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Cowboys vs Panthers Wednesday Injury Report

DALLAS COWBOYS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday C Travis Frederick (illness), DE Datone Jones (knee), S Xavier Woods (hamstring)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Chidobe Awuzie (back), G Parker Ehinger (knee), S Kavon Frazier (shoulder)
 
CAROLINA PANTHERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday G Brendan Mahon (neck), WR Curtis Samuel (medical illness)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Chris Manhertz (foot), G Amini Silatolu (knee), T Daryl Williams (knee)

Why Are Fans Suddenly Staying Away From Cowboys Training Camp?

On average, the Cowboys had almost 1,000 fans fewer at each of their 16 training camp practices this year compared to the same number of practices in 2017 in Oxnard, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

The difference was noticeable, with the stands adjacent to one of the fields mostly empty for the free practices.

The Cowboys had 55,432 fans at their 16 practices in 2017 in Oxnard. This year, the total attendance dipped by 15,351 fans to a total of 40,081 for the 16 practices that concluded Thursday.

The Cowboys opened their new team headquarters at The Star in Frisco in 2016 and finished up training camp there in 2017 with a week of practices. The Cowboys break camp in Oxnard on Friday to head back to Dallas and will again conclude training camp at The Star with five practices beginning Monday.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been hesitant to cutoff the club’s connection to Oxnard and move all of training camp to The Star because of the ideal weather here for the outdoor practices and wanting to stay connected to the club’s strong Southern California fan base.

This was the 13th time since 2001 that the Cowboys held at least part of their training camp in Oxnard.

Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Fully Cleared and Reinstated by the NFL

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has been fully reinstated to practice and play in games, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Gregory, who hasn’t played since the 2016 season finale because of an indefinite suspension due to repeated violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, was reinstated on a conditional basis last week.

He was cleared only for meetings and conditioning work. He was not going to be cleared to practice or play in games until “arrangements have been confirmed regarding Gregory’s clinical resources in Dallas, and subject to continued compliance with the terms of his reinstatement and all aspects of the NFL-NFLPA Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse,” the NFL stated in its initial release.

Dallas Cowboys 2018 Training Camp Capsule

OPEN CAMP: July 26, Oxnard, California

LAST YEAR: Cowboys missed playoffs year after dynamic rookie tandem of QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott fueled Dallas to NFC-best 13 wins. Elliott’s six-game suspension during season over domestic violence allegations was big reason. Prescott’s performance dipped after winning NFL Offensive Rookie of Year in 2016. Offensive line was less consistent than usual. Defense was solid but not spectacular.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: LB Leighton Vander Esch, WR Allen Hurns, G Connor Williams, WR Tavon Austin, WR Michael Gallup, TE Dalton Schultz, T Cameron Fleming, secondary coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: TE Jason Witten, WR Dez Bryant, LB Anthony Hitchens, CB Orlando Scandrick.

CAMP NEEDS: Cowboys need to sort out jumbled picture at receiver and tight end after dumping Bryant in cost-cutting move and somewhat surprising retirement of Witten, who went into broadcasting. WR Terrance Williams broke foot and was arrested during tumultuous offseason when Cowboys needed to know if he could take Bryant’s place atop receiving depth chart. Barring unexpected resurgence from six-year veteran, replacing Bryant will fall to Hurns and collection of rookies, other young players. Geoff Swaim likely to get first crack at replacing Witten, but Dallas likes Blake Jarwin. LB Jaylon Smith needs to show explosiveness in second season since recovery from major knee injury in college. Sean Lee needs to stay healthy. Without those developments, heavy responsibility could fall on Vander Esch as rookie.

EXPECTATIONS: Coach Jason Garrett has two playoff appearances and one postseason win in seven full seasons. Elliott saga and untimely injuries, particularly to offensive line, gave him pass last season. Hard to imagine owner Jerry Jones sticking with him if Cowboys miss playoffs again, particularly after offseason overhaul of coaching staff. Healthy and eligible Elliott figures to be factor in NFL rushing race after leading league as rookie two years ago. Elliott still led league in yards rushing per game during suspension-marred season. Prescott wasn’t as good at protecting ball year after rookie record for passer rating. Cowboys want him to feed off Elliott-powered running game. Dallas believes young talent in secondary can help defense make difference. Cowboys could use repeat from DeMarcus Lawrence, who finished second in NFL with 14½ sacks last season and will play on franchise tag. Lawrence needs help, and prime candidate would be Taco Charlton, last year’s first-round pick.

Attorney for Cowboys CB Marquez White Feels Charges Will Be Dropped

Cowboys cornerback Marquez White is facing a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Collin County court records.

But his attorney, Dallas-based Toby Shook, is confident the charge will be dropped, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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“Marquez did everything legally,” Shook said. “He displayed a gun but didn’t point it at this individual because he was very concerned with how this individual was making threats. I’m hopeful that this case can be dismissed, because I don’t think he violated the law.”

