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Jason Garrett Backs Greg Hardy Signing

Jason Garrett Backs Greg Hardy Signing

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett backed the signing of defensive end Greg Hardy on Wednesday at the NFL meetings.

Garrett said that the Cowboys in no way support domestic abuse, but after meeting with Hardy and speaking with him for over three hours, they feel they made the right choice.

"We brought him in and spent a couple days with him, so we felt like understanding who he is as a person was a critical piece to this, evaluating who he is a player was a critical piece to it, the structure of the contract was critical to it," he explained. "At the end of the day, if we didn't believe he could become the right kind of guy for our football team, we wouldn't have signed him."

Hardy could be suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy after being arrested and charged with assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would not say when that ruling would happen.

"They understood that we were reviewing his case for potential discipline," Goodell said on Wednesday. "That continues. We are trying to get as many facts as we possibly can to make the most informed decision we can so that we can uphold the standards that we put forth in our personal conduct policy. And so I expect that will conclude sometime in the near future and we’ll make a decision shortly after."

Garrett believes that Hardy's issues are in the past and that he can play well for Dallas.

"It's our job to bring the best out in all these guys, as players and as people," Garrett said. "So I think everyone understands we're trying to build the right kind of football team with the talent level, with also who they are. It's our job to create the environment, and it's the player's job to respond, and it's our job to hold the player accountable."

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Cowboys Sign Greg Hardy to 1-Year Deal

Cowboys Sign Greg Hardy to 1-Year Deal

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Cowboys have signed defensive end Greg Hardy to a one-year, $11.3 million deal that could be worth up to $13 million, according to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter.

Hardy could face a league suspension for violating the NFL's domestic conduct policy. However, an NFL spokesman told ESPN that Hardy's situation remains under review and that the league will have a resolution on his status as soon as possible.

Hardy was a 2013 Pro Bowl selection after leading the Panthers with 15 sacks, tying a team single-season record.  He started 39 games between 2011 and 2013 and has 34 career sacks.

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Cowboys Sign RT Doug Free to 3-Year Deal

Cowboys Sign RT Doug Free to 3-Year Deal

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) --  The Dallas Cowboys locked up one of their key components to their offensive line signing right tackle, Doug Free to a three-year deal worth $15 million, including $6 million in guaranteed money.

The Cowboys are unsure if they will resign running back DeMarco Murray, however they kept their most important piece of their offense in tact -- the offensive line.  All five offensive linemen are set to have a second season together in the 2015 season.

Free has been a full-time starter since 2010. He started at left tackle in 2010 and 2011 before moving to right tackle in favor of Tyron Smith in 2012.

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Cowboys to Franchise Dez Bryant

Cowboys to Franchise Dez Bryant

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- The Dallas Cowboys have informed the agent of Dez Bryant that the team will place the franchise tag on the All-Pro wide receiver, Vice President Stephen Jones confirmed.

The Cowboys have to notify the league by 4 p.m. ET Monday, which will guarantee Bryant roughly $13 million in 2015. The Cowboys will not use the exclusive franchise tag on Bryant, but if a team wants to take Bryant away from the Cowboys, they would have to give up two first-round picks if Dallas decides to not match an offer sheet.

In five seasons with Dallas, Bryant has caught 381 passes for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns. No player in team history has more catches, yards or touchdowns than Bryant in the first five years of his career.

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Cowboys Reward Jason Garrett with Five-Year Contract

Cowboys Reward Jason Garrett with Five-Year Contract

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- The Dallas Cowboys rewarded head coach Jason Garrett with a five-year contract extension worth $30-million on Thursday, according to sources.

Garrett and the Cowboys were knocked out of the playoffs by the Packers last weekend, but he is still happy about what they accomplished this season.

"We started something four years ago when I became the head coach," Garrett said. "It's a word I think about really each and every day when I wake up and throughout the day, it's 'build.' We want to build a football team that everyone who is associated with our football team is proud of. I feel like we've done that.

"The work is not done," Garrett continued.  "We're excited about the opportunities in 2015 to build on some of the things we did this past season."

Garrett said his team is getting closer to the ultimate goal of a Super Bowl.

"I think we're getting closer, I do," Garrett said. "I think we play the right way and have the right kind of guys. I do think we have some cornerstone pieces in place that have helped our football team get to this point. Now the challenge is, OK, now we have to build on it. We have to take the next step. We have to keep bringing these players in and keep playing that way."

Garrett is 42-32 and took his team to the playoffs for the first time in his tenure.

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Report: Garrett & Cowboys Agree to New Contract

Report: Garrett & Cowboys Agree to New Contract

dehooks/iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Cowboys and head coach Jason Garrett have agreed to a new five-year contract, according to ESPN.

