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Cowboys LB Sean Lee expected to miss 2014 season with torn ACL 05.28.14 at 4:24 pm ET
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The Cowboys reportedly will be without on of their defensive cornerstones before the 2014 season even begins, as linebacker Sean Lee suffered a torn ACL on Tuesday.

Dallas has yet to announce the results of Lee’€™s MRI, but a report on the Cowboys’€™ website stated that Lee had indeed sustained the traumatic injury to his left knee.

Lee went down with the injury while participating in the 11-on-11 segment of Tuesday’€™s OTA practice. Lee’€™s leg buckled out from under him while preparing to fight off a block from rookie guard Zach Martin, who proceeded to roll over him at the end of the play.

While contact is not allowed in offseason OTA practices, blockers frequently engage linemen and linebackers before play stops in 11-on-11 drills.

“I don’t really know what happened,” Martin said. “Two guys playing hard, running to the ball.”

The Cowboys, who are already reeling from the departure of franchise sack leader DeMarcus Ware, will be without two of their best defensive players after finishing last in total defense a year ago.

Lee is no stranger to injuries, as the Penn State product hasn’t played a full season in four years, including missing 15 games over the last two seasons.

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Former Vikings DE Jared Allen to stay in NFC North, join Bears 03.26.14 at 10:05 am ET
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Defensive end Jared Allen has agreed to a four-year deal with the Bears, the team announced Wednesday.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted: Bears gave DE Jared Allen a 4-year, $32M deal that voids down to three years of $24M, of which $15.5M is fully guaranteed.

Allen previously had visits with the Cowboys and Seahawks. Last Thursday, while Allen was visiting Seattle for a second time, Ed Werder of ESPN reported that Allen and Seattle were close on a deal.

Two weeks ago, NFL.com’€™s Ian Rapoport reported that Allen was willing to retire if he was not paid “fair value.”

Allen has 128.5 career sacks, 12th most all-time. He has been to five Pro Bowls and voted a first-team All-Pro four times. He led the NFL in sacks in 2007 and 2011.

The 31-year old defensive end was drafted in the fourth round in 2004 by the Chiefs. After four seasons, he was traded to the Vikings in exchange for a first-round pick and two third-round selections. The teams also swapped sixth-round picks.

Upon being traded to the Vikings, Allen signed a six-year deal worth a reported $72.36 million. During his six years with the Vikings, Allen started every game, recording at least 11 sacks every season.

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Report: Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator 02.06.13 at 11:29 am ET
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Rob Ryan

The Saints are planning to hire former Cowboys assistant coach Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator, according to an ESPN report that credits league sources.

Ryan, who was fired as Cowboys defensive coordinator on Jan. 8, said at the time, “I’ll be out of work for like five minutes.” Dallas owner Jerry Jones had said that he would make significant changes to the Cowboys after they finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

Ryan spoke with the St. Louis Rams earlier in the offseason, but they eventually decided not to hire him. Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” that Ryan will interview with the Saints at the end of the week.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a tough Sunday 11.05.12 at 12:56 pm ET
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did not have a good day Sunday. Before, during, and after the game, things just did not go his way.

In an interview with Bob Costas prior to the game, Jones, the team’s owner and GM, said he would have fired another general manager who was in the position he’s in.

“Well, I think so, because he was there to dismiss,” Jones told Costas. “I have always worked for myself, and you can’t do that. You basically have to straighten that guy out in the mirror when you work for yourself. But certainly, if I’d had the discretion, I’ve done it with coaches and certainly I would have changed a general manager.”

Jones also affirmed his support for coach Jason Garrett.

“This is a long-term thing with me,” Jones said. “I like what I’m seeing. I don’t like that we are 3-4, but I like the direction.”

The Cowboys lost a close game to the undefeated Falcons, 19-13. The game could have gone the Cowboys’ way if they’d made a few key plays.

“Very disappointed that we didn’t have a chance and play better in the second half,” Jones said. “A play here, a play there might have made a difference. They’re 8-0 because they’re a good team. They play tough at home.”

Matt Barrie of NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth tweeted that following the game, Jones was seen pounding angrily on the Cowboys’ locker room door because he was locked out.

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Report: No spleen surgery for Jason Witten 08.22.12 at 4:37 pm ET
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Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will not need surgery on his spleen, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter. As Witten’s internal bleeding has subsided, doctors will now let the spleen heal on its own.

