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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Rookie Suffers Big Setback, RoMac Still Absent, OTAs Continue...

Week two of Cowboys' OTA's is not off to a great start as third-round pick, Maliek Collins broke his foot. Meanwhile, some players are missing for various reasons.

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BREAKING: Cowboys' Rookie Maliek Collins Has Broken Foot - Tom Ryle, Blogging The Boys
Dallas suffers its first significant injury of 2016 during OTAs.

He will miss the remainder of OTAs and the minicamp, and is expected to be available during the latter part of training camp. The projected recovery is 10 to 12 weeks, according to the report.

Next Step For Dez At OTAs; R. McClain Update; Gathers Returns; More - Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys
The Mothership gives us some notes from the media portion of OTAs, including some potential good news for the Cowboys star wideout.

"Hopefully he’ll be cleared to take the next step and then we have to decide what that next step is," Garrett said. "He’s done a really good job in his rehab. He’s been involved in some of the walk-through situations and I think he’s benefited from that. He has not practiced. Once he does some of the walk-through stuff, he’s really watching practice and doing his rehab on the side."

Ezekiel Elliott goes from shell-shocked to settling in at OTAs - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
For Dallas Cowboys first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott, OTAs have been slowing down and becoming a lot easier.

"You kinda got to embrace expectations but it's not something I pay attention to," Elliott said. "But I know my expectations for myself and honestly they're probably higher than what other people expect for me. I'm going to focus on ball and focus on what's going on in this building and not what's going on outside the building."

Rolando McClain remains no-show at OTAs, with Cowboys "hopeful" he returns next week - Charean Williams, The Star-Telegram
The starting middle linebacker frequently has missed time with various issues.

"We want all of our players here," coach Jason Garrett said. "Sometimes situations come up where they have to deal with things. In each of those cases, it’s family situations. So we have to be respectful of that. We certainly want our players here. We believe in OTAs. We believe in the offseason program. It’s not a mandatory time, though. It’s a voluntary time. We try to be respectful of the situations they’re dealing with."

What Darren McFadden's absence from Cowboys' OTAs Wednesday meant for Ezekiel Elliott - Jon Machota, SportsDay
During the first week of organized team activities, Darren McFadden led all running back drills and lined up in the backfield with the first team. Things have changed.

Since McFadden was not at Valley Ranch during Wednesday's OTA session, first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott was the running back leading individual drills and getting the majority of the carries with the first-team offense.

2016 NFL Win Projections: Are They Better Than A Coin Flip? - OCC, Blogging The Boys
A look at pre-season win projections for the last four years shows that they deliver better results than a coin flip. But not by much.

Over the past four years both Football Outsiders and the Vegas betting lines have achieved an MAE of 2.3 pretty consistently (Vegas hit 2.0 once in 2014), meaning their projections were off by an average of 2.3 wins for each team. For a sport that only has a 16-game season, that sounds like a lot. But is it really?

Outside Expectations Not Affecting Cowboys’ Own Standards During OTAs - Dave Helman, Dallas Cowboys
If the newest members of the Cowboys still have questions about their new workplace, they got some solid reminders this week.

"Today, we had a good practice. Yesterday, he ripped us a new one," Alfred Morris said. "He has a standard, and I love that. No one is better than the standard – no one is above the standard."

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo misses on just two passes in OTAs - Todd Archer, ESPN
Veteran quarterback Tony Romo was sharp during the Cowboys' fifth workout of organized team activities, completing 13 of 15 passes.

How sharp was Tony Romo? He completed 13 of 15 passes. One incompletion was on a deep throw to Lucky Whitehead when cornerbackJosh Thomas made a nice adjustment at the last second. The other was on a crossing route that led Cole Beasley too far by a hair. Romo’s best throw came on a deep ball to Terrance Williams, who ran past Deji Olatoye in route-combination work. Williams had four catches in first-team work.

Dez Bryant undergoes X-ray, with expectations his foot is fully healed - Charean Williams, The Star-Telegram
The Cowboys receiver required a second surgery on his right foot after going on injured reserve last season.

Dez Bryant underwent an X-ray on his foot Wednesday, as receivers coach Derek Dooley said would happen two weeks ago. The Cowboys anticipate the X-ray will show the bone fully healed, clearing Bryant. However, the Cowboys will continue to be cautious with Bryant until training camp.

Rico Gathers glad to earn Baylor degree, says school will recover from sexual assault scandal - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Rookie tight end Rico Gathers missed last week's organized team activities as he was finishing up classes at Baylor.

"I had to finish up my degree," Gathers said after Wednesday's OTA session at Valley Ranch. "That was very important to me. I got it done. I'm glad to say I graduated from Baylor University."

Why These Cowboys Have Been Affected Most By Offseason Moves - Ryan Ratty, Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys added plenty of talented football players this offseason. Because of that, these Cowboys could see their roles altered in 2016.

Lucky Whitehead: I'm a little perplexed as to what Whitehead's involvement in the offense will be in 2016. It felt this past season that the gadget plays they were giving Whitehead were just to provide a spark to awful offensive unit. With more weapons in 2016 and more mouths to feed, Whitehead could see less time on the field. However, he's still the team's most capable return-man so there is no reason why the Cowboys should give up on him just yet.

Scout's Eye: Coping Without Maliek Collins, Impressive Rookies From OTAs - Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys
Broaddus is back with ten takeaways from week two of OTA's, who stood out? Who needs work?

There were some nice battles in the red zone between Jason Witten and Byron Jones. Neither player was willing to give an inch – but I guess that goes without saying. Witten was able to separate from him a couple of times, which is a good sign considering that we all believed that he might have lost a step to his game. That doesn’t appear to be the case at all.

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