Jones Says Cowboys Haven’t Made Decision on Hardy; Need to Upgrade the D-Line

Greg Hardy

Christian Blood of the Dallas Morning News reports on the Cowboys and their situation when it comes to their defensive line with the ongoing combine this week.

One player that everyone is still talking about is Greg Hardy, and if the Cowboys are going to even think about keeping him on the roster.

Blood says that Stephen Jones isn’t sold on dumping Hardy just yet, while others say it’s a slam dunk that he’s gone soon.

Although it appears the Cowboys are unlikely to re-sign unrestricted free agent defensive end Greg Hardy, Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the Cowboys are “still not finalized with where we’re going to come down on that.”

The Cowboys have the fourth overall pick in April’s draft and could use it on a defensive end like Ohio State’s Joey Bosa. There aren’t a lot of big name defensive ends available in this free agency class. Miami’s Olivier Vernon is probably at the top of the list.

Jones said “it’s yet to be determined” if there is enough talent in free agency and the draft to sufficiently upgrade what is arguably the Cowboys’ biggest need.

“We’ve just got to do everything we can,” Jones said. “Obviously we tried hard last year. That will continue to be a focus. At the end of the day, that’s a big part of a successful football team, getting pressure on the passer. We’ve got some good players that can do it. We just need a couple more to go with [DeMarcus] Lawrence and [Tyrone] Crawford and those guys.”

Former Cowboys RB Randle Arrested On Battery, Drug Possession Charges

Joseph Randle

Former Cowboys running back Joseph Randle is once again in trouble, as the Dallas Morning News reports that he was arrested in Kansas for charges of battery, drug possession and criminal damage.

Randle obviously has major issues, as it’s his 5th arrest in 17 months. Here’s the story from the Dallas Morning News:

The Cowboys released the running back in November, a decision that may have resulted from his run-ins with authorities and allegations of involvement in sports gambling.

Earlier this month, Randle was booked into the Irving Jail on a speeding charge. Police said he had showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s home, hoping to get some sleep before driving back to Kansas.

But he wasn’t welcome there, so the ex-girlfriend’s mother called Irving police. They determined that Randle was wanted on a charge of speeding in a school zone in Coppell and arrested him.

Randle’s other arrests were connected to a shoplifting report at a Dillard’s in Frisco, a domestic violence call from his hotel room in Wichita and a dust-up at a casino in Kansas.

Garrett Says Possible Surgery for Romo Hasn’t Been Decided Upon

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said doctors have assured the team that quarterback Tony Romo’s twice-broken collarbone is healing properly and any surgery to plate it would be strictly precautionary, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

Speaking at media night at the Senior Bowl, where his staff is coaching one of the teams, Garrett said no decision has been made on whether Romo will have surgery.

Asked if there’s any reason to think Romo won’t return to 100% with or without surgery, Garrett said: “No, we don’t really have any concerns about that. We think it’s going to strengthen and that’s one of the things the doctors have talked about.

“So, if he goes ahead and does (have surgery), it’s only because we think it’s going to help him stay healthy longer. But again, I think that’ll be an elective surgery if in fact he does that.”

ESPN reported Sunday the Cowboys and Romo are planning for him to have surgery to reduce the risk of future injuries, with a CT scan scheduled next week to determine if enough healing has taken place to support the hardware.

After The Heartbreak Of Last Season, Can The Cowboys Make A 2016 Comeback?

Indianapolis Colts v Dallas Cowboys

There’s no denying that it’s been a heartbreaking season for the Dallas Cowboys. How could one of the NFL’s top five teams backed to make it to Super Bowl 50 fall so hard? Especially after such a wonderful 2-0 start to the season including that epic match against the New York Giants.

Well, for one, the Tony Romo losing streak happened. There is nothing worse for a team than to lose their quarterback to injury so early on in the season and that’s exactly what happened to Dallas. In just game two, while winning against the Eagles, Romo suffered a broken collarbone which sidelined him for eight games. A time in which the Cowboys failed to win a single game. Romo did return in week 11, unfortunately it was clear to all that he was still weak and it took just one bad sack to rule him out for the season.

Romo wasn’t the only injury downfall for the Cowboys though, after Dez Bryant left the Giants game in week one with a foot injury it was revealed that his foot was in fact fractured and would require surgery. Bryant was out until week 8 when he returned against the Seahawks, but clearly struggled. He started to return to form in the following weeks but by that time the Cowboys were well out of the competition. Bryant had the required surgery on his foot in January of this year.

So with two of the Cowboys favorite players injured for a large part of the season and an inability to click with a substitute quarterback it was little wonder that the Cowboys ended their season with just four winning matches and twelve loses.

But that was last season, the Cowboys have certainly got what it takes to make a 2016 comeback and set their sights on Super Bowl 51.

Tony Romo and his health are a major factor in the success of next year. At 35 (36 at the start of next season) Romo is coming to the end of his career, so is now the time to think about a new quarterback? Even if Romo, who maintains he has four good seasons left in him, has a perfect season it is still incredibly important for the Cowboys to pick up a new quarterback soon in order to train him up. The time is now to either make the most of their fourth draft pick or pick up a free agent so that if injury does occur, they are well prepared. However, if Romo is on form this will be a massive lift to the Cowboys chances.

Dez Bryant returning at full health will be another major boost for the Cowboys and with a few new signings it’s looking more and more positive for the team. It would be hard to expect any team to perform outstandingly without two of their star players – especially a quarterback – so perhaps next season is less about what the Cowboys can change now and more about ensuring their current team is as healthy and as strong as it can possibly be. Add a little more good luck and the 2016 season could well be a play-off season.

