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Cowboys Cruise Past New Orleans

Cowboys Cruise Past New Orleans

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Tony Romo threw for three touchdown passes while DeMarco Murray rushed for two more as the Dallas Cowboys dominated New Orleans, winning 38-17 on Sunday night. The Cowboys (3-1) led 24-0 at halftime and maintained their double-digit lead throughout.

“That was very important for us to see what kind of team we were going to be,” said Romo who ended his day with 262 passing yards as well. “We kind of knew but it’s nice to go against a team…that is still a really good football team.”

Dallas began the scoring when Romo found Terrance Williams from six yards out in the first quarter. The two later connected with 19 seconds left in the half, upping the advantage to 24-0. While Romo was lighting it up in the air, Murray led a dominant rushing attack on the ground. The running back totalled 149 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the year, as the Cowboys racked up 445 yards of total offense.

Meanwhile, the Saints (1-3) offense was held in check all night. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 340 yards but was unable to lead a scoring drive until the third quarter when New Orleans settled for a Shayne Graham field goal. They would close the gap to 31-17, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but Dallas’ defense held strong and prevented any thought of a comeback.

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Cowboys Rally from Down 21, Beat Rams

Cowboys Rally from Down 21, Beat Rams

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(SAINT LOUIS) — The Dallas Cowboys mounted the largest comeback in franchise history, rallying from a 21-0 deficit to beat the St. Louis Rams 34-31 on Sunday.

It’s the fourth time this season a team has won after trailing by at least 17 points.

The Rams (1-2) opened up their lead with a pair of first half touchdown throws from Austin Davis, holding a 14-0 lead just seconds into the second quarter. The advantage then went to 21 when Janoris Jenkins picked off Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and returned it 25 yards to the end zone. However, the St. Louis defense could not hold back a pass-happy Cowboys squad.

Romo led the comeback march beginning with an 80-yard scoring drive late in the first half, capped off by a DeMarco Murray touchdown run to get on the board. A field goal with just two seconds left in the period made it a 21-10 game at halftime.

“We never blinked, I can honestly say that,” wide receiver Dez Bryant said.

Bryant contributed to the rally, catching a 68-yard pass from Romo in the third that brought the Cowboys (2-1) within four points. After another Dan Bailey field goal, Dallas trailed 21-20 heading into the final frame.

St. Louis would get a field goal early in the fourth, making it a four point contest, but Romo again captained a drive that ended with a Terrance Williams 12-yard touchdown catch, giving the Cowboys their first lead of the game at 27-20. On the next Rams possession, Bruce Carter returned an interception for a touchdown to help put the game out of reach.

The Rams did get a late score on an Austin Pettis touchdown reception, but they were unable to complete a comeback of their own. Despite throwing two picks, Davis tossed for 327 yards and three touchdowns in the loss for St. Louis.

Romo rebounded from an early interception to finish with 217 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns, earning his franchise-best 21st come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter or overtime.

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Josh Brent Allowed to Return to the Cowboys in Week 11

Josh Brent Allowed to Return to the Cowboys in Week 11

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — The NFL is allowing defensive lineman Josh Brent to return to the Dallas Cowboys once he serves a 10-game suspension.

On Tuesday, the NFL announced that Brent can return to the team, but he must stay out of legal trouble and “any prohibited alcohol-related conduct will likely result in an immediate suspension and potential banishment from the NFL.”

Back on Dec. 7, 2012, Brent was part of a car accident that killed his teammate and best friend Jerry Brown. Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to six months in jail. He spent the final 45 days of his sentence at an alcohol and drug treatment center.

“If Brent fully complies with these terms, and following an additional report and recommendation from the league’s substance abuse program advisors, he will considered for full reinstatement to return to play following Week 10,” the NFL’s statement said. “Brent may appeal this decision within five days.”

The Cowboys have remained supportive and always said they would welcome Brent back if and when he was ready to return to football.

Brent spent three seasons with the Cowboys before the incident.

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Dez Bryant Still Seeking Long-Term Deal with Cowboys

Dez Bryant Still Seeking Long-Term Deal with Cowboys

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and if a deal is not done before week 1 of the regular season, he won’t be talking about it during the year.

Bryant will be paid $1.78 million this season and is seeking a long-term deal.

“I don’t want to talk about it anymore,” Bryant said Monday evening after an event to announce the Cowboys’ corporate sponsorship deal. “Put it behind me. I love this game. Either way, I feel like I can’t be distracted once I’m on the football field.”

“We’re in conversation,” Bryant added. “I’ll say that. We’re talking. We are talking. It only gets better from there. Let’s see what happens.”

Bryant is hoping to have a deal done before they open up on Sept. 7 against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cowboys remain positive that both sides will be able to work out a deal.