Garrett, in the final year of his contract, led the Cowboys to the NFC East division title this season with a 12-4 record. They defeated the Detroit Lions, 24-20, in the NFC Wild Card round, but fell to the Green Bay Packers, 26-21, in the NFC Divisional round on Sunday.

Garrett took over for Wade Phillips in Week 10 of the 2010 season. During his tenure in Dallas, he has gone 41-31.

The Cowboys also agreed to a three-year contract with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, according to ESPN.

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Rodgers Says He Will Play Sunday

Rodgers Says He Will Play Sunday

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has not practiced since re-injuring his left calf on Dec. 28 against the Detroit Lions, says he will be ready to play Sunday when the team hosts the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC divisional playoff game."I'm going on Sunday," Rodgers said Wednesday. "It's just a matter of how."Rodgers missed the Packers' two practices last week during the bye as well as practice Wednesday. Despite that, there still is a chance Rodgers could practice Thursday."It just kind of depends on how it feels," Rodgers said Wednesday. "I met with Doc. I've seen him every day. Nothing really changed on the schedule. This was kind of the plan from the start. It's progressing, but we'll see how it feels tomorrow."Rodgers has started all 16 games for the Packers (12-4) this season. During that time, he's completed 65.6% of his passes for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns, and only five interceptions.

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Tony Romo Rallies Cowboys to a 24-20 Win over Detroit

Tony Romo Rallies Cowboys to a 24-20 Win over Detroit

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Tony Romo came through when it counted late in the fourth quarter and hit Terrance Williams with a eight-yard touchdown strike to rally the Cowboys back to a 24-20 win over the Lions in the wild card round on Sunday.

Romo finished the game with 293 yards and two touchdown passes to Williams, the first was a 76-yard bomb in the second quarter.

DeMarco Murray pulled Dallas within seven with a touchdown run in the third quarter, which set up the go-ahead pass to Williams with 2:32 left in the fourth quarter.

Romo's winning drive came after officials reversed a pass interference penalty against the Cowboys, the Lions then punted the ball.

The Cowboys defense did the rest and sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who fumbled and Demarcus Lawrence recovered it to seal the deal for Detroit.

The Green Bay Packers will host Dallas next weekend.

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Lions Prepare for Cowboys in First Playoff Appearance Since 2012

Lions Prepare for Cowboys in First Playoff Appearance Since 2012

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions are 7-11 all-time in the playoffs and will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Sunday in the wild-card round.

Detroit is making their first appearance in the playoffs since the 2011 season, which was the first playoff appearance for quarterback Matthew Stafford.

"Obviously I've got a ton more experience," Stafford said.  "I've played in a lot more football games.  I'd like to think that I'm probably a little bit better at doing what it takes to win games and not just throw for a million yards and touchdowns."

Stafford will also be making his return to Dallas where he grew up.

"It's always fun to go back there and play," Stafford said of seeing his family members.  "It'll be fun."

The last time the Lions won a playoff game was when running back Barry Sanders was patrolling the field against Dallas on Jan. 5, 1992.

"I don't need much motivation, it's a playoff game," Stafford said of breaking their skid.  "Win or go home gives you enough motivation."

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Suh Wins Appeal, Will Play Against Dallas

Suh Wins Appeal, Will Play Against Dallas

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A day after being suspended for Detroit's upcoming wild card game against Dallas, Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh won his appeal and will play in the teams playoff game on Sunday.

The decision, handed down by appeals officer Ted Cottrell, came on Tuesday but also carried with it some bad news.

Suh was fined $70,000 for stepping on the injured leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday's regular season finale. Cottrell agreed with league official Merton Hanks that Suh violated the player-safety policy but opted to reduce the penalty instead of uphold it.

"The only thing I can say is if you step on something in your everyday life or if you step on somebody on the field, the first reaction seems to be looking back and maybe apologizing with your hands or maybe pulling your foot back right away, and I'm just not sure that's what happened on Sunday," Rodgers said Tuesday.

The four-time Pro Bowler may also have a new guideline to thank for his ability to compete in the postseason. Due to a modified repeat offender policy, players are taken off the "repeat offender" list 32 weeks after their previous violation. For Suh, that came in Week 1 of 2013 when he was fined $100,000 for an illegal chop block on Minnesota Vikings player John Sullivan. The 32-week reprieve game after Week 16, and included two preseason games.

In his five seasons, Suh has been penalized 38 times, more than any other player in the NFL since 2010, and has also been fined in excess of $200,000.

The Lions visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in the NFC's wild card round. It is the first postseason appearance by Detroit since 2011.

