<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Blue Star]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/blue-star http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usFri, 20 Jan 2017 21:16:17 -0600Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:16:17 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dallas Fire Chief Installs Packers Smoke Alarm As Bet Payoff]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:59:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/packers-smoke-alarm.jpg

Dallas Fire-Rescue's chief paid off a bet by installing a Green Bay Packers smoke alarm Friday.

Chief David Coatney and Green Bay Metro Fire Chief Dave Litton placed a bet on Sunday's Divisional playoff match-up between the Cowboys and Packers.

Because the Cowboys lost, Coatney had to install the smoke alarm featuring the Packers' logo at the Dallas Fire-Rescue Administration building.

New York-based The Buff Project donated the team-branded smoke alarms to fire stations in Dallas, Green Bay and 48 other departments to promote fire safety.



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Alabama EDGE Tim Williams]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:09:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tim+Williams.jpg

Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama
Ht. 6'4", Wt. 252, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington

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Tim Williams was Louisiana's top-rated player in his class out of high school in Baton Rouge in 2012. The 4-star defender went across the border to Tuscaloosa, committing to Alabama. He was mainly a rotational player during his first two years from Baton Rouge, earning 1.5 sacks in 19 games.

Williams became a starter in his junior season and he opened some eyes with his production. In 2015, he notched 10.5 sacks and 12.5 TFL. He returned for his senior season and put up similar production, finishing with 8.5 sacks, 15.5 TFL and 12 QB hurries on his way to a second-team All-America selection.

Strengths

• Burst - Quick first step
• Speed to Power - Good bull rush
• Strength - Surprisingly stout lower body
• Hands - Quick, violent puncher
• Bend - Flexible around edge
• Pass Rush - Compliments with spin, swat/swim
• Run Support - Strong anchor, stacks well
• Balance - Good body control

Weaknesses

• Spontaneity - Can predetermine rush
• Weight - Might need to bulk up for some schemes
• Off-Field - Multiple red flags

Verdict: First Round

Williams split time as a stand-up outside linebacker and a defensive end with his hand in the dirt for the Crimson Tide and that versatility will translate to the NFL. If you're looking for a pass rusher, Williams is in the discussion for the best one in this draft not named Myles Garrett. His combination of burst, strength and hand usage give him the traits to be selected in the first round of the draft.

The Cowboys need a terror off the edge and Williams fits the bill. The team might be gun shy on edge rushers with character concerns after Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory, but his talent is definitely worthy of their first pick. If he checks out off the field, he could provide the team with a Bruce Irvin-like defender.



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Tennessee EDGE Derek Barnett]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:10:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DerekBarnett.jpg

Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
Ht. 6'3", Wt. 265, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M
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Derek Barnett has always been productive on the football field. The 4-star recruit was an all-state selection as a senior and a two-time Tennessee Mr. Football. He committed to the Volunteers and made an impact immediately as the first true freshman to start on the defensive line in school history.

Barnett finished his freshman season with 20.5 TFL and 10 sacks, which — along with Myles Garrett — Jadeveon Clowey's SEC freshman sack record of 8. He added 10 sacks and 12.5 TFL as a sophomore and capped his college career with 13 sacks, 19 TFL and 16 QB hurries as a junior. In the Music City Bowl, he recorded his 33rd career sack, which broke Reggie White's school record of 32.

Strengths

• Strength - Excellent bull rush, anchor
• Hands - Quick, heavy, violent
• Motor - Relentless lots of effort production
• Burst - Flashes plus burst
• Snap Anticipation - Often first off ball
• Versatility - Effective on edge, inside
• Coverage - Comfortable in zone and even man
• Production - 33 sacks, 52 TFL in 3 years in SEC

Weaknesses

• Athleticism - Lacks elite trait
• Technique - No consistent counter move
• Stiff - Mediocre bend, agility
• Offside - You'll have to live with a few penalties

Verdict: First Round

Barnett's worthy of a first-round pick because his floor appears to be a quality strongside defensive end, but I don't think he has the upside of some of the other edge rushers in this draft. He does flash the tools to develop into a consistently disruptive defensive lineman. He also has the strength and hand usage to be an effective 3-technique in sub packages and could even grow into that role full time.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is the type of quality defensive line coach that can help Barnett grow into effective front-four defender. Barnett would provide the Cowboys with top run defense on the edge and backfield disruption from the inside. His lack of elite athleticism could push him down boards, but he would be a nice fit in Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Fan Alters Super Bowl Tattoo]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:36:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sb51-tattoo_1200x675_858106947969.jpg Cowboys fan Jordan Garnett, who famously portended a Cowboys Super Bowl LI win with a tattoo on his arm, isn't giving up on his team.]]> <![CDATA[Newy Scruggs, Clarence Hill Discuss Cowboys' Future]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:09:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630768608.jpg

So what's next for the Cowboys after losing to the Green Bay Packers?

