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Dallas Cowboys

-- Cowboys Name Sanjay Lal --
Thu Jan 18, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys have named Sanjay Lal WRs Coach.

-- Cowboys Name Paul Alexander --
Mon Jan 15, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

TSN reports the Dallas Cowboys have named Paul Alexander Offensive Line Coach.

-- Jason Witten To Play in 2018 --
Mon Jan 1, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys TE Jason Witten says he will continue his playing career in 2018. "Oh, I'm coming back. I love playing this game too much and I know I can play at a high level," he said. Witten will turn 36 years old in May.

-- Cowboys Will Play Their Starters Today --
Sun Dec 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys will play their starters against the Eagles today.

-- Cowboys IR Orlando Scandrick --
Thu Dec 28, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have placed CB Orlando Scandrick (back) on injured reserve in what may be the end of his tenure with the franchise. Scandrick has missed the last three games because of a back injury and was not likely to play Sunday against Philadelphia. Scandrick is signed through 2019 but the Cowboys have rookies CB Chidobe Awuzie and CB Jourdan Lewis playing big roles.

-- Dez Bryant Not Willing to Take a Pay Cut --
Thu Dec 28, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports WR Dez Bryant says he is not willing to take a pay cut this off-season. Bryant is owed $12.5 million in 2018 with a $16.5 million salary cap hit. When asked about taking a cut, Bryant answered as if he was thinking out loud. "I haven't heard no talks about that, but if it comes," Bryant said. "I don't know, probably not. Hell, no! I believe in me!"

-- Cowboys Will Play Starters This Final Week --
Wed Dec 27, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have no plans to sit regulars and play younger players Sunday at Philadelphia, despite being out of the playoff mix. "We're going to play the guys who are able to play physically and give ourselves every chance to play our best football," HC Jason Garrett said.

-- Cowboys Release One --
Tue Dec 26, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Dallas Cowboys have released LB Justin Durant.

-- Jerry Jones Supports HC Jason Garrett --
Mon Dec 25, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Dallas Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones said he feels good about HC Jason Garrett remaining as the team's head coach. Jones said he understands the frustration in the fan base, but he still backs his coach.

-- Zeke Elliott in Better Shape Now --
Sun Dec 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys RB Zeke Elliott is in better shape now than he was before the suspension. That's the word. Slimmer. He ran angry at practice, and will see a lot of carries today.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Watch --
Wed Dec 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said RB Ezekiel Elliott will take his normal turns in the running back's first practice since November 3rd. Garrett was not ready to commit to Elliott returning to a full time role on Sunday. He wants to see how Elliott handles the work in practice.

-- Ezekiel Elliott's Suspension Over --
Mon Dec 18, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has completed his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. He returned to the team today.

-- Run DMC Retiring --
Tue Nov 28, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free-agent RB Darren McFadden is retiring from the NFL.

-- Cowboys Demoting Anthony Brown --
Mon Nov 27, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Dallas Cowboys are demoting CB Anthony Brown from the starting lineup. Brown has started each of the team's last 10 games, including QB Philip Rivers' 434-yard, three-touchdown dissection of Dallas on Thanksgiving.

-- Cowboys Release Mike Nugent --
Sun Nov 26, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports the cowboys have released PK Mike Nugent.

-- Cowboys Release Run DMC; Sign Datone Jones --
Sun Nov 26, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys have waived veteran RB Darren McFadden and signed DE Datone Jones.

-- Terry Glenn Passes --
Mon Nov 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dallas County medical examiner's office said former Cowboys and Patriots WR Terry Glenn died at Parkland Memorial Hospital at 12:52 a.m. They said the cause was a "suspected motor vehicle accident." Glenn was 43 years old.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Won't Play Until Week #16 --
Thu Nov 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's has dropped his appeal, so he won't be eligible to play until week #16 when the Cowboys host the Seattle Seahawks. Should fantasy owners keep or drop Elliott?

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-- Ezekiel Elliott Withdrawing His Appeal; Will Serve Full Six-Game Suspension --
Wed Nov 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is withdrawing his appeal. He will serve his full six-game suspension.

-- Alfred Morris Will Start Today, But... --
Sun Nov 12, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris will start today's game against the Falcons, but the team really likes RB Rod Smith as a wildcard.

