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Ravens vs Cowboys The Texas Stadium Finale

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The end of an era is upon us. Yes this Saturday night will be the final Cowboy game to ever be played at Texas Stadium. I can think of no better way to end this stadiums term as home of the Dallas Cowboys than for the playoff lives of the Cowboys on the line.

What is your favorite memory of Texas Stadium? I have been lucky enough to have seen many games here, from Texas High School football playoffs, to watching Walter Payton run Randy White and Ed "too tall" Jones ragged. Over 100 hundred former Dallas Cowboys players and coaches will be in attendance on Saturday night, it should be an electric atmosphere! I know the Dallas crowd will be loud and the team will be in kill mode for sure.

All the drama of last week seems to be fading away now. Now that all the "anonymous sources" have faded, and Ed Werder is looking for a new place to perform his piss poor journalism. So we can all focus our attention back to what really matters, football!

The Cowboys have got some things working for them now and appear to be gaining momentum. One thing they are not gaining though is health, this team has had its worst year in a long time as far as health goes. It seems every week they pile up some more injuries, last week was no different as Tony Romo was beaten to pulp last week, so much so that he could not walk on Monday. This is a huge concern for the Cowboys, although he did practice limited yesterday he is listed as probable, and at this point he would play if he was in a wheel chair. So I am not concerned about his availability, I am however highly concerned about the level at which he will be able to play!

At this point from what I am hearing one good hit from Baltimore on Saturday night could force us to turn to Brooks or even Brad! This is not good! So the priority of the game should be in protecting Romo, we still have health problems here though with Kosier being on IR, and "The Big Fella" Holland has not practiced and Wade Phillips has ruled him out for Saturday night. So that leaves us with Cory "I can't block my mother" Proctor as the starting left guard and the middle protector for Romo. I am sure in the Ravens locker room there is a picture of Romo on their "Bounty" list, with a picture of Proctor in the "How To" column. It will be imperative for the boys to get the ball out of Romo's hands quickly.

The Ravens have an excellent defense as everyone knows, but they have been known to give up some big plays. The Ravens do an unbelievable job of disguising their coverages, this worries me some after watching how discombobulated Romo and the receivers were in Pittsburgh. They have to be on the same page for them to have any chance at scoring points! The other key to this game is going to be, can the Cowboys establish some kind of a running game against arguably the leagues best rush defense? This is where the new "King of Dallas" Tashard Choice comes into play. The Cowboys may or may not have the services of Marion Barber as evidently he had some sort of re-aggravation of the toe injury yesterday and his status is unknown. So we will be depending on the 4th round rookie draft choice Tashard Choice to carry the load. Two weeks in a row now he has stepped up and taken on that challenge and performed admirably! Those other two games no longer mean anything, can he step up a third straight time?

The final key to this game is, Can the defense keep applying pressure and create some turnovers against a less than stellar offense? The defense should be able to load up the line of scrimmage to stop the Ravens running attack, much the same way they did last week against the Giants. If they can accomplish this without giving up the "Big Play" then the boys will be able to dictate the game to the Ravens and force Joe Flacco into poor decisions. To aid in this last key Wade Phillips announced yesterday that Pac-Man Jones is back from his "career threatening injury" and will play this Saturday! This was great news for the defense as now they are almost back to full strength and can now do more things with Henry in the safety position. Look for a very similar game-plan from last week for the defense.

This should be a good one! Enjoy the final game at Texas Stadium!

 


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REPORT: Cowboys DL David Irving’s Accuser Retracts Claims Of Domestic Violence

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After what was a rather crazy day which resulted in reports the Frisco Police Department were investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving for domestic violence, the accuser has now retracted her claims.

https://twitter.com/DCBlueStar/status/988527577915674624

This retraction comes after the mentioned reports of domestic violence claims against David Irving earlier in the day. Irving was neither arrested nor charged for the incidents, though two separate allegations were made.

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

Irving has claimed through his own social media account that his accuser is an ex-girlfriend looking for retaliation over a breakup. Irving has already said he has changed the locks on his house in attempt to change behavior moving forward.

Whether or not Irving abused his reported ex-girlfriend is not for me to say, but it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell handles the matter after she retracted her claims later in the day. As we know very well, the NFL can claim violation of the personal conduct policy even if the justice system pursues no charges.

And the results of both the Frisco PD's investigation and that of the league office will be intriguing over the coming weeks and months.