Longtime Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and I debated some of the issues on my show on NBC Sports Radio Wednesday:

Where does Tony Romo go in a trade or do the Cowboys release him? Should he be inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor?

Is Jason Pierre-Paul the right player to help the Dallas pass rush in 2017?

Will Jaylon Smith be a difference maker for the front seven?

Take a listen here.



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Stanford DL Solomon Thomas]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:28:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SolomonThomas.jpg

Solomon Thomas, EDGE, Stanford
Ht. 6'3", Wt. 275, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Kansas St., Arizona, North Carolina
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Solomon Thomas was born in Chicago and lived in Australia for several years, but he settled in North Texas before graduating high school. The 5-star recruit out of Coppell High School committed to Stanford after being named to the 2013 USA Today All-USA team as a senior.

Thomas started relatively slowly for the Cardinal, redshirtting in 2014 and totaling 39 tackles, 10.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks in 2015. He burst onto the national scene in 2016 with 62 tackles, 15 TFL and 8 sacks, earning All-America honors and the Morris Trophy — given to the Pac-12's best offensive or defensive lineman. He announced plans to enter the 2017 Draft after terrorizing North Carolina in the Sun Bowl.

Strengths

• Strength - Excellent bull rush, anchor
• Feet - Quick, exceptional burst
• Hands - Heavy, violent hand fighter
• Arms - Uses length to stay clean
• Speed - Closes quickly, effective in stunts
• Bend - Decent for size
• Pass Rush - Array of moves
• Instincts - Good snap anticipation, nose for ball
• Versatility - Can man be effective anywhere on D-line
• Motor - Relentless until whistle

Weaknesses

• Tweener - Stout for edge, slim for interior
• Balance - On the ground a bit much

Verdict: First Round

Thomas, much like Alabama's Jonathan Allen, is a disruptor that can line up anywhere, but is most effective inside. His burst is elite between the tackles, yet he also shows the strength to anchor against double teams — even at 275. If he can add 10-15 more pounds, he can be the next in the line of "undersized" defensive linemen in the mold of Geno Atkins or Aaron Donald.

The Cowboys need to address the lack of pressure their defensive line applies, and Thomas is exactly what they need. The Coppell product has the athletic traits and polish to upgrade pretty much any position along the team's defensive front from Day 1. The only problem is they might have to move up to get him.



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<![CDATA[Dak Prescott's Favorite Food? Just Ask His Great-Aunt]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:53:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lucy+Dosher+dak+prescott+aunt.jpg

Lucy Dosher wasn't always a huge Dallas Cowboys fan.

But she has always been a huge Dak Prescott fan.

Dosher is Prescott's great-aunt. She lived most of her life just 15 miles away from where her great-nephew grew up in Haughton, Louisiana. Now, she lives in Arlington, just a few miles from where he is the quarterback for America's Team.

"He's still the same little boy that used to come to my back door," Dosher recalled. "He would come in the back door and say, 'Aunt Sis, do you have any olives?' And he would eat the whole can."

Prescott's jerseys may have changed over the years, but that one thing apparently stays the same.

Anytime family gets together, Dosher always sends Prescott a can of olives.

When he was still playing for Mississippi State, his fourth-cousin, 12-year-old Ross Dosher, had the honors of hand-delivering the goods.

"I handed him a can of olives, that was my moment of glory with him, my moment with Dak," Ross said, laughing. There's even a blurry photo of the two to prove it.

Dosher remembers going to Prescott's middle school and high school games, the potential clear even then.

"We didn't anticipate he would become famous, we just knew he was a good football player," she said. "I'm proud of him, I love him, and I wish he would come see me."

Lucy turns 97 years old on Wednesday – might be a good time for a visit.