-- Sources: Ezekiel Elliott Leaving the Country --
Sun Nov 12, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports now officially suspended, Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is leaving the country for an undisclosed location to clear his head and train, sources say.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Hearing Set for December 1st --
Thu Nov 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports the Second Circuit Court has set the hearing for Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's expedited appeal for December 1st. That would still be a fast process for the whole thing to be completed within the six weeks of his suspension. That means he's OUT for at least the next four games.

-- Ezekiel Elliott's Motion for Injunction Denied; Suspended Six Games --
Thu Nov 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's motion for an injunction has been denied by the Second Circuit Court. Elliott is now suspended for the next six games pending some sort of emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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-- Ezekiel Elliott Court Watch --
Thu Nov 9, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says RB Ezekiel Elliott will be back in Dallas tonight after his hearing in New York. If the court does not make an immediate ruling, he will practice Friday in preparation to play Sunday at Atlanta. "He will participate to the extent he can until we are told otherwise," Garrett said.

-- Zeke Elliott to Attend Thursday Hearing --
Wed Nov 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports a source says Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will attend his hearing in New York tomorrow at 2pm EST/ 1pm CST.

-- Cowboys IR Brian Price --
Mon Nov 6, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Dallas Cowboys have placed DT Brian Price (knee surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

-- Ezekiel Elliott's Hearing Set for Thursday; Will Play Until They Rule --
Mon Nov 6, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will be eligible to play until the Second Circuit Court of Appeals hands down a ruling. His hearing with the panel is set for this Thursday.

-- No Settlement in Ezekiel Elliott Case Coming --
Sun Nov 5, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's lawyers have tried to his settle case with the NFL, but no settlement is coming.

-- Garrett: Ezekiel Elliott Will Practice Friday & Start Sunday --
Fri Nov 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Cowboys official website reports Cowboys HC Jason Garrett has confirmed that RB Ezekiel Elliott will practice today and start on Sunday against Kansas City.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Gets Stay; Will Play Sunday --
Fri Nov 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Second Circuit has granted Dallas Cowboys RB Zeke Elliott's motion for a brief administrative stay. He will play Sunday. That said, this stay is only effective for this week's game. More legal moves will come next week.

-- Source: Alfred Morris Will Start This Week --
Thu Nov 2, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports a source informed of the decision says RB Alfred Morris will start Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys.

-- Alfred Morris Works with First Unit; Rod Smith With Second --
Thu Nov 2, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys RB Alfred Morris worked with the first team in practice on Thursday. RB Rod Smith received all the work with the second team from what was seen.

-- No Emergency Injunction Granted for Ezekiel Elliott --
Tue Oct 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports the Southern District of New York has denied Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's request for an emergency injunction. Elliott is now waiting for a decision from the Second Circuit, something he hopes to receive by 7PM EDT on Wednesday.

-- Cowboys Work Out Owa Odighizuwa --
Tue Oct 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent DE Owa Odighizuwa worked out for the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.

-- Jones: Alfred Morris the Lead Back in Zeke Elliott Suspended --
Tue Oct 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones says RB Alfred Morris will get more carries if RB Ezekiel Elliott is suspended, but RB Darren McFadden and RB Rod Smith will get some work too.

-- Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction in Ezekiel Elliott Case --
Mon Oct 30, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports United States District Judge Katherine Failla has denied the NFLPA motion for a preliminary injunction for Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, but is keeping temporary restraining order in place for 24 hours to allow the NFLPA to decide about filing an appeal to the second circuit court. That means barring a successful appeal on Tuesday, Elliott's six-game suspension will begin this week.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Heading to New York for His Hearing --
Sun Oct 29, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will not be flying back to Dallas following today's win against the Washington Redskins. Elliott said he will head to New York to be in attendance at his hearing Monday for a preliminary injunction to block the NFL's six-game suspension.

-- Cole Beasley Going Nowhere --
Sat Oct 28, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Cowboys executive V.P. of football operations Stephen Jones had to assure WR Cole Beasley that he won't be dealt to another team before the trade deadline of 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Jones had to address the issue with Beasley because a fake story emerged on social media regarding a potential trade to the Ravens.

-- Cowboys Make Player Moves --
Fri Oct 27, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys released QB Kellen Moore on Thursday and signed TE Blake Jarwin. The Cowboys then signed Moore to their practice quad on Friday.

