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KaVontae Turpin

#9 WR

Height: 5-9 Weight: 153 lbs College: TCU

11 a.m. - It appears KaVontae Turpin is trending toward returning to the field when the Dallas Cowboys visit the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Pro Bowl returner having been sidelined against the New York Giants with a shoulder injury.

In Wednesday's injury report, an estimate based upon a walkthrough, Turpin was listed as a full participant. On Thursday morning, head coach Mike McCarthy voiced solid optimism about his chances for this weekend - contingent upon no setbacks this week.

"We'll see how he does today, but it's padded and full practice and he's scheduled to take all of his reps today," McCarthy said. "I'm hopeful that he can have a great week and lines up on Sunday."

It was rookie sixth-round pick Deuce Vaughn taking on return duties in the absence of Turpin, along with running back Rico Dowdle opening the game as kickoff returner. Turpin's absence also opened the door for undrafted rookie Jalen Brooks to grab his first four NFL receptions.

----------------------------------- November 15 Updates Peyton Hendershot

#89 TE

Height: 6-4 Weight: 254 lbs College: Indiana

12:30 p.m. -In the first injury report of the week leading up to the game in Carolina, the Dallas Cowboys opened the practice window for tight end Peyton Hendershot, who has been on the IR with an ankle injury since Oct. 12. He will have 21 days to be activated to the active roster and can play as soon as this Sunday against the Panthers.

Also listed on the injury report are WR KaVontae Turpin (shoulder), WR Jalen Tolbert (knee), DT Osa Odighizuwa (hamstring), RB Rico Dowdle (ankle), CB Jourdan Lewis (neck) and DL Viliami Fehoko (knee). All were listed as full participants in Wednesday's practice estimation.

----------------------------------- November 14 Updates Jerry Jones

Owner / President / General Manager

12:30 p.m. - Leighton Vander Esch has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2023 season, and his future as an NFL player is now undetermined.

In delivering the news on Tuesday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones lamented the loss, while also stating his level of comfort with the current LB corps - noting their is no current interest in waiver claims or signings.

"Not at all," Jones told 105.3FM The Fan. "As a matter of fact, If I had to pick an area of strength, I would pick this area, because of how we play the linebackers. [LVE] can't be replaced, but we've made the kinds of adjustments you'll see in the future.

Markquese Bell has stepped in to wonderfully complement Damone Clark, and Rashaan Evans has now ramped up to full go. The team also has Malik Jefferson and Buddy Johnson on the practice squad.

----------------------------------- November 13 Updates Dak Prescott

#4 QB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 238 lbs College: Mississippi State

4:11 p.m. - For the third straight week, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott needs your votes to claim the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week award.

Dak passed for 404 yards - a season-high - along with four touchdown passes and ran another TD into the end zone to help the Cowboys beat the Giants 49-17. Prescott had a 138.3 QB rating as he won his 13th straight game over the Giants.

Prescott is one of three QB candidates for the "Air" portion of the award, joining Detroit's Jared Goff and Seattle's Geno Smith.

Dak was also nominated for the award for his performances against the Rams on Oct. 29 and the Eagles on No. 5.

FedEx gives fans the opportunity to recognize weekly top-performing quarterbacks and running backs in games played on Thursday through Sunday through the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards. Voting is open until Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. ET at **** each week of the season. Fans can also vote on Twitter via the @NFL published polls and on the NFL Mobile App.

----------------------------------- November 12 Updates Jake Ferguson

#87 TE

Height: 6-5 Weight: 244 lbs College: Wisconsin

7:21 p.m. - CeeDee Lamb isn't the only player who has reached milestones in the last three games. Tight end Jake Ferguson became the first Cowboys tight end to catch a touchdown in three straight games.

Ferguson had just four catches for 26 yards, but had a 1-yard touchdown from Dak Prescott, marking three straight games for Ferguson to find the end zone. The last Cowboys tight end to accomplish that feat was Jason Witten in 2011. Ferguson becomes the seventh tight end in team history to catch a TD in three straight games.

----------------------------------- DaRon Bland

#26 CB

Height: 6-0 Weight: 197 lbs College: Fresno State

6:29 p.m. - DaRon Bland is joining some elite company early in his career. With an interception on Sunday, Bland now has five picks on the season, tying his five from last year's rookie season.

With a handful of picks the last two years, Bland is now the first Cowboys player in 42 years, and only the second ever, to have five interceptions in each of his first two years.

Everson Walls had 11 picks in 1981 - an NFL rookie record, and then had seven the following year in a strike-shortened 1982 season.