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<![CDATA[5 Things to Know About End of Cowboys Season]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:49:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630562810.jpg Pat Doney gives us five things to know about the end of the Cowboys season.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys' No. 1 Fan: 'We Will Be Back']]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:50:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Carolyn+Price+ms+price.jpg

The No. 1 Dallas Cowboys' fan said she was devastated by Sunday night's playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers, but – speaking for Dallas fans everywhere – vowed, "We will be back."

Carolyn Price, of Lancaster, is better known simply as "Ms. Price" – the Cowboys' top fan.

For years, nobody has screamed more or louder for the Cowboys than the Lancaster home health care executive who also is a great-grandmother.

Going into Sunday's game, she said she was confident "that we would win," she said.

Her confidence never wavered, even with the Cowboys down in the first half by a score of 21-3.

"I never budge," she said. "I've seen them come back from more than that, so that didn't bother me. We had two more quarters."

Ms. Price never loses faith.

When Dallas fought back and tied it up – twice – she had a hard time breathing.

"'I'm ecstatic now. I'm about to pass out,'" she recalled on Monday.

When the Packers kicked the game-winning field goal with three seconds left, her face told the story of Cowboy fans everywhere.

She couldn't hold back the tears, she said.

But she said she is optimistic about the future.

"I'm going to tell you, it's going to be alright," she said. "We're going back again. We're not leaving the party yet. We will be back. We're just standing outside for a break."

Even though Dallas won't be a part of the Super Bowl this year, she has confidence it'll happen one year soon.

"And when we walk out and hold that trophy again, I pray I'm standing there," she said. "And I know Dak and them, I know they'll do it."

Then, she said she might retire as the team's No. 1 fan.

"But I'll still be sitting at home, saying, 'How 'bout those Cowboys!'" she yelled.



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<![CDATA[Cole Beasley's Wife Gives Birth to 2nd Son Hours After Game]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:52:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/178*120/baby-beasley.jpg

Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley has a big reason celebrate despite his team's devastating loss to the Packers Sunday night.

The North Texas native's wife gave birth to their second son early Monday morning.

Beasley shared his joy on Twitter.

"The only thing that could heal me has arrived. I love my family so much."

He and his wife, Kyrstin, are also parents to 2-year-old Ace.



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<![CDATA[Moving on From Romo Could Be Difficult for Cowboys: Report]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:36:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631764232.jpg

Having two quarterbacks was a good problem for the Cowboys to have during the season, but it's beginning to turn into a bad problem now that the off-season has arrived.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Denver Broncos are Romo's preferred destination, but that it might be difficult for the Cowboys to accommodate Romo with a trade.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would love to keep Romo on the roster, but general manager Jerry Jones knows it would be crazy to spend more than $24 million — Romo's 2017 cap hit — on a back-up quarterback. The team's window to win is wide open and they must allocate that money elsewhere.

The problem is that other teams likely have the same opinion of the oft-injured 36-year-old quarterback. Romo is among the league's elite players when healthy, but teams might not be willing to take a $24 million gamble on that.

Rapoport tweeted that sources told him Denver is unlikely to trade for Romo, despite subpar quarterback play contributing to the team's playoff absence.

Releasing Romo would cost the Cowboys more than $10 million against the 2017 salary cap, so the team would prefer to trade him.

Vegas oddsmakers list the New York Jets (3/1) as his most likely landing spot, followed by Denver (4/1), the Cowboys (9/2) and the Arizona Cardinals (5/1).



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<![CDATA[Newy, Drew on What Cowboys Should Do With Romo]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:08:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_Drew_Romo_Web_1200x675_855630403624.jpg Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson discusses what the team should do with starter-turned-backup quarterback Tony Romo in the off-season.]]> <![CDATA[Aaron Rodgers Owns JerryWorld]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:00:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631776008.jpg

I saw Aaron Rodgers win Super Bowl XLV Feb. 6, 2011, at then Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Six years later at AT&T Stadium (JerryWorld changed its name for money), I saw the Packers future Hall of Fame quarterback amaze like Michael Jordan did at the peak of his NBA career and send the 13-3 Cowboys home.

Who can lead his team to a game winning field goal with just 35 seconds and two time outs?

Aaron Rodgers.

After the game, he spoke about the fact his team had 35 seconds of clock left.

