IN The Dallas Cowboys have made another move. The Cowboys have signed defensive end Takk McKinley to the practice squad after hosting him for a workout over the summer.
McKinley is a former first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft taken by the Atlanta Falcons under then-head coach Dan Quinn. McKinley played four seasons in Atlanta before playing his lastest two with the Browns and Rams.
This move comes on the heels of Tuesday’s signing of another “name” player looking for a reboot as former Browns wideout starter Antonio Callaway has joined the club via the practice squad.
NOV 15 CENTER TRYOUTS The Cowboys have moved rookie UDFA center Alex Lindstrom to (practice-squad) IR and are now in need of help there, a source tells CowboysSI.com, with a trio of prospects now getting tryouts here inside The Star.
Beau Benzschawel played for Wisconsin and was undrafted in 2019.
Brock Hoffman is a rookie UDFA from Virginia Tech.
Michal Menet was drafted by Arizona in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Penn State.
Dallas’ starting center continues to be Tyler Biadasz, and Lindstrom had been working as a backup.
NOV 15 ROCK-BOTTOM RAMS The Los Angeles Rams will be without their top offensive weapon for at least four weeks, after designating star wide receiver Cooper Kupp to injured reserve, Rams Sean McVay announced.
Kupp was injured during the Rams’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday with a high ankle sprain he suffered late in the game.
Kupp will miss at least four weeks and will undergo tightrope surgery to repair the injury. Recovery from tightrope surgery is typically five to six weeks, per reports.
McVay did not rule out Kupp for the season.
Kupp is the Rams overwhelming leader in most receiving stats, and currently sits second in the NFL in receptions (75), fifth in targets (98), fifth in yards (812) and fifth in touchdowns (6).
Read more about “the rock-bottom Rams” as they slip from contention in an NFC in which the 6-3 Dallas Cowboys are trying to keep pace here.
NOV 13 DALLAS TIED 7-ALL Cowboys at Packers has been mostly about Dallas’ ability to get close to the goal line … but also about scoring just one time in the first quarter-and-a-half.
CeeDee Lamb has a TD catch from QB Dak Prescott as the receiver came swinging out of the backfield … but with a change for Dallas to go up 14-0, Prescott tossed an end zone interception.
And with 4:54 left in the first half at Lambeau Field, Aaron Rodgers answered with a deep TD pass to rookie Christian Watson tie the score at 7-all.
NOV 12 COWBOYS AND TILLERY? The Los Angeles Chargers are waiving former first-round defensive tackle Jerry Tillery – and the Dallas Cowboys, always looking to fortify a good defense (albeit with some run-stopping challenges as they prep for Sunday at Green Bay) would like a piece of the action.
But there’s a problem – a problem of being too good.
The 6-6, 295-pound Tillery fell into disfavor with the Chargers coaching staff this year as he recorded just eight tackles before being waived on Friday. So the 2019 NFL Draft first-round pick will get a fresh start somewhere …
But the way the waiver order works, the worst teams get the first claims. And Dallas – with its 6-2 record – is going to way at the bottom of teams with a shot at him.
That process can begin at the start of the upcoming week, and teams like the one-win Texans seem like the most logical coming winners here.
Taken 28th overall in 2019, Tillery, 26, was in his fourth season with the Chargers after having started 29 of 54 games played, with 106 tackles and 10.5 sacks.
NOV 2 TRYOUT SCOOP The Cowboys on Wednesday conducted 10 workouts at The Star in Frisco and we’ve got the list …
Scoop: #Cowboys BIG FA workout at The Star …
Harris, Tim DB
Hill, Brian RB
Moore, George T
Simmons, Jordan G
Stephens, Linden DB
Taylor, Alex T
White, Zaquandre RB
Wilcox, Chris DB
Williams, Dexter RB
White, Willie G
More info as we gather if. …
NOV 1 SUSPENDED RIDLEY … GET TRADED?! The bizarre story of Calvin Ridley keeps getting a little more bizarre.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, very much in need of difference-makers, were about a year ago exploring the idea of trading for unhappy Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley.
But a few problems got in the way.
First, the talented receiver left Atlanta citing mental health reasons; he was seemingly considering retirement.
Then, the Falcons engineered a trade of him to the Eagles – but voluntarily pulled out of the deal because the Falcons had knowledge that Ridley was about to get a one-year suspension for betting on NFL games.
The Falcons did that in good faith. And now they do something else: He’s been traded to the long-interested Jags in what NFL Network terms a “complicated” deal that could eventually net Atlanta second- and fifth-round picks.
