RB Darren McFadden to Start Camp on the PUP List


One of the new players in the Cowboys backfield, that being Darren McFadden, will start training camp on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

McFadden added to his long list of injuries on Thursday when the Cowboys placed the back on the PUP list due to a hamstring pull. McFadden dealt with the same injury during offseason practices. Dallas also added linebacker Rolando McClain to the list and moved Keith Rivers to the retired list.

“We don’t think this is serious, just want to take it day by day,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Thursday.

The “Worst Non-Active Player” in Cowboys History? SI Makes Their Choice


Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the Cowboys included.

The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was truly a bust – that being former DE Shante Carver, who was in a word – awful.

Shante Carver
DE, Dallas Cowboys

When Jerry Jones’s efforts to trade up for USC’s Willie McGinest were unsuccessful in the 1993 draft (his first after parting with Jimmy Johnson), the Cowboys took Carver from Arizona State with the No. 23 pick. Carver had amassed 10 sacks in his final collegiate season and set the school career record for quarterback takedowns—that was eventually broken by Terrell Suggs—so Jones can be forgiven for assuming he’d get something out of his first-rounder.

That didn’t happen. In his rookie year, Carver was plagued by injuries and involved in an car accident. His third season was marked by a six-game suspension for repeated violations of the league’s drug policy. Carver logged a career-high six sacks in 1997, but the Cowboys made no attempt to re-sign him, and he didn’t catch on anywhere else. He finished his NFL career with 11.5 sacks and 20 solo tackles, marking a very bad start to Jones’s personnel experience. After stints in the CFL, XFL and AFL, Carver finally hung up his cleats in 2004.

Tony Romo and Partners Sue NFL Over Cancelled Vegas Fantasy Football Event

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Tony Romo was mighty unhappy in June when the NFL axed the Cowboys QB’s fantasy football event in Las Vegas weeks before kick-off.

Now, it’s the subject of a lawsuit filed in Dallas County on Monday: The Fan Expo v. National Football League, Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News reports.

The Fan Expo, consisting of Romo and “a Dallas entrepreneur and a team of fantasy football experts,” per the lawsuit, wants more than $1,000,000 from the league after it canceled the three-day National Fantasy Football Convention scheduled to take place in July at a convention center attached to the Venetian in Vegas. Pettit confirms to The Dallas Morning News this afternoon that Romo is “part-owner” in The Fan Expo.

We asked if Romo felt, well, awkward suing the league. Pettit said, “I can’t speak for Tony on that. But ultimately those who could make a decision for the entity made that decision” to file the lawsuit on Monday. She says Romo is not going to make a statement concerning the complaint.

So instead we turn to the lawsuit, which says, “This case is about the NFL’s blatant and premeditated sabotage of an event designed to bring together the very people who are the backbone of the NFL — the players and the fans.”

The league claimed it canceled the event because of its location. Then, and now, Romo wasn’t buying it: “It’s like when you’re in high school and you don’t get invited to the party, it makes you feel bad,” Romo said last month. “If they really wanted to just be a part of it, all they had to do was call and ask. It would have been a lot easier than going about the process the way they did.”

According to the lawsuit the event was scheduled to feature about 100 pro ballers, among them Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr., Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones, DeMarco Murray, Alshon Jeffery and other household names. And initially, the suit says, the league was on board and even involved.

But “in early June, the NFL had an abrupt change of heart due, likely to the success experienced by the NFFC,” says the complaint. “On June 3, 2015, less than five weeks before the event was to take place, the NFL began to threaten and harass players who had committed to appear at the event.

Specifically, the NFL threatened player fines and suspensions if the players agreed to the terms of their appearance contracts with the NFFC. By waiting until the last minute to take this position, the NFL ensured they could inflict the maximum negative impact on the NFFC.

On or about Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Brook Gardiner, Senior Labor Relations Counsel at National Football League, placed a phone call to representatives with the Cowboys. Gardiner represented that NFL players would be fined or suspended if they attended the NFFC event in Las Vegas.”

The suit says this wasn’t about gambling, since “no gambling would take place at the event [and] children were allowed and encouraged to attend the event.” Instead, says the suit, the league wanted to shut down something in which it didn’t have a stake, simple as that.

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones Thinks Things All Coming Together for Team Entering Camp

Denver Broncos  v Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys flew under the radar going into training camp a year ago with minimal outside expectations. They don’t have that luxury this year after making a surprise playoff run, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Now, the Cowboys are being lauded as one of the bigger winners this off-season and a Super Bowl favorite. They landed three first-round-caliber players from this year’s draft class, bolstered their pass rush by signing controversial defensive end Greg Hardy and eliminated a potential training camp distraction by signing Dez Bryant to a five-year extension last week.

“I do believe we’ve put together a team here that’s one of the better ones we’ve had in quite some time,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said as he helped open the new Dallas Cowboys Club Restaurant inside Terminal A at DFW Airport on Tuesday.

“I do believe it’s all coming together for us.”

Despite how good he feels about the team with training camp opening next week in Oxnard, Calif., Jones understands that winning the off-season only does so much. He wasn’t ready to give the Cowboys a passing grade until they actually play games.