"There's too much time on the clock. We've got a good repartee of plays for the end of the game, whether it's hail maries or other plays we've done over the years. It's kind of draw for them and we just picked it out, and we executed well and that was the most important part of the game."

Did I mention he didn't have his top receiver target Jordy Nelson, who was out with broken ribs?

Call me a believer. The man owns Arlington. 

Maybe he will win his second Super Bowl in Texas (Houston) next month.



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<![CDATA[Newy, Drew Discuss Heartbreaking Losses]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:10:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_disappointment_web_1200x675_855628867664.jpg Legendary Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson describes what it's like to lose a heartbreaking playoff game like the team did against the Green Bay Packers Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys’ Kicker Bailey Played With Herniated Disc: Source]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:04:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607561350.jpg

An NBC 5 source has confirmed Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey played the 2016 season while dealing with a herniated disc in his back.

The source said Bailey has dealt with minor back pain since 2014, but the pain increased the week of the Cowboys win against the San Francisco 49ers in early October. An exam following the win revealed the herniated disc, which could require surgery in the offseason.

Bailey will meet with team doctors Monday for the routine physical required of every Cowboys player after the season, and with that exam will begin to determine the best route for treatment in the offseason.

The sixth-year kicker out of Oklahoma State did not sit out of any games because of the back injury, but did miss five field goal attempts during the 2016 season — tied for a career-high. The source said Bailey was still dealing with pain during the Cowboys playoff loss against the Green Bay Packers, a game that saw Bailey go 3-for-3 on his field goal attempts, including two kicks from 50 yards or longer.

Bailey entered the 2016 season as the most-accurate kicker in NFL history. He passed Rafael Septien for the most made field goals in Dallas Cowboys franchise history in November.



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<![CDATA[Your Cowboys Fan Photos - Gallery VIII]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:28:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/de70b1de88d34faaaaded6612a13256f.JPG.jpg Your Dallas Cowboys fan photos.

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<![CDATA[Your Cowboys Fan Photos - Gallery VII]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:20:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/389e7102d7654a12a27ac3a2a027c991.jpg Your Dallas Cowboys fan photos.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Fans Get Pumped Up at Rally Day at AT&T Stadium]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:34:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/248*120/Cowboys+Rally+Day.jpg

The big game is on Sunday, but AT&T Stadium was the place to be for Cowboys fans on Saturday.

North Texans are making their whole weekend about the Dallas Cowboys, starting with a big playoff party Saturday in Arlington, where some young fans had a day of dreams come true.

Stepping out onto the field at AT&T Stadium for the first time is a huge deal, especially for young fans looking to earn their spot on the starting lineup.

To make the big plays on the gridiron, you've gotta have vision. Playing with his young nephews on the field where the Cowboys play, 14-year-old Rocky Sandoval could see it all.

"Just playing the game is fun,” Sandoval said. “I just love playing the game of football and being a quarterback. I just love the game."

There's no better place to play it than AT&T Stadium. Fans packed onto the field from all over the country for Rally Day, pumping up America's Team before their divisional playoff bout against the Green Bay Packers.

"America's Team means no show offs, they're just a regular team that does good and well," said 10-year-old Christopher Conejl.

That’s something he wants to be a part of.

"My dream is to become a linebacker for the Cowboys," Christopher said.

Another potential teammate of the future was on the field, too.

"I think there should be a girl kicker at least," said 11-year-old Haley Petrack.

She played out her dreams Saturday, on the same ground where her heroes, Zeke and Dak, have made it look like so much fun.

"They talk like a kid like me still," Petrack said.

It's relatable inspiration for kids who are shooting for the Stars. 

"Not only boys have to play football and that girls can do the same too,” said Petrack. “Girls can change the world."

Kickoff for the game is 3:40 PM on Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys-Packers Game Puts BBQ and Beer On The Line]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:54:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Abbott+Tweet+Bet.jpg

It's not just the NFC Divisional Playoff match-up on the line when the Cowboys play the Packers on Sunday, there's a lot of wagers crossing state lines.

America's Team will battle Green Bay at Arlington's AT&T Stadium on Sunday.

GUBERNATORIAL BET

On Twitter, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he bet Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker "a hearty sum of Texas BBQ."

Gov. Walker said a Packers loss means "an assortment" of Wisconsin products will go to Austin.

