Trysten Hill’s suspension reduced to one game on appeal

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The Cowboys play a game in less than 48 hours. They now know for certain they won’t have defensive tackle Trysten Hill against the Saints on Thursday night.

Hill, though, can return to the team Friday.

His two-game suspension was reduced to one game by appeals officer Derrick Brooks on Tuesday, the NFL announced.

Hill punched Raiders guard John Simpson on the field after their Thanksgiving game. In announcing the suspension Monday, Jon Runyan, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, wrote “you both engaged in a verbal chest-to-chest confrontation which you escalated by throwing an open hand punch to his facemask, forcible enough to cause your opponent’s helmet to come off.”

It is unknown why the NFL waited four days — three days before the Cowboys’ next game — to announce the suspension. NFL Media originally reported the league would not suspend Hill.

The Cowboys, though, will get Hill back for their game against Washington in Week 14.

Hill tore an ACL in Week 5 last season and didn’t return until Week 10 this season. He has played three games in 2021, making eight tackles.

NFL suspends Cowboys’ Trysten Hill two games for hitting Raiders’ John Simpson after game

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Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill has been suspended two games for hitting Raiders guard John Simpson on the field after their Thanksgiving game.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan issued the suspension, and the NFL released the statement Runyan sent to Hill.

“After the Las Vegas Raiders-Dallas Cowboys game on November 25, you engaged in conduct that this office considers unnecessary roughness and displays a lack of sportsmanship,” Runyan told Hill. “Specifically, as both teams were shaking hands, you waited more than 50 seconds for your opponent at the 50-yard line. When you located him, you then walked toward him in the opposite direction of your locker room. You both engaged in a verbal chest-to-chest confrontation which you escalated by throwing an open hand punch to his facemask, forcible enough to cause your opponent’s helmet to come off.”

Hill has the right to appeal. If he loses the appeal, Hill will miss the Cowboys’ next two games, against New Orleans and Washington.

Report: Trysten Hill won’t be suspended for punching John Simpson

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Penalty flags flooded the field at AT&T Stadium during Thursday’s Raiders win over the Cowboys and the rule violations didn’t end at the final whistle.

While Raiders players were celebrating the win by digging into some turkey, cameras roamed the field filming interactions between players from both teams. One of those interactions turned violent when Cowboys defensive Trysten Hill punched Raiders guard John Simpson in the head.

The punch knocked Simpson’s helmet off his head and players quickly moved in to keep things from escalating any further.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Hill won’t be suspended for the punch, but that his actions will be evaluated for a fine. It seems likely that evaluation will wind up with one being issued by the league in the near future.

Cowboys Trysten Hill punched Raiders John Simpson after game

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Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill took out his frustrations from Thursday’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on one of his opponents after the game.

In a segment on ESPN, video was captured of Hill delivering a punch to Raiders guard John Simpson as the two teams mingled on the field after the game. The punch to Simpson sent his helmet flying off his head with Simpson and Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby immediately moving to confront Hill in the aftermath.

Simpson had to be restrained by multiple teammates in the footage that was shown.

The punch thrown by Hill will almost certainly result in a fine headed his direction.

Ezekiel Elliott listed as limited in practice Monday

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott left Sunday’s game for a brief time after aggravating his knee injury, but he was able to get back on the field and played 69 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.

On Monday, he would have been a limited participant in practice if the Cowboys had held an actual session. They estimated participation levels ahead of Thursday’s game against the Raiders.

Left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) also would have been limited. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on Monday morning that the team expects Smith back after missing the last three games.

Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is in the concussion protocol and wouldn’t have practiced. Safety Donovan Wilson (shoulder, chest) also would have sat out the session and head coach Mike McCarthy said that he will not play on Thursday.

Defensive tackle Trysten Hill (foot), wide receiver Cedrick Wilson (shoulder), and cornerback Nahshon Wright (hamstring) would have been full participants in practice.

Cowboys activate Michael Gallup, Trysten Hill

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Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said wide receiver Michael Gallup was 100 percent recovered from his calf injury and he’ll make his first appearance in the lineup since Week One as a result.

Gallup has been activated from injured reserve ahead of Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury and his status will likely have some bearing on the role Gallup plays on Sunday.

