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Tom Flores, Zach Thomas are Hall of Fame semifinalists for first time

As first-year eligible players, Champ Bailey, Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed are expected to be Hall of Fame finalists. Indeed, they made the initial cut as the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the semifinalists for its Class of 2019. It’s the presence of two other first-timers that comes as a surprise. Coach Tom Flores [more]

Cowboys cut Christian Ringo, re-sign Darian Thompson

The Cowboys re-signed defensive back Darian Thompson on Tuesday, according to the NFL’s official transactions wire. They cut defensive tackle Christian Ringo in a corresponding move. With injuries on its defensive line for its game against the Falcons, Dallas promoted Ringo from the practice squad Saturday. He played eight special teams snaps against the Falcons. [more]

Washington has had bad luck with quarterback decisions

When it comes to making quarterback decisions, Daniel Snyder’s football team has made a run of bad decisions for most of this decade. It started on Easter Sunday in 2010, when Washington surrendered a second-round pick to the Eagles for a washed-up Donovan McNabb. Two years later, Washington surrendered three first-round picks and a second-round [more]

Cowboys’ opponents haven’t had holding penalty on pass play since Week 2

The Cowboys rank seventh in the NFL in sacks per pass play, and somehow their pass rushers aren’t getting held. Or more accurately, they are not getting caught. Only three times this season have officials flagged Dallas’ opponents for holding on a pass play. The last time came in Week Two against the Giants, but [more]

Tyron Smith and Trent Williams limited, Adrian Peterson full in Tuesday practices

Dallas and Washington will face off on Thursday afternoon and both teams listed their left tackles as limited in Tuesday’s practice. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said earlier in the day that Tyron Smith is expected to play after suffering a stinger in last Sunday’s win over the Falcons. Trent Williams has missed two games with [more]

Jay Gruden likes Colt McCoy, which is better than the alternative

Coaches and players get asked all sorts of goofy questions all the time. (And I know, because I often ask said goofy questions during interviews.) On Tuesday, Washington coach Jay Gruden was asked by reporters whether he likes his new starting quarterback, Colt McCoy. “Yeah, I like everybody. I even like you,” Gruden said in [more]

Lighter Ezekiel Elliott is carrying Cowboys on his shoulders

Everyone is looking for a reason for Ezekiel Elliott‘s resurgence. The Cowboys have won their past two games and gotten back into the NFC East race after finding their running game. The team’s star running back had 25 touches for 187 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over the Eagles and 30 touches for [more]

Michael Gallup intends to play Thursday

Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup did not travel back to Dallas with the team after last Sunday’s win over the Falcons so that he could be with his family in Georgia after his brother’s suicide. Gallup’s status for Thursday’s game wasn’t directly addressed by head coach Jason Garrett on Monday, but the coach did say [more]

Washington hoping for Trent Williams return

Washington’s lost a starting quarterback and both starting guards in recent weeks, but could be getting a significant return Thursday. According to Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic, coach Jay Gruden said he was optimistic that left tackle Trent Williams could return to the lineup Thursday against Dallas. Williams has been out since Week Eight with [more]

Cowboys expect Tyron Smith to play Thursday

Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith missed a practice last week due to back spasms and he suffered a stinger during Sunday’s victory over the Falcons, but it doesn’t look like either issue will be a factor heading into Thanksgiving. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was a guest on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday and said that [more]

Chiefs-Rams gives ESPN its biggest Monday night rating in more than four years

Unsurprisingly, Monday night’s Chiefs-Rams instant classic did big business for ESPN. The Rams’ 54-51 win drew an 11.3 overnight rating, which makes it the highest-rated Monday Night Football game on ESPN in more than four years. The last time ESPN got a higher overnight rating for a Monday night game was on October 27, 2014, [more]

NFC playoff picture: Rams’ win keeps them ahead of the Saints, for now

The Rams won Super Bowl 52.5 on Monday night, and as a result they remain the top seed in the NFC playoff picture. But that may not be the case for long: The Rams have a half-game lead over the Saints, but with the Rams on their bye, the Saints can tie it up this [more]

Colt McCoy ready for another shot as starting quarterback with Washington

Colt McCoy is not taking over the helm of the Washington offense under ideal circumstances. McCoy has  a short week to get ready for his first start since 2014 after Alex Smith‘s sustained a season-ending broken leg on Sunday against the Houston Texans. And though McCoy is gutted by the manner in which he’s getting [more]

Geoff Swaim needs surgery for fractured wrist

The Cowboys will play Thursday’s game against Washington without starting tight end Geoff Swaim. Swaim fractured his wrist on the final drive against the Falcons on Sunday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday. Swaim will need surgery, but the injury is not considered season ending. Swaim has 26 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown [more]

Alex Smith’s compound fracture will require 6-8 month recovery

Alex Smith‘s lower leg injury was a compound fracture, meaning the bone broke through the skin, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Washington quarterback underwent surgery Sunday night, and trauma surgeons discovered a spiral fracture, defined as a long bone broken by a rotational force. Washington coach Jay Gruden said Monday that surgery went well, [more]

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