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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Dez Bryant Resumes Practice As Cowboys Fans Rejoice 'Hallelujah'

The Dallas Cowboys start their preparation for the Seattle Seahawks this weekend and they may have the best news possible to begin their week.

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Dez Bryant Practicing Today, "Positive Sign" For Seahawks Game - OCC, Blogging The Boys
Bryant's participation in practice "is a positive sign toward playing Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks."

Archer further explains Bryant's participation "is a positive sign toward playing Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks," though that will likely depend on how his foot reacts to increased activity.

After Being Limited in Sunday’s Return, Gregory Anxious For Full Workload - Nick Eatman,  Dallas Cowboys
Randy Gregory hopes to put his injured ankle behind him and carry a bigger load on Sundays.

"The main goal is for me to get out there as much as they can," Gregory said. "I try to make as big of an impact as I can when I’m out there. If it’s eight plays, it’s eight plays. If it’s one play, it’s one. They brought me in to rush the passer, and that’s what I try to do. Last week, I didn’t really get a chance to get into a rhythm. Hopefully I can do that."

Five Reasons The Dallas Cowboys Will Beat The Seattle Seahawks - Thomas Duck, Cover32 Dallas
Cover32 examines all the reasons Cowboys fans should find optimism in the Cowboys finally getting back in the win column.

"As I’ve said already, the Seahawks defensive backfield is not what it once was. It is still a highly capable and dangerous unit, and the presence of Bryant will occupy the team’s best cover corner Richard Sherman. In last Season’s matchup, Seattle tried to cover Dez with Byron Maxwell before sending Sherman after him. Maxwell is now in Philadelphia and he has been replaced by former Eagles corner Carey Williams. Williams has also had his difficulties trying to contain Bryant. With the return of the X-factor, the Cowboys will finally be putting another "x’ in the win column."

Sources: Bears Notified Cowboys Of Jeremiah Ratliff Release As A Security Precaution - David Moore, Dallas Morning News
One of the first calls Chicago made after releasing Jeremiah Ratliff was to the Cowboys to alert the club that he may be returning to his home near Valley Ranch.

Sources stressed that Ratliff made no specific threat against the Cowboys or anyone in the organization. Still, given the tumultuous circumstances under which Ratliff left the Cowboys, the Bears wanted to be sure the club was notified as a security precaution.

Dez Bryant Limited In Return To Dallas Cowboys Practice - Marc Sessler,
The Dallas Cowboys have their star receiver back. Dez Bryant -- on his way back from a broken foot -- practiced Wednesday for the first time since Sept. 11 on a limited basis.

Bryant has spent two-plus weeks engaging in on-field rehab and resistance training, while also receiving a stem cell injection in his foot to accelerate the healing process. Jason Garrett wants to see Bryant practice fully before putting him into a game, while also giving the Pro Bowl receiver time to mesh with fill-in quarterback Matt Cassel.

Cowboys DE Greg Hardy Meets With Hall Of Famer Charles Haley Behind Closed Doors - David Moore, Dallas Morning News
Greg Hardy didn't talk to the media Wednesday but he did take a meeting with the former Cowboy stud and now Hall of Famer, Charles Haley.

The Hall of Famer was at Valley Ranch to meet with the Cowboys defensive end. The two spoke for roughly 20 minutes in a closed room. Once the meeting was over Haley opened the door and the two men embraced, saying they would talk again soon. A source said Haley initiated the conversation and was not asked to do so by management or the coaching staff.

Cowboys Scouting Report: Seattle’s Legion of Boom Back On Track - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
The Seattle Seahawks appear to have found their midseason stride at least in their secondary and look to be tough match-up for the Cowboys.

The story of the game, though, was a rejuvenated Seahawks defense that completely shut down the 49ers. San Francisco finished with just 142 yards of offense — 81 through the air, 61 on the ground.

McFadden Earns Shot At Starting Role, Regardless Of Randle's Health - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
For one week, at least, there’s going to be some clarity at the Cowboys’ running back position.