“It’s all about the production on the field,” Jones said. “We obviously feel like we got a lot accomplished. Whether we did or not remains to be seen, and it’ll all be in whether we have a successful season. We theoretically got done what we felt like we needed to do to make our team better and take the next step. Now we’ll see if it happens.”

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones Admits Bryant Didn’t Make Catch Vs Packers

Green Bay Packers vs Dallas Cowboys, 2015 NFC Divisional Playoffs

Fox Sports reports news that no Cowboys fan will probably still admit – Dez Bryant’s critical drop last season in the huge NFC Divisional Playoff game vs the Packers was ruled correctly.

NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino visited the Cowboys front office and coaching staff over the offseason, and now Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones sees Dez Bryant’s apparent catch vs. the Green Bay Packers in last winter’s NFL playoffs differently.

“You know, as it turns out, according to the rule, I think the call was correct,” Jones said Tuesday at the grand opening of the Dallas Cowboys Club at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The seeming go-ahead touchdown catch that was waived off after a thorough replay review speaked a heated controversy, especially since it helped knock the Cowboys from the postseason. The recent consensus with the Cowboys was built through “lengthy discussions,” according to Blandino.

“I came here to Dallas to and visited the coaching staff and had discussions with Coach Garrett and the rest of their staff,” Blandino said last week at the annual officiating clinic in Irving. “And it was always positive. They may not agree with the call, but it was always positive. ‘Hey, look let’s get to some common ground as to what are we going to teach our players. How can we can consistent?’ ”

Even though the two competition committee members are looking for consistency, Jones is also looking for a way to alter the rule so in the future such spectacular, athletic plays aren’t ineligible.

“Now, going forward is there a better way that great plays that are made by great players like Dez Bryant or a Calvin Johnson, is there a way where you can tweak a rule to say, ‘Hey, those guys really caught those footballs and they should be catches under the NFL rules’? That’s the job of the competition committee and for us to continue to look for ways to get better.”

Jerry Jones Tells Dez Bryant He Wants Five Super Bowls – In a Row

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Now that all the hoopla is over with the signing of the Dallas Cowboys in place, all sides seem to be much more at ease, and Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant are back on the same page.

CBS SportsLine.com reports that the Cowboys owner and Bryant spent some time on a phone call – one that saw the owner tell Bryant he wants a title – make that five titles.

On Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys released video footage of Jones and Bryant speaking on the phone shortly after Bryant signed his contract extension. During the call, Jones revealed his goals to Bryant.

Jones is eyeing five Super Bowls in a row.

“Congratulations,” Jones said. “Let’s just win five Super Bowls in a row, how about it?”

“Yes sir, we are,” Bryant replied. “I think this is the year. We got it.”

Bryant had already revealed that he thinks the Cowboys are ready to win the Super Bowl, but he didn’t mention five in a row after inking his five-year, $70 million deal on Wednesday.

Of course, nobody should expect the Cowboys to even come close to winning five in a row. The Cowboys aren’t even projected to be the top team in their conference in 2015. Furthermore, quarterback Tony Romo is 35 years old and the Cowboys don’t appear to have located his replacement, unless they’re planning on trotting out Brandon Weeden, who is already 31, in a few seasons once Romo retires.

Cowboys Dez Bryant Says New Deal ‘A Dream Come True’

Indianapolis Colts v Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said it was a hard off-season in the midst of testy contract negotiations, the Dallas Morning News reports. He made appearances at the team’s complex during off-season workouts and mandatory minicamp despite his agent’s possible objections.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been in this kind of situation, and it was extremely hard,” he said. “It’s the whole reason why I came out to OTAs. I knew I was going to hear it from my agent, I was like ‘I don’t care.’ ”

But after signing his new deal Bryant was all smiles.

“I smiled the whole way over here – I couldn’t even say nothing but just smile and laugh, because I couldn’t believe it,” Bryant said. “All I could just think about is that it’s a dream – a dream come true. I think the only thing that’s missing is a Super Bowl.”

Scandrick Claims Ex-Fiancee Michele Attacked and Pepper Sprayed Him


The relationship between Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and his former fiancee Draya Michele has gone south in a hurry, Steve DelVecchio of Larry Brown Sports reports.

Scandrick revealed about a week ago that he has called off his engagement to the “Basketball Wives L.A.” star after just one month, referring to his decision to propose as a “poor decision.” Apparently there is much, much more to it than that.

Court documents that were obtained by TMZ show that Scandrick filed for a restraining order against Draya earlier this month, which the L.A. County Superior Court has granted. Scandrick claims he has been a victim of domestic violence since April 21, when Michele allegedly pepper-sprayed him and threw candles at him.

Scandrick claims he suffered bodily injury in the alleged attack – and fears it could happen again.

There’s more … on July 3rd, Scandrick says Draya got violent at 2 AM – throwing a porcelain jewelry holder and books at him … and threatening to “throw bleach in his eyes.”

Later that night, Scandrick says she grabbed his clothing and threw it in the bathtub and his swimming pool … ruining a bunch of his stuff.

Scandrick was granted a request to have Draya stay at least 100 yards away from him at all times. She also has to move out of the 28-year-old’s house.

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