But not since then has a player picked off five or more to begin a career for the Cowboys.

----------------------------------- CeeDee Lamb

#88 WR

Height: 6-2 Weight: 200 lbs College: Oklahoma

3:51 p.m. - For the second time since his rookie season, CeeDee Lamb has found the end zone as a runner. Lamb scored the first touchdown of the game Sunday on a 14-yard late in the first quarter.

Lamb is the fifth player to have a rushing touchdown this year for the Cowboys.

It marked the second time this year the Cowboys have scored a rushing touchdown with a wide receiver against the Giants. In Week 1, Turpin scored on a 7-yard run in the 40-0 win. Today, Turpin is inactive with a shoulder injury.

----------------------------------- Deuce Vaughn

#42 RB

Height: 5-6 Weight: 176 lbs College: Kansas State

1:55 p.m. - KaVontae Turpin finished the week with a chance to take the field against the visiting New York Giants, but the Dallas Cowboys have made the game-time decision to rule him out just ahead of kickoff.

Turpin's injury ushers Deuce Vaughn back into the mix, the rookie sixth-rounder having been relegated to the inactives list in the previous several contests. It also pulls rookie wideout Jalen Brooks onto the gameday roster as well, for depth at wide receiver.

Vaughn has the ability to impact the game as a returner, and the Cowboys are still working on his integration into the offense, so it's possible he produces in two fashions on Sunday.

Other inactives for Dallas against New York include Noah Igbinoghene, Asim Richards, Junior Fehoko, Eric Scott and Trey Lance (serving as emergency QB).

----------------------------------- November 10 Updates Terence Steele

#78 T

Height: 6-6 Weight: 310 lbs College: Texas Tech

10:30 a.m. - Terence Steele has successfully climbed from the ranks of the NFL undrafted to a very good starting right tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, one who earned a five-year extension in September, but he's had some bad days at the office as of late.

His outing in the narrow loss to the Eagles saw him allow a game-high 12 pressures, his worst showing of the season. He was playing well over the first several contests of the season, as well as seasons prior, and the Cowboys are emphatic in their belief in him.

Especially when considering he's returning from having had several ligaments in his knee surgically repaired only a few months ago.

"We got a lot of confidence in Steele," owner and general manager told 105.3FM the Fan on Friday. "That was a pretty impactful situation we had there with the pressures. But we can do better there. We can do better with help there as well."

----------------------------------- November 9 Updates KaVontae Turpin

#9 WR

Height: 5-9 Weight: 153 lbs College: TCU

During Thursday's press conference, head coach Mike McCarthy said that it's still undetermined how much wide receiver/returner KaVontae Turpin (shoulder) will do in practice on Thursday on the heels of his recovery from an injury suffered against the Eagles.

"We'll see how he feels," McCarthy said. "He's questionable. He'll be either limited or with the rehab group. I'll know more when I get down to practice."

Turpin briefly exited the game against the Eagles after landing on his shoulder after a tackle on a punt returner. However, he was able to return and haul in a touchdown reception on a critical third-and-goal. He finished the game but missed practice on Wednesday.

----------------------------------- November 8 Updates Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

2:45 p.m. - Tyron Smith returned from a neck stinger to protect Dak Prescott's blindside from the Philadelphia Eagles, and he had one of the best recent outings of his career, but he's working through something different at the moment.

The future first ballot Hall of Fame left tackle was absent on Wednesday with illness, though it was simply a walkthrough for the Cowboys and not a full-on practice. It's key to note he participated only in a mock game and a walkthrough last week before the aforementioned stellar outing in Philly.

Smith was joined on Wednesday's injury report by Markquese Bell (limited - calf), Osa Odighizuwa (limited - hamstring) and KaVontae Turpin (DNP - shoulder). Turpin suffered the injury on a return against Philly, then re-entered the game to grab a touchdown reception.

Tyler Biadasz (ankle) and Jayron Kearse (toe) were also on the injury report, but both were listed as full participants.

----------------------------------- November 7 Updates KaVontae Turpin

#9 WR

Height: 5-9 Weight: 153 lbs College: TCU

8:00 a.m. - KaVontae Turpin continues to make his presence felt for the Dallas Cowboys but, this season, it's in more than one aspect of the game; and his toughness continues to shine as well.

The Pro Bowl returner has also become a viable weapon for Dak Prescott and the offense, his most impressive outing having come in a hard-fought battle against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Cowboys ultimately fell short, but Turpin added a receiving touchdown to keep them in the game early, and he did it despite an injury. He'd leave the game for evaluation following a 47-yard return that put Prescott in position to do the rest with a touchdown to Jake Ferguson and, on his first play back from being evaluated, Turpin scored the aforementioned TD.

