Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Dez Bryant "Near 100%" For Chargers

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Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Dez Bryant said his back feels much better than it did last week, the D-line continues to draw praise, and the Cowboys have cut their penalties in half versus last year.

Bryant Thinks Health Will Be Near 100 Percent For San Diego - Rowan Kavner, DallasCowboys.com
Bryant missed some practice days last week with back problems, but said his back was fine on Sunday and that he'll be ready for the Chargers.

"I promise you it’s nowhere near how it was last Monday," Bryant said. "I’ll be probably 100 percent on Sunday."

Scout’s Notebook: Film Room Shows Dominance On D-Line - Bryan Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com
After re-watching the game, Broaddus concludes that it was a collective team effort across the defensive line that got that job done.

"Kiffin was able to just use four man pressure in the game which allowed him to drop seven and handle the Rams skill players underneath and down the field. Where this Cowboys defensive line was most effective was when they were running games upfront with their twist packages. There was constant pressure on Sam Bradford to the point where he really didn’t have the time to look down the field for a receiver. It was a dominating day, for a group that once again had to play without Anthony Spencer but were able to get the job done."

Garrett: Interior OL Strongest It’s Been In About Three Years - Rowan Kavner, DallasCowboys.com
Garrett was very complimentary of the interior offensive line, but singled out RT Doug Free for a special mention when he said free may be the most improved player on the line. Garrett said he thinks a second year with Bill Callahan and his techniques might have something to do with that.

"He really has been impressive since the start of OTAs, really trying to take advantage of the opportunity," Garrett said. "I think he’s working on some technical things that will help him. I think he’s playing tougher and he’s staying on blocks, both as a pass protector but also in the run game. We saw a lot of that yesterday."

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray gives credit to others for big day vs. St. Louis - Brandon George, DMN
Murray remembers Garrett's advice well: credit your teammates.

"Whenever you’re able to run the ball and pass it the way we did, you’ve got to give Callahan credit," Murray said. "He called a great game for us. [Tony] Romo put us in great positions to be successful as an offense. The holes were there. The offensive line played well."

Miles Austin does not have serious hamstring injury, source says - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys do not believe Miles Austin's strained hamstring is as serious as the hamstring injuries that have limited the wide receiver in each of the past two seasons, a source told ESPN.com. The Cowboys will be cautious this week with Austin and will see how he feels Wednesday before determining if he will practice.

Are Dallas Cowboys a more-disciplined team in 2013? - Rainer Sabin, DMN
Sabin points out that the Cowboys only have 16 penalties for 169 yards after three weeks this year, down from 31 penalties and 318 penalty yards after three games last year.

"We’re making an emphasis on it and we understand those plays don’t help you. They hurt you," head coach Jason Garrett said. "Again, you never want to take your team’s aggressiveness away from them but you just have to minimize those kinds of plays."

"We have to take care of the ball better, we have to minimize the penalties and not beat ourselves….I think we have done a pretty good job of that so far."

Jason Garrett expects Anthony Spencer to return to being a full-time player this season - Charean Williams
Remember back when Spencer was expected to be "ready" for the season opener? The fact that Garrett now thinks "it's realistic" that Spencer could return to be a full-time player before the end of the season has got to have alarm bells ringing among the Cowboys faithful.

Scandrick appreciates the way Kiffin is using him -- like Ronde Barber - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Scandrick expressed his appreciation for what Kiffin has done for him in just a short time with the Cowboys.

"He’s using my instincts and things to my benefit," Scandrick said. "But there’s still a lot, so much stuff I need to work on. I’m not even close to being to the level that I can be playing at."

How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers - The Atlantic
Every now and then it pays to take a step back and look at the NFL from a broader perspective. This article is one of those times.

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