Redskins vs Cowboys NFL Week 17 Inactives

Redskins inactives: Robert Griffin III, Matt Jones, Dashon Goldson, Quinton Dunbar, Perry Riley, Trent Williams, Jason Hatcher

Cowboys inactives: Jameill Showers, Vince Mayle, Rodney Smith, Chaz Green, La’el Collins, Morris Claiborne, Sean Lee

Cowboys vs Bills NFL Week 16 Inactives

Cowboys inactives: Dez Bryant, Ronald Leary, Chaz Green, Morris Claiborne, Jameill Showers, Mark Nzeocha, Jeremy Mincey

Bills inactives: RB LeSean McCoy, TE Charles Clay, LB Nigel Bradham, CB Ronald Darby, LB Max Valles, DE Lavar Edwards, QB Josh Johnson

Jerry Jones Still Believes in the 4-8 Cowboys

The Cowboys have lost the services of their starting quarterback, prized wideout, key cornerback and more during a season that has included a seven-game losing streak.

Jerry Jones, owner and general manager of the Cowboys can see a silver lining in that season is impressive, the Dallas Morning News reports.

“I’m going to go back to that old saying, ‘it’s an ugly baby, but it’s my baby.'” Jones said on the Shan and RJ Show on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday in his weekly talk. “Here we go, step-by-step.”

The Cowboys’ remaining schedule includes a road game against the Packers, a home game with the Jets, a trip to Buffalo and a finale with the Redskins. All but Washington have records at .500 or above, and the rest of the NFC East are a game up. But it’s not over yet.

“The bottom line is ‘why not?'” Jones said. “If we can go up to (Green Bay), our defense can put together a game like that, get more confidence in our offense, then here we go. Why not?”

Panthers vs Cowboys NFL Week 12 Capsule

CAROLINA PANTHERS (10-0) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (3-7)

SERIES

  PANTHERS COWBOYS
THURS. RECORD 1-4 31-18-1
SERIES LEADER   9-1
STREAKS   Past 9
COACHES VS. OPP. Ron Rivera: 0-1 Jason Garrett: 1-0
LAST WEEK W 44-16 vs. Redskins W 24-14 at Dolphins
LAST GAME 10/21/12: Cowboys 19 at Panthers 14. Dallas QB Tony Romo passes for 227 yards & TD. Cowboys WR Miles Austin has 5 receptions for 97 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/28/09: Panthers 7 at Cowboys 21. Dallas CB Terence Newman records 27-yard INT-TD. Cowboys RB Tashard Choice rushes for 82 yards & TD.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST CBS (3:30 PM CT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Car.), 82 (Dal.). XM: 88 (WW1), 83 (Car.), 82 (Dal.).

STATS

PASSING Newton: 174-306-2283-20-9-90.1 Romo: 72-100-778-5-4-94.5
RUSHING Stewart: 190-764-4.0-4 McFadden: 159-623-3.9-2
RECEIVING Olsen (TE): 48-718-15.0-6 Witten (TE): 51-472-9.3-2
OFFENSE 354.2 343.5
TAKE/GIVE +13 (T1L) -9
DEFENSE 322.8 (3C) 335.8
SACKS Short: 6 Hardy: 4.5
INTs Coleman, Norman: 4 (T1C) Heath: 2
PUNTING Nortman: 46.1 C. Jones: 45.7
KICKING Gano: 95 (T1C) (32/34 PAT; 21/25 FG) Bailey: 76 (19/19 PAT; 19/20 FG)

NOTES

PANTHERS: Play 1st Thanksgiving game…Are 10-0 for 1st time in franchise history…QB CAM NEWTON tied franchise record with 5 pass TDs last week. Has rush TD in all 3 Thurs. games. Has 30 career games with pass TD & rush TD, 2nd most in NFL history (HOFer STEVE YOUNG, 31)…RB JONATHAN STEWART has 205 scrimmage yards (102.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2…FB MIKE TOLBERT had rush TD in last meeting. Had TD catch last week…TE GREG OLSEN has 6 TDs in past 8. Is only TE in NFL with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 8 seasons. Rookie WR DEVIN FUNCHESS has TD in 2 of past 3…Since entering NFL in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads league with 541 tackles. Had 15 tackles & FR in last meeting. LB THOMAS DAVIS is only player in NFL with 3+ sacks & 3+ INTs. Leads team with 69 tackles. In past 3 meetings, has 22 tackles, 2 FFs, sack & INT. DT KAWANN SHORT ties for 3rd among NFL DTs with 6 sacks. CB JOSH NORMAN ties for NFL lead with 2 INT-TDs & ties for 4th with 4 INTs…COWBOYS: Are 29-17-1 on Thanksgiving, incl. 6 wins in past 9…QB TONY ROMO is 4-0 as starter vs. Car. Is 8-2 as starter on Thurs. (6-2 on Thanksgiving) with 106 rating…RB DARREN MC FADDEN rushed for 129 yards last week & has 604 scrimmage yards (120.8 per game) in past 5…WR DEZ BRYANT has 3 TDs in past 3 on Thanksgiving. Since 2012, leads NFL with 43 TD catches. Romo & Bryant have 50 TDs, most by QB-WR duo in team history. TE JASON WITTEN ranks 2nd in NFL history among TEs in catches (994) & rec. yards (10,974). Needs 6 catches to be 2nd TE ever with 1,000 career catches…LB ROLANDO MC CLAIN had INT-TD last week. LB SEAN LEE has 12 INTs since entering NFL in 2010, most by LB. DE GREG HARDY had 34 sacks in 63 career games with Car. Had 2 10+ sack seasons (11 in 2012, 15 in 2013) with Panthers.