In an unsurprising move, the Dallas Cowboys have placed rookie Guard Connor McGovern on injured reserve as he deals with an ongoing pectoral injury. The open roster spot was used to add Running Back Jordan Chunn from the practice squad, which may be a sign of how contract talks are going with Ezekiel Elliott.
For McGovern, this IR move has been expected for a while. His injury kept him from playing in the preseason and limited his practice time. A setback last week all but assured that he would not be able to help the team during the early part of the regular season.
By keeping Connor on the 53 through final cuts, Dallas preserved the right to activate him from injured reserve after Week 8. He is currently their only player on IR with that eligibility.
Even without their 3rd-Round pick, the Cowboys still have Joe Looney, Xavier Su'a-Filo, Adam Redmond, and Brandon Knight as interior line depth.
The Cowboys are placing rookie offensive lineman Connor McGovern on injured reserve and calling up running back Jordan Chunn from the practice squad to give the Cowboys four runners on the 53-man roster not named Ezekiel Elliott, according to a source. While the addition of...
Calling up Jordan Chunn is an interesting move given the ongoing talks with Ezekiel Elliott. When Dallas only kept Tony Pollard and Alfred Morris as true tailbacks on the initial 53-man roster, it seemed a positive sign that they expected Zeke to back with the team this week to prepare for the season opener.
But with the Cowboys back at practice today and Elliott still holding out, Chunn is now on the roster as RB3. In addition to some solid offensive skills, Jordan was the best special teams player of the young running back prospects.
If Zeke does return in the next day or two, it won't be difficult for Dallas to adjust and send Chunn back to the practice squad. But the Cowboys did not need make this move for practice purposes; it does get you thinking about how they're preparing to play the Giants and what players they expect to have, and not have, for that game.
For now, we continue to watch and wait for resolution between Dallas and its star running back. But as these roster moves show, business must go on.
Report: Cowboys G Connor Williams to Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Expected to Miss a Few Weeks
The Dallas Cowboys received a bit of bad news today. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Guard Connor Williams will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.
Connor Williams will have surgery on his knee Tuesday but the hope is he will be able to return after a few weeks. Xavier Su'a-Filo will likely move into the left guard role, which is how the Cowboys handled Williams' absence last year because of a knee... https://t.co/M55eVtYCIJ
Williams suffered the injury in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. This is a minor procedure but will keep Williams sidelined for a few weeks. Backup Guard Xavier Su'a-Filo is expected to fill in during his absence, just like he did in 2018 when Williams missed time with a knee issue. More to come.
Report: Cowboys’ WR Amari Cooper Expected to Practice Friday
Per Todd Archer from ESPN, Amari Cooper's MRI didn't reveal any structural damage in his knee and was diagnosed with a bruised knee. Cooper's now expected to practice on Friday as the Dallas Cowboys get ready to play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football.
Amari Cooper is expected to practice Friday and play Sunday against Minnesota after an MRI revealed he has a bruised knee, according to a source. Cooper was examined by the team doctors on Thursday and did not practice after being listed as a limited... https://t.co/jNps7m7ThL
This is excellent news for the Dallas Cowboys. Since acquiring Cooper from the Oakland Raiders last year, his presence has made a huge difference. There's been a noticeable difference when Cooper hasn't been in the lineup and they can't replicate his ability on the field in the slightest. He changes everything for Dak Prescott and the passing game.
Cooper's been dealing with minor injuries since training camp and has had to miss time in some games, sitting out nearly all of the loss to the Jets. Getting Cooper back the next week against the Philadelphia Eagles had a huge impact on the outcome of the week seven game. While Michael Gallup's taken a huge step forward in 2019, he hasn't proven to be capable of flying solo as the lead receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.
Against the Minnesota Vikings, the Cowboys offense will need to get off to a hot start and click on all cylinders against the Vikings number four ranked defense.
Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper have had an excellent connection in Cooper's now 17 games with the Dallas Cowboys. He's averaging 5.6 receptions for 83.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. His per 16 game average would be 89 receptions for 1,342 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those are elite numbers in a really good passing game.
The Minnesota Vikings pass defense is only allowing 225 passing yards per game. Against the likes of Julio Jones, Davante Adams, Darren Waller, Allen Robinson, Alshon Jeffrey, Marvin Jones, and Tyreek Hill the Vikings have allowed 8.42 receptions for 93.85 and seven touchdowns.
Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, and Kansas City Chiefs in three of the last four weeks the Vikings have allowed 291.3 passing yards per game.
Amari Cooper and the Dallas Cowboys passing game could be in for a field day.
Each week, following Amari Cooper's injury status, is one of the most important reports. Getting good news on Cooper heading into the Cowboys final practice of the week on Friday is big news for the Cowboys in this huge NFC matchup.
Report: Cowboys DT Daniel Ross Arrested in Frisco on Marijuana and Gun Charges
This is definitely not the news the Dallas Cowboys wanted to hear. According to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys Defensive Tackle Daniel Ross was arrested earlier this morning in Frisco on marijuana and gun charges.
Frisco PD confirms backup DL Daniel Ross was arrested by Frisco Police Department this morning. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.
Ross appeared in 13 games in 2018 as a solid depth piece along the defensive front. He totaled 14 tackles, seven quarterback hits, three tackles for loss, one sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
This was good enough for the Cowboys to sign Ross to a one-year deal worth 645,000 back in March. Unfortunately, he suffered a shoulder injury in late August that put him on injured reserve, ending his 2019 season.
You can bet some disciplinary action will be taken by the NFL on this matter as well as internally with the organization. Ross is set to be a restricted free agent in 2020.
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