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Things Are Finally Quiet In Dallas

In a sense, it’s almost relieving to be without so much of the attention that Dallas has garnered for themselves in recent months. With the variety of gab ranging from Owens to Romo and Witten, and even talk of gag orders, puppets, and the draft; it’s nice to see a lull before the storm.

Bryson Treece

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A quick look around the blogosphere and already this morning I'm feeling a bit left out. Dozens of articles and nary a one about the Dallas Cowboys, unless of course you check out the Dallas Morning News blog or the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... but they almost have to write about the Cowboys.

In a sense, it's almost relieving to be without so much of the attention that Dallas has garnered for themselves in recent months. With the variety of gab ranging from Owens to Romo and Witten, and even talk of gag orders, puppets, and the draft; it's nice to see a lull before the storm.

I say storm, yeah. Pre-draft free agency is basically over in Dallas, unless a gift falls into their laps with having only about $5 million left in cap space this year, so the next thing we really have to look forward to is the NFL owners meetings next week, and then the start of the Cowboys off-season conditioning program. That'll be it until the draft, or will it?

I mean the conditioning program might not be as uneventful as it tends to be, not this year. Not after seeing so many injuries last year to players that, quite frankly, are expected to be huge factors this year for the Cowboys. Will Felix Jones continue to show signs that he'll be ready? Sure it's early, he'll likely not do anything more than he has been doing with rehab so far, but you know it'll make a headline somewhere.

What about Roy Williams, is the new top receiver in shape enough to take over for Owens? He probably will be, but I guess we just won't know until the headlines tell us so, right?

It'll be fruitful gossip to last us until the next real football action takes place in the draft. Just look around the web and you'll find big headlines about Plax skipping voluntary workouts in New York; Cutler throwing tantrums because his new team entertains trade offers, and make no mistake about it, it's a new team under first-time Head Coach Josh McDaniels.

You'll find articles claiming trade talks have really heated up between Julius Peppers' agent and the New England Patriots, where the compensation is expected to be the #34 overall pick, the very pick that the Pats obtained when they traded Matt Cassel to Kansas City.

And lest we forget the multitude of mock drafts that are floating around out there, some claiming the Cowboys will take a risk on Pat White even though his biggest stock increase has come from the pure speculatory observations of his proposed value in the draft. Imagine that, determining his draft value is increasing his draft value ... in a fashion so fitting with the perceptions of the Jerry World Order, why not say the Cowboys are interested. And while the Cowboys have been known to love QB/WR combo guys, I think we've got our hands full enough in that area between Crayton and Stanback.

So it's a lull before the storm ... and for the first time in a while, the Cowboys aren't topping the charts. Nary an article in sight outside of the local media market. Even the latest news of T-New and his comments regarding Romo and his fling, which some say has ended by the way, was old news being recycled back into the spotlight.

Sure it won't last, but that's not the point. It's inevitable that Terrell Owens will get bored in Buffalo soon and start "setting things straight" with the situation he made sure to set ablaze in Dallas last December.

No, the point is that for now, at least, the Cowboys have fallen out of the spotlight. A sure sign that perhaps the drama has finally ended in Big D ... that just maybe Elvis has indeed left the building. It's going to be interesting to see how and when the next big story breaks about Dallas ... any takers for it being an ESPN report? I thought so.


Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

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7 Comments
  • Bryan Martin

    Hey bro… next headline will involve ole Greg Ellis… Count on it! It’s an infinite loop!

  • https://insidethestar.com/ BTreece

    He’s already got it on DC.com, got it last night over the new NFLPA chief. At least he ain’t bitching yet.

  • http://www.cowboysfanrebellion.com Craig

    Bryson, you forgot. There is controversy steaming. It’s all they are talking about in the Dallas media today. And, that’s the “huge” debacle between Romo and Newman. They are making drama out of nothing, IMO. He said nothing that should warrant two full daysof media attention, and two supplemental interviews to “make the story”.

    Oh, the doldrums of the offseason.

    Craig

    http://www.CowboysFanRebellion.com

  • https://insidethestar.com/ BTreece

    Yeah … But at the time I wrote this it was mainly just local media around here getting twisted over that. But come on, just wouldn’t be the Cowboys if the local media wasn’t starting something.

  • http://www.cowboysfanrebellion.com Craig

    Oh, I agree. They will always find something to dredge up drama about. Like you said, if the Cowboys weren’t in the media, we will know that the apocalypse is upon us.

    http://www.CowboysFanRebellion.com

  • Austin

    Romo and Simpson? is it to early to start that crap?

  • https://insidethestar.com/ BTreece

    No, it’s too late to start that crap. I really hope the media and fans just let that one die. Should have never been issue anyway, but in a country that cares so much about a president getting some head, what can I really expect?

    Romo just needs to shut up, put up, and play some damn football this year … quiet his critics.

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

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David Irving

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

Jess Haynie

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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.]

ORIGINAL STORY

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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Jaylon Smith Voted Cowboys' Ed Block Courage Award Winner 1

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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