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Cowboys Headlines: What's Shaking With Dallas?

The Dallas Cowboys have one extra day this week to heal before taking on the Washington Redskins Monday night. Coach Jason Garrett has given the players and extra day of rest today, so things will be pretty quiet out at Valley Ranch, we think. We probably won't know much more on the injury situation until Thursday when they gather to practice.

So what all is going on in Dallas?

Well, the Cowboys must be pretty confident that Terence Newman will be returning to the field with their decision to cut Bryan McCann and re-sign wide receiver Laurent Robinson. The Mothership puts it this way:

Terence Newman says he'll be back this week, and Bryan McCann's release Tuesday seems to indicate the Cowboys are indeed optimistic about their veteran cornerback's return from a seven-week groin injury.

Orlando Scandrick was still in a walking boot Monday to stabilize his high ankle sprain. Without McCann, the Cowboys are down to three cornerbacks -- Mike Jenkins (who's banged up), Alan Ball and newly-signed Frank Walker -- unless Newman is close to re-joining them. Got to have at least four on game day.

So it appears we'll finally see Newman, but this also suggests that Miles Austin is probably out for a few weeks minimum. They needed another receiver badly. Now, we just need to know what's up with Dez Bryant.

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In case you missed it, here are Jerry Jones comments about Romo's and Austin's injury status.

Whether or not Romo is going to be able to play this weekend: "I don’t know. I really don’t. I understand the nature of the injury as much as you can without being in medicine. We’ll just have to see how it goes. It has everything to do with his ability to handle pain. We know he’s got a bunch of it so we’ll see how it goes and he’ll be monitored obviously extremely closely regarding it and we’ll see how it goes. I wouldn’t dare speculate on that."

If Miles Austin’s injury is worse than Romo’s: "I’m probably pretty negative on Miles getting to play. It seems like we’ve been dealing with a lot of those soft tissue injuries this year and he was almost a game time decision although he knew the night before that he was going to play but we were letting him again make that decision. He had done a really good job of managing his hamstring and so when he said he could go we were glad to have him obviously. Bottom line is it doesn’t look good this week."

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The defense is getting some love now, starting with Kegbearer's piece a few days ago and  KD's Tracking series yesterday. The Mothership jumps on board and has a couple of quotes:

"I think it was a growing process," linebacker Sean Lee, the team's leading tackler, said of the preseason. "It's one of those things where we hadn't had OTAs. It's our first time as a group, it's your first time with your run fits. It's a lot of new techniques, a lot different, and I think now that we have it locked in, we're playing faster. We're more comfortable, you can see it."


"I think first and foremost, you have to play sound defense," Garrett said. "That's the most important thing, and I think we've seen that the last couple weeks where we've been able to defend the run in a real sound manner. You have to prevent big plays. We've done that the first couple weeks."

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Speaking of defense, the NFL sent around these stats.

Teams with the most sacks since 2006:
Pittsburgh Steelers 227
Dallas Cowboys 226
Philadelphia Eagles 217
San Diego 217
New York Giants 211

Go NFC East!

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The Redskins Brian Orakpo gives some major love to Tyron Smith.

"The Cowboys got themselves a great player from what we’ve seen on film," Orakpo said of Smith. "He’s very athletic. He has a lot of power to him. And great feet for a tackle. Those are the worst things that guys around the edges, defensive ends and outside ‘backers hate to see a tackle with great feet [who] has power, and he has both of those."

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Romo was honored as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. From the NFL:

OFFENSE: QB TONY ROMO, DALLAS COWBOYS

  • Romo completed 20 of 33 passes (60.6 percent) for 345 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 116.4 passer rating in the Cowboys' 27-24 overtime victory at San Francisco.
  • Playing with a rib injury, Romo led the Cowboys to a fourth-quarter comeback as Dallas tied the game at the end of regulation with a field goal. In overtime, Romo set up the game-winning field goal with a 77-yard pass to wide receiver JESSE HOLLEY.
  • Romo threw two touchdowns - both to wide receiver MILES AUSTIN - and extended his club record streak of consecutive games with a TD pass to 20.
  • This season, Romo has 687 passing yards (two 300-yard games) and a 108.8 passer rating.
  • In his ninth season from Eastern Illinois, this is Romo's fifth career Player of the Week Award and first since 2007 (Week 13).
  • Romo and Pro Football Hall of Famer TROY AIKMAN (six) are the only quarterbacks in franchise history to win the award at least five times.

Romo is also up for the Fed Ex Air Player of the Week, you can vote for him here.