Cowboys activate DeMarcus Lawrence from PUP

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The Cowboys activated defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence off the active/physically unable to perform list Tuesday.

Lawrence passed his physical and can begin working into practice, though he continued his work with the team’s director of rehabilitation, Britt Brown, during Tuesday’s practice.

Lawrence underwent postseason surgery on his back. It was the third back surgery for Lawrence, but the Cowboys are unconcerned about Lawrence’s outlook for the season.

Lawrence, 29, has not had double-digit sacks since 2018 and made only 11.5 sacks the past two seasons combined.

Receiver Amari Cooper (ankle), defensive tackle Trysten Hill (knee) and defensive end Chauncey Golston (hamstring) remain on the team’s active/physically unable to perform list.

Cowboys have “later than sooner” mindset regarding Dak Prescott’s return to practice

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The Cowboys are 41 days from their season opener, so they have no reason to rush Dak Prescott back to practice.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said the team’s mindset on Prescott is “later than sooner.”

The Cowboys will reevaluate Prescott on Monday to see if he will throw Tuesday before the team heads to Canton, McCarthy said.

Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Cowboys expect to keep their injured veterans, including Prescott, Michael Gallup, Amari Cooper, Trysten Hill and DeMarcus Lawrence, at training camp in California to rehab while the team plays in the Hall of Fame Game.

Prescott did conditioning during Friday’s practice.

Prescott left Wednesday’s practice early with shoulder soreness, and an MRI revealed a strained muscle.

DeMarcus Lawrence had “clean-up” back surgery, no “high concern” from Cowboys

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Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence landed on the physically unable to perform list on Thursday and a back issue is the reason for that move.

Head coach Mike McCarthy revealed that Lawrence had postseason surgery on his back. It’s the third time that Lawrence has had that kind of operation, but McCarthy said that this procedure has not raised any red flags for the team about Lawrence’s outlook for the season.

“That is more of a clean-up. It’s not of high concern,” McCarthy said at a press conference. “So, he looks great. It’s probably more us than him, the timeline of him coming back.”

McCarthy indicated that the team was taking a similarly cautious approach with wide receiver Amari Cooper as he works his way back from an ankle injury. Defensive tackle Trysten Hill (knee), kicker Greg Zuerlein (back), defensive end Chauncey Golston (hamstring), and offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt (knee) are also on Dallas’ PUP list.

Report: Cowboys placing Amari Cooper, DeMarcus Lawrence on PUP to begin camp

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As the Cowboys ended their offseason program in June, receiver Amari Cooper was reportedly in danger of missing the start of training camp with an ankle injury.

Now we know that will in fact be the case.

Per ESPN’s Todd Archer, Cooper is one of six Dallas players who will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (back), defensive tackle Trysten Hill (knee), kicker Greg Zuerlein (back), defensive end Chauncey Golston (hamstring), and offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt (knee) are the others. Hill and Hyatt will likely need the most rehab and recovery time.

Additionally, Archer reports the Cowboys will also place undrafted rookie wide receiver T.J. Vasher on the non-football injury list. He suffered a knee injury in college that he’s still recovering from.

Playing in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 5, the Cowboys will hold their first training camp practice of the summer on Thursday.

Cowboys believe they “have already taken a major step with Dan Quinn”

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The Doomsday Defense took on a new meaning last season in Dallas as the Cowboys Defense ranked as one of the worst — if not the worst — in team history. The Cowboys allowed a franchise-record 473 points, topping the team-record 436 in 2010.

The 6,183 total yards allowed and 2,541 rushing yards allowed both were the second-most in team history.

The Cowboys fired defensive coordinator Mike Nolan after one season and hired former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn.

“We’ve already taken a major step with Dan Quinn,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday. “I think he’s going to be very special. When we did our diligence, figuring it out with coach [Mike] McCarthy and Jerry [Jones] and myself, what he would be like as a defensive coordinator, it was nothing but rave reviews. His players want to lay it on the line for him. They want to play hard for him.

“I think we’ve got a lot of great players on defense, whether it’s DeMarcus Lawrence, whether it’s Leighton Vander Esch or Jaylon Smith, whether it’s a Randy Gregory, who is up-and-coming. Young guys like (Neville) Gallimore and Trysten Hill. There’s a lot to work with there, and I think he’s going to get it out of them. I think he’s going to put a system in where they can play hard and fast and confident in what they’re doing. And then if we go do our work in the offseason in terms of improving it, I think we’re going to check that box.”

Quinn’s defenses in Seattle ranked first in the NFL in points and yards in 2013 and 2014, his first two seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator. He has had only one top-10 defense since with the Falcons ranking ninth in yards and eighth in points in 2017 while Quinn was head coach.

“Quinn, in my view, has some great skins on the wall,” Jerry Jones said. “He’s got great experience. He is people-skilled. When you’re around him, you’ll see that. He’s certainly a dedicated football coach, and he’s covered a lot of ground. We have a lot of tape, so to speak, if you were talking about a player. We’ve got really a lot of information to look at to decide how he fits us. He was absolutely perfect for us in this situation to come in here. He’ll be extraordinarily influential in how we put together our personnel on defense. I think he’s got that kind of credibility.”