COUNTY BET

Twitter is also where the wager took place between Milwaukee county Executive Chris Abele and Dallas county Judge Clay Jenkins. 

"We agree on most things except that he's just wrong about his football preference," Abele told NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.

"There's so much to like about Clay Jenkins, but there's more to like about [Packers linebacker] Clay Matthews," Abele tweeted.

Judge Jenkins said he is betting Texas barbecue on the game. Abele will send a six pack of a few of Milwaukee's finest craft beers for a Packer's loss.

FIREFIGHTERS BET

The Dallas and Green Bay fire departments had safety in mind for their wager.

In a press release, Green Bay Metro Fire Dept. Chief Dave Litton said he offered a friendly wager to Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief David Coatney.

"The wager entails the losing team’s fire chief install a smoke detector branded with the winning team’s logo in their office. Further, the losing team’s fire chief will be sent the winning team’s t-shirt and hat to wear," said the press release.

Additionally, The Buff Project from New York City will donate 50 NFL licensed team-branded smoke detectors to each department to give toe the community.

The goal is to raise awareness of smoke detectors in homes.. something we could all get behind.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Fan Inspired in Cancer Fight Surprised with Tickets]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:20:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kandi+Stewart+cowboys+tickets.jpg

A Dallas Cowboys fan who says the team's locker room speeches inspired her in her battle with cancer got a big surprise Friday: tickets to the team's playoff game against the Packers.

"It's like setting up a surprise party, that's the exciting part," said Matt Stamm, of Academy Sports & Outdoors, as he instructed staff how to greet their guest of honor Friday. "When she walks in we'll cheer and she'll freak out."

The moment Kandi Stewart walked into the Grapevine Academy Sports store, they cheered, she bowed and wondered what was happening.

"We'd like to know if you would like to accept these four tickets and a parking pass to this Sunday's game?" Stamm asked a stunned Stewart. "Yes! Yes, yes yes," she replied with tears in her eyes.

"It started with my fight. I just want to watch them finish their fight because I finished mine," Stewart said. "It's very emotional for me."

Stewart said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett's locker room pep talks about "Finishing This Fight" helped inspire her to fight cancer. She's now in remission.

"Every morning is just like that blessing of just one more day," said Stewart's husband, Jonathan Stewart. "Everything that life throws at you, you can handle."

Academy Sports saw Kandi Stewart's story featured on NBC 5 in November and was inspired to do something special. They gave the Stewarts four tickets to Sunday's playoff game, sitting at the 50-yard line, and a $200 gift certificate for Cowboys gear.

Kandi Stewart said she can't wait for Sunday's game.

"I want them to know I'm fighting for them," she said. "Just like they fought for me."



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<![CDATA[Superfan Gets Tattoos of Cowboys Players, Garrett, Jerry]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:22:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys+tatto.jpg

It isn't the way people typically prepare for playoffs.

But Raymond "Cowboy" Ortiz isn't your typical fan.

“Win or lose, I'm a Cowboys fan,” he said.

Ortiz, 41, was born and raised in Dallas. He says his parents have also been life-long fans.

Tattoos are his way of getting game-day ready.

“It’s permanent, just like the lifestyle that I live is permanent,” he said.

He’s had Tom Landry painted on the hood of his truck, and he’s even named his kids after the Cowboys. His sons are Dallas Cowboys, Cowboy Landry and Star.

Ortiz even inked Zeke and Dak on his chest earlier this season.

In December, he added a portrait of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and the signature of Drew Pearson.

Last week, he added another familiar face to his body of work – a tattoo of head coach Jason Garrett.

Ortiz says it’s kind of like a football game.

“At the end of the night when we're finished, it’s victory. I got Jason Garrett,” he said.

The five-hour process was shared on with more than 5,000 followers on Facebook live.

The point, Ortiz says, is it keeps Cowboys nation buzzing.

“You got your bandwagon, you got your cowboys fans, you got your diehard fans that are lifers,” he said.

Ortiz is clearly in the latter category.

His only hope now is to add one more tattoo come February: Super Bowl 51 Champions.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Help Inspiring Fan's Dream Come True]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:58:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garrett+leduc.jpg

In the middle of their busiest week of the season, head coach Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys found the time Friday to make one fan's dream come true.

Kyle LeDuc, 18, got a front-row seat at Garrett's press conference.

