Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Dallas Cowboys fourth-round pick outside linebacker Kyle Wilber said he had the pins removed from his right index finger Wednesday.
Wilber fractured his finger during the rookie minicamp and is unavailable to practice until possibly the veteran minicamp next month.
“All I can do is get mental reps,” Wilber said.
Wilber is wearing a plastic cast over his right hand while it heals. There is a possibility if he does practice at the veteran minicamp that he’ll wear a club, similar to the one Sean Lee wore last season.
Cowboys’ All-Pro Bowl outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware did not take part in today’s organized team activity due to a minor neck strain.
“We don’t think it’s a big deal,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He didn’t practice today. He should practice tomorrow.”
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he isn’t too concerned about Ware’s neck, considering that Ware had sacks on the final four plays of Tuesday’s practice. Ware was bothered by a stinger for several weeks at the end of last season. -Via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com
Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com OTA report from Valley Ranch…
*WR Dwayne Harris has a good feel for the slot position. He’s not the fastest player but he can find holes and he did some nice work underneath catching a pass from QB Kyle Orton in team drills. But if Harris wants to lock up a spot, he’ll have to show he can catch punts. He misjudged one punt and dropped another that Kevin Ogletree scooped up for a fumble recovery.
Upset with what he felt was too much talking to the officials by both sides of the ball, Jason Garrett momentarily stopped the two-minute drill to tell the No. 1 offense and defense to stop complaining and play the game.
*LB Victor Butler got a lot of work in DeMarcus Ware‘s absence and he continues to put pressure on quarterbacks. I can see Rob Ryan putting together packages just to get Butler on the field more with Ware and Anthony Spencer. In one play, he lined up at nose tackle and brought pressure.
*DE Jason Hatcher was active as well. He had a would-be sack of Tony Romo after slipping by LT Tyron Smith. He and Butler gave the offense real fits.
*Center Phil Costa rolled back a shotgun snap to Romo, which led to an Anthony Spencer sack and/or fumble recovery if it were a real game.
For more of Todd Archer’s OTA report click here.
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was on ESPN Dallas radio show Galloway & Company today.
Here are some highlights of the interview:
Current status of his ankle…..
“It feels great. I’ve been doing stuff for the last couple months without any limitations and I’m feeling great … just trying to get back in the groove of things.”
On if the Cowboys championship window is closing…..
“We have a great group of young guys and we also have a great group of vets who I think they’re still playing like they’re 25, 26, 27 years old. Look at Witten, I’m around that guy everyday and he’s one of the hardest working guys. He’s out there beating me in agility drills, I’m trying my hardest over and over over to beat him and I can’t beat so … I think we have a great group of guys but at the same time we definitely feel that this year is going to be a great year for us and we don’t see why we shouldn’t be in the Super Bowl this year.”-via ESPNDallas.com
Click here to hear the full interview.
There’s been a lot of heated debate around the Dallas/Ft. Worth this offseason about how much longer this core group of players and coaches will be competitive.
Michael David Smith via profootballtalk.com reports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said the team needs to win this year because there may not be many more opportunities.
Jones, however, made perfectly clear exactly where he stands today: The window may close rapidly, and anyone in Dallas who doesn’t think so should remember that Jones is the one who decides just how long anyone keeps his job with the Cowboys.
“There is an urgency. It’s my perception that decides when the windows are and where they are,” Jones said. “With that in mind, I’m saying that we need to get out here, get down to business, get in some playoffs and get knocking on the door.”
If the Cowboys finish with another 8-8 record will this spell the end of Tony Romo and Jason Garrett in Big “D”?
Source: DallasCowboys.com, Profootballtalk.com
Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Allen Wranglers ownership stated that the team has parted ways with ex Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens. Owens violated his contract and he was released and lost his ownership stake in the Indoor Football League team.
“It’s disappointing and unfortunate, but (he) could no longer be tolerated by the Wrangler organization.”- Allen Wranglers owner Jon Frankel.
Owens refused to play in two of the Wrangler’s upcoming road games and no-show for a scheduled appearance at a local children’s hospital.
Sources: ESPNDallas.com, AllenWranglers.com
The Dallas Cowboys hate continues……
Maryland residents can now buy license plates that insults the Dallas Cowboys.
Full story via D.C Sports Blog in the Washington Post below.
Source: DC Sports Blog
There was talk that the Cowboys coaching staff wanted to play Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick at the safety position but Scandrick wants no part of that.
“Not happening,” Scandrick told Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “Brodney Pool, Gerald Sensabaugh and Barry Church are our safeties. Orlando Scandrick, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr and Mike Jenkins are our corners.”
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7th round/15th pick/222nd overall
Career Stats: 293 tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and 3 interceptions at Montana.
Pros: Extremely tough and competitive. Very consistent, hardworking, and durable. Plays hard and competes.
Cons: Has short arms and tight hips. Average athlete with marginal foot speed and can be outflanked to the perimeter. Can be a liability in man coverage and cannot keep pace with running backs. Very quick to read and react…physical take on at the point of attack…knows how to use his hands to control and play off blocks…nice slide and shuffle down the line of scrimmage…stays active until he finds the ball…then fills the hole…will bounce off blocks…plays on his feet…don’t see him get cut or get tangled up in the trash…always moving…can get outside when the ball spills…is a wrap up tackler…looks comfortable in zone drops…able to get in position to play the ball down the field for an interception…able to leap at highest point to snag the ball…Against Idaho State had to adjust out of the middle of the field to try and help in coverage on a receiver that went vertical up the field, was just a step away from making an impressive play on the ball…used as a blitzer…had a sack against Tennessee when the scheme called for him to run a stunt…made a tight path to the quarterback.-Bryan Broaddus of Dallas Cowboys.com
I think McSurdy will be a solid role player/special teams player nothing more nothing less.
TrueBlueNation Draft Grade: D
Everyone knows who America’s Team is but lately a number of teams have tried to take the name from the Dallas Cowboys.
Dan Graziano of ESPNDallas.com reports according to the first quarter 2012 ESPN Sports Poll of fans’ favorite teams, three of the top nine play in the NFC East. Here are the top 15 teams in popularity according to the poll, sorted by percentage of respondents who identified that team as their favorite:
1. Dallas Cowboys: 8.8
2. Green Bay Packers: 7.2
3. New York Giants: 7.1
4. Pittsburgh Steelers: 7.1
5. New England Patriots: 6.8
6. Chicago Bears: 4.2
7. New Orleans Saints: 4.1
8. San Francisco 49ers: 4.0
9. Philadelphia Eagles: 3.9
10. Denver Broncos: 3.8