The Cowboys have signed punter Chris Jones to an four-year extension through 2021, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.
Jones was set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Jones was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cowboys in 2011 and was released before the season started. He was signed to the team’s practice squad and filled in for an injured Mat McBriar in two games, recording a 42.6-yard gross average.
Last season he punted 58 times, averaging 45.9 yards per punt.
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Ezekiel Elliott’s jump into a Salvation Army kettle would still draw a penalty this season, even after the NFL’s decision in May to relax its celebration rules, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.
Elliott’s spontaneous leap, which came during the Dallas Cowboys’ Week 14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is featured in a video that the league is showing all players and coaches during training camp. The relaxed ruled allow players to use the ball but nothing else as a prop. In the Elliott scenario, the kettle is considered a prop.
ESPN earlier reported that “dunking” the ball over the crossbar after a score will remain illegal because it uses the goal post as a prop.
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Ezekiel Elliott has met with NFL officials concerning his case, which is why Jerry Jones has said a decision regarding the running back is imminent, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The Cowboys owner divulged early Saturday evening that Elliott traveled to New York within the past month for the meeting. He declined to say whether or not commissioner Roger Goodell was involved.
“I don’t want to get into details,” Jones said. “But they (NFL) were certainly represented by key league officials as well as Zeke’s representatives and Zeke.
“They have had their hearing and they have had all of the responses, so everything is in place to make a decision.”
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Football season is around the corner. That means it’s time to begin planning for the ever so fun tailgating parties. Some tailgating parties are tremendously lavish affairs with huge recreational vehicles rolling out a spread of cocktails and appetizers on white linen covered tables with candelabras. On the other hand, the trunk of a car and folding tables and lawn chairs usually suffice for creating a fun and memorable tailgating experience. Whatever your means, be sure to take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and order a hat or visor from your favorite team from the huge selection available at Lids.
The best tailgating parties are generally the result of advanced planning. Determine the number of guests you plan to have join in the fun. This count is needed in order to begin the planning process for the menu. Select items that can be prepared well in advance and easily transported to the venue. It’s always fun to grill at a tailgate and hotdogs and hamburgers are typically enjoyed by most guests. Plan to have several large coolers. Freeze water bottles several days in advance to use in lieu of ice to prevent foods from getting soggy or wet. Purchase the condiments needed for hotdogs & hamburgers as well as buns and have them on hand. Prepare several salads and store in air tight containers for transport in the coolers. Chips and salsa or a tray of appetizers prepared in advance will always be welcome as appetites grow with the smell of dinner on the grill.
Plan on having plenty of paper products for the meal. Paper plates & plastic cutlery will make clean up muck easier. Do bring sturdy utensils for grilling and serving. Have several trash bags and rolls of paper towels on hand for easy cleanup. Ask guests to bring their own lawn chairs or collapsible chairs. A large folding table for serving can easily be set up adjacent to the trunk. Have a separate cooler and paper cups with a large selection of drinks on hand. Have a grand time at your tailgating party!
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The Cowboys today made a roster move at the running back spot, a move made with issues surrounding star running back Ezekiel Elliott and his off the field issues.
The team is bringing in Ronnie Hillman, the 25-year-old who has totaled 1,976 career rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns over five seasons with the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers.
Cowboys sign RB Ronnie Hillman: https://t.co/JcHoO9caRX pic.twitter.com/oTQaNGwCA2
— NFL (@NFL) July 27, 2017
It’s probably a signing to ensure they have a vet in the backfield in case something does happen with Elliott, and one that could be a great diamond in the rough pickup just in case.
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A jury has acquitted Cowboys rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis of domestic assault, the Associated Press reports.
The panel deliberated for slightly more than an hour Tuesday before finding the former Michigan star not guilty.
Lewis said he was “elated” with the verdict.
The 21-year-old Lewis was accused of assaulting his former girlfriend at his Ann Arbor apartment in March. Lewis didn’t testify, but the jury saw a video recording of a police interview in which he said he was asleep when the woman woke him to complain about finances, and he hit her with a pillow.
The woman testified he struck her in the face so hard she was forced into a wall.
