For about two months, the Dallas Cowboys have been without their leader and simply their best player. A fractured collarbone injury has sidelined Tony Romo for eight weeks, seven of which were games ended in a loss. However, according to Ed Werder of ESPN, the 35-year-old is in shape to start his first game this weekend against the Miami Dolphins for the first time since Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
As expected, source says recent tests indicate Tony Romo fractured left collarbone has healed. As for Sunday vs #Dolphins, "He will play."
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) November 16, 2015
With a healthy Romo, the Cowboys now have all of their players back from injury, well except for Orlando Scandrick, who tore his ACL over the offseason, and maybe even Morris Claiborne, who is still receiving tests for what could be a season-ending hamstring injury.
Even without Claiborne, who has been excellent for Dallas this season, the Cowboys now become serious within the NFC East. With the return of No. 9, the Cowboys no longer have to start the likes of journeyman, cast-off quarterbacks like Matt Cassel or Brandon Weeden.
Romo returning provides a tremendous spark for this team that is currently in the cellar of the division, but the reality is that this hole might be too big for the Cowboys to crawl out of and this team might have far too many problems for Romo to fix.
Regardless, with a quarterback like Romo, this offense is going to be able to put up more points. Dez Bryant should take off, Cole Beasley will get more consistent looks, Jason Witten will be featured more in the redzone, and, most importantly, the running game will open up for Darren McFadden, as defenses will not be able to load the box against a player of Romo's caliber.
Some have said that the Cowboys should just tank and get a top-5 pick. That's truthfully ignorant. As it stands now, the Cowboys can still win the NFC East. They're obviously going to need a lot of help, but if they can play at the level they're supposed to, the possibilities are really quite endless for this football team.
I can tell you thing that is for certain, with the way the NFC looks as a whole right now, Romo returning puts the Cowboys in serious contention of being the most dangerous team in the postseason if they are able to get there.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
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.
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... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
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.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB 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: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
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.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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