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Cowboys News: Judge Backs NFL In Romo NFFC Suit, No Improvement For LB Smith 'Yet'

The NFL has made it clear that they do not want Tony Romo to create a new, exciting opportunity for players or fans. Now, the government is backing the NFL.

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Report: Jaylon Smith Sees No "Significant Improvement" With Injured Nerve In Knee - Ryan Ratty, Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys have not only injury concerns at the linebacker position, but inconsistency concerns as well. This unit has the talent to be very good, but can they put it all together?

While Smith was seen as one of the best prospects in the draft before his knee injury, there was a consensus opinion that he would not be able to play in 2016. However, Cowboys' team doctor Dan Cooper performed the surgery on the knee, leading some to believe that the Cowboys may have more information on the degenerative knee than some. When Smith himself proclaimed that there was a possibility he could play in 2016, and Jerry Jones backed it up, there was hope he could see the field this year.

Longshots: Brown Looking To Become Latest Undrafted WR To Make Team - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
This series will seek to preview this year’s batch of undrafted rookies, as well as the challenge that awaits them at training camp. We'll continue the series with wide receiver Chris Brown.

How He Makes It: There’s certainly a precedent for undrafted receivers making the Cowboys’ roster out of training camp. Cole Beasley and Lucky Whitehead are the most recent examples, and Whitehead, one of only two rookie free agents on last year’s initial 53-man roster, also became the primary punt and kickoff returner by season’s end. Brown has good speed – a reported 4.44 40-yard dash at his pre-draft workout – and the height to make plays against shorter cornerbacks. Preseason performances, both on offense and special teams, will be critical because he likely won’t get an abundance of training camp reps.

Judge tosses rest of Tony Romo event claims vs. NFL- Staff, ESPN
What was left of a lawsuit that claimed the NFL interfered with the National Fantasy Football Convention, an event associated with Tony Romo that was canceled, was dismissed Tuesday.

Romo's company sued the NFL last year, claiming players were threatened with suspensions or fines if they participated in an event in Las Vegas because of the venue's ties to gambling. Those claims were dismissed earlier this year.

Judge favors NFL in Romo’s Fan Expo case - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
Courts favor the NFL in Fan Expo case brought forth by Tony Romo and his NFFC convention.

We disagree with Judge Ginsberg's ruling. We, along with other trial and appellate lawyers following the case, believe the summary judgment was improperly granted. We will file a Notice of Appeal shortly. This case will simply take a "time-out" while we wait for a decision from the Dallas Court of Appeals," said Julie Pettit, attorney for the NFFC. "We trust that the Fan Expo case will end up where it belongs _ which is in front of a jury _ so that the NFL is held responsible for its actions. During this "time-out", we are pleased that the Strikes for Kids case will remain open in County Court Law #5, where we believe the facts and issues surrounding the NFL's conduct will be properly adjudicated."

Andrew Luck's record contract means he is now paid more than Cowboys QB Tony Romo - Staff, SportsDay
The Indianapolis Colts just locked up quarterback Andrew Luck with a six-year, $140 million contract that is the biggest in NFL history.

Meanwhile, Romo is in the middle of a six-year $108 million deal in which the heftier part of the payouts start in 2017. This season his base salary jumps from $1 million to $8.5 million, but in the next three years it jumps to $14 million, then $19.5 million and $20.5 million. The annual average comes out to $18 million a year, tied for 16th among NFL quarterbacks.

Don't Call It A Comeback: Ranking Tony Romo's Fourth-Quarter Comebacks (#22) - Michael Sisemore, Blogging The Boys

Over the next several weeks before training camp, let's relive some of Tony Romo's best comeback stories. This one was an ugly slugfest with a division rival, but they ain't always pretty.

Pass to Witten for 7 yards, followed by 20 yards for Ogletree. Romo then completes a 30-yard pass to Dez Bryant to put the Cowboys in Washington territory with 2:20 on the clock. They also pick up a facemask penalty on that play by DeAngelo Hall to put them at the Washington 25. With 1:52 on the clock, facing a 4th and 7 from the Washington 22, Bailey steps out and kicks his sixth field goal to give the Cowboys an 18-16 lead.

In Burlington, Wisconsin, Tony Romo of Dallas Cowboys is at home - Todd Archer, ESPN
Tony Romo returned to his hometown last week for his annual football camp and he spent some time with friends and family to reminisce.

"I actually find that you can go home again," Romo said, a riff on Thomas Wolfe’s "You Can’t Go Home Again." "I know there’s that quote or saying that says you can’t, but I’ve found when I come back home, it’s always home. That’s the great thing."

Jerry Jones is NFL’s most important person - David Humphrey, The Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones plays a major role in the NFL’s overall success.

In addition to winning three Super Bowls, Jones’ contributions and innovations in the areas of marketing, corporate sponsorships, television, stadium management, stadium development, labor negotiations and community involvement has made him the most influential person in the league.

The development of AT&T Stadium in Arlington and the upcoming Ford Center at The Star in Frisco are landmark constructions in the NFL. The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco is scheduled to open in August.

How the Cowboys can help WR Terrance Williams make the most of his contract year - Brandon George, SportsDay
Williams faces a big season in 2016. Still locked into the Cowboys' No. 2 receiver role, Williams is entering the final year of his contract.

Williams' success could hinge on the health of Dez Bryant. Defenses pay a lot of attention to Bryant, so if he's on the field, Williams will often face single coverage. The Cowboys' improved running game with fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott should also help Williams take advantage of some play-action passes deep down the field.

Will Ezekiel Elliott Set A Single-Season Record As A Rookie? - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys are going to rely on Ezekiel Elliott a lot in 2016, but just how much is enough and can they overdo it? A look at the numbers.

As you can see, the rushing attempts and overall touches by running backs have been on the decline, with no running back breaking into the top level in the past decade except for one big exception: DeMarco Murray. The Cowboys 2014 season was one for the record books in terms of using a running back. Which brings us to Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys are apparently going back to the formula of 2014.

So, the question is, just how much will they use Elliott? There seems to be two theories on this.