-- Cowboys Sign Mike Nugent; Release One --
Tue Oct 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent PK Mike Nugent. The Cowboys also released DE Damontre Moore.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Will Play This Week --
Mon Oct 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New York District Judge Failla says no to NFL's request to expedite Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's case. His hearing for the injunction remains October 30th, so he will play against the Redskins this week.

-- Ezekiel Elliott's New York Hearing Set for October 30th --
Sun Oct 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is scheduled for a hearing on October 30th in front of Judge Failla in New York to learn if he gets a preliminary injunction.

-- NFL Files Motion to Exepediate Ezekiel Elliott's Hearing --
Fri Oct 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports the NFL has filed a motion to expedite Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's hearing for a temporary restraining order.

-- Zeke Elliott & NFL Discussed a Settlement, But... --
Thu Oct 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and the NFL have discussed the possibility of a settlement, but it went nowhere after the TRO was issued.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Granted TRO; Will Play This Week --
Tue Oct 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been granted another temporary restraining order by the Southern District of New York, and will be allowed to play this week against the 49ers. The temporary restraining order is stayed for 14 days or until further proceedings. The NFL has the right to seek appeal, and the league could explore and aggressively pursue an appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

-- NYSD Court to Rule on Elliott Case Today --
Tue Oct 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys RB Zeke Elliott's legal team and the NFL were informed today there will a ruling from the NY Southern District court by end of day today.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Attending Hearing in New York --
Tue Oct 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has a hearing in New York Tuesday afternoon regarding his request for a temporary restraining order.

-- NFLPA Files for Emergency TRO for Ezekiel Elliott --
Mon Oct 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the NFLPA has filed for an emergency TRO in New York in Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's case. It was filed an hour ago, and the plan is to argue tomorrow.

-- NFL: Ezekiel Elliott Suspended --
Mon Oct 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart says Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's suspension is "in place." "Anyone who tells you otherwise is not accurate," Lockhart said.

-- NFL Spokesman: Ezekiel Elliott Remains Suspended --
Sat Oct 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy states that the suspension of Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott remains in place. The order from the district court is administrative and does not in any way change the appeal court's order vacating the preliminary injunction. Any reporting to the contract is inaccurate and misleading.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Not Yet Suspended --
Sat Oct 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports despite the NFL's statement this week that Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's suspension has begun, the judge overseeing his case says otherwise. A source says that United States District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant has informed the NFL and NFL Players Association that he will not lift the injunction preventing the NFL from suspending Elliott until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rules on Elliott's petition for rehearing. That means Elliott remains eligible to play, at least until a petition for rehearing is filed and resolved.

-- Ezekiel Elliott's Legal Team to Ask for a Rehearing --
Fri Oct 13, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's legal team informed a New York judge today it intends to ask for a rehearing before the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Officially Suspended Six Games, But... --
Fri Oct 13, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said today... "Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is now suspended. He will not play over the next six games unless there's some other affirmative judgement."

-- Ezekiel Elliott's Injunction Vacated --
Thu Oct 12, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's temporary injunction, thereby reinstating his suspension, though Elliott is expected to immediately file a new appeal. The Cowboys have a BYE this week, but if Elliott doesn't get another injunction by next week, his 6-game suspension will begin.

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-- Damien Wilson Cleared of Assault Charges --
Wed Oct 11, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

KRLD.com reports Dallas Cowboys LB Damien Wilson has been cleared of aggravated assault charges stemming from an incident on July 4th.

-- Cowboys Release Nolan Carroll --
Wed Oct 11, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys have released CB Nolan Carroll.

-- Cowboys Activate David Irving; Expected to Play --
Sat Oct 7, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys have activated DE David Irving from the Reserve/Exempt list. He's expected to play on Sunday.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Case Decision Watch --
Tue Oct 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the NFL says it expects a decision from the 5th circuit court in Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's case "soon" per Joe Lockhart.

-- 5th Circuit to Hold Oral Argument on NFL's Motion for a Stay in Zeke Elliott Case --
Fri Sep 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

Sports Attorney Daniel Wallach reports the 5th Circuit will hold an oral argument on Monday, October 2nd, on the NFL's emergency motion for a stay in the Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott case. Elliott is not at risk of serving suspension in either of the next two weeks due to the timing of Fifth Circuit oral argument.

-- Cowboys Make Player Moves --
Tue Sep 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Dallas Cowboys have activated DE Damontre Moore from the reserve/suspended list. The team also waived DE Jayrone Elliott.

