Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Dez Bryant Impressed With Terrance Williams, Injury Updates, More

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Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Dez Bryant sees a big week coming for Terrance Williams, Phillip Tanner toes the company line, injuries continue to plague the Cowboys.

Dez Sees Big Week Coming For Williams - Rowan Kavner, DallasCowboys.com
Bryant said Williams demonstrated the explosiveness he can bring to an offense on Saturday.

"He didn’t really look too nervous to me, it was just probably a little bit too excited," Bryant said. "But he’s going to find his way. We all do. I’m pretty sure he’s going to go off this week."

Phillip Tanner: 'I'm a company guy' - Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas
Tanner offers some very nice soundbites on his approach to the game and to not having played on Saturday:

"I wasn’t really all into, ‘Why didn’t I play?’" Tanner said. "It was a coach’s decision. They tell me J-Ran is going in and I say, ‘Yessir, coach.’ I’m a company guy."

"My job is, when they say, ’34, go in,’ go in and do it to the best of my ability."

"I always tell my kids about the dinosaurs all the time," Tanner said. "People say they were the biggest and baddest, but they couldn’t adapt. If you can’t adapt to change, you see what happened to the dinosaurs. So that’s just my mindset, being able to adapt to whatever the situation is."

"It’s always disappointing not being able to go out there and do what you love to do, but it’s the coaches’ decision, so I’m just adapting to the situation. Whatever they need me to do, whatever role they need me to fill in, I’m going to do it and I’m going to do it well."

53-man roster projection - Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas
MacMahon offers up the fifth iteration of his roster projection following the Cardinals game. No major surprises, but MacMahon is still banking on a veteran addition at guard, goes long on the DL (9) and short on linebackers (6).

NFL Fan Equity: Maybe the Cowboys are America’s Team? Emory Sports Marketing Analytics
A team at Emory University comes to the quantitative conclusion that the Dallas Cowboys have the most loyal and supportive fan base. This of course isn't news to Cowboys fans, but it bears repeating. The story even made headlines in the UK.

ESPN.com launches individual team sites for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
ESPN.com is creating a dedicated digital home for each of the 32 NFL teams, and for the Dallas Cowboys they've promoted Todd Archer into the lead blogger role. Dan Graziano, who ran ESPN's NFC East blog, will focus exclusively on the Giants.

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Roster Moves & Injury News

  • Cowboys Place Three, Including Albright, On Waived/Injured List (DC.com): The Cowboys yesterday waived Alex Albright, Travis Chappelear and Toby Jackson. Assuming Albright clears waivers, the Cowboys would place him on injured reserve following surgery.
  • Beasley Hopes He Can Return This Week From Foot Injury (DC.com): Wide receiver Cole Beasley hopes he can return from his foot injury in time for the game against the Bengals, and while he's optimistic he can return to practice before week’s end, no timetable has been set for his return.
  • Spencer Still Confident He'll Be Available For Season Opener (DC.com): Anthony Spencer isn’t ready to practice, but he’s still confident in his availability for the season opener. Spencer said he's feeling better about the progress he’s making toward a return, and hasn't changed his mind about being ready for the game against the Giants.
  • Dunbar Not Ruling Out Returning By Sept. 8 NYG Game (DC.com): The prognosis for Dunbar's return appears to be anything from two to six weeks, but for Dunbar, the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Giants is the target, and he's optimistic about an early return.
  • Cowboys guard Ron Leary shooting to return for the season opener (Star-T.): Ron Leary underwent knee surgery on Friday and is optimistic that his recovery time, usually two to four weeks, will be closer to two, allowing him to play in the season opener.
  • Dez Bryant dealing with a jammed thumb (ESPN): Bryant jammed his thumb during training camp and aggravated the injury a little during practice on Monday. Bryant was wearing a heavy wrap on his thumb but laughed when asked about the injury. According to Calvin Watkins, team officials also don't believe the jammed thumb is serious.

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