The Cowboys do not have a comment “at this time.” An NFL spokesman has yet to return a request for comment.

White made a court appearance last week, and the next date is scheduled for Aug. 10, the day after the Cowboys’ preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

Shook said the delay from when the incident happened, Oct.20, to the indictment, June 7, is unusual, but White had moved in that time and changed his number.

“There was a series in breakdown in communications,” Shook said. “He didn’t have notice that hearing was going on and was shocked to learn this warrant came out months later. It’s a bit unusual. It was an unfortunate series of miscommunication.”

White gave a statement to NFL.com about the situation, stating that he’s not at fault and that it will eventually come out that he should be cleared.

“On the day of October 20th, 2017 I was involved in a road rage incident in which my life was threatened and resulted in me having to draw my weapon. I was getting off of highway 121 onto the access road near Tennyson Parkway in Plano, TX where I was met by an aggressive driver. I was trying to get over to avoid running into the wall where the lanes merge, but he then increased speed forcing me to make the decision to either run into the wall or cut him off.

“I eventually made my way in front of him and he proceeded to ride very closely and aggressively on my tail. I hit the brakes to get him off of me and could then see him becoming very angry in my rear view mirror. He then sped up again and I hit my brakes again and after this time he pulled over to my driver side while still driving and proceeded to yell racial slurs such as the “N” word while also threatening to kill me. Simultaneously while doing this he began to reach towards his glove box and that is when I flashed my weapon. He then hit the brakes, got behind me, and proceeded to follow me to my house. Upon arriving at my house I exited my car and went into my home as he sat outside and contacted the authorities.

“When the police got there I came downstairs on my own and gave them my side of the story. He admitted to tailing me and pulling to my driver side, but denied any of the things he said. They retrieved my weapon from my home for evidence and NO arrest was made that day. On June 14th, 2018 during practice I received a notice from the team that there was a felony warrant issued for my arrest for the October 20th incident.

“There were about 5 officers on the scene, but two weeks later a female officer contacted me from her personal phone number asking for me to come in to answer a few more questions. I initially agreed to come in, but I postponed this meeting after being advised to not speak without a lawyer present. She assured me that no lawyer was needed, but I was still not comfortable speaking without one present.

“I was informed that multiple letters were sent to my old address in Tallahassee, FL and that attempts were made to contact me, however I changed my number during the season. Me and my legal team believe strongly that this a personal attack on my image as well as the Star.”

Cowboys CB Marquez White Arrested In June and Charged with Second-Degree Felony Assault

Cowboys cornerback Marquez White was arrested on June 15 for second-degree felony assault with a deadly weapon in Collin County, Texas according to Jon Johnson of the Dothan Eagle.

White said the incident stems from a “road-rage” dust-up that occurred last October. White was allegedly heading home and exiting a tollway when another man tried to speed by him on the service road. White felt his “life was threatened,” then pulled a gun he legally owned. White was not arrested until June. A sixth-round pick out of Florida State in 2017, the 23-year-old spent his rookie season on the Cowboys’ practice squad and was re-signed to a reserve/future deal in January.

Cowboys Have Idea to Keep LB Sean Lee Healthy in 2018

The Cowboys have a plan to keep oft injured linebacker Sean Lee healthy this upcoming season which involves him missing workouts, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports.

“I get the governor put on me and have to be smart this time of year,” Lee said. “It’s tough not being out there because you want to be out there trying to lead from the front, but there’s perspective that’s kept this time of year that we’ve got to build toward training camp and build towards the year.”

It’s not always easy for the Cowboys’ athletic trainers and strength and conditioning staff to convince Lee that this plan is best for him.

“It’s like ‘Groundhog Day’ for me,” Lee said. “I kind of fight them and they put perspective on me and I listen to them.”

Lee, 31, missed five games because of a hamstring injury last season. The Cowboys defense has suffered significantly when the two-time Pro Bowler hasn’t been on the field. Dallas is 1-7 without Lee over the last three seasons.

Lee tore the ACL in his left knee during an OTA practice in 2014, causing him to miss the entire season.

“I’ve had an issue staying on the field,” Lee said. “Really, two years ago, I felt in ’15 and ’16, we did a good job staying on the field. Last year, I didn’t. So I think we have a great game plan to try to keep me out there.”

Third-Year Cowboys TE Rico Gathers Set to Return After Concussion

Third-year Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers has fully recovered from the concussion that cost him the entire 2017 season according to Todd Archer of ESPN.

Gathers suffered the concussion last summer and its effects were compounded by jaw and neck injuries. A star basketball player at Baylor, the Cowboys took a sixth-round flyer on Gathers in the 2016 and the coaching staff had been high on his potential prior to the concussion.

The 24-year-old has yet to appear in a regular season game in the NFL but t flashed big-time potential last preseason to the tune the mix to replace retired Jason Witten in an offense desperate for playmakers in the passing game. At the very least, his 6’6″, 285-pound frame should make him an enticing target in the redzone.