"It was one of those plays where I had to test myself out and see if I could still go," he said. "But I also wanted to be a playmaker for Dak, and that's what I did."

----------------------------------- November 6 Updates Jake Ferguson

#87 TE

Height: 6-5 Weight: 244 lbs College: Wisconsin

5:19 p.m. - When it comes to stats, Jake Ferguson clearly had his best game of the season and even his career as well.

It was the most targets (10), catches (seven), yards (91) that he's had in a single game, and also caught his fifth career touchdown, including two in the last two weeks.

Ferguson is one of just five Cowboys tight ends in team history to have five career touchdown catches in his first two seasons. Billy Joe DuPree (1973-74) has the most with nine.

One might assume Ferguson is getting excited about the connection he's forming with Dak Prescott but the tight end's focus was more about the plays he didn't make.

"While the (connection) is growing right now, I've still got to be better on my end. I definitely had two that I should've had in my eyes," Ferguson said after the game. "I just have to coming and working after practice, meeting room, whatever it is. I'm sure there are some positive things, but it's not very positive right now."

Ferguson is second on the team with 32 catches and 328 receiving yards and is tied for the team lead with total touchdowns with three.

----------------------------------- Daniel Jones

#8 QB

Height: 6-5 Weight: 220 lbs College: Duke

New York Giants QB Daniel Jones suffered a torn ACL on Sunday against the Raiders and will miss the rest of the season, according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. With backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the injured reserve, the Giants will turn to rookie Tommy DeVito for the game against the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.

With DeVito being the only healthy quarterback on the roster, it's expected that New York will sign a quarterback this week to backup DeVito in his first career start.

----------------------------------- November 5 Updates Jake Ferguson

#87 TE

Height: 6-5 Weight: 244 lbs College: Wisconsin

8:31 p.m. - Last year, he scored his first career touchdown in Philly. This time around, Jake Ferguson had his best game to date, catching seven passes for 91 yards and another touchdown, marking the second straight game in which he's hauled in a score from Dak Prescott.

Ferguson, who was targeted a career-high 10 times, also drew a pass interference call near the goal line on another drive that led to a Cowboys touchdown.

This year, Ferguson is second on the team in catches (32) and yards (328) and is tied for the team-lead in TD receptions with CeeDee Lamb with three each.

----------------------------------- Brandon Aubrey

#17 K

College: Notre Dame

7:24 p.m. - When Brandon Aubrey missed his first-ever kick in an NFL game, which was an extra point in Week 1, there were many who wondered if he would make it Week 9 in the regular season.

Not only did he make it, but he's made every other kick along the way, setting an NFL record on Sunday by hitting his 19thstraight field goal, the most-ever by any player to begin a career. He passed Travis Coons, who made 18 straight in the 2015 season as a rookie.

Aubrey has also made 14 straight extra points as well, including two more on Sunday.

----------------------------------- KaVontae Turpin

#9 WR

Height: 5-9 Weight: 153 lbs College: TCU

7:12 p.m. - For the second straight game, Turpin is finding some room to run in the return game. He had a 48-yard kickoff return on Sunday to ignite the Cowboys' first touchdown. Last week, he had a 63-yard return after a safety that led to a score. In the same game against the Rams, Turpin had a punt return for a touchdown called back because of a penalty.

And if that's not enough, Turpin caught a 5-yard touchdown on Sunday, just a few plays after suffering a rib injury.

This year, Turpin is among four Cowboys that have scored three touchdowns.

----------------------------------- Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

2:55 p.m. - It will be a whole offensive line for Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys when they take the field to battle the Philadelphia Eagles, because starting left tackle Tyron Smith has officially been ruled active/in for the contest.

Smith, who was sidelined in Week 8 against the Los Angeles Rams with a neck stinger suffered in practice following the bye week, has missed three games this season due to injury - the last having pushed Chuma Edoga into the starting role.

With Smith back on the field, the inactives for the Cowboys are as follows: Deuce Vaughn, Jalen Brooks, Eric Scott, Noah Igbinoghene, Junior Fehoko and Trey Lance (emergency QB).

Today will mark only the third time this season that the Cowboys have had a fully healthy offensive line, and it couldn't have come at a better time as the Eagles defensive front has proven to be one of the best in the league.

----------------------------------- November 4 Updates Rashaan Evans

#32 LB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 232 lbs College: Alabama

12:45 p.m. - This week's clash with the Philadelphia Eagles will mark the second time Rashaan Evans sees the field for the Dallas Cowboys.