-- NFL Loses Motion for a Stay of Ezekiel Elliott's Injunction --
Mon Sep 18, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Judge Mazzant has denied the NFL's emergency motion for a stay of Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's preliminary injunction. Next up is the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Injunction Appeal Update --
Mon Sep 18, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the NFL has filed a reply brief with the Fifth Circuit. The briefing is now complete. A decision on the stay of Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's injunction could come today or tomorrow.

-- 225 Games Played for Jason Witten --
Sun Sep 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten will play in his 225th game today and pass Ed "Too Tall" Jones for the most games in Dallas franchise history.

-- NFL files Emergency Motion to Stay Ezekiel Elliott's Injunction --
Fri Sep 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the NFL has filed an emergency motion to stay Dallas Cowboys RB Zeke Elliott's injunction in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The NFL asks for a ruling no later than September 26th.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Will Play This Week --
Wed Sep 13, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said... "I would assume Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will play Sunday." There are other legal steps this week, but he'll play Sunday.

-- No Commissioner's Exempt List for Ezekiel Elliott --
Mon Sep 11, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart says Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott won't be placed on the Commissioner's Exempt list.

-- NFL Appeals Ezekiel Elliott Court Injunction --
Mon Sep 11, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports the NFL has appealed the Texas court injunction in the Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott case to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal. NBC Sports adds if the NFL wins the appeal and has the injunction thrown out, Elliott would have to begin serving his suspension. Appeals usually take several months, but the NFL could request a stay which would nullify the injunction right away, forcing Elliott to serve the suspension immediately. According to Daniel Wallach of the Sports Law Blog, it is unlikely the NFL will win a stay, but it is a concern.

-- NFL Mum on Zeke Appeal --
Sun Sep 10, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the NFL has not made a decision yet on whether to file an appeal of Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's injunction. "Still huddling with counsel," per spokesman.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Granted TRO & Injunction; Likely to Play Entire Season --
Fri Sep 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will play against the Giants on Sunday night. It looks like he'll be playing in the weeks that follow as well. Judge Amos Mazzant granted the NFLPA's request for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction barring the NFL from imposing a six-game suspension on Friday afternoon. Mazzant wrote that the court was asked to rule on whether Elliott received a "fundamentally fair arbitration hearing" and that he found Elliott had not received that when explaining his decision to grant the preliminary injunction. Mazzant wrote that he came to that conclusion because arbitrator Harold Henderson's refusal to allow Tiffany Thompson, who accused Elliott of abusing her, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to testify at the arbitration hearing denied Elliott a fair hearing. The issue will now head for other courtrooms and other hearings that will determine whether the suspension is put back into effect. For now, though, Elliott is free to play football for the Cowboys.

-- Ezekiel Elliott's Six-Game Suspension Upheld, But He Will Play This Week --
Tue Sep 5, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports an arbitrator has upheld Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's entire six-game suspension after denying his appeal. Although the suspension was upheld, due to timing the NFL is allowing Elliott to play Sunday. Arbitrator Harold Henderson's decision comes after last week's three-day appeal hearing that included sworn testimony from the Dallas Cowboys running back regarding domestic violence accusations made against him last year. The NFL suspended Elliott last month for violating the league's personal conduct policy. t week, the NFL Players Association filed a petition with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas last week seeking to void the suspension. It also filed a temporary restraining order motion against Henderson's appeal decision. U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant III will determine if the suspension can be postponed while he reviews the petition. Mazzant will make a ruling by 5 p.m. CT Friday. If Mazzant III does not grant the NFLPA's TRO request, Elliott's suspension would begin Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.
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-- Ezekiel Elliott Appeal Watch --
Tue Sep 5, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson isn't certain to reach a decision in Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's appeal on Tuesday.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Appeal Watch --
Tue Sep 5, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson expects to reach a decision on Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's appeal of his six-game suspension before the close of business on Tuesday.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Watch --
Tue Sep 5, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports whether Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is still on the roster by Tuesday at 3:00 PM Dallas time has no bearing on whether he's eligible to play in opener.

-- Cowboys Re-Sign Kellen Moore --
Tue Sep 5, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have re-signed QB Kellen Moore.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Will Play This Week If... --
Tue Sep 5, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will play this week if NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson does not announce a decision on his appeal before 4:00 PM EST on Tuesday.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Appeal Watch --
Mon Sep 4, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the clock is ticking on arbitrator Harold Henderson, and many expect he'll rule on Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's suspension on Monday. Currently, that's unlikely. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Henderson isn't expected to issue a ruling until Tuesday, at the earliest.

