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Cowboys Sign S Dominick Sanders, DT Caraun Reid, Plus Other Moves

Jess Haynie



Dominick Sanders

The Dallas Cowboys did some roster churning today, signing free agent Safety Dominick Sanders and Defensive Tackle Caraun Reid. Both positions have been in question as of late due to injuries.

To make room for them on the 90-man preseason roster, Dallas waived DT Richard Ash and placed S Jameil Showers on injured reserve.

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Cowboys are expected to sign DT Caraun Reid and safety Dominick Sanders. The team waived/injured Richard Ash and placed Jameill Showers on IR. #cowboyswire

Showers appeared seriously injured when he went down on the sideline during last Saturday's preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He has been a valued member of the Cowboys practice squad since 2015, switching from quarterback to safety in 2016.

Ash was on the active roster last season but had lost ground this year to the likes on Antwaun Woods and Daniel Ross. He suffered a knee injury on Saturday as well and, if he clears waivers, will remain with the Cowboys on injured reserve.

As for the newcomers, Dominick Sanders went undrafted this year but was a key part of the Georgia Bulldogs defense for four seasons. He amassed an impressive 16 interceptions over his college career.

Sanders lacks NFL size and athleticism but clearly has a nose for the ball. He was signed by the Eagles after the draft but only stayed with them a few weeks, and has remained a free agent until now.

So no, Sanders isn't going to start Week One for Xavier Woods. He may not be here for a week if Dallas makes another move at safety. But for now, he gets a chance to compete.

Caraun Reid

Dallas Cowboys DT Caraun Reid

As for Caraun Reid, the 26-year-old DT has been in the NFL since 2014. He was a 5th-round pick of the Detroit Lions.

Reid played two years in Detroit, starting 12 games in 2015, but didn't make final cuts in 2016. He was claimed by the Chargers and active for seven games, but then suffered a season-ending ACL injury.

In 2017, Reid didn't make the team in San Diego and end up back with the Lions briefly. He also was signed by Washington and Indianapolis but never dressed for a game. The Colts just released him last Saturday.

Again, this isn't a guy who we expect to be on the Cowboys' 53-man roster come Week One. He's here to replace Ash, who I also didn't have making the squad, as a preseason body. His best hope is to show enough to get on the Dallas practice squad.

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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason

Matthew Lenix



Report: Amari Cooper Likely out Until Week 1

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.

The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.

"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."

The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.

However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.

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Report: Cowboys Agree To Contract Extension With LB Jaylon Smith

Kevin Brady



Jaylon Smith, Eagles

The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.

ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.

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The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...

Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.

Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.

And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.

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Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List

John Williams



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Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.

"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."

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This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.

It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.

The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.

While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.

With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.

With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.

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