The former first-round pick was signed ahead of the bye week and made his debut in the Week 8 throttling of the Los Angeles Rams, helping to add depth to the linebacker position.

His second call-up from the practice squad will see him face the very team he spent a short time with to start the season.

Per NFL rules, Evans can only be elevated one more time and, at that point, he must be carried on the active roster - barring a waiver.

----------------------------------- November 3 Updates Chuma Edoga

#71 G

Height: 6-3 Weight: 308 lbs College: USC

3:21 p.m. - Not only is Tyron Smith 'questionable' to play Sunday against the Eagles this weekend, but his backup also has the same status on the final injury report.

Chuma Edoga, who has started the last two games for Smith with his neck injury, is also questionable to play because of a knee and ankle injury.

Smith did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but was listed as 'limited' for Friday's practice. Edoga has been on the injury report as 'limited' all three days.

Smith has played in four games this year and has missed three, extending his streak to eight consecutive seasons of missing at least three starts.

----------------------------------- Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

12:45 p.m. - Tyron Smith still has an opportunity to take the field when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, in the most important NFC East clash thus far this season.

Smith, who was sidelined against the Los Angeles Rams with a neck stinger, has yet to practice this week but head coach Mike McCarthy noted the starting left tackle participated in the team's mock game on Friday.

McCarthy went on to note that while he awaits medical feedback following Friday's mock game, that Smith is "expected to participate" in practice on Saturday - to what degree is undetermined.

The decision on Smith versus the Eagles will likely be made following that workout. He has missed three games this season due to injury, and the Cowboys are working to avoid this coming Sunday marking his fourth.

----------------------------------- November 1 Updates Dakoda Shepley

#65 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 290 lbs College: University of British Columbia

8:15 a.m. - There were no trades executed by the Dallas Cowboys ahead of the NFL deadline, but they did find themselves doing some housekeeping as it relates to their practice squad.

Less than one week after signing Eric Saubert to the practice squad, during the team's bye week, and using his first elevation to the active roster in Week 8 against the Los Angeles Rams, the veteran tight end has been poached by the Houston Texans. He must now remain on their active roster for a minimum of three games.

The same is true of offensive lineman (guard) Chris Glaser, who was also poached, though he's heading to the New York Jets, effective immediately. To replace Glaser, the Cowboys re-signed Dakoda Shepley to the practice squad - ensuring insurance for the offensive line.

Shepley is a former CFL first-round pick who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2018, going on to spend time with several teams, including joining the Cowboys in 2022. This marks his return to Dallas after being released by the Colts in October.

----------------------------------- October 31 Updates Tyron Smith

#77 T

Height: 6-5 Weight: 320 lbs College: USC

9:45 a.m. - Tyron Smith missed his third game of the season when the Dallas Cowboys kicked off on Sunday against the visiting Los Angeles Rams - a neck stinger suffered during the week sidelining him and forcing Chuma Edoga back into the role of starting left tackle.

Edoga went on to exit the contest late with what's been described as a low ankle sprain, and there is optimism that, as such, it is not a long-term injury; rookie Asim Richards entering the game in Edoga's absence.

But it doesn't appear Richards will see the start at left tackle in the all-important battle to come against the Philadelphia Eagles, however, according to owner and general manager Jerry Jones.

"When you look at both of their situations, I think it's more than likely that both will be available on Sunday," Jones told 105.3FM the Fan on Tuesday. "I wouldn't want to speculate anything beyond that, but certainly one of the two should be available on Sunday, but both may be."

----------------------------------- October 30 Updates Chuma Edoga

#71 G

Height: 6-3 Weight: 308 lbs College: USC

1:30 p.m. - On Sunday, it was again Chuma Edoga stepping in at left tackle to take the place of an injured Tyron Smith, who missed his third outing of the season, this time with a neck stinger that occurred in practice last week.

Edoga got off to a rough start but recovered well over the remainder of the contest, but he didn't finish due to an injury. The veteran lineman went to the ground in pain on a play that resulted in a 24-yard catch by CeeDee Lamb before ultimately being helped off of the field, not to return.

On Monday, the Cowboys' front office sounded optimistic about his outlook.

"Actually, the initial news we're getting back on Chuma is it's not as bad as we first feared," said Executive Vice President and Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones to 105.3FM the Fan. " ... The good news is it wasn't torqued in the direction that would've given him a high ankle [sprain]. I think he's got an opportunity to be in the plans as early as this week [vs. Eagles]."


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