October 2012 - Dallas Cowboys Wiretap

Cowboys More Optimistic On Return Of Murray

Oct 30, 2012 2:24 AM

The Dallas Cowboys have expressed optimism that DeMarco Murray is closer to returning from his sprained foot.

The Cowboys may give Murray one extra week of rest.

"We’ll just have to see," Jason Garrett said Monday afternoon. "It seems like he’s moving around a little bit better. Again, that’s an injury you have to be patient with. We don’t want to rush him back then take any backward steps. We’ll see how he is day-by-day this week." 

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Giants Beat Cowboys 29-24 (+3.0 TC, -10 TRC)

Oct 29, 2012 1:52 PM

The New York Giants scored 23 straight points to begin the game, followed by 24 from the Dallas Cowboys over the second and third quarter. But it was two fourth quarter field goals from Lawrence Tynes that was the difference to give the Giants a 29-24 victory.

The Giants had a +3.0 edge in The Trench Counter, fully capitalizing on the six turnovers committed by the Cowboys to compensate for their relative inability to sustain drives (3-for-15 on third down). The Cowboys had a +10 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Eli Manning went 15-for-29 for 192 yards and an interception, while Ahmad Bradshaw rushed 22 times for 78 yards.

Tony Romo threw for 437 yards on 36-for-62 passing and a touchdown, but had four interceptions.

The Cowboys also couldn't manufacture any type of running game, with Felix Jones gaining just 19 yards on 13 carries.

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DeMarco Murray Won't Play For Cowboys Against Giants

Oct 26, 2012 7:22 PM

The Dallas Cowboys will be without DeMarco Murray on Sunday against the Giants.

Murray hasn't practiced since injuring his foot against the Ravens on Oct. 14.

The Cowboys hope to have Murray back for Week 9 against the Falcons.

Murray rushed for 131 yards in Week 1 against the Giants.

Felix Jones will start for Dallas as Murray's replacement.

David Moore/Dallas Morning News

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Cowboys Lose Sean Lee For Remainder Of Season

Oct 24, 2012 10:39 AM

The Dallas Cowboys will not have Sean Lee for the remainder of the 2012 season.

Lee has severe ligament damage in his right big toe that will require season-ending surgery.

The Cowboys will turn to Dan Connor with Lee unavailable.

Lee makes the calls for the Cowboys on defense and leads in tackles with 58, which is 26 more than the next leading tackler.

David Moore, Rainer Sabin/Dallas Morning News

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Romo, Cowboys Beat Panthers 19-14 (+1.9 TC, +13 TRC)

Oct 21, 2012 11:33 PM

The Dallas Cowboys improved to 3-3 with a 19-14 win over the reeling Carolina Panthers.

The Cowboys had a +1.9 advantage in The Trench Counter, with turnovers and penalties giving Jason Garrett's team the slide edge. Dallas had a +13 in Total Rushes/Completions.

Tony Romo went 24-for-34 for 227 yards and a touchdown to Miles Austin.

The Cowboys' running game rushed 31 times for just 85 yards, playing without DeMarco Murray.

Cam Newtwon went 21-for-37 for 233 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a lost fumble. Newton also rushed for 64 yards.

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Cowboys Expect Dez Bryant To Play Despite Groin Issue

Oct 20, 2012 2:52 PM

The Dallas Cowboys expect Dez Bryant to start on Sunday against the Panthers.

Bryant missed practice with residual soreness in his groin.

Bryant is coming off the best two-game streak of his brief NFL career and leads the Cowboys with 34 receptions for 364 yards to go along with two touchdowns. 

Ed Werder/ESPN

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Cowboys To Wear Blue For Second Time In Three Seasons

Oct 18, 2012 11:46 AM

The Dallas Cowboys will wear their blue jerseys on Sunday at the Carolina Panthers.

This marks the only time the team will wear blue this season and the second in the last three years. 

The Cowboys wore blues at New England last season, losing 20-16.

Jersey selections have to be set by July.

Todd Archer/ESPN

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Dez Bryant 'Getting Better Every Week'

Oct 17, 2012 11:05 AM

The Dallas Cowboys are pleased with the development of Dez Bryant, who had the best game of his career last week against the Ravens.

Bryant caught 13 balls for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

“We’ll learn from that particular play, but he has a tremendous competitive spirit,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Anybody who watches football and knows anything about it – or even if you don’t know anything about it – and you watch that guy play, you see his passion for the game and his competitive spirit. 

“Keep going, keep learning. … He’s growing and growing and getting better every week.” 

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

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DeMarco Murray Doesn't Have Lisfranc Injury, Could Be Ligament Damage

Oct 15, 2012 3:17 PM

The Dallas Cowboys believe DeMarco Murray may have suffered ligament damage in his foot but not a season-ending Lisfranc injury, according to sources. 

Murray is undergoing an MRI on Monday.

Murray fractured his ankle last season.

After the game, Murray said he wanted to return, and he was not in a walking boot. 

If Murray misses an extended period of time, the Cowboys would have Felix Jones takeover in the featured back role.

Todd Archer/ESPN

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Ravens Beat Cowboys 31-29 (-2.0 TC, -28 TRC)

Oct 15, 2012 12:46 AM

The Baltimore Ravens improved to 5-1 with a 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Dan Bailey missed a 51-yard field goal with :06 remaining after the Cowboys recovered an onside kick following a Dez Bryant touchdown in the final minute.

The Ravens had a -2.0 deficit in The Trench Counter, largely due to a -11 differential in first downs. The Cowboys had a +28 advantage in Total Rushes/Completions.

Ray Rice rushed for just 63 yards on 16 carries, but he had two goalline touchdowns.

Joe Flacco was 17-for-26 for 234 yards and a touchdown to Torrey Smith, while Jacoby Jones added a 108-yard kickoff return.

Tony Romo went 250for-36 for two touchdowns and an interception.

DeMarco Murray rushed 14 times for 93 yards before leaving with injury, while Felix Jones rushed 18 times for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Dez Bryant had his best game of the season, catching 13 balls for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

The Cowboys are now 2-3 for the season.

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Cowboys Seek Simplification For Tony Romo
Tony Romo's job becomes easier with better protection from the offensive line and to establish a running game.

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Cowboys Haven't Discussed Callahan Taking Over Play-Calling Duties
Jerry Jones said the Cowboys haven't discussed having offensive line coach Bill Callahan take over play-calling duties for Jason Garrett.

Jon Machota/Dallas Morning News

Theismann: Romo Isn't Very Good QB
Tony Romo was credited with five interceptions in the Cowboys' 34-18 loss to the Bears on Monday.

Jon Machota/Fox Sports Southwest

Bears Log Five INTs In 34-18 Win At Cowboys (+12.9 TC, -8 TRC)
The Bears had a +12.9 advantage in The Trench Counter, largely influenced by having a +4 turnover differential and also averaging 6.7 yards per play against 6.3 for the Cowboys.

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Gruden: Cowboys Ran The Ball Well When They Were Great
DeMarco Murray occasionally looks like a breakout star at running back, but the Cowboys have been unable to get him going since Week 1.

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