-- Cowboys IR Rico Gathers --
Mon Sep 4, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Dallas Cowboys have placed TE Rico Gathers (concussion) on injured reserve. He can return to practice in six weeks and play in eight weeks, but he is not a lock to return to action.

-- Zack Martin Contract Watch --
Mon Sep 4, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys and All-Pro OG Zack Martin have halted contract discussions until after the season.

-- Cowboys Acquire Jayrone Elliott --
Sun Sep 3, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have acquired LB Jayrone Elliott from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a conditional 2018 7th-round draft pick.

-- Cowboys Make Final Roster Moves --
Sat Sep 2, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have placed CB Duke Thomas on injured reserve. The team also waived DE Richard Ash, DE Woody Baron, RB Brandon Brown-Dukes, WR Brian Brown, C Ross Burbank, CB Dejaun Butler, DT Jordan Carrell, OG Kadeem Edwards, LB Kennan Gilchrist, CB John Green, WR Karel Hamilton, P Sam Irwin-Hill, DT Joey Ivie, TE Blake Jarwin, WR Andy Jones, LB Joseph Jones, DE Lenny Jones, WR Lance Lenoir, DE Darnell Leslie, LB Lamar Louis, TE M.J. McFarland, DE Lewis Neal, WR Uzoma Nwachukwu, CB Sammy Seamster, S Jameill Showers, OG Dan Skipper, OG Nate Theaker, CB Marquez White and LS Zach Wood. The team also released S Robert Blanton, OT Emmett Cleary, RB Ronnie Hillman, QB Kellen Moore and QB Luke McCown. They also waived-injured OT Clay DeBord.

-- Cowboys Acquire Bene Benwikere --
Sat Sep 2, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have acquired CB Bene Benwikere from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.

-- Ezekiel Elliott's TRO Motion Hearing Set for Tuesday --
Fri Sep 1, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Judge Mazzant has set the hearing on Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's TRO motion for Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 5:00 PM.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Files Lawsuit to Vacate Suspension --
Thu Aug 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has filed a pre-emptive lawsuit challenging the appeal process arising from the six-game suspension imposed upon him by Commissioner Roger Goodell. The petition, a copy of which PFT has obtained, seeks a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas vacating the eventual ruling in the case, which would block the suspension to be imposed by the NFL, presuming that arbitrator Harold Henderson affirms all or part of the pending six-game banishment. Elliott moved quickly to file suit because the NFL filed the first lawsuit two years ago in the QB Tom Brady case, rushing to federal court in Manhattan immediately after the ruling on Brady's appeal became final. Though the league lost at the district court level, the NFL prevailed in the appeals court.
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-- Bombshell: Elliott Could Have Suspension Overturned --
Thu Aug 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Telegram reports Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's hope of a reduction or of success in federal court were improved during the proceedings that began on Tuesday, according to a source. His camp promised controverting evidence to the league's 13-month domestic violence investigation of Elliott, based on claims made by former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson. The possible bombshell evidence came in the form of Kia Roberts, director of investigations for the NFL. Roberts recommended no suspension for Elliott following her interviews with Thompson during the investigation, a fact Roberts testified to during the appeals hearing with Henderson, according to a source. Roberts' recommendation of no discipline is the main reason Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones expressed so much confidence until the NFL announced the suspension on August 11th. Jones was told by a top NFL executive that there would be no suspension, according to a source. But Roberts' recommendation never made it into the NFL's final report or the official suspension letter on August 11th, which cited the league's findings of three instances of domestic violence by Elliott against Thompson based on the victim's testimony and photographic evidence. When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell conducted a meeting to discuss discipline for Elliott, it included Lisa Friel, the senior vice president for investigations, Jeff Pash, executive vice president and general counsel and Adolpho Birch, senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs, among others. But Roberts was not at the meeting as Friel recommended a six-game suspension to Goodell. It was testified during the appeal hearing that Friel barred Roberts from the meeting, per a source. It's those failures of the process that Elliott and the NFLPA attacked during the appeal hearing and plan to exploit if they have to go to federal court to seek a temporary injunction. That Roberts' recommendation didn't make it into the report and Roberts not being involved in the decision making, even though she ran point on the fact finding with the accuser, are trap doors that could come back to haunt the NFL if this goes to federal court.
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-- Will Ezekiel Elliott Play in Week #1? --
Thu Aug 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports sources says the Dallas Cowboys are operating under the belief if Harold Henderson doesn't rule by Tuesday at 3 p.m., RB Ezekiel Elliott will play in week #1's game against the Giants.

