Player News Cowboys Guard La’el Collins Returns to Practice Published 1 year ago on January 6, 2017 By Jess Haynie Share Tweet In a move that’s been expected for about a week now, the Cowboys officially recalled guard La’el Collins from the Injured Reserve list. He has been recovering from surgery on his right great toe back in early October. He began practicing yesterday, doing individual drills only. Collins was one of three players eligible to return; quarterback Kellen Moore and rookie defensive end Charles Tapper were the other two. Moore was never expected to return this year after ankle surgery in August. There has also been no indication that Tapper, who went on IR in late September with back injuries, is healthy enough to return. Much like a player returning from the Physically Unable to Perform list, Collins now has a 21-day window to practice with the team without counting against the 53-man roster limit. That window would immediately close, though, if he were to be active for a game. While he entered 2016 as the starter at left guard, La’el Collins is not expected to get the job back during this postseason. Ronald Leary has had arguably his best season as a Cowboy and it’s too late in the year to create any continuity issues, especially now that Dallas is in the tournament. La’el will serve as a backup guard and perhaps also at tackle, where he played in college. He is a depth upgrade over Joe Looney at the guard spots. Dallas will likely retain Emmett Cleary as the swing tackle, though, given his performance over the last few weeks. After also adding guard Jonathan Cooper on Wednesday, Dallas will be fairly loaded with their offensive line depth. They did get an open roster spot yesterday with Randy Gregory’s suspension being announced, so that could be used to fully activate La’el Collins. However, with Collins still a roster exemption until he dresses for a game, Dallas might add another body on the defensive line for now. The postseason is a tough time for all NFL players. Wear and tear on bodies increases and injury risk is at its highest. La’el Collins may not play a single snap for Dallas for the rest of the year, but this could wind up saving our season if a need arises. ADVERTISEMENT Related Topics:GuardInjury UpdateLa'el CollinsOffensive Line Up Next Dallas Cowboys Lead NFL With 5 Members Of AP All-Pro Team Don't Miss NFL Suspends Cowboys DE Randy Gregory For Full Year Jess Haynie Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond! Advertisement You may like Cowboys Draft: Time for OL in Round 1 Again? Can Cowboys Trust Guard Jonathan Cooper in 2018? Luxury or Need for Cowboys to Draft Another 1st-Round OL? Mike Solari, Paul Alexander Candidates for Cowboys Vacant OL Coaching Job REPORT: Cowboys Replacing OL Coach Frank Pollack RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries Click to comment Player News Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports Published 2 days ago on January 19, 2018 By Mauricio Rodriguez Ashley Landis / The Dallas Morning News For better or worse, the Cowboys don’t even need to play football to be all over national TV. I guess it’s just part of being the one and only America’s Team. For the second consecutive week, Fox Sports had a Dallas Cowboys’ player on set for Fox’s “Undisputed.” Just a week ago, Brice Butler made waves with some controversial comments that failed to make him look like a “great teammate.” This time, Fox’s guest was Cowboys’ Cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Unlike Butler, I really think we should give Scandrick credit for being a very good teammate, and acting like one on his TV appearance. “I’m never going to turn my back on @DezBryant. That’s my guy… I’m not ready to jump off the ship with Dez yet.” — @OScandrick32 pic.twitter.com/zIcoCd5O7o — UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) January 18, 2018 Throughout the segment, it feels as if Orlando is being tricked into saying something against his teammates. Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe start bashing on Dez Bryant‘s performance and the fact that he should be replaced. Of course, this is the kind of stuff fans in Cowboys Nation are thinking about. Heck, I really wouldn’t even mind if Dez isn’t wearing a star next season. However, I really disliked Butler’s comments when asked if he would’ve done a better job if given the same opportunities as Dez. Scandrick’s responses were awesome though. When asked if he would defend Dez, he didn’t even hesitate. “I don’t think he’s lost any confidence. He’s one of the most confident players I’ve ever been around. I think it can all be fixed. I think he just needs to get back to work and get back to the basics.” – Orlando Scandrick on Dez Bryant. Scandrick also answered questions about what went wrong with the Cowboys this season by pointing out the fact they lost one of their best players because of a suspension, and some injuries. But he also said what’s been in our minds for a long time. When asked what was the biggest reason they struggled, he said some painful, yet truthful words: “We played some bad football against some very good teams.” Later, he was asked about how Sean Lee’s absence affected the defense, he insisted they didn’t step up. At the end of the day, the NFL is a league in which you can’t be that dependent on a single player. Sean Lee is an awesome player, but I think we’d all like to see this defense be a little less dependent on him. Scandrick even had to defend Dak Prescott. Dak was highly criticized after a sophomore season in which he struggled, alongside the entire team. But in the words of Orlando, we should “give him time.” Dak had a lot on his plate, but he made a lot of progress for the Cowboys. You can listen to the entire interview here. Orlando Scandrick’s time in Dallas may be coming to an end, especially with young guys like Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis taking over. He’s signed through 2019, so who knows; maybe we see him wearing the star for a bit longer. “It’s always a possibility.” – Orlando Scandrick on potentially not returning to Dallas next season. Even still, it’s nice to see him support his football team and his friends on a show which featured a non-starting Cowboys’ wide receiver taking shots against his team. Orlando Scandrick deserves an applause. Tell me what you think about “Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Player News WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments Published 1 week ago on January 12, 2018 By Kevin Brady Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps. Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver? Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver? What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams? And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler? Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week. Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all. “I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season. I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now. Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas. Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be. Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already. Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day. ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Player News Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single Published 2 weeks ago on January 10, 2018 By Mauricio Rodriguez Getty Images / Ronald Martinez During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right. Cole Beasley: an NFL Wide Receiver by Day, Rapper by Night Cole Beasley on Twitter 80 Stings – Single by Cole Beasley on Apple Music Listen to songs from the album 80 Stings – Single, including “80 Stings”. Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription. “ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome. When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong. “80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him. It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick. The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance. Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.) Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too. “But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now, I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out, Pull the sauce out…” – Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings” The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring. Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans. This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season. It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least. From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On! Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Sportsbook odds for all Dallas Cowboys games Reader Survey Want to help make Inside The Star better? We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device. > Take the survey now Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.). 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