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Cowboys Crush Colts, Capture NFC East Crown

Cowboys Crush Colts, Capture NFC East Crown

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(DALLAS, Tx) -- The Dallas Cowboys beat down the Indianapolis Colts Sunday with a 42-7 victory to capture their first NFC East title since 2009.

Tony Romo was magnificent as he completed 18 of 20 passes for 218 yards and 4 touchdowns. Romo also surpassed Troy Aikman to become the franchise leader in passing yards.

Tony has obviously been a great quarterback for this franchise for a long time," head coach Jason Garrett said. "I think we've done a good job, organizationally making the team better around him. 

I think the way he has played this year is the way great quarterbacks in this league have played for a long time.  I know that's the way Troy played."

Romo's supporting cast was equally impressive.  Jason Witten, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, and Dez Bryant all caught a touchdown pass from Romo. Williams would add another after the rout was on and Brandon Weeden came on in relief.

The Colts (10-5) did not have much to play for as they had already sewn up the AFC South, but the effort was far from what they would likely desire heading into the playoffs.  

Andrew Luck was lackluster, completing 15 of 22 passes for 109 yards and tossing two interceptions before being replaced by Matt Hasselbeck.

Dallas (11-4) now has an opportunity to earn a first round bye as they travel to Washington for the regular season finale against the Redskins. 

 

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NFL Injury Update: Foles Ruled Out, Murray Has Surgery

NFL Injury Update: Foles Ruled Out, Murray Has Surgery

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the hotly-contested NFC East, both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles got injury updates on star players Monday. The immediate future of both DeMarco Murray and Nick Foles are up in the air as the two teams head into the final two weeks of the year.

Murray, who fractured his left hand in Sunday's win over Philadelphia, had surgery Monday to repair the break. The Cowboys have not yet ruled the running back out for this weekend's matchup with Indianapolis.

"The biggest question we have to ask ourselves is, is he functional to do his job?" said head coach Jason Garrett. "Can he hold the football? Can he carry it under duress? Can he block? Can he do the things necessary to play the position?"

The NFL's leading rusher, Murray has carried the ball 351 times for 1,687 yards. He is 87 yards shy of eclipsing Emmitt Smith's franchise record of 1,773 yards set in 1995.

The Eagles announced Monday that quarterback Nick Foles is not yet ready to return to the field.

Head coach Chip Kelly says the broken collarbone is healing, but not enough to handle football contact.

"The bone is not healed," Kelly added. "He'll start throwing a little bit more, but he's out for right now. He's not cleared and will not play this week. Until he gets fully healed, he's not going to be able to play with it. We think he'll be able to throw a little more this week, but we can't have anyone near him with contact."

Foles has missed the last six games in which Philadelphia has gone 3-3 with Mark Sanchez at the helm. In the previous eight games he started, Foles threw 13 touchdowns and racked up 1,752 yards. Philadelphia is set to visit Washington on Saturday.

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Brandon Marshall Out for Season With Rib Injury

Brandon Marshall Out for Season With Rib Injury

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- On Thursday, Brandon Marshall was taken to an area hospital after taking a knee to the back during a 41-28 home loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Chicago Bears wide receiver was still there on Friday with two fractured ribs and a lung injury, causing him to miss the rest of the season.

Sources close to the team told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday that Marshall will miss the remaining three games of the 2014 slate, though the team has yet to confirm it. A team official would only say that the wide out will not dress for the team's contest against the New Orleans Saints next Monday.

Marshall was injured midway through the second quarter after catching a fourth-down pass. After securing the football, Dallas' Barry Church came up to make a tackle, placing his knee into the lower back area. The 30-year-old eventually walked off the field under his own power before going into the locker, and eventually was taken to the hospital.

A nine-year veteran, Marshall had made three catches for 61 yards prior to the injury. So far in 2014 he amassed 721 yards, 61 receptions, and eight touchdowns.

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Eagles Route the Cowboys, 33-10

Eagles Route the Cowboys, 33-10

Rob Carr via Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- In a game between two of the top teams in the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles proved to be better on Thanksgiving as they easily defeated the Dallas Cowboys 33-10.

The Eagles struck first in the game as quarterback Mark Sanchez commanded the team to a 7-0 in their first possession in furious fashion, and never looked back.

Sanchez completed 20 of 29 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown through the air while adding another on the ground. It was his first game of the season without a turnover.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had arguably his best game of the season on Thursday, as he carried the ball 25 times for 159 yards and a touchdown.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and running back DeMarco Murray each failed to get into a rhythm during the game. Romo completed 18 of 29 yards for 199 yards and two interceptions. He snapped his streak of 38-straight games with at least one TD pass.

Murray was held to a season-low 73 yards.

With the win, the Eagles now sit at 9-3 on the season and hold sole possession of first place in the NFC East over the Cowboys who fell to 8-4 with the loss.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Atlanta Falcons 27 (3-6) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (1-8)

New York Jets 20 (2-8) - Pittsburgh Steelers 13 (6-4)

Baltimore Ravens 21 (6-4) - Tennessee Titans 7 (2-7)

Dallas Cowboys 31 (7-3) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (1-9)

San Francisco 49ers 27 (5-4) - New Orleans Saints 24 (4-5) - OT

Detroit Lions 20 (7-2) - Miami Dolphins 16 (5-4)

Kansas City Chiefs 17 (6-3) - Buffalo Bills 13 (5-4)

Denver Broncos 41 (7-2) - Oakland Raiders 17 (0-9)

Arizona Cardinals 31 (8-1) - St. Louis Rams 14 (3-6)

Seattle Seahawks 38 (6-3) - New York Giants 17 (3-6)

NBA: Brooklyn Nets 104 (4-2) - Orlando Magic 96 (2-5)

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kevin Harvick wins the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman advance to the final round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

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Cardinals Defeat Cowboys 28-17

Cardinals Defeat Cowboys 28-17

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, TX) -- As Tony Romo sat out with an injured back, the Cowboys offense came to a grinding halt.

The Cardinals dominated the Cowboys on Sunday 28-17, as Romo's replacement, Brandon Weeden, provided little threat through the air. Dallas did not score their first offensive touchdown until there was almost one minute left in the game. Weeden finished 18-33 for 183 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Without much of a threat from the passing game, star running back DeMarco Murray could not find much of a groove, as he ran for only 79 yards -- his first game this season in which he did not surpass 100 yads on the ground.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was on point for most of the day. Outside of an early first-quarter pick-six by Cowboys defensive back Tyler Patmon, Palmer found his targets. He was 22-34 for 249 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cardinals are now 7-1 and are in sole possession of the best record in the NFC.

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Redskins Upset Cowboys in Overtime

Redskins Upset Cowboys in Overtime

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(DALLAS,TX) -- Colt McCoy just got his first start as a quarterback in the NFL since 2001; he made the most of it. McCoy got the nod over Kirk Cousins and helped lead the Washington Redskins to a 20-17 overtime upset over the Cowboys in Dallas.

With sharp passes and smart decisions, McCoy was 25-30 for 299 yards while methodically moving the ball against the Cowboys defense. McCoy also showed his legs were still fresh as he scored a touchdown from seven yards out to break a 10-10 tie in the fourth quarter.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered an injury in the third quarter and was forced to the locker room. Backup Brandon Weeden entered and tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 17-17.

After receiving an injection in the locker room, Romo returned, but a drive he began to lead stalled at the Dallas 32.

The game entered overtime and McCoy led a nine-play, 58-yard drive that set up a go ahead field goal by Kai Forbath.

Romo tried to counter, but the Redskins defense made several plays to break up contested passes and in the end, the Cowboys simply ran out of downs.  

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: New York Rangers 5 (5-4-0; 10pts) – Minnesota Wild 4 (4-3-0; 8pts) 

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Cowboys’ Joseph Randle Lands Underwear Endorsement After Shoplifting

Cowboys’ Joseph Randle Lands Underwear Endorsement After ShopliftingScott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Less than a week after being charged for a misdemeanor after he shoplifted a pair of underwear and cologne at a Dillard's in Frisco, Texas, Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has landed an endorsement with M...

Murray Breaks Record as Cowboys Beat Giants 31-21

Murray Breaks Record as Cowboys Beat Giants 31-21

NFL via Getty Images(DALLAS) -- DeMarco Murray continues to lead the charge as he rushed for his seventh straight 100-yard game.

In doing so, Murray broke Jim Brown's 56-year-old record of starting a season with six straight 100-yard games.

The Cowboys continue to showcase a balanced offense that they have lacked in recent years.

Tony Romo tossed three touchdowns on 279 yards passing, completing 17 of 23 passes. Second-year tight end Gavin Escobar reeled in two of Romo's touchdown passes. Dez Bryant is still a man on fire as he racked up 151 yards receiving.

After a scare in the second quarter in which Murray appeared to injure his ankle, he finished the day with 128 yards and one touchdown. 

Eli Manning put forth a valiant effort but it would not be enough to outduel Dallas.  Manning threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. continues to live up to his first round draft status as he hauled in two of Manning's touchdowns.

The Dallas Cowboys are now at 6-1 and host the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football next week.

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