Quinn has his work cut out for him this season, but as Stephen Jones pointed out, he does have a few players in place to build around.

Cowboys place Tyrone Crawford on COVID-19 list

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The Cowboys placed defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford on the COVID-19 reserve list Wednesday, the team announced.

It is unknown whether Crawford tested positive or was in close contact with someone who did.

He becomes the team’s second player on the list, joining quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton tested positive last week, missing the loss to the Steelers.

The Cowboys are on their bye this week.

The Cowboys also announced they claimed defensive lineman Ron’Dell Carter off waivers from the Colts.

Carter entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie, signing with the Cowboys for $145,000 guaranteed. It was the highest guarantee the Cowboys gave any undrafted rookie.

He was on the Cowboys’ practice squad until the Colts signed him to their 53-player roster in late September. Carter did not appear in a game for Indianapolis.

He will provide depth at defensive tackle with Trysten Hill out for the season with a torn ACL.

Cowboys adding Justin Hamilton from practice squad for Monday’s game

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The Cowboys will be adding a defensive tackle to the roster for Monday night’s game against the Cardinals.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the team is calling Justin Hamilton up from the practice squad.

Hamilton spent some time on the active roster last year, but did not appear in any games. He has appeared in five games for the Eagles and three games for the Eagles since the start of the 2017 season. He has three tackles and a half-sack in those appearances.

The Cowboys need some more bodies up front after losing defensive tackle Trysten Hill for the season to a torn ACL.

Dak Prescott has compound fracture dislocation of his right ankle

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The Cowboys announced Dak Prescott has a right ankle compound fracture dislocation.

“He was treated with a sterile dressing and then left for the hospital,” Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said. “He will undergo surgery to wash out the wound and fix the fracture.”

The injury turned out to be as gruesome as it looked, with the bone coming through the skin. That makes it a high-risk injury for Prescott, who is playing this season under the $31.4 million franchise tag.

“You knew right away it was serious,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “I feel terrible for him. He was having a tremendous year in just a short time working with him. He’s made such an impression on me, and he’s clearly the leader of this football team. I have no doubt that he’ll bounce back from this and this will be a part of his great story. This will just be another chapter in a great story. He’s a fine young man and an outstanding quarterback.”

Prescott, who was leading the league with 1,690 yards, was injured in the third quarter on a 9-yard scramble during a tackle by Logan Ryan. He was carted off the field in tears and transported to the hospital for immediate surgery.

Prescott’s brother, Tad, posted a photo of a smiling Dak at the hospital: “God is good, and he’ll be back STRONGER than ever. I (expletive) guarante3 IT. Let’s go @dak continue to walk by #FAITH & I’ll make sure you continue to #FIGHT”

Andy Dalton replaced Prescott and led the Cowboys to a dramatic 37-34 victory on the final play of the game.

“You absolutely hate it for Dak,” Dalton said. “The way that he was playing this year, and everything he’s put into it, I hate to see that for him. It’s emotional. You hate that injuries happen in this game. Unfortunately, they’re part of it. Definitely praying for him. This has been a lot of fun to be around him ever since I got here, just to see how he works, see how he prepares. You could see it just in the way he was playing this year. I absolutely hate it for him.”

McCarthy also expressed fear for defensive tackle Trysten Hill, calling Hill’s knee injury “serious.” The Cowboys announced Hill has a right knee sprain but will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent.

Trysten Hill carted off with apparent leg injury

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Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill, whose tackles injured running backs Chris Carson and Nick Chubb the past two weeks, was injured himself in the second half Sunday.

Hill was rushing Daniel Jones, and, while trying to hold up Jones so he wouldn’t be called for a penalty following a short completion, and appeared to injure his right knee.

He was carted off with 10:32 remaining in the third quarter.

Hill was playing because the Cowboys lost Gerald McCoy for the season during training camp.

Carson and the Seahawks accused Hill of intentionally injuring the running back two weeks ago, twisting his leg at the end of a tackle. The NFL fined Hill $6,522.

A legal tackle by Hill injured Chubb last week.

The Cowboys, hit hard by injuries, later lost Dak Prescott. The quarterback, too, was carted off with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.

Chris Carson calls Trysten Hill twisting his knee B.S., but says Hill apologized

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Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill committed what may have been the dirtiest play of this NFL season when he twisted Seahawks running back Chris Carson‘s knee on a tackle. Unsurprisingly, Carson thought it was inexcusable.

Carson told reporters today that he viewed the move by Hill the way everyone else did.

“Kind of like what everybody thought about it I thought it was kind of a bulls–t-ass play but it is what it is,” Carson said, via Curtis Crabtree of PFT.

Carson said Hill reached out to him to apologize, and Carson seemed to appreciate that. But Carson was right to be angry — and Hill was lucky that the NFL only fined him and did not suspend him.

Nick Chubb to undergo MRI on injured knee


If the Browns fear the worst for Nick Chubb, they aren’t saying so publicly.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said after the game the running back will need an MRI on his knee Monday to determine the severity.

