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Darren McFadden Not Practicing Friday, Could Alfred Morris See More Time?

RJ Ochoa



Darren McFadden
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There's a whole lot of discussion circulating the confines of Cowboys Nation about how much a certain back-up player for America's Team should play this Sunday in a - for all intents and purposes - meaningless game in Philadelphia.

The discussion you and I are about to have isn't about Tony Romo (my fellow Staff Writer Kevin Brady covered that right here), but about running back Darren McFadden. DMC missed practice on Friday due to illness, but there is still hope that he can indeed play on Sunday.

Brandon George on Twitter

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden isn't practicing today because he is sick.

The Cowboys boast the NFL's leading rusher (and MVP if my vote counts) in Ezekiel Elliott, and they will surely look to rest him at some point in Week 17. The easy thought was that his primary back-up, Darren McFadden, would get those snaps and everything would be great. This works out particularly well because Darren McFadden has only played in two games this season after coming off the NFI list.

Darren McFadden has looked somewhat solid in his 17 carries over the last two weeks. The Cowboys have stunned us all at this position over this time as they've chosen to waive Darius Jackson - a move that ruffled a lot of fans' feathers - and leave Alfred Morris inactive.

If DMC truly cannot play in Philadelphia due to illness, it makes sense that Alfred Morris would see a bulk of the carries once Zeke pulls the pads off. Morris has carried the ball 61 times for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season, and it's been odd how much he's seemingly fallen off over the last six weeks or so.

Perhaps McFadden's illness will be a blessing in disguise that would afford the Cowboys the opportunity to get more work all around, equally preparing everyone for a postseason run. Heal up soon, DMC. Get some chicken noodle soup!

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

Dallas Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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