Cowboys offensive lineman Chaz Green, who got the start last night at left guard in an ongoing competition, had to leave the game with an ankle injury. He was able to walk to the back with some trainer assistance. His status, and that of the left guard position, are both in question.
Byron Bell came into the game once Green was hurt. The starting spot at left guard remains unsettled between Green, Bell, and Jonathan Cooper. With only one preseason game left and few starters likely to play in it, we may not have a final answer until Week One or even sometime in the middle of the regular season.
One thing that isn't uncertain is that Chaz Green can't stay healthy. He missed time at the start of training camp with a shoulder injury and now may have a bad wheel. A third-round pick in 2015, Green has never been able to find a clear role with the Cowboys because he's consistently missing time.
Some guys' bodies simply fail them once they reach the NFL, and Green appears to be in that unfortunate group. It's never a good sign when the jokes starting coming after you get hurt.
Chaz Green being helped off the field by trainers" Copy. Paste. Repeat.
Chaz green walks to the sideline with a injury......... water is wet!
Given where he was drafted, Chaz Green has the advantage of some internal bias in any roster competition. Teams want their high picks to succeed, especially when the issue is more medical than talent. The Cowboys must have believed a lot in Green two years ago and probably still think he could be a winner if his body cooperates.
Ideally, Green would have been ready to replace Doug Free at right tackle this year and allowed La'el Collins to stay at guard. But Green's uncertainty, and the more critical nature of the tackle spots, made it necessary to move Collins over.
We'll have to wait and see how long, if at all, this latest injury keeps Chaz out of action. Even if it doesn't cost him any time in the regular season, it adds to the narrative that he's a guy you simply can't rely on. That will certainly be a factor as the Cowboys make their roster decisions.
Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys
It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.
WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys
This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.
While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.
What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?
Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?
Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?
Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?
All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.
Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.
Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.
What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?
Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson
The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.
Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.
The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.
Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.
Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.
For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.
Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal
At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.
The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.
Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.
Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.
A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.
Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.
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