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The Cowboys released wide receiver Lucky Whitehead on Monday, hours after the team learned that he was charged with larceny after a shoplifting arrest and then failed to appear for a court hearing earlier this month, resulting in another charge, ESPN reports.
According to the Prince William County Police Department, Whitehead was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. June 22 after an employee at a Wawa noticed that he left the store without paying for some items. He was charged with shoplifting/petit larceny — under $200, a misdemeanor — and then failed to show for his arraignment on July 6, which resulted in a failure to appear charge, according to Prince William County General Court records.
Whitehead’s agent, David Rich, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the crime is a case of mistaken identity and Whitehead committed no crime, as he was not in Virginia when the incident occurred.
On June 22, Whitehead was in Dallas, per his flight ticket. His United flight left at 7:18 a.m. direct to Washington D.C. that morning and landed at 11:30 a.m., 10 hours after the alleged crime occurred.
Whitehead has told the Cowboys that it wasn’t him. Rich told the Cowboys that Whitehead didn’t appear in court because he never received the citation and summons. The reason he didn’t receive the citation and summons is because he wasn’t in the state when the crime occurred, Rich said.
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t in the business of managing expectations, and that’s particularly evident when it comes to Jaylon Smith, Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The linebacker will be limited when he takes part in the first training camp practices of his career. But that hasn’t diminished Jones’ enthusiasm for the player he picked in the second round in the 2016 draft despite Smith having suffered a severe knee injury in college.
Jones pointed out again Sunday that he believes he took a player who could have been at the top of the draft.
“To me he’s just like looking at a No. 1 draft pick coming out here for the first time,” Jones said during the annual State of the Cowboys news conference. “We all know his circumstances and what he needs to overcome. He looks really good – all testing, all feeling looks as good as I could hope that it would look. We’ll see.”
Jones said that Smith’s damaged nerve continues to regenerate. Smith is expected to continue to wear a customized brace on his ankle and foot that can evolve with his condition.
Smith, who attended training camp last season but rehabbed and couldn’t practice, will likely continue the pattern of practicing every other day and will mostly be limited to individual drills as camp gets underway.
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One year after posting photographs on her Instagram account of bruises to her body and filing a police report in Columbus, Ohio, the woman who says Ezekiel Elliott beat her reportedly has broken her silence, Mark Sanchez of the New York Post reports.
According to TMZ, the accuser released a statement on her Instagram page Saturday, this time not using the Cowboys star’s name, but making it apparent who she is talking about. She has alleged that Elliott got physical with her five times between July 17 and July 22, 2016.
Exactly 1 year ago today my life changed forever,” she wrote. “Loving someone as much as I did, putting my all in no matter what happened. I finally got the strength to be the strong woman I was and got myself out of a very toxic relationship. Ladies never think you’re too in love or too scared to leave because at one point that was me. There’s plenty of opportunities out there for you. Love yourself first. Speak up and stop domestic violence.”
The accuser has said she was in a relationship with Elliott at the time. Elliott has referred to her as a person with whom he had a “sexual relationship.”
The accuser’s statement comes while the NFL is believed to be close to disciplining Elliott for the allegations. Last week, ESPN reported Elliott was facing a “short suspension” — one or two games — after the league’s investigation. The baseline suspension for a domestic violence incident is six games.
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The last thing Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott needed this summer was to be back in the headlines, but today that’s exactly where he finds himself after an ‘altercation’ last night at a restaurant in Dallas.
Here’s a quick clip from the story which hit early Monday morning.
As the football world awaits word from the NFL regarding potential punishment for running back Ezekiel Elliott after accusations of domestic violence last year, it turns out the Dallas Cowboys star may now have another legal situation brewing.
According to a report from Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan, Elliott was involved in a “late night altercation” at a restaurant called Clutch in Dallas on Sunday night.
And here’s a tweet which goes further into detail on the incident:
DMs already LIT this morning pic.twitter.com/9xOkZTUOQ3
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) July 17, 2017
Elliott is already facing issues from his past issues outside of football, and it’s hard to think that the league is going to be very happy about this latest incident.
Right now while he hasn’t been officially sat by the league, one would think that it’s likely the Cowboys will be without him for a least 2-4 games at the start of 2017.
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