“He obviously feels in the right circumstances he wants to get something done. We do, too. That can be good,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of negotiations.

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Cowboys Linebacker DeVonte Holloman Advised to Retire

Cowboys Linebacker DeVonte Holloman Advised to Retire

Darrin Kilmek/Thinkstock(IRVING, Texas) — Due to neck injuries, doctors have advised Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman to retire from football.

Holloman missed seven games last season with a bruised spinal cord.

Just 23 years old, Holloman received a second opinion from a doctor who recommended he immediately retire. He will reportedly seek out a third opinion.

“I don’t want to get into anything medical about it,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. “I don’t know that much about it, and there’s a lot of very specific things regarding that. But it has to do with his neck and he had that injury last year and he dealt with it again this year.”

It’s a very challenging, difficult thing for a young man who has dreams of being an NFL football player, achieves those dreams,” he added.

In what could be his final NFL game, Holloman recorded 11 tackles and two sacks in Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Holloman was selected in the sixth-round of the 2013 Draft. He made 26 tackles in nine games during his potentially lone season in the NFL.

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Orlando Scandrick Suspended Four Games

Orlando Scandrick Suspended Four Games

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(OXNARD, Calif.) — Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick was suspended by the NFL for four games on Monday for violating it’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Sources say the violation stemmed from a supplement taking by Scandrick, which included a substance banned by the league.

“I would like to apologize to my children, my family, the Jones Family, my coaches, my teammates and my fans,” Scandrick said in a statement released by his agent, Ron Slavin. “Failing a drug test is far out of my character, and although I never knowingly took a performance-enhancing drug/banned stimulant while on vacation in Mexico, I take full responsibility for what goes in my body and more importantly for the embarrassment of a failed drug test. It’s my goal by issuing this statement to clear my name and more importantly to be judged by what happens to me in the future.”

The seven-year veteran is coming off the best year of his career, recording 64 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks. Scandrick beat out Morris Claiborne for the starting job last summer and was doing so again in 2014.

Slavin placed blame for the suspension on the NFL and the NFL Players Association for their failure to pass an agreement on the use of human growth hormone testing.

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Cowboys Sign Tyron Smith to Eight-Year Extension

Cowboys Sign Tyron Smith to Eight-Year Extension

Jim McIssac/Getty Images(OXNARD, Calif.) —  Tyron Smith is staying in Dallas for the long-haul.

The Cowboys signed the Pro Bowl offensive tackle to an eight-year contract extension through 2023; a deal that could be worth as much as $110 million.

Smith, 23, will receive $40 million guaranteed, as well as a $10 million signing bonus, according to ESPN.  He had two years remaining on his previous contract after the Cowboys picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie deal in the spring.

“We talk about building a program and building a football team and he was the first player that we took three years ago in that draft,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s just been everything we’ve wanted to build this program and this team around.”

Smith was drafted by the Cowboys with the 9th overall pick in 2011.  Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, drafted 5th overall that same year, signed a five-year, $70 million extension on Tuesday.

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Ravens Trade Linebacker Rolando McClain to the Cowboys

Ravens Trade Linebacker Rolando McClain to the Cowboys

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Dallas Cowboys are so desperate for defensive help, they’ve acquired now un-retired linebacker Rolando McClain from the Baltimore Ravens.

Dallas sent Baltimore a 2015 sixth-round pick while Baltimore will also send over a 2015 seventh-round pick.

McClain retired in April because he claimed he had lost his passion for football. His agent, Pat Dye, thinks McClain can resurrect his career in Dallas with the recent injury to starter Sean Lee.

“I see and Rolando sees the Dallas situation as a great opportunity given Sean’s injury and you’re talking about a great franchise and a great organization,” Dye said. “I’ve described to any of the clients we’ve had through the years there, Emmitt Smith, Dexter Coakley, DeMarcus Ware, Marcus Spears, Keith Brooking, DeMarco Murray, that playing for the Cowboys in football is kind of like playing for the Yankees in baseball. Just an iconic franchise.

The 24-year-old McClain was the eighth overall pick by the Oakland Raiders back in the 2010 Draft out of Alabama.

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Cowboys Acquire Linebacker Rolando McClain Via Trade

Cowboys Acquire Linebacker Rolando McClain Via Trade

NFL via Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — Dallas Cowboys acquired linebacker Rolando McClain in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. Dallas sent a 2015 sixth-round pick to Baltimore in return for McClain and Baltimore’s 2015 seventh-round pick.

McClain was selected out of Alabama with the eighth overall pick by the Raiders in 2010. He eventually was released by the Raiders after multiple arrests and other off-field issues.
                                                               
McClain signed with the Ravens in 2013 but retired before playing a game. The NFL reinstated McClain in March 2014 after the linebacker communicated that he wanted to play, but McClain decided to retire again soon after. But again the itch to play came back again, and McClain was officially taken off the reserve/ retired list Tuesday.
                                                                                                                                                    
The addition of McClain helps the Cowboys replace linebacker Sean Lee, who tore his ACL and is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.
                                                                                                                           

The 24-year-old McClain has played in 41 NFL games. During that time, he had 175 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 17 passes defended.

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ESPN: Cowboys LB Sean Lee Has Torn ACL

ESPN: Cowboys LB Sean Lee Has Torn ACL

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee was told on Tuesday that he tore his left ACL and will probably miss the entire 2014 season, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Lee was hurt during the team’s first organized activity workout when he was blocked to the ground by offensive lineman Zack Martin. Lee needed to be helped to the locker room by the members of the Cowboys’ training staff.
Lee had an MRI Tuesday and while the Cowboys haven’t made an official statement, ESPN says Lee was told the MRI confirmed the tear in his anterior cruciate ligament in the left knee.

This isn’t the first time Lee tore an ACL. In 2008, while at Penn State, Lee tore his right ACL and in 2009 he partially tore his left ACL.


“Sean has had to deal with injuries throughout college and also here in the NFL,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. “He really does everything he can to get himself ready to play. Unfortunately, he had to deal with a few of those things, but he’s as mentally tough as an individual I’ve ever been around. Whatever the circumstances are, he always puts his best foot forward and strives to be his best. I don’t anticipate this being any different.”

The 27-year-old Lee has played in 46 games during four seasons with the Cowboys. During that time Lee has compiled 193 tackles, 11 interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

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Browns Sign WR Miles Austin

Browns Sign WR Miles Austin

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Receiver Miles Austin agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Thursday.

Austin provides the Browns with depth, which could be needed if star receiver Josh Gordon is suspended.

The 29-year-old Austin is a two-time Pro Bowler but is coming of an injury-filled season during which he caught 24 balls for 244 yards.

For his eight-year NFL career, Austin has 301 catches for 4,481 yards and 34 touchdowns.

The Browns agreed to terms with receiver Earl Bennett Thursday. He and Austin join Greg Little, Andrew Hawkins, Nate Burleson and Travis Benjamin as part of the Browns’ receiving corps.

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DT Jason Hatcher Signs with Redskins

DT Jason Hatcher Signs with Redskins

Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defensive lineman Jason Hatcher signed with the Washington Redskins Thursday. According to ESPN, it’s a four-year deal worth $27.5 million. The 31-year-old Hatcher has played his entire eight season NFL career wit…

DeMarcus Ware’s Future in Dallas Uncertain

DeMarcus Ware’s Future in Dallas Uncertain

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defensive end DeMarcus Ware has been one of the best pass rushers in the NFL during his nine seasons in the league. Still, because of age, injuries, and a poor salary cap situation, Ware’s time with the team cou…

Daryl Johnston: ‘Window of Opportunity Maybe Closing’ on Current Cowboys

Daryl Johnston: ‘Window of Opportunity Maybe Closing’ on Current Cowboys

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Dallas Cowboys fullback and three-time Super Bowl champion Daryl Johnston believes the time is running out for the current Dallas roster to win a championship.
The last playoff appearance for the Cowboy…

Monte Kiffin Demoted in Dallas

Monte Kiffin Demoted in Dallas

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — The Dallas Cowboys demoted defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to assistant head coach/defense on Tuesday. Kiffin joined Dallas last season, during which the Cowboys allowed the most points in franchise his…

Josh Brent Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail, Probation

Josh Brent Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail, Probation

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(DALLAS) —  Former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation Friday for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, linebacker Jerry Brown.
Bre…

Eagles Hold On, Beat Dallas for NFC East Crown

Eagles Hold On, Beat Dallas for NFC East Crown

Rich Shultz/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Following a season in which they finished dead last in the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles won the division crown Sunday night with a 24-22 win over Dallas (8-8). The victory was sealed when Brandon Boykin intercep…

Tony Romo Undergoes Back Surgery, Out For Season

Tony Romo Undergoes Back Surgery, Out For Season

Rob Carr/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) —  Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent back surgery on Friday morning and will miss the remainder of the season.  
Romo suffered a herniated disc in his back during last week’s win over the Was…

Source: Sean Lee Out Against the Eagles

Source: Sean Lee Out Against the Eagles

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) —  Tony Romo may not be the only Dallas Cowboys starter missing Sunday’s winner-take-all game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Linebacker Sean Lee has been ruled out for Sunday due to a sprained neck, a…

ESPN: Cowboys Bring Back Jon Kitna

ESPN: Cowboys Bring Back Jon Kitna

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) —  The Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement with former quarterback Jon Kitna, according to ESPN and media reports.
With Tony Romo dealing with a back injury, the team wanted to bring in a backup f…

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