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Report: Cowboys to sign OL La’el Collins to their practice squad - Charean Williams, NBC Sports

The Dallas Cowboys locker room could welcome him back with open arms.

La’el Collins is returning to Dallas 17 months after the Cowboys released him.

The team is signing the offensive lineman to the practice squad after working him out Tuesday, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

Collins, 30, tore his ACL and MCL late last season while playing with the Bengals, who released him from the reserve/physically unable to perform list in September.

He recently worked out with the Bills after working out for the Jets and Giants in October.

Collins spent his first six seasons with Dallas, starting 71 games for the club. He played left guard as a rookie before moving to right tackle.

Collins signed with Cincinnati in the 2022 offseason after his release from the Cowboys.

How Does DeMarcus Lawrence Differentiate Himself From Other Defensive Ends? - Jess Nevarez, Pro Football Network

DeMarcus Lawrence had a signature performance against the Detroit Lions.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy says Lawrence plays at a high level — rushing the passer and creating pressures and sacks — but his tenacity stands out the most.

Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn says Lawrence knows when to make a unique play.

This was shown multiple times during the game, as three of his tackles were made on crucial third-down plays.

“If there’s a big-play meter in the run game, I know I’d want to put [Lawrence] into it because he is usually where it goes down. He’s made incredible plays for us on third-down stops and fourth-down stops, so he’s finding his own way to impact the games, and it’s been really cool to see,” said Quinn.

Dallas’ DC says Lawrence is an instinctual player who has seen much football, making him hard to fool.

But on the flip side of that experience, he says Lawrence knows when to “take a shot” in short-yardage situations. This is defined by Lawrence having information that allows him to make a play. Lawrence’s anticipation sets him apart from others in knowing when the time is right to take that shot.

“It’s hard to teach that,” said Quinn, adding, “But you teach the looks, and this could happen, but he can make it come to life.”

Cowboys-Lions two-point conversion drama: Jerry Jones speaks out on controversy at end of game - Garrett Podell, CBS Sports

Owner Jerry Jones shares his perspective on the ending of the Week 17 game.

“I can’t believe the convoluted way that we ended up winning that game,” Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But let me put it like this: The defensive team is supposed to know who the eligible receivers are. Anything you do to fuzzy that up can get fuzzy for you.”

Trailing 20-13 with 1:41 to go and without a timeout, the Lions offense marched 75 yards in nine plays across 1 minute and 18 seconds, with a scoring strike from quarterback Jared Goff to wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown for 11 yards.

Then, madness ensued. Detroit went for two and the win, and they appeared to have it after Goff completed a pass to offensive tackle Taylor Decker, No. 68. However, Detroit reported tackle Dan Skipper, No. 70, as eligible prior to the play, according to referee Brad Allen, as multiple offensive linemen came up to Allen. Therefore, the Lions were called for an illegal touching penalty. However, Skipper said postgame that he did not say a word to the official before the snap. Replay of Detroit coming on to the field before the first two-point conversion attempt shows Decker talking to Allen, appearing to report as eligible.

After the game in the pool report, Allen maintained that Decker never reported. Following the penalty, the Cowboys were in turn called for an infraction, with Micah Parsons being called for being offsides on the second try, a play in which Dallas intercepted Goff. Finally, the sequence concluded with Dallas forcing an incomplete pass to hang on for the win.

Jets’ Aaron Rodgers calls out refs for Lions-Cowboys blunders - Eva Geitheim, Clutch Points

Aaron Rodgers has been behind the Cowboys quite a bit this season.

This penalty caused an uproar, especially after video evidence suggested that Decker had reported as eligible to the referee. Aaron Rodgers offered his take on the controversy, with an unique perspective from playing during the replacement referee saga.

“I was part of the Fail Mary when the NFL got too cheap to pay the refs what they’re due,” Rodgers said on the Pat McAfee Show. “There’s been a lot of talk about the end of the Lions game and there needs to be some accountability.. It seemed like Brad Allen left before what could be said.”

Rodgers also added that given the importance and playoff implications of the game, the NFL should have assigned the best referee crew for the Lions-Cowboys game.

“We as players know who the best refs are and when you get to the playoffs it should be the top of the top,” Rodgers added. “It should be the best crews and the top rated refs get the best games.”

There have been a lot of controversial officiating calls this season that have played a factor in deciding the outcomes of games, but this one stood out because videos clearly showed that Decker had reported to the referee as required. Unlike other calls where there is more of a subjective element, both Decker and coach Dan Campbell had made their plans clear for this play, but were still flagged.

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