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Mini-Camp Injury Update: Darren McFadden and Benson Mayowa Out

For the Dallas Cowboys, the start of mini-camp was supposed to be a relatively exciting time. Cowboys Nation was eager to cross off another item on the checklist that will lead up to the 2016 season. While the now-mandatory practices will still closely resemble the light OTA work the Cowboys were doing, the team was also planning on slowly accumulating the likes of Dez Bryant and Orlando Scandrick back onto the football field. This morning, Dallas received even more good news, as Rolando McClain and Ronald Leary reported to practice. By the early afternoon though, the day had taken a sour turn for Jason Garrett’s squad.

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For the Dallas Cowboys, the start of mini-camp was supposed to be a relatively exciting time. Cowboys Nation was eager to cross off another item on the checklist that will lead up to the 2016 season. While the now-mandatory practices will still closely resemble the light OTA work the Cowboys were doing, the team was also planning on slowly accumulating the likes of Dez Bryant and Orlando Scandrick back onto the football field.

This morning, Dallas received even more good news, as Rolando McClain and Ronald Leary reported to practice. By the early afternoon though, the day had taken a sour turn for Jason Garrett's squad.

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Benson Mayowa is going to have a knee scope this afternoon. Garrett says it's minor. He should be ready for "close to the start of" camp.

First, the newly acquired defensive end Benson Mayowa was ruled out until training camp after having his knee scoped. The procedure is considered minor, and with no further setbacks Benson will work through training camp and the preseason as scheduled.

While this is obviously a big blow for the unproven Mayowa to further prove himself in front of Rod Marinelli, the Defensive Coordinator can now get a look at the other waves of pass rushers he has to deploy on opposing quarterbacks.

Randy Gregory may be suspended for the first four weeks of the regular season, but has been worked hard all throughout the early summer. Gregory along with guys like rookie Charles Tapper and second-year player Ryan Russell will all get even more snaps now over the next three days of camp.

In other injury news, things are not so bright for running back Darren McFadden.

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Darren McFadden broke elbow over Memorial Day at his home and will be out for two months.

The veteran back has suffered setbacks with injuries all throughout his NFL career, but had a healthy resurgence behind the Cowboys offensive line in 2015. Still, the aging back preparing to enter the final year of his contract in 2016 did not prove enough to stop Dallas from drafting the better backfield scheme fit in Ezekiel Elliott at fourth overall.

McFadden will now be sidelined until near the end of training camp. Not only will this likely immediately bump Elliott up to the top of the depth chart, but it will allow Scott Linehan and the Cowboys to evaluate their other zone-blocking runners in an expanded role.

Alfred Morris could look at this as a huge opportunity to become the veteran presence at his position that the Dallas Cowboys originally wanted Darren McFadden to be this season. Rookie Darius Jackson should also see some more snaps, as he tries to fight for a roster spot by proving himself as a versatile and explosive play maker.

In the end, Jason Garrett and the Cowboys are all about competition, and these two injuries will open up plenty of that at two positions that feature a solid amount of depth on the current roster.

Comment below with your thoughts on these two Cowboys' injuries to start the conversation.

Tell us what you think about "Mini-Camp Injury Update: Darren McFadden and Benson Mayowa Out" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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4 Comments
  • http://Cowboys%20hub John Bush

    Although no injuries are good, the Mayowa injury sounds like it could be healed and ready for training camp so he will have to hit the books during his time down to be prepared mentally. Run DMC's injury though unfortunate, is not the worst thing that could happen. Let Jackson get some reps to show what he can do. Mcfadden wasn't going to end up playing a ton anyway. He will still be there to help mentor.

  • http://Cowboys%20hub John Bush

    Although no injuries are good, the Mayowa injury sounds like it could be healed and ready for training camp so he will have to hit the books during his time down to be prepared mentally. Run DMC's injury though unfortunate, is not the worst thing that could happen. Let Jackson get some reps to show what he can do. Mcfadden wasn't going to end up playing a ton anyway. He will still be there to help mentor.

    • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

      Thank you for reading, John! You're definitely correct in saying that the Mayowa injury is the lesser of the two. Training camp is really the first time we'll start to get any real answers about any of the ongoing position battles, particularly at defensive end, so it is great to see that he's on track to be a part of at least most of the camp at 100%. McFadden was already going to potentially be in jeopardy to even make the team, and now is going to have to really take that mentor role to a whole new level if he is going to have a chance. I hope he doesn't just fall off the map, I'm very interesting in seeing what he still does for this team on the sidelines and hope that we hear some good things.

  • http://RJOchoaShow.com RJ Ochoa

    I feel so bad for DMC. With the news of how he got hurt coming out he's going to get fried.

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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

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The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn't Pan Out?

Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Hurns (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

Tell us what you think about "Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys CB Marquez White Facing Assault Charges

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Player news this time of year is often not the good kind, and such is true of a new development with Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Marquez White. The second-year CB is facing aggravated assault charges for an incident last October.

According to the report, White displayed a legally owned firearm during a "road rage" incident.

Marquez,  a sixth-round pick of the Cowboys last season, has made his side of the story public. The following account was released by White to The Dothan Eagle, his hometown newspaper:

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Naturally, we're in a wait-and-see situation as to how this case unfolds and impacts White's availability to the Cowboys in 2018. He is one of several players hoping to catch on at the bottom of the CB depth chart, having spent his rookie season on the practice squad.

This latest legal issue is especially unwelcome news after other Cowboys' recent problems. The team has seen David Irving get suspended four games for illegal substances and Terrance Williams' get arrested for public intoxication in the last two months.

Last year, Linebacker Damien Wilson was charged for aggravated assault in a somewhat similar situation to that of Marquez White. Those charges were eventually dropped.

What happens in White's case remains to be seen.



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Deadline for DeMarcus Lawrence Contract Extension Nearing

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NFL teams have until July 16 to work out a long-term extension with any players currently under the franchise tag, which means the Dallas Cowboys have about a week to work something out with Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence. If deals are not signed and approved by the league by 4 P.M. ET July 16, the sides cannot agree to new contracts until after the 2018 season ends.

Along with the Lawrence, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah, and Los Angeles Rams S Lamarcus Joyner have franchise tags slapped on them. All of them would love the long-term security a contract extension would provide, but they are all going to have to wait and see what the upcoming week has in store for them.

So, what will the Dallas Cowboys decide to do with DeMarcus Lawrence? Can they come to terms on a long-term contract extension before the deadline on July 16?

Luckily for Lawrence, the Dallas Cowboys seem open about hearing what he believes his market value is. That doesn't mean he will get his asking price, but the talks have to begin somewhere.

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Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

Rumors are already circulating that Lawrence is seeking a five-year extension and wants to make more money than Danielle Hunter, who the Vikings just signed to a five-year $72 million contract. That's probably more money than the Cowboys have in mind at this time. They may prefer to wait and see if he can replicate what he accomplished in 2017.

Last season DeMarcus Lawrence turned into the "War Daddy" Owner Jerry Jones has been seeking for the defense. He accumulated a career-high 14.5 quarterback sacks and finally played an entire 16 game season. But, even that may not be worth the money he is rumored to be seeking right now.

Hunter's five-your $72 million contract extension is the going price right now for someone of Lawrence's caliber, but there are other players in line for a big payday as well. Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, and Jadeveon Clowney are all in the same boat as Lawrence. What kind of extensions they receive could change the going rate, which could cause some hesitance on the Cowboys part.

Fortunately, I kind of doubt DeMarcus Lawrence is going to complain much if he has to play the 2018 season under the franchise tag. He will make a little over $17 million for one year and has a chance to cash in big time if he can replicate what he did a season ago.

Would you sign DeMarcus Lawrence to an extension before the July 16 deadline?



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