NOV 1 WR DEAL Put this in the category of the “Do Something” moves that don’t actually make much sense – or, at least, wouldn’t have made sense for Dallas.
The Bears just traded a second-round pick for a receiver in Chase Claypool who has has some middling production (including just one TD catch this year and zero catches on two targets for the Steelers last week) but who was at some level on Dallas’ radar …
But no. Not for a second-round pick. … which might end up being too pricy for Dallas to consider in discussions with Brandin Cooks, a far more proven pro than Claypool.
NOV 1 CHUBB TO MIAMI Bradley Chubb has been traded into the AFC East as the Dolphins again enter their Buffalo Bills ‘Arms Race. Full story here.
NOV 1 TJ TO MINNY TJ Hockenson is about to see a lot of the Cowboys. His Lions just played in Dallas … and now, later this month, his Vikings – as the tight end just got traded there – will see the Cowboys again. Full story here.
NOV 1 DE COST The Cowboys continue to be connected to pass-rush trade rumors (see Bradley Chubb) … not that we completely see the logic.
But just in case, it is instructional to know the price.
We know it because the Los Angeles Rams offer for Panthers edge Brian Burns is, via. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, consisting of two-first round picks.
It seems likely that the Panthers turned down the Rams’ offer of those two first-rounders because they would come in 2024 and 2025; that’s all the Rams have.
But it might also indicate how much Carolina really doesn’t want to lose their premier sack artist.
And it might suggest how unlikely it is that Dallas travels this path.
NOV 1 JOKER Kareem Hunt had just pitched in to Cleveland’s 32-13 win over Cincinnati on “Monday Night Football” and it was Halloween. So it made perfect sense that he would celebrate in his way.
“I mean, I’m down for whatever, man,” Hunt said, per NFL.com. “I’m a football player and this is a business. So I’m ready to do whatever they decide with me.”
“That’s either go somewhere else or here, anything it don’t matter. I love the game of football,” said Hunt, who must also love being “The Joker” on Halloween, given that he conducted his postgame interview in his “Batman”-related mask.
OCT 31 HUNT TO NFC EAST? The Philadelphia Eagles, according to a volume of rumors, are interested in Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt. It’s being suggested that the Browns would move the former NFL rushing champ and their backup runner for maybe just a fourth-round pick, and that Hunt would serve in Philly as the backup to Miles Sanders.
NFL insider Jay Glazer has noted that he could see the Eagles trading for a running back, which adds credence – if not logic – to the rumor. Assuming part of the reason for Hunt’s unhappiness in Cleveland is that he’s the caddy to starter Nick Chubb … why would he be happy as Sanders’ backup?
Say this about Philly, though: at 7-0, the roster that’s been build is the product of many, many right moves.
OCT 31 ‘EMBARRASSED’ ROQUAN TRADED The Chicago Bears were handed a 49-29 loss by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, something star linebacker Roquan Smith found “embarrassing.”
And now Smith is being traded to the Baltimore Ravens. … and in doing so jumps from a 3-5 NFC loser to a 5-3 AFC winner.
The Bears reportedly get a second-rounder and a fifth-rounder as the Ravens will work on a long-term extension for the young talent.
OCT 31 BRANDIN COOKS TIES In our two recent conversations with Texans sources, the organization continues to downplay the idea of trading receiver Brandin Cooks.
And there are prohibitive reasons for him moving, as 1) we believe Houston would ask for a second-round pick in exchange and 2) he’s got an $18 million price tag locked in for 2023.
But would he help Dallas or another contending team? No doubt, the “take-the-top-off” vet succeeding in Houston (in seven starts this year the 29-year-old has 32 catches for 354 yards and one touchdown) despite shaky QB play.
He’s a perennial 1,000-yard guy and his name has now popped up in two media spots, in Dallas and in New York. Are the Cowboys really that interested in spending what it takes here?
OCT 31 STEPHEN JONES HINTS AT OBJ? Despite the “itch” and the “risk-taker” mentality of Jerry Jones, COO Stephen Jones said the Cowboys are “comfortable” at wideout.
But then Stephen added: “And then there’s some guys that don’t belong to anybody that are out there.”
There are? At receiver? Who?
Stephen’s quote, and our “who” list, is here.
OCT 31 DANCING TO DEADLINE DEALS? The Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL face a Tuesday afternoon trade deadline … and CowboysSI.com’s one-on-one with Jerry Jones leaves our Mike Fisher believing Jerry has “The Itch.”
Writes Fish: “Jerry Jones has “the itch.”