The 30-year-old is hoping to play in the Cowboys’ season-opener against the Giants Sept. 5 but is more likely to make his first appearance Week 2 in Seattle on Sept. 16.

Witten has missed just one game in his nine-year career, thanks to a fractured jaw suffered in his rookie season. The seven-time Pro Bowler is 55 receptions away from passing Michael Irvin as the team’s all-time leading receiver, and his 696 catches are third most by a tight end in league history.

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Report: Cowboys’ Jason Witten out with injured spleen 08.15.12 at 2:01 pm ET
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Jason Witten

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten suffered a spleen injury in Monday’s preseason game, and his availability for the team’s regular-season opener is uncertain, a team source told ESPN’s Ed Werder and Todd Archer

The Cowboys have reportedly not determined the seriousness of the injury, and while there is internal bleeding, indications are that Witten’s spleen is not ruptured.

According to the report, if the bleeding continues and surgery is required, the 30-year-old will be out indefinitely. If surgery can be avoided, Witten is expected to miss up to three weeks but will be re-evaluated before the Sept. 5 season opener against the Giants, and could be available for that game.

If Witten does miss time, the Cowboys will be thin at tight end, as back up John Phillips has missed the past week with a sprained ankle and has just 22 career receptions.

Witten has been remarkably healthy over his nine-year career, missing just one game thanks to a fractured jaw suffered in his rookie season. The seven-time Pro Bowler is 55 receptions away from passing Michael Irvin as the team’s all-time leading receiver, and his 696 catches are third most by a tight end in league history.

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Report: Cowboys cut five-time Pro Bowler Andre Gurode 08.29.11 at 12:46 pm ET
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Andre Gurode

Unable to resolve contract problems, the Cowboys cut five-time Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode Monday, according to an ESPN report.

The Cowboys drafted Gurode in 2002, making him the longest-tenured Cowboy entering the 2011-12 season. He had played both guard and center at the University of Colorado, played primarily guard for the first four years of his career, then switched to center in 2006. Since the switch, Gurode has made the Pro Bowl every singe season.

Gurode has started 122 NFL games and come off the bench in 16 more. Since becoming the starting center in 2006, he has only missed two games.

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Cowboys running back Tashard Choice could be traded before 2011 season 01.13.11 at 11:01 am ET
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After Tashard Choice‘s disappointing season for the Cowboys in Dallas in 2010, The Dallas Morning News suggested that the running back could be moved out before the start of the 2011 season, since his trade value is higher than ever. In a question-and-answer segment, SportsDayDFW.com’s Gerry Fraley wrote that Choice’s value on the market is high, and that Cowboys fans shouldn’t expect him to return to the team next season.

With Marion Barber and Felix Jones ahead of Choice on the depth chart, the No. 3 back probably will seek a different role. Injuries to Barber and Jones this season gave Dallas a good look at Choice’s ability, and Fraley wrote that he believes the third-string back deserves more touches. When the offensive-minded Jason Garrett took the helm at the end of the 2010 season, Choice was rarely used until forced in by injuries.

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Cowboys Roy Williams entertaining questions about his future 12.30.10 at 10:41 am ET
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Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams has been a disappointment since his trade to Dallas and the former Lions star’s production has dropped significantly. Now the receiver is receiving questions about whether he will be playing somewhere else next season.

“I can only do what I can do,” Williams said. “Started off nice and then fell off the face of the earth somehow.”

Williams’ contract adds up to $20.4 million, but his production, according to the Morning News, is significantly less than where it should be. Granted the former first-round draft choice no longer had Tony Romo throwing to him, and now that Jon Kitna is sidelined with an injury, rookie Stephen McGee will likely get his first career NFL start.

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Cowboys LB Anthony Spencer fined for late hit on QB Michael Vick 12.15.10 at 6:30 pm ET
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Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer was fined $12,500 for his late hit on Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, which was near the head area, ESPNDallas.com reports. Spencer was flagged for a personal foul penalty on the play for a late hit, which is what drew the fine.

According to ESPN, the fine takes nearly 30 percent out of Spencer’s weekly pay check, which amounts to $43,588 per week. Earlier in the game on Sunday night, Spencer hit Vick near the sideline, which did not draw any fine form the league.

Jaguars defensive back Will Middleton was also fined by the league on Wednesday for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell. Middleton’s fine was $5,000. Middleton’s hit resulted in a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, but was waved off due to a flag on the hit.

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