The Cowboys also announced that defensive tackle Trysten Hill has been activated from the physically unable to perform list. Hill tore his ACL last season and will make his 2021 debut if he plays against Atlanta.

Kicker Lirim Hajrullahu was called up from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement for Greg Zuerlein to round out Saturday’s moves in Dallas.

Cowboys place Brent Urban, Maurice Canady on injured reserve

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The Cowboys placed defensive end Brent Urban and cornerback Maurice Canady on injured reserve. The players will have to miss a minimum of three games before becoming eligible to return.

Urban has a triceps injury that will not require surgery, Todd Archer of ESPN reports. Canady has a concussion.

The Cowboys could use one of the roster spots to activate cornerback Kelvin Joseph. The second-round draft pick competed with veteran Anthony Brown for a starting job in training camp before injuring his groin late in preseason. He went on injured reserve before returning to practice Oct. 13.

The team also is expected to designate Michael Gallup, Trysten Hill and Francis Bernard to return from injured reserve with the three players ready to return to practice this week.

Urban has played six games with four starts. He has three tackles and a pass breakup while seeing action on 161 defensive snaps and 26 on special teams.

Canady has three tackles in six games, seeing action on 42 defensive snaps and 76 on special teams.

Cowboys designate Michael Gallup for return from injured reserve

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The Cowboys have opened the window for wide receiver Michael Gallup to return from injured reserve.

Gallup has been out since injuring his calf in Week One and will be able to practice with the team for 21 days before reaching a deadline to be activated or shut down for the season. He can be activated at any point in that window and could play against the Vikings in Week Eight.

Gallup had four catches for 36 yards before getting hurt.

He isn’t the only player who will be starting on his way back to the lineup. Linebacker Francis Bernard has also been designated for return from injured reserve while defensive tackle Trysten Hill is making his way back from the physically unable to perform list. Neither player has appeared in a game this season.

PFT’s 2021 NFC 53-man roster cuts tracker

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[Editor’s note: We’re keeping track of the moves as NFC teams make them this weekend, as they have to get to their 53-man roster limit by Tuesday, August 31 at 4 p.m. Check back throughout the coming days as we update all the moves.]


Released quarterback Garrett Gilbert. Waived quarterback Ben DiNucci. Announced they released long snapper Jake McQuaide, quarterback Garrett Gilbert, safety Darian Thompson, cornerback Deante Burton, offensive tackle Eric Smith, tight end Jeremy Sprinkle and defensive tackle Justin Hamilton; waived receiver Johnnie Dixon, quarterback Ben DiNucci, receiver Osirus Mitchell, receiver Reggie Davis, receiver Aaron Parker, safety Steven Parker, running back Brenden Knox, running back JaQuan Hardy, safety Tyler Coyle, fullback Nick Ralston, tight end Nick Eubanks, tight end Artayvious Lynn, defensive end Austin Faoliu, offensive tackle Isaac Alarcon, center Braylon Jones, receiver Brandon Smith and defensive end Ron’Dell Carter; placed defensive tackle Trysten Hill on the reserve/physically unable to perform list; placed receiver T.J. Vasher on the reserve/non-football injury list; placed receiver Noah Brown on the COVID-19 reserve list; and activated defensive end Chauncey Golston from the active/physically unable to perform list.

New York Giants

Linebacker Ryan Anderson was suspended for six games. Traded defensive tackle B.J. Hill to Cincinnati for center Billy Price. Acquired offensive lineman Ben Bredeson in trade with Baltimore. Released running back Corey Clement, edge rusher Ifeadi Odenigbo, offensive linemen Chad Slade, Jonotthan Harrison and Kenny Wiggins; linebacker Ryan Anderson; defensive lineman Willie Henry and long snapper Casey Kreiter. Waived quarterback Brian Lewerke; wide receivers David Sills, Damion Willis and Matt Cole; tight ends Nakia Griffin-Stewart and Jake Hausmann; running back Sandro Platzgummer; offensive linemen Jackson Barton, Jake Burton and Brett Heggie; defensive linemen David Moa, Willie Henry and Elijah Qualls; linebackers Devante Downs and Niko Lalas; and defensive backs Madre Harper, Chris Johnson and Jordyn Peters. Placed offensive lineman Ted Larsen and wide receivers Alex Bachman and Austin Mack on injured reserve. Placed cornerback Aaron Robinson on PUP list.


