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Cowboys to kick up Niners' prep work

IRVING, Texas -- The preparation for the San Francisco 49ers begins in earnest today, but the Dallas Cowboys have been looking at regular-season-opening opponent for some time now. It started during training camp in Oxnard, California, and continued last week with two practices leading into the preseason finale against the Denver Broncos. The 49ers have not lost a season opener under coach Jim Harbaugh, but they will be without three of their better defenders in linebacker Aldon Smith (suspension), linebacker NaVorro Bowman (injury) and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (injury).

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Cowboys' Anthony Spencer off PUP list

IRVING, Texas -- As expected, defensive end Anthony Spencer is on the Dallas Cowboys' active roster. The Cowboys had to remove Spencer from the active/physically unable to perform list to add him to the 53-man roster. He will not play in the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, but if he was kept on reserve/PUP, he would have missed the first six games of the season. On Friday, coach Jason Garrett said he was not sure when Spencer would be able to practice.

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Dallas Cowboys could go with linebacker by committee approach this season with starting jobs still unsettled

IRVING — Coach Jason Garrett said Friday the Dallas Cowboys still aren’t sure who their three starting linebackers will be for the season opener Sept. 7 against the San Francisco 49ers. Garrett made it sound as if the Cowboys would …

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Cowboys' talent search will continue

IRVING, Texas – The next time the Dallas Cowboys practice, they will be down to 53 players, but the 53 players kept by Saturday’s cut-down day won’t be the same guys around on Monday. The Cowboys have said several times that they will actively scour the cuts across the league in an attempt to improve the bottom and in some cases the middle of their roster. “We’ve always said that the competition is among the guys who are on the team trying to make the roster but also with guys all around the league who may or may not be available to us,” coach Jason Garrett said.

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No extension in works for Jason Garrett

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is in the final year of his four-year contract. He’ll tell you he’s too consumed with today’s to-do list to spend any time thinking about his contract situation and whether he’ll get an extension. At the same time, Garrett spends a lot of time talking about building a program and how the process of building a team with staying power takes time. Garrett is 29-27 as a head coach and has missed the playoffs each of his three full seasons as head coach.

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Final decisions hard for different reason

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The hardest part for teams when they make their final cuts is trimming the last few spots. For the Dallas Cowboys that will be difficult as well, but for a different reason. They might not have 53 players worth keeping. Seriously. After Thursday's 27-3 loss to the Denver Broncos left the Cowboys winless in the preseason, coach Jason Garrett talked about the effort he received from players fighting for their lives. And he was right.

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Cowboys opt for more rest for Henry Melton

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys' Henry Melton and Morris Claiborne will go into the regular season without having played a preseason snap. For Claiborne, that wasn’t a surprise because he of a shoulder injury suffered Aug. 13 in practice against the Oakland Raiders. Melton, however, was expected to see at least a few snaps in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Denver Broncos but worked only in warmups. “We wanted to get those guys an opportunity if we could to just come out and have a little game action,” coach Jason Garrett said.

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Access Vikings morning walkthrough: 4-0, Peterson, Ponder and more

Every weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED — The Vikings finished the preseason unbeaten, defeating the Titans on Thursday. — RB Adrian Peterson denied a report that he told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones he’d like to play for the Cowboys in the future. — Head coach Mike Zimmer defended QB Christian Ponder after a solid performance. — RB Joe Banyard made a strong push for a roster spot during the preseason. TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY Decent chance. *Crosses fingers* RT @kerrylindsay3 @GregJennings Do you...

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Jerry Jones emphasizes ‘honor’ in Jimmy Johnson’s Ring of Honor candidacy

Jerry Jones did his best to dance around questions whether former coach Jimmy Johnson would ever be put in the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

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Jerry Jones: I don’t have plans to put Jimmy Johnson in the Ring of Honor

Twenty NFL seasons have been played since Jimmy Johnson was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He helped the franchise win two Super Bowls. It’s probably time to put him in the Ring of Honor at AT&T Stadium, right? …

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Garrett empathizes with released players

The reason Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett speaks personally to every player he cuts from the roster is because he spent his entire NFL career as a fringe player. He understands the power a few words of encouragement, instruction or hope can give a player who has just seen his NFL dream derailed. “It’s probably the hardest thing that we have to do,” Garrett said of cutting players. “We really take a tremendous amount of pride in doing it the right way.

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Jerry Jones on the state of his franchise — and his head coach

The Cowboys best qualities are glitz and glamour, which have Jason Garretts back against the wall.

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McClain a risk to Garrett's credibility

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett truly cares about character. Character is a critical element to Garrett's football philosophy and an integral part of the fabric of how he tries to build a team. It’s a subject he eagerly discusses in great detail, as he did during his Tuesday news conference. “Are you the right kind of guy?” Garrett said. “Are you part of this team that we're trying to build? Can you play the way we want to play?

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Jerry Jones: No issues with Tony Romo’s back after he was sacked three times in Miami

ARLINGTON – Tony Romo did not practice Monday at Valley Ranch. Two days after being sacked three times in Miami, the Dallas Cowboys owner, chief operating officer and head coach all said Romo’s absence had nothing to do with his …

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Joneses: No issues with Tony Romo's back

ARLINGTON, Texas – Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones have no worries about the state of Tony Romo's back. Romo did not practice on Monday, two days after he was sacked three times and hit once more in a preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins. Coach Jason Garrett said the team wanted to give Romo the day off because of a light practice. "No issue with his back at all," Jerry Jones said.