“My 32 years of chronicling the Jones era in Dallas does not come with guarantees regarding what the Cowboys will do between now and Tuesday’s deadline. The “who”? The “what”? The openly-discussed wide receiver”?
“Those dances cannot be danced alone; Jerry – and Stephen Jones and Will McClay, most directly involved – need willing partners.
“But this I can say, after a couple of post-game at-large media sessions and then a festive elevator ride on the way to Jones’ AT&T Stadium suite:
“Jerry Jones wants there to be an opportunity where he can utilize his trust in his “feel and guts and instinct and willingness to go on out there and take that risk.”
OCT 31 NAMING NAMES IN NEW ENGLAND Amidst multiple reports that the Patriots have been fielding calls on numerous players, names such as right tackle Isaiah Wynn, running back Damien Harris and safety Jabril Peppers have been mentioned among the latest rumors surrounding the Patriots. It’s also being reported that New England had recently received inquiries on all the Pats vet wideouts, including Jakobi Meyers, DeVante Parker, Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne.
Is Jerry Jones reading this?
OCT 31: 10 NAMES Sunday was a big launch day for rumors, with the Buffalo Bills very much in the news. The Buffalo News created a top-10 list, and here are our responses at they relate to the Bills and beyond …
1) Rams running back Cam Akers. Sources in L.A. have told us the two parties are “done” with one another. Problem: Akers doesn’t seem to be running with much “juice,” rendering him less dangerous than the top two backs on the Buffalo roster.
2) Texans receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks is a take-the-top-off weapon, but the Texans, per a source, would only listen if a second-round pick was offered. That, and Cooks’ 2023 salary of $18 million makes this a non-starter.
3) Panthers guard Austin Corbett. He has a tie with the Bills coaching staff and the Panthers are in fire-sale mode. (Even though they insist they’re not.)
4) Panthers offensive lineman Cam Erving. Erving is a former Cowboy and is, respectfully, just a guy.
5) Lions safety DeShon Elliott. Based on his time with the Lions – with a defense that seems to give up 35 points at the drop of a hat – this isn’t very appealing.
6) Commanders running back Antonio Gibson. The Washington front office is on the record as denying wishing to deal Gibson. (We would throw Cleveland’s Kareem Hunt into this category as well – as a name to explore, at least.)
7) Falcons center Matt Hennessy. A depth piece for the Bills? Sure. But keep in mind that entering Week 8, the Falcons – rather amazingly – are in first place in the NFC South … meaning they have no reason to be sellers.
8) Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy. A 2020 first-round draft pick, Jeudy would probably love to exit the Denver mess. The Broncos, though, would be wise to ask an exorbitant trade price here.
There is Cowboys-related gossip here but we say more smoke than fire.
By the way, and this goes for Cooks and for the Steelers’ Chase Claypool and maybe for free agent Odell Beckham Jr., too: We wonder if the Bills front office is as obsessed with the idea of adding to Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis as the public obviously is?
9) Bears running back David Montgomery. He’s in the final year of his rookie contract, so this would be a rental. Do the Bills need to add a “power back”? And if so, don’t they already have one in the mothballed Zack Moss?
10) 49ers safety Tarvarius Moore. The 49ers view themselves as contenders, not “sellers” – as evidenced by their willingness to pay a price for Christian McCaffrey that the Bills wouldn’t meet.
OCT 30 AIKMAN SEES NEED A member of the Dallas Cowboys “family” is trying to help with an opinion – and his name happens to be “Troy Aikman.”
“You better have some offense in today’s NFL if you’re going to win games,” Aikman told TMZ when asked if his old team should look to add a wide receiver. “The way you have offense is you have weapons, and you’ve gotta have more than one or two.”
Aikman contemporary Michael Irvin has a feel for another idea, the signing of rehabbing free agent Odell Beckham Jr.?
That’s Irvin’s pinpointed guy, it seems. Aikman doesn’t have a name; he’s just got an educated opinion. A receiver trade, Aikman said, “would help them for sure.”
Worth noting: Aikman issued these comments about Dallas “needing some offense” before the Cowboys beat the Bears 49-29 to move to 6-2 at the bye.
OCT 26 ONE-UPPED? We’ve got to mention that Dallas’ deal for Johnathan Hankins actually preceded the Eagles’ trade for Robert Quinn. So no, Dallas did not “respond” to the “arms race” there. But that doesn’t mean some aren’t calling for another response, especially as rumors surface that Philly might be chasing Saints superstar running back Alvin Kamara.
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