Traded a conditional 2022 sixth-round pick to the Jaguars for quarterback Gardner Minshew and waived quarterback Nick Mullens. Waived running back Elijah Holyfield, tight end Cary Angeline, defensive end JaQuan Bailey, wide receiver Marken Michel, and linebacker Rashad Smith. Traded offensive lineman Matt Pryor to Indianapolis. Released running back Jordan Howard, tight end Richard Rodgers, safety Andrew Adams, tackle Le'Raven Clark, defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway, and cornerback Kevon Seymour; placed safety Blake Countess on injured reserve; placed defensive tackle T.Y. McGill on COVID-19 reserve list; waived wide receiver Travis Fulgham, safety Grayland Arnold, offensive lineman Kayode Awosika, wide receiver John Hightower, running back Jason Huntley, cornerback Michael Jacquet, cornerback Craig James, defensive end Matt Leo, guard Sua Opeta, wide receiver Andre Patton, offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher, safety Elijah Riley, linebacker JaCoby Stevens, and defensive tackle Raequan Williams.


Released running back Peyton Barber. Waived receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden. Waived or released quarterback Steven Montez, guard Beau Benzschawel, defensive end William Bradley-King, wide receiver Tony Brown, center Keith Ismael, cornerback Danny Johnson, linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk, defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence, safety Cole Luke, guard Wes Martin, linebacker David Mayo, cornerback Jimmy Moreland, linebacker Jared Norris, safety Jeremy Reaves, defensive end Bunmi Rotimi, tackle David Sharpe, tackle David Steinmetz, cornerback Linden Stephens, center Jon Toth, linebacker Joe Walker, running back Jonathan Williams, tight end Caleb Wilson, defensive tackle Daniel Wise, defensive tackle Gabe Wright, and wide receiver Isaiah Wright.


Released wide receiver Riley Ridley. Released cornerback Desmond Trufant. Placed running back Tarik Cohen on the PUP list. Waived or released cornerback Thomas Graham and wide receiver Dazz Newsome, defensive tackle Daniel Archibong, wide receiver Isaiah Coulter, guard Dieter Eiselen, guard Arlington Hambright, tight end Scooter Harrington, kicker Brian Johnson, wide receiver Jon'Vea Johnson, linebacker Sam Kamara, wide receiver Chris Lacy, defensive tackle LaCale London, running back Ryan Nall, running back Artavis Pierce, defensive back Tre Roberson, defensive back Dionte Ruffin, linebacker Charles Snowden, defensive back Teez Tabor, linebacker James Vaughters, tackle Tyrone Wheatley, cornerback Artie Burns, defensive back Marqui Christian, defensive tackle Mike Pennell, and center Adam Redmond.


Released wide receiver Breshad Perriman. Waived safety Alijah Holder. Waived cornerback Mike Ford, offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby, wide receiver Victor Bolden, wide receiver Damion Ratley, defensive tackle Miles Brown, offensive lineman Evan Heim, and offensive lineman Dan Skipper. Acquired wide receiver Trinity Benson in a trade with Denver. Released kicker Randy Bullock, kicker Zane Gonzalez, cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, receiver Geronimo Allison, and cornerback Corn Elder. Waived linebacker Tavante Beckett, linebacker Rashod Berry, safety Jalen Elliott, defensive tackle Bruce Hector, guard Tommy Kraemer, tight end Alize Mack, receiver Javon McKinley, running back Dedrick Mills, offensive tackle Darrin Paulo, running back Craig Reynolds, receiver Sage Surratt, linebacker Jahlani Tavai, and tight end Brock Wright. Placed defensive end Jason Cornell on injured reserve.

Green Bay

Placed tackle David Bakhtiari on the PUP list. Announced they cut punter JK Scott, receiver Equanimeous St. Brown, defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson, receiver Reggie Begelton, quarterback Kurt Benkert, offensive guard Ben Braden, offensive lineman Jacob Capra, offensive lineman Coy Cronk, cornerback Stephen Denmark, cornerback Kabion Ento, cornerback Rojesterman Farris, safety Innis Gaines, linebacker Tipa Galeai, linebacker De’Jon Harris, receiver Damon Hazelton, tight end Bronson Kaufusi, defensive lineman Carlo Kemp, kicker JJ Molson, defensive lineman Willington Previlon, linebacker Delontae Scott, running back Patrick Taylor, safety Christian Uphoff, offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen, linebacker Ray Wilborn, running back Dexter Williams and receiver Juwann Winfree; placed offensive tackle David Bakhtiari on reserve/physically unable to perform; and placed tight end Jace Sternberger on reserve/suspended.