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Jason Garrett: Cutting players is probably the hardest part of my job

IRVING – Jason Garrett has been at the bottom of an NFL roster, so the Dallas Cowboys head coach understands the importance of getting a fair shot to make a team. And because of his experience, Garrett is mindful of …

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Cowboys' run D needs to tighten up

IRVING, Texas -- Let’s have some fun with numbers, even if there is no true comparison: Having allowed 503 rushing yards in the first three preseason games, that would translate to 2,683 yards in a 16-game regular season for the Dallas Cowboys' defense. I realize it’s only the preseason and the units are being mixed and matched in part because of injury, but the run defense has not been an issue solely in games. It was an issue almost every day in Oxnard, California, when it was Cowboys against Cowboys, as coach Jason Garrett likes to say.

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Garrett: Romo 'OK' but got day off

IRVING, Texas -- The absence of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo from Monday’s practice is not cause for alarm, according to head coach Jason Garrett. “The idea was to give him the opportunity, in a light practice, to collect himself and take the day off,” Garrett said. The day off wasn’t necessarily due to the pounding that Romo took in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. He was sacked three times and hit another in his half of work during the loss, the first times that Romo has really been hit since undergoing back surgery in December to repair a...

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George Selvie says shoulder is 'good'

MIAMI – Dallas Cowboys defensive end George Selvie had his game end early Saturday because of a right shoulder injury. “I just landed on it,” Selvie said. “I’m good.” It was the same shoulder Selvie had surgery on in the offseason, but he didn’t think it was going to keep him out for long. Coach Jason Garrett said Selvie, who watched the second half in street clothes, would be re-examined on Sunday. Wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris had his night end because of ankle and hip injuries suffered on a 12-yard punt return in the second quarter.

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What is the magic number for Cowboys QB Tony Romo in tonight’s game vs. Miami?

Head coach Jason Garrett will tell you he doesn’t necessarily count the number of snaps that Tony Romo will take in tonight’s game against Miami. We do. The Cowboys quarterback took 14 snaps against Baltimore last week and had two …

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Jerry Jones: ‘Almost assuredly’ Tony Romo won’t be playing in the third quarter against Miami

Jerry Jones said during a Monday radio interview that Tony Romo would probably play about as many snaps Saturday in Miami as he did last Saturday against Baltimore. On Tuesday, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he and his staff …

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For Dallas offense, lot to prove vs. Dolphins

IRVING, Texas -- The third preseason game is the one most like the regular season, but the Dallas Cowboys have not spent a ton of time game-planning for Saturday’s foe, the Miami Dolphins. The starters will play more than they did last week against the Baltimore Ravens, but coach Jason Garrett has not revealed the plan for Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray. Romo said there is a balance between working on specific things for the regular season and not showing too much to tip your hand before the games count.

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DeVonte Holloman’s career is likely over

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said during his Thursday press conference that DeVonte Holloman’s career is likely over. The second-year linebacker left Saturday’s preseason game with a neck injury. Before team doctors could get to him, Holloman punched the turf …

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Garrett: Claiborne must practice to play

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne and his head coach share a similar hope that he can play in Saturday’s preseason game in Miami. But Claiborne, who hasn’t done competitive work since spraining the AC joint in his right shoulder last week, isn’t on the same page as Jason Garrett in terms of whether practice is a prerequisite to playing in the game.  Claiborne anticipated that his Thursday work would “probably be the same” as other practices this week, which means he’d be limited to non-contact individual drills.

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Another day off for Cowboys QB Tony Romo. That will change soon.

Quarterback Tony Romo never practiced more than two consecutive days while the team was in Oxnard for training camp. He will follow that routine this week. Romo didn’t practice Wednesday but is expected to return Thursday. Head coach Jason Garrett …

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Hitchens in the mix at middle linebacker

IRVING, Texas -- After spending all of training camp at weakside linebacker, rookie fourth-round pick Anthony Hitchens finds himself competing for the starting job in the middle. Hitchens has played solely middle linebacker during practice this week and has been getting some work with the starters. He’s in the mix with Rolando McClain and Justin Durant to be the Cowboys’ Week 1 starter. “Yesterday he had a really good day at practice,” head coach Jason Garrett said.

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As returner, Dwayne Harris ready to go

IRVING, Texas -- Last season Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dwayne Harris averaged 12.8 yards per punt return and 30.6 yards per kickoff return. He was the only returner in the NFL in the top five in both categories. Through two preseason games Harris has just one punt return attempt, good for 7 yards, and no kickoff returns. "Special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, is kind of saving me I guess for the San Fran game," Harris said. "He doesn't want me to get hurt, so we'll see what happens.

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Tony Romo should practice more in season

IRVING, Texas -- When the Dallas Cowboys start their regular-season preparation, quarterback Tony Romo is expected to practice each day, according to coach Jason Garrett. Romo has not practiced three straight days in training camp and sat out of Wednesday's practice as he and the team continue to be careful with his return from back surgery. Romo will practice on Thursday and play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. Garrett said the coaches have not yet divvied up the playing time for the Dolphins' game, but the starters typically play the first half in the third...

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Dez Bryant the Next Michael Irvin?

First Take's Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the potential of Dez Bryant after Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett compared him to Michael Irvin.