"I’ve just been wanting to go out there and show it to everybody on the field, because I know what I can do and I know what I’m capable of doing," McFadden said. "My big thing is just going out there and being able to show it."

The Cowboys' Backup Quarterback Quagmire: Is Weeden Gone, And What To Do Next? - Tom Ryle, Blogging The Boys
The backup quarterback situation is a real mess for Dallas, and choosing between Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden is just the first step in resolving it.

Although the move to get another veteran backup in Cassel was consistent with the way the Cowboys have addressed the backup job in the past, there is a lingering suspicion that the staff knew they were in trouble if they had to rely on Weeden for all of the games Romo was expected to miss. With the clarity of hindsight, it certainly looks like it was a mistake to depend on him at all as a backup.

Cowboys Spotlight: Lynch Resets ‘Beast Mode’ On Seahawks’ Running Game - Charean Williams, The Star-Telegram
The Cowboys rank 9th in run defense but they will certainly be tested come Sunday with the NFL's premier back coming in.

Weaknesses: Lynch would rather run over defenders than try to avoid them. That physical, downhill style of running has added a lot of wear and tear to his body. Lynch, 29, missed two games this season with a hamstring injury. He does not have elite speed, and thus will not break a lot of long runs. His longest run this season is 24 yards, his only carry of 20 or more yards. In his career, only 45 of his 2,115 carries have gone for 20 or more yards.

Cassel Hits Reset Button, Correcting Mistakes And Building On Positives From 1st Start - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
Matt Cassel admits he’s lost sleep since Sunday. In his mind, the Cowboys played well enough offensively to win throughout most of the game against the Giants but they missed that opportunity.

"There was a lot of good things in that game, and that’s the most disappointing part is you take those three plays out of it, which you can’t," he said Wednesday. "As a quarterback, you beat yourself up over it and you say, ‘What can I do differently?’ You learn from it, and then you come back the next week and get stronger."

How The Cowboys Offense Can Help The Defense Get More Turnovers - OCC, Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys offense may have a bigger role in helping the defense get turnovers than you might expect.

Turnover differential is a stat that is highly correlated with winning in the NFL. This is not rocket science of course. The bigger the turnover differential in your favor, the bigger the chance you'll win the game. Heck, we even have the numbers to prove it: In 2014, teams that won the turnover battle won 75 percent of the time (154 wins out of 204 games).

How Much Did Matt Cassel Help The Running Game Simply By Where He Stood To Take The Snap? - Rainer Sabin, Dallas Morning News

Matt Cassel may have played the most important role of the season last week, did he really have a big hand in reviving the running game?

"Anytime you work under center and you can mix and match and have the run-pass option, I think it's huge because it keeps the defense a little more honest," Cassel said.


Bill Parcells not bothered by antics of Dez Bryant, Greg Hardy on Cowboys sideline -  FOX Sports Staff
Some Dallas scribes were quick to namedrop Parcells when calling for more backbone from Garrett. Turns out, they don't know Parcells as well as they thought they did.

"I don't think I'd be bothered too much," Parcells said about if he was the coach and that went on. "I don't think that a player or a coach can ever assume that another player doesn't have as much invested as he does. Monday tells everything. The film goes on and everyone knows what went on."

Don't assume Greg Hardy would have been punished under Johnson or Parcells regimes - Babe Laufenberg, Dallas Morning News
Laufenberg calls claims that Parcells or Johnson would have handled Hardy differently "revisionist history."

One thing I have heard is that Jimmy Johnson or Bill Parcells would have never allowed the Hardy sideline outburst to go unpunished. That would be revisionist history. I was with the Cowboys in training camp in Thousand Oaks in 1989. After practice ended, Michael Irvin got into a heated exchange that clearly bordered on insubordination with our special teams coach, Alan Lowry. It was the first time in my seven years in the NFL I had seen a player verbally go after a coach. Jimmy came over and calmed Michael down, and I thought Jimmy was going to get all over Michael. He didn't. Effectively sided with Michael. What that told me was that Jimmy believed he needed Michael more than he needed Alan Lowry. So there you go.

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