-- Ezekiel Elliott's Appeal Hearing Finally Ends --
Thu Aug 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the appeals hearing for Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has wrapped up after three days and more than 25 hours. Harold Henderson is on the clock to make a decision.

-- Source: Ezekiel Elliott Appeal to be Decided by Monday? --
Thu Aug 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Harold Henderson, the appeals officer in the Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott hearing, is under pressure to have a decision by Monday, per source.

-- Ezekiel Elliott's Suspension Could be Reduced --
Thu Aug 31, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that there is a real chance Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension is reduced on appeal.
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-- Anthony Hitchens OUT Eight Weeks --
Wed Aug 30, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (knee) was fortunate, in that he escaped with no ligament damage in his injured knee. He will miss eight weeks of action.

-- Cowboys IR Leon McFadden --
Tue Aug 29, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have placed CB Leon McFadden on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Appeal Watch --
Tue Aug 29, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's Tuesday appeal hearing will carry over into Thursday.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Could Play Week #1 --
Tue Aug 29, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott appeal is probably going to go to court, which means there's a very good chance he plays in week #1.
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-- Rico Gathers Still in Concsusion Protocol --
Mon Aug 28, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys TE Rico Gathers (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol. He won't practice this week or play Thursday.
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-- Anthony Hitchens OUT Eight Weeks --
Sun Aug 27, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (knee) suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his right knee and will need eight weeks to recover.

-- Sources: Anthony Hitchens Could be Lost for Season --
Sat Aug 26, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys fear starting LB Anthony Hitchens (knee) suffered a season-ending knee injury today, sources say. An MRI is coming.

-- Rico Gathers Won't Play This Week --
Tue Aug 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys TE Rico Gathers (concussion) won't play Saturday against the Raiders because of his concussion.

-- Rico Gathers Suffers Concussion --
Wed Aug 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers (concussion) will enter the concussion protocol after being hit yesterday in practice. He did leave practice early.
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-- Ezekiel Elliott's Ex-Girlfriend Considered Leveraging Sex Tapes --
Wed Aug 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports a new report published Wednesday reveals more details of Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and Co.'s strategy to attack the credibility of the woman whose domestic violence accusations led to his six-game NFL suspension. A report published by Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson shows that Tiffany Thompson admitted to NFL investigators that she discussed with a friend trying to get money from Elliott by leveraging sex videos featuring the two. Elliott's camp, via a statement by Elliott's lawyers and tweets from Elliott's father, Stacy, have made it clear that the appeal will focus on again raising questions about the credibility of Thompson. The NFL has said the concerns Elliott raised about the veracity of Thompson's claims and her motives were considered in its initial findings. The league said it used medical, photographic, testimonial and other evidence in its decision.

-- Ezekiel Elliott Appeal Update --
Wed Aug 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the NFL has announced that Harold Henderson will handle Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's appeal. Under the labor deal, the Commissioner has the ability to handle the appeal personally or delegate it to someone else. Many believed Roger Goodell would handle it on his own; however, because he made the initial decision, it was unlikely that he would have been the one to review it. Goodell could have assigned the matter to a truly independent party. Goodell ultimately opted not to surrender the outcome to someone who would have been handling the case as a one-and-done project. Henderson, by virtue of the fact that the league regularly hires him to provide appeal services, is viewed as someone who will be inclined to rubber stamp the decision from the league, even if he hasn't always done that. As a practical matter, the chances of Elliott completely overturning the suspension have dropped significantly. At best, he'll get a mild reduction. As a result, this increases significantly the possibility of a lawsuit eventually being filed.
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-- Rico Gathers Suffers Concussion --
Tue Aug 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers (concussion) suffered a concussion after an inadvertent helmet to helmet collision with S Kavon Frazier today. Gathers and Frazier were going for a QB Cooper Rush pass and came together in the middle of the field. Gathers remained down for a little bit but was able to walk off the field. His status for Saturday's game is not clear.
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