"He's a coach I really look up to," Kyle said. "It was amazing."

Kyle was born with muscular dystrophy and is an inspiration to the Cowboys. As a senior in high school in Warwick, N.Y., Kyle is already working as an assistant football coach and even calls plays from time to time.

Friday afternoon, Garrett spent a few moments with Kyle and his family at The Star in Frisco.

"(Kyle) loves all sports, but he really loves football," said Kyle's mother, Tara LeDuc. "And he is a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan."

On Sunday the LeDuc family will watch the Cowboys play the Green Bay Packers in AT&T Stadium, wrapping up a dream weekend for a fan whose perseverance is inspiring to those around him.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Biggest Fan Talks Playoffs]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:51:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ms+Price.jpg Ms. Carolyn Price - who claims to be the Cowboys biggest fan - talks about the playoffs.

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<![CDATA[Police Warn Cowboys Fans About Fake Tickets]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:56:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/att+stadium+sign.jpg Arlington police are warning fans to be careful where they buy Dallas Cowboys playoffs tickets and from whom.

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<![CDATA[AT&T Stadium Protected By Specially Trained Security Dogs]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:06:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vapor+wave+security+dog.jpg

Security will be tight at AT&T Stadium for Sunday's playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers.

"We make sure no one can get inside the building or close to the building to do any kind of harm," said Arlington Assistant Fire Chief Jim Self. "You'll see police and fire doing our normal things. You may not see a lot of other people doing their jobs, but we'll be there."

Among the security measures will be several teams of specially trained dogs who can sniff the vapors left behind by someone carrying an explosive device.

"These dogs have the ability to identify a suicide bomber," Self said.

"The dog will take us to wherever our would-be terrorist is hiding," said Paul Hammond, with AMK9 in Alabama, where the dogs are trained. "That can allow 10, 20, 30 deep personnel walk past it at any one time and then have this vapor wake dog just sample the heat plumes that are being left behind in their wake, and it's very non obtrusive."

The so-called vapor wake dogs work with a team of three people – a bomb disposal expert, a member of the SWAT team and a hazardous material expert.

"We can allow more people to have that fan experience and go on their way, but all of them are being screened for explosives on their person," Hammond said. "And that's the key."

"They are at the highest level. They are the Ferraris of canines," Hammond added. "And the Dallas Cowboys can feel very safe."

Arlington police want to make sure fans are safe even before they get to the game. They're warning people are fake tickets.

"Our city ordinance, as it relates to scalping, is you can't sell or purchase tickets within our entertainment district," said Sgt. Vanessa Harrison with the Arlington Police Department. "And our entertainment district is a pretty wide range. If you're being approached by someone within the entertainment district, which is pretty close to the stadium, it's forbidden by our ordinance."

However, tickets are still available online.



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<![CDATA[Playoff History for Packers, Cowboys Dates Back Decades]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:27:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/4613464321.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers go way back, as in the 1967 NFL championship game played in such frigid conditions at Lambeau Field that it is known in league annals as the "Ice Bowl."

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has more recent memories, and they're painful for reasons other than the cold.

Two of the league's marquee franchises share a postseason history that dates back five decades. They have met seven previous times in the playoffs , with Dallas holding a 4-3 edge going into the divisional round game on Sunday against the Packers at AT&T Stadium.

While the teams may not be heated divisional rivals, their postseason meetings often leave an impression.

"I hope the Cowboys don't spoil it, or I'll be really (angry) if they do," said former Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer.

He was one of the blockers for Hall of Famer Bart Starr's game-winning, 1-yard quarterback sneak with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Green Bay's 21-17 win in the Ice Bowl.

Each team has made 32 postseason appearances, tied with the New York Giants for most in NFL history.

Dallas and Green Bay have unique owners. For the Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones is part-showman, part-personnel executive and part-spokesman. Dallas plays in a cavernous, modern stadium in a sprawling suburb.

Green Bay plays in the league's smallest market. Lambeau Field is the league's longest-tenured stadium, situated in the middle of a blue-collar neighborhood. It's the only publicly owned franchise in the NFL.

"Part of it is, I don't think the organizations could be more different. Their stadium and our stadium -- ours is iconic, an older stadium. Their (stadium) is glitzy," Packers president Mark Murphy said. "But I have tremendous respