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    Jaylon Smith, Darren McFadden Activated, James Hanna Headed To IR

    We already knew that Darren McFadden would be returning to practice after spending -11 on the Non-Football list. We now have updates on and as well.

    Despite doubts that go all the way back to the , the Cowboys have never closed the door on Jaylon Smith playing this year. This move allows them to keep the door open for a little while longer.

    For both Smith and Darren McFadden, returning to practice now starts a three-week window where they can work towards returning to active roster. They can practice with the team without counting against the 53-man limit. If they aren't able to play after 21 days, then they must be released or placed on .

    Jaylon Smith continues to work his way back from a major knee injury suffered in Notre Dame's bowl game last January. If he can play this year, the rookie could be of immediate help to a linebacker corps that doesn't have much talent after .

    Cowboys Blog - Tight End is a Bigger Need Than We Realize 2As for James Hanna, the move to Injured Reserve is disappointing after he signed a three-year contract to stay with Dallas. Considered the best blocking tight end on the team, Hanna was poised to be 's backup and perhaps finally get involved more in the . A knee injury kept him out of the Cowboys' and has finally led to surgery.

    Given other at tight end, Dallas must have had no reason to think Hanna would be able to recover this year. was just lost for the year, leaving as the only experienced backup. They just called up , a converted , to fill Swaim's roster spot.

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    Jess Haynie
    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!

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    Jason W.

    Can someone give some real info on Jaylon Smith’s injury? Where is Fish at on this?

    Bryson T

    Here’s Fish’s tweet from earlier today https://twitter.com/fishsports/status/800769322457120768