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2018 Schedule
3-3, 2nd in NFC East
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4hTodd Archer

Cowboys defense gets boost as LB Lee returns

A Dallas Cowboys defense that is ranked fourth in yards per game and second in points per game will welcome back its leader, weakside linebacker Sean Lee, on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Lee said he is ready to go Sunday against the Washington Redskins after going through two full practices and is no longer on the injury report. Lee missed three games because of a hamstring strain and should share time with Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. "If you're ready, if you're 100 percent, you play," Lee said. "I've missed a lot of time already so I'm trying not to miss much more, trying to play as many games as I can. If you're 100% and you can play, you need to play and I need to play. I haven't played a lot this year, so I need to get out there and get snaps, continue to improve and hopefully help this defense."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

After getting a second opinion on his groin injury, wide receiver Tavon Austin will not have surgery at this time but he is expected to miss multiple weeks. He was injured in last week's win against Jacksonville. Jerry Jones said Austin's injury was similar to the one that forced Morris Claiborne to miss nine games in 2016. Injured reserve could be an option for Austin but the Cowboys are keeping their options open.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys want to use Dak Prescott in the running game but some defenses just don't allow it on zone reads, however, coordinator Scott Linehan and Prescott agree that the quarterback's running is more important to the offense this year than in the past, considering the absences of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten in the passing game. “I would say so,” Prescott said. “It's an element we need to explore more. In past years, you had different things that were go-tos that aren't go-tos now. So maybe using the run game and using my feet can serve that benefit to us.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver Terrance Williams' three-game suspension will cost him roughly $835,000 in base salary and signing bonus forfeiture. With a $3.5 million base salary, he will lose three game checks, totaling about $618,000. He received a $5 million signing bonus last year and will have to pay back about $220,000.

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10hJohn Keim

CB Norman relieved not to talk about Dez

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman doesn't miss facing Dez Bryant when Washington plays the Cowboys, saying, "It's a relief, if anything."

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1dTodd Archer

Cowboys WR Williams gets 3-game suspension

Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended three games without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. A source tells ESPN's Todd Archer the suspension stems from a summer intoxication arrest.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys are getting as healthy as they been all season. Linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) and defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder), Randy Gregory (knee) and David Irving went through full practices on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaylon Smith grew up playing running back, dreaming of being Adrian Peterson one day. On Sunday, he gets to tackle the future Hall of Fame running back when the Cowboys take on the Washington Redskins. Peterson has 339 yards and four touchdowns on 77 carries in his first season with Washington. “AP's still got it,” Smith said. “Hopefully I can get his jersey after the game.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Ezekiel Elliott does not have an issue with the decision by Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa to withdraw from school and focus on the rehabilitation of a core muscle injury. “I think whatever is best for him,” Elliott said. “I'm not really too informed about what exactly is going on but from what I understand he has a pretty significant injury and if he was able to come back and play it would only be for like a week or two. And it's probably best for him to focus on getting that rehab and getting ready for the draft.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

After taking care of personal issues, defensive tackle David Irving was able to practice some on Wednesday and is on track to play Sunday at Washington.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys will remain in the Washington D.C. area after Sunday's game to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Cowboys have done a few of these field trips with Jason Garrett as coach, visiting the 9/11 Memorial a few years ago and spending time at NASA before a preseason game in Houston. “I think we're all striving to be our best and I think that's what you try to do as a coaching staff, always try to help everyone on your team be the best that they can be,” Garrett said. “There's so many different inspirational examples that we have. Many of them in sports. Many of them in football. But so many outside of sports. So there are so many different ways you try to have this message be in front of your team on a daily basis. Again, this is a unique experience for us to be able to go up there. The schedule worked out well and There's so many amazing things about our country that are commemorated in Washington and this is the one we wanted to see and I think everybody is excited about the opportunity.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive tackle David Irving was not at the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday as he deals with off-field issues. Jason Garrett said Irving was around this morning and expected to do something in practice. Receiver Tavon Austin is seeking a second opinion on a groin injury that is expected to keep him out multiple weeks.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Lee will practice for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury Sept. 23 at Seattle, but Jason Garrett said the linebacker will start out in a limited basis and see how he feels as the session goes along. If Lee can play Sunday, the Cowboys will work out a rotation between Lee, Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Winless in three road games, the Cowboys are averaging just 12.3 points and 276 yards away from home this season, converting just nine of 38 third-down chances. Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin said, “the communication on the road has not been anywhere near how it's been at home.” At issue: two new starters on the line in Joe Looney and Connor Williams and new receivers and tight ends. “It's being on the same page with the calls and communicating, whether it be different snap counts or different line calls when it's real loud, or different signals to different guys,” Martin said. “So it's just being on the same page. That's really what's killed us the first three road games. That's the big thing we need to clean up.”

Team Stats

Passing Yards172.029th
Rushing Yards147.52nd
Points For20.526th
Points Against17.22nd

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