Cowboys Activate LB Rolando McClain From PUP List

ESPN reporter Todd Archer reports that the Dallas Cowboys activated linebacker Rolando McClain from the NFL Physically unable to perform list today.

McClain still faces a four game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy

(A player who, as a result of football-related injuries, is unable to take part in training camp practices may be assigned to the preseason PUP list. Players can be moved off the PUP list to the active roster at any time, even after one practice.-Wikipedia)


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Officiating crew: Cowboys vs Ravens

Todd Archer of breaks down the officiating crew for the Cowboys vs Raven showdown Sunday at Baltimore.

Archer reports…..

Referee Mike Carey and his officiating crew will be coming off the bye week Sunday at Baltimore. It will also be the first time the Cowboys have seen Carey since the Sept. 20, 2009 regular season opener at Cowboys Stadium. Carey’s crew worked the Seattle-St. Louis game two weeks ago and threw 15 flags with 11 penalties accepted for 92 yards. Seattle was penalized five times for 55 yards, and the Rams had six penalties for 37 yards.

The breakdown:

Offside – 2

False start – 2

Offensive holding – 3

Personal foul – 3

Illegal formation – 1

Neutral zone infraction – 1

Delay of game – 1

Illegal shift – 1

Illegal use of hands – 1


First – 3

Second – 5

Third – 4

Fourth – 3

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Cowboys to workout ex lineman







Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.Com reports

OXNARD, Calif. — With injuries to four interior offensive linemen, the Cowboys are bringing in familiar faces for a workout.

According to sources, veterans Montrae Holland, Derrick Dockery and Daniel Loper will head to Oxnard, Calif., for workouts. All three spent part of last season on the 53-man roster.

Holland started 11 games last season at right guard. The team cut him at last year’s  training camp but re-signed him after Bill Nagy suffered a season-ending ankle injury.

Dockery started two games after joining the team following training camp. Loper was on and off the roster but did not appear in a game.

Nate Livings suffered a hyperextended knee in Wednesday’s practice, but he is not expected to be out long. Nagy suffered a high ankle sprain Monday and is not expected to return soon.

Mackenzy Bernadeau (hip, knee) and Kevin Kowalski (ankle) are on the physically unable to perform list.

Todd Archer: Day 2 of Pre-Training Camp at Valley Ranch

IRVING, Texas – Jason Garrett was imploring players early in Thursday’s practice to get through Day 2 of the pre-training camp workout at Valley Ranch with the same bounce in their steps as they had on Day 1.

Even with the early starting time, the heat was taking its toll on some players, with several cramping up and needing rest. With only four healthy players, the wide receivers are getting a ton of work and feeling it.

At different times, Cole Beasley, Tim Benford, Saalim Hakim, and Donavon Kemp needed to take a few minutes.

On to the observations:

** For the second straight day, Kyle Orton went deep with his first throw on seven-on-seven, this time connecting with undrafted rookie WR Cole Beasley, who ran past CB Teddy Williams, a former NCAA sprint champion. Beasley made a nice adjustment on the throw to his outside shoulder, holding on to the football as he fell to the ground.

** The secondary and linebackers are aggressive in coverage, coming up with a number of deflections. LB Ashton Whiteside, undrafted out of Abilene Christian, had two, batting down Stephen McGee passs to tight ends James Hanna and Andrew Szczerba.

** CB Lionel Smith, undrafted out of Texas A&M, was able to break on a Rudy Carpenter pass to the flat for a deflection, coming off his receiver for a nice play. CB Mario Butler had the only interception of the session when a Carpenter pass across the middle sailed into his arms.

** FB Jamize Olawale might have a chance to make this team after earning a roster spot following a rookie camp tryout. He was able to grab a low pass almost off the ground without losing a step and turning upfield. It was an athletic play that speaks to his receiver skills at North Texas. His true test will come when the pads come on and he has to lead block.

** TE James Hanna had a nice afternoon, snatching two passes with linebackers closing on him fast. His first came on an Orton pass near the sideline, beating Butler to the ball. The second came from Orton as well with LB Orie Lemon on his hip.

** CB Mike Jenkins did some conditioning work and if his ability to throw a football means anything, then his right shoulder needs some work. Jenkins could hardly throw an overhand pass 10 yards, not that that is in his job description. But it was a little unsettling to see after months of rehab.

** RB Lance Dunbar has some quick feet. During team run drills, the North Texas back was able to adjust to the back side of the running play after a hole closed quickly. With Ed Wesley on hand for Thursday’s practice, Dunbar was able to stay a little fresher.