With football activity comes football news; which to bloggers and writers alike is like a floatation device thrown into the Atlantic that is the offseason. Let's do a quick tour around the block to see what has transpired with the Cowboys today.
[UPDATE] Todd Archer of ESPN is reporting that the supposedly minor foot injury with no further details that was being reported earlier is actually a broken left foot that will require surgery. Archer suggests that Coale could be out through the early part of training camp. Surgery is set for later this week. [/UPDATE]
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Danny Amendola Wes Welker have just suffered a hopefully minor setback. Today, during the first day of 2012 voluntary OTAs, the Cowboys fifth-round draft pick, WR Danny Coale suffered a foot injury and was seen leaving Valley Ranch on crutches and in a boot. The team is waiting on the results of the MRI.
Coale, a dynamic slot receiving threat out of Virginia Tech, was set to compete for the third receiver role with the likes of Kevin Ogletree, Raymond Radway, Andre Holmes and last year's late-round draft pick (and star of the first pre-season contest) Dwayne Harris. If he's out of action for an extended period of time, Coale could do serious damage to his ability to make an impact this season.
SBNation.com's Ryan Van Bibber has taken on the enormous task of previewing individual NFL squads now that teams are virtually set with the majority of their rosters. This week, the Dallas Cowboys fell in his crosshairs. It's a lengthy article and a great read; I highly recommend reading it in it's entirety (and forgiving him for the occasional oversight like calling it Texas Stadium)
Here's a quick rundown of some of the items Van Bibber covered.
Dallas' season moved in fits and starts. A four-game win streak in the middle of year, turned into a 1-4 run to finish the season. Looking at the Cowboys' 8-8 finish to the 2011 season obscures the fact that it all came down to a Week 17 showdown with the Giants. A win that week would have given Dallas the division title for the second time in three seasons...
Best Free Agent Pickup
Give Jerry Jones credit. He spared no expense in filling his team's most pressing needs with headline free agent additions. The signing likely to have the biggest impact is cornerback Brandon Carr...
2012 NFL Draft
Visions of Dallas' secondary chasing around Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks must have really given the Cowboys' decision makers nightmares in the offseason. They swung a deal with the Rams to move up to the sixth spot in the 1st round in order to select blue chip cornerback Morris Claiborne from LSU. Though corners can require some adjustment time in the NFL, having Claiborne paired with Carr instantly makes this one of the league's toughest secondaries.
They Make The Playoffs If...
C'mon. I'm not going to spoil the fun. Click the link and read it for yourself.
Follow the jump for more..
Cowboys, Washington Issue Joint Statement On Arbitration Ruling | Sports Illustrated
Earlier today, Tom Ryle broke the news that the arbitrator ruled against the two franchises and upheld the NFL's request for a dismissal.
The grounds were that the case was not eligible for arbitration because the NFLPA signed off on the cap penalties. The last remaining option for a pro-club resolution was suing the league, but that can of worms on collusion and antitrust violations is something that no NFL owner seems to want to open.
The two clubs issued a joint statement saying their pursuit of justice is, for all intents and purposes, over.
"We pursued our salary cap claim pursuant to the CBA and we respect and will abide by the arbitrator's decision to dismiss. We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season."
Chalk up another victory for Commissioner Goodell and his brand of "justice".
In case you didn't hear me waxing poetic about the California scenery in my latest podcast, take this as your notice that training camp will take place in Oxnard, CA this year for the Dallas Cowboys. Today, they released the daily schedule so you can plan your sight-seeing around watching practice and hanging out in the team hotel sparking up conversations.
Monday, July 30 – 2:30 p.m. practice
Tuesday, July 31 — 2:30 p.m. practice
Wednesday, Aug. 1 — 2:30 p.m. practice
Thursday, Aug. 2 — No practice
Friday, Aug. 3 — 2:30 p.m. practice
Saturday, Aug. 4 — 2:30 p.m. practice
Sunday, Aug. 5 – 2:30 p.m. Blue-White scrimmage
Monday, Aug. 6 — 2:30 p.m. practice
Tuesday, Aug. 7 — 2:30 p.m. practice
Wednesday, Aug. 8 – No practice
Thursday, Aug. 9 — 2:30 p.m. practice
Friday, Aug. 10 — 2:30 p.m. practice
Saturday, Aug. 11 — 2:30 p.m. practice
Sunday, Aug. 12 – Walkthrough TBA
Monday, Aug. 13 – Preseason game at Oakland
Tuesday, Aug. 14 – No practice
Wednesday, Aug. 15 — 2:30 p.m. practice
Thursday, Aug. 16 — 2:30 p.m. practice
Friday, Aug. 17 – Walkthrough TBA, break camp
Courtesy of MySanAntonio.com