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REPORT: Cowboys DE/DT David Irving Suspected of Domestic Violence

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[4/24/18 UPDATE: Irving's accuser has since recanted with police. However, the NFL could still investigate under their domestic violence policy.]

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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is under investigation by Frisco, TX police for charges of domestic violence, according to a report by Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas.

The following was tweeted from Panicker's account not long ago:

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving. No arrests. Assault-Bodily Injury, Unlawful Restraint, & Assault-Impeding Breath and Circulation @wfaa

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

The veracity of the accusations are certainly not ours to judge, but other recent events on Irving's social suggest he is in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend. Posts early this morning on his Twitter account appeared to be from an unauthorized user, and David later posted on both Twitter and Instagram that someone had hacked him.

Furthermore, Irving shared that he was already taking steps due to the volatile situation.

David Ja Rodd Irving on Twitter

@DCBlueStar Changed the locks yesterday

While personal lives should stay that way, Cowboys fans are understandably concerned after what happened last year with Ezekiel Elliott. As we saw then, Roger Goodell's "justice" system allows for just an accusation to lead to a suspension. There is no burden of proof on the accuser.

And as in that case, even if the police dismiss the allegation, the NFL can still pursue the matter under the personal conduct and domestic violence policies.

It would be nice to just say "let the process play out," but the NFL commissioner doesn't hold himself to that standard. Therefore, we have to report this as it could mean consequences for David Irving and the Dallas Cowboys no matter how legitimate the claims are.


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Jaylon Smith Practicing Without AFO Brace

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A lot of the talk circling the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft is the need for the Cowboys to draft a linebacker as insurance to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith's injury issues.

One of the questions, Sean Lee, will always be a question. When he's on the field, he's as good a linebacker as there is in the NFL. In 2016, he finally got in a near full season and rewarded the Dallas Cowboys with an All-Pro season that led the team to the playoffs. Talent has never been the issue with Lee. Keeping him on the field has been.

Jaylon Smith's question isn't his health as much as it is his recovery. The surgery to repair his ACL and MCL that he suffered at the end of his final season at Notre Dame was considered a success. There was a caveat, however, that there was no telling how much functionality would return because of the massive nerve injury that occurred.

Last year, Jaylon Smith actually played football games. No small step. In some games he made some plays and in other games, it was clear that he was still struggling with changing directions and running with receivers and running backs in coverage.

Time is Jaylon's biggest ally and another offseason removed from his injury should only help him get stronger and more confident in his recovering knee.

Lost in all of the Dez Bryant hoopla was a beautiful little nugget that Jaylon Smith teased Cowboys Nation with last week.

Jaylon provided a great look at his training regimen on the first day of team workouts and if you look closely, you'll see with a Clear Eye View that Jaylon Smith isn't wearing a brace, tape, or any other kind of support. On his knee or foot.

Jaylon Smith on Twitter

Focused vision, Determined belief, Earned dreams. #ClearEyeView

Remember that even after Jaylon was playing and practicing without a knee brace, he was still requiring an AFO brace to help with his foot drop.

Oh, how much one offseason can change things.

Mike Fisher, now of 247Sports.com, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on Scout.com, and there was this:

"As our colleague Bryan Broaddus has previously noted, it does seem that some of the testing is behind him, that the nerve is regenerating, that the repaired knee is stronger than ever and that more improvement is ahead of him. Smith's 6-2, 245-pound body is about as sculpted as is imaginable. His mind is sculpted, too, the result of his faith and his intellect and his personality and more. He suggests now that more improvement is inevitable, and that includes the medical improvement that is now, to him, simply "a matter of timing.'''

Mike Fisher - 105.3 The Fan and 247Sports.com

There is still a lot of hope around The Star and Cowboys Nation that Jaylon Smith can return to the All-American form that was projecting him as a top-five talent in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he's healthy and moving with better lateral movement and agility than he was in 2017, that's a huge step forward for Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys.

The progression of his knee and his confidence in said knee is going to be a huge determining factor in Dallas' plans to draft a linebacker. If they feel confident that he will be a more functional linebacker in 2018 than he was in 2017, then perhaps they could wait until day two or three to address the linebacker position.

We can't fully know their intentions as we get closer to draft day. How they address the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft could give us an excellent indication of how they feel about Jaylon Smith's progression.

What we do know is that Jaylon Smith will never give up working toward being an elite middle linebacker. Let's hope he can realize his dreams. Everyone will be better for it.


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