Waived running back Ito Smith, defensive tackle Zeandae Johnson and center Cohl Cabral. Announced they released pass rusher Everson Griffen, running back Ameer Abdullah, long snapper Andrew DePaola, offensive guard Dakota Dozier and cornerback Tye Smith; waived offensive tackle Zack Bailey, fullback Jake Bargas, linebacker Tuf Borland, quarterback Jake Browning, tight end Zach Davidson, safety Myles Dorn, offensive guard Kyle Hinton, defensive end Hercules Mata'afa, receiver Myron Mitchell, cornerback Parry Nickerson, receiver Whop Philyor, running back A.J. Rose, Jr., defensive end Kenny Willekes and tight end Shane Zylstra; and waived/injured receiver Chad Beebe, safety Luther Kirk, offensive guard Dru Samia and quarterback Nate Stanley.


Released defensive lineman Eli Ankou, wide receiver Trevor Davis, and running back D'Onta Foreman; waived cornerback Delrick Abrams, offensive lineman Willie Beavers, defensive lineman Zac Dawe, linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee, wide receiver Juwan Green, running back Caleb Huntley, safety Dwayne Johnson, linebacker Kobe Jones, offensive lineman Sam Jones, punter Dom Maggio, offensive lineman Ryan Neuzil, wide receiver Antonio Nunn, safety JR Pace, tight end John Raine, wide receiver Chris Rowland, offensive lineman Joe Sculthorpe, linebacker Tuzar Skipper, defensive lineman Chris Slayton, offensive lineman Kion Smith, linebacker Erroll Thompson, tight end David Wells, and cornerback Chris Williamson; placed offensive lineman Matt Gono on the PUP list; and placed tight end Parker Hesse on the COVID-19 reserve list.


Waived kicker Joey Slye. Waived tackle Martez Ivey, receiver Ishmael Hyman, linebacker Paddy Fisher, and linebacker Jonathan Celestin; waived/injured running back Darius Clark; and released safety Doug Middleton. Acquired defensive end Darryl Johnson in trade with Buffalo. Waived quarterback Will Grier, wide receiver Omar Bayless, running back Spencer Brown, defensive lineman Frank Herron, offensive lineman Mike Horton, cornerback Jalen Julius, wide receiver Keith Kirkwood, linebacker Christian Miller, offensive lineman Aaron Monteiro, wide receiver C.J. Saunders, tight end Stephen Sullivan, and offensive lineman Sam Tecklenburg; and released linebacker Josh Bynes. Released cornerback Rashaan Melvin; waived safety Kenny Robinson and running back Reggie Bonnafon; and placed rookie long snapper Thomas Fletcher on injured reserve. Waived running back Rodney Smith.

New Orleans

Released running back Devonta Freeman. Released quarterback Trevor Siemian but plan to re-sign him. Announced they released fullback Alex Armah, offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch, running back Devonta Freeman, receiver Chris Hogan, defensive back Natrell Jamerson, offensive tackle Jordan Mills, cornerback KeiVarae Russell, quarterback Trevor Siemian, defensive tackle Damion Square, offensive guard J.R. Sweezy and receiver Kevin White; waived receiver Kawaan Baker, defensive lineman Josiah Bronson, defensive back Eric Burrell, cornerback Grant Haley, defensive tackle Albert Huggins, offensive lineman Derrick Kelly, defensive lineman R.J. McIntosh, linebacker Wynton McManis, cornerback Bryan Mills, center Christian Montano, linebacker Shaq Smith, defensive back Deuce Wallace, receiver Easop Winston and tight end Ethan Wolf; placed defensive tackle David Onyemata on the reserve/suspended list; and placed receiver Michael Thomas on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Tampa Bay

Released cornerback Antonio Hamilton. Announced they waived cornerback Chris Wilcox, offensive tackle Jake Benzinger, receiver Cyril Grayson, safety Javon Hagan, outside linebacker Ladarius Hamilton, offensive guard Jonathan Hubbard, tight end Tanner Hudson, receiver Travis Jonsen, cornerback Herb Miller, tight end Codey McElroy, outside linebacker Elijah Ponder, defensive lineman Benning Potoa’e, defensive lineman Kobe Smith and offensive lineman Brandon Walton; released tight end Jerell Adams, quarterback Ryan Griffin, cornerback Antonio Hamilton, linebacker Joe Jones, defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter, receiver Jaydon Mickens and running back C.J. Prosise; waived/injured offensive tackle Brad Seaton; and placed receiver Justin Watson on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.


Waived receiver KeeSean Johnson, offensive lineman Shaq Calhoun, running back Tavien Feaster, center Michal Menet, defensive lineman Cam Murray, cornerback Picasso Nelson, receiver A.J. Richardson, linebacker Evan Weaver, punter Ryan Winslow, and linebacker Bryson Young. Placed cornerback Darqueze Dennard on injured reserve. Placed Malcolm Butler on the reserve/retired list. Waived or released receiver Andre Baccellia, safety Chris Banjo, receiver Greg Dortch, linebacker Kylie Fitts, offensive lineman Sean Harlow, defensive lineman Margus Hunt, offensive lineman Koda Martin, defensive lineman Josh Mauro, tight end Bernhard Seikovits, tight end Ross Travis, linebacker Reggie Walker, cornerback Jace Whittaker, safety James Wiggins, safety Shawn Williams, and cornerback Daryl Worley. Waived/injured offensive lineman Marcus Henry.

Los Angeles Rams

Waived defensive back Troy Warner, defensive back Brontae Harris, wide receiver Jeremiah Haydel, guard Jeremiah Kolone, guard Jordan Meredith, and defensive back Donovan Olumba. Traded punter Corey Bojorquez to the Packers. Waived receiver Landen Akers, running back Otis Anderson, defensive tackle Eric Banks, tight end Kendall Blanton, offensive tackle Chandler Brewer, defensive lineman Earnest Brown, defensive tackle Marquise Copeland, defensive end John Daka, defensive back Dont’e Deayon, defensive back Jake Gervase, defensive back Tyler Hall, receiver Trishton Jackson, linebacker Micah Kiser, receiver J.J. Koski, linebacker Justin Lawler, defensive back Kareem Orr, linebacker Christian Rozeboom, and offensive tackle Max Pircher. Waived/injured running back Xavier Jones.

San Francisco

Waived/injured wide receiver Richie James, signed wide receiver River Cracraft. Traded linebacker Jonas Griffith to Denver. Released safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, receiver Travis Benjamin, offensive lineman Jake Brendel, running back Wayne Gallman, cornerback Dontae Johnson, offensive lineman Senio Kelemete, tight end Jordan Matthews, tight end MyCole Pruitt, quarterback Nate Sudfeld, and defensive lineman Eddie Yarbrough. Waived defensive lineman Alex Barrett, receiver River Cracraft, defensive lineman Darrion Daniels, offensive lineman Alfredo Gutierrez, safety Jared Mayden, offensive lineman Colton McKivitz, cornerback Alexander Myres, offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley, linebacker Elijah Sullivan, and receiver Nsimba Webster. Placed defensive back Tarvarius Moore and running back Jeff Wilson Jr. on the PUP list. Placed offensive tackle Shon Coleman on injured reserve. Placed defensive lineman Jordan Willis on the reserve/suspended list.


Released defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, safety Damarious Randall, and guard Justin Simmons. Waived defensive tackle Myles Adams, tight end Ian Bunting, tackle Tommy Champion, safety Aashari Crosswell, linebacker Aaron Donkor, guard Greg Eiland, wide receiver Aaron Fuller, wide receiver Penny Hart, cornerback Gavin Heslop, defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt, guard Jared Hocker,  wide receiver Cade Johnson, running back Josh Johnson, guard Pier-Olivier Lestage, center Brad Lundblade, tight end Tyler Mabry, safety Joshua Moon, cornerback John Reid, linebacker Jon Rhattigan, wide receiver Darece Roberson Jr., cornerback Will Sunderland, tight end Cam Sutton, wide receiver Cody Thompson, wide receiver Travis Toivonen, wide receiver Connor Wedington, and linebacker Lakiem Williams.

Cowboys make 28 moves to reach 53-player roster limit

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The Cowboys released veteran long snapper Jake McQuaide, leaving them without one, but only briefly. They plan to re-sign McQuaide after making more moves Wednesday.

The team cut 24 players Tuesday, including quarterbacks Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci, to reach the NFL’s 53-player roster limit.

The Cowboys announced they released McQuaide, Gilbert, safety Darian Thompson, cornerback Deante Burton, offensive tackle Eric Smith, tight end Jeremy Sprinkle and defensive tackle Justin Hamilton. They waived receiver Johnnie Dixon, DiNucci, receiver Osirus Mitchell, receiver Reggie Davis, receiver Aaron Parker, safety Steven Parker, running back Brenden Knox, running back JaQuan Hardy, safety Tyler Coyle, fullback Nick Ralston, tight end Nick Eubanks, tight end Artayvious Lynn, defensive end Austin Faoliu, offensive tackle Isaac Alarcon, center Braylon Jones, receiver Brandon Smith and defensive end Ron’Dell Carter.

Defensive tackle Trysten Hill reverted to the reserve/physically unable to perform list. He will miss at least the first six weeks of the season, per NFL rules. It’s the same timeline for receiver T.J. Vasher, who reverts to the reserve/non-football injury list.

The Cowboys placed receiver Noah Brown on the COVID-19 reserve list.

Defensive end Chauncey Golston, who spent camp on the active/physically unable to perform list, passed his physical and counts toward the 53.

The Cowboys have several candidates who are eligible to go on injured reserve after Tuesday, allowing them to return this season. Defensive tackle Neville Gallimore (elbow), tight end Sean McKeon (ankle) and offensive tackle Josh Ball (ankle) all have injuries that could keep them out a few games.

The team still has four players on the COVID-19 reserve list in receiver CeeDee Lamb, guard/center Connor Williams, defensive tackle Carlos Watkins and safety Damontae Kazee.

Neville Gallimore won’t return after injuring left arm

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The Cowboys didn’t have much depth at defensive tackle entering Friday night. They are holding their breath they didn’t get thinner in the first quarter against the Cardinals.

Neville Gallimore, a third-round choice in 2020, went down with 7:40 remaining in the first quarter. His arm appeared to get caught in a pile that included teammate Brent Urban on a 4-yard run by Chase Edmonds.

Gallimore remained on the field, writhing in pain and grabbing at his left arm.

He walked directly to the locker room with the medical staff.

Cowboys sideline reporter Kristi Scales reports that Gallimore won’t return.

Gallimore played 14 games with nine starts last season, making 28 tackles and half a sack.

“Neville is doing a great job,” Cowboys defensive line coach Aden Durde said earlier this week, via Mark Lane of WFAA. “He’s playing with intent and energy.”

Defensive tackle Trysten Hill continues to work his way back from a torn ACL that ended his season after five games. The Cowboys list Justin Hamilton, Osa Odighizuwa and Austin Faoliu behind Gallimore.

Dak Prescott, DeMarcus Lawrence among 16 Cowboys not traveling with team

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The Cowboys will play in the NFL’s first preseason game since 2019 on Thursday against the Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game, but 16 of their players will not be making the trip Canton, Ohio this week.

Quarterback Dak Prescott is on that list. It never seemed likely that Prescott would play after he strained a muscle in his right shoulder last week and head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed it when saying the team’s going to be “more conservative” when it comes to dealing with the injury.

Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will also be staying home. He’s just off the physically unable to perform list after having offseason back surgery and will have to wait for a return to game action.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper, defensive end Chauncey Golston, defensive tackle Trysten Hill, and kicker Greg Zuerlein remain on the PUP list and will remain at Cowboys camp. Wide receiver T.J. Vasher will do the same as he is on the non-football injury list.

Left tackle Tyron Smith and right guard Zack Martin are also out for Thursday along with tackle Josh Ball, linebacker Francis Bernard, cornerback C.J. Goodwin, safety Malik Hooker, tight end Blake Jarwin, and cornerback Jourdan Lewis.

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.