“We just don’t know,” Stefanski said.

Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi also will undergo an MRI on Monday for an abdominal injury that forced him to leave the game.

Chubb, who nearly won the rushing title last season, is the biggest concern.

With 1:08 remaining in the first quarter, Chubb was in the backfield blocking for Baker Mayfield when Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill inadvertently rolled into the back of Chubb’s leg.

Chubb did not return.

The Browns did not need him Sunday, rushing for 307 yards in a 49-38 victory over the Cowboys.

“Credit to the players,” Stefanski said, via 92.3 The Fan. “We had varying run schemes going there and stuck with the plan. We had some explosive runs. But credit to the players.”

D'Ernest Johnson, who had 11 career touches for 97 yards in his first 19 games before Sunday, carried 13 times for 95 yards against the Cowboys. Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had two carries for 73 yards, with his 50-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter sealing the victory.

Kareem Hunt, a former rushing champion, had 11 carries for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

Chubb had six carries for 43 yards before leaving.

Trysten Hill fined for twisting Chris Carson’s leg

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The Seahawks were upset with Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill for twisting Seahawks running back Chris Carson‘s leg after a tackle during last Sunday’s game and the league has fined Hill in response to the move.

Hill’s move left Carson with a knee injury and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that he’s been fined $6,522 for his actions last weekend. There were calls for a suspension from some corners during the week and those who felt that way will likely believe Hill’s getting off easy for a play that clearly crossed the line.

Carson was able to practice this week and has been listed as questionable to face the Dolphins, although Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll suggested he’d be available.

That wasn’t the only play that led to a fine for Hill. Pelissero reports that he was fined the same amount for roughing Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the game.


Jamal Adams won’t play this week, Chris Carson should be in lineup

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The Seahawks won’t have safety Jamal Adams in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Adams hurt his groin in last Sunday’s win over the Cowboys and has not practiced this week. Head coach Pete Carroll said on KIRO that Adams is not healthy enough to play.

“Jamal is not ready yet. He won’t make it. We’ll miss the heck out of him,” Carroll said, via 710 ESPN.

Linebacker Jordyn Brooks, who has a knee injury, is also set to miss the game.

Carroll had better news when it came to running back Chris Carson. Carson hurt his knee when Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill twisted his leg after a play last week, but Carroll said he’s had an “excellent week” and was able to show he’s ready to play.

Jamal Adams on Trysten Hill leg twist: “That was some BS”

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The NFL didn’t suspend Cowboys defensive lineman Trysten Hill for rolling on the turf with the leg of Seahawks running back Chris Carson in Hill’s clutches. That hasn’t stopped plenty of members of the Seahawks from speaking out about it.

Appearing on this week’s edition of Uninterrupted’s 17 Weeks podcast on SiriusXM/Pandora, safety Jamal Adams addressed Hill’s maneuver in blunt terms.

“Yeah, that was some BS I ain’t gonna lie, bro,” Adams said. “I get a gator roll, but once you gator roll, he’s on the ground, let go. You don’t gotta keep on going. It just didn’t make sense and obviously I’m gonna fight for my teammate. Chris is a hell of a guy. I don’t know why [Hill] would do that, what he was thinking.

“I mean, he was down on the ground, then after he twisted his leg there was another guy that came and kinda jumped on him. It was just unnecessary, man. I’m all for playing hard and I’m all for trying to get these big hits or make a tackle. I’m a defensive player, I get it, but let’s keep it clean, man. I wonder how much he’s going to get fined for that, you know?”

Hill should get fined plenty. He should have been suspended. It’s unclear why the league didn’t do it; here’s hoping that, if Hill does it again, he gets suspended. Actually, here’s hoping Hill never does it again.

25 names appear on Seahawks’ injury report

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Three weeks into the season, the Seahawks are banged up. How banged up? A whopping 25 players appear on their Week Four injury report, only three of whom got time off for rest.

The best news is that running back Chris Carson (pictured), who suffered a knee injury when having his knee twisted by Cowboys defensive lineman Trysten Hill, participated in practice on a limited basis.

Not practicing on Wednesday were safety Jamal Adams (groin), tackle Duane Brown (knee), cornerback Quinton Dunbar (knee), defensive end Benson Mayowa (groin), defensive tackle Poona Ford (groin), and linebacker Jordyn Brooks (knee).

In addition to Carson, player practicing on a limited basis were tight end Will Dissly (Achilles), cornerback Shaquill Griffin (shoulder), cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hip), safety Lano Hill (back), running back Carlos Hyde (shoulder), guard Damien Lewis (ankle), center Ethan Pocic (ankle, knee), and guard Mike Iupati.

Fully participating in practice despite injury were defensive tackle Jarran Reed (back), linebacker Cody Barton (quadriceps), tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (pectoral), defensive end L.J. Collier (wrist), tackle Jamarco Jones (elbow), cornerback Tre Flowers (hand), and receiver David Moore (ankle).

Three players were listed as being limited in practice due to rest: Receiver DK Metcalf, receiver Tyler Lockett, and tight end Greg Olsen.

The 3-0 Seahawks face the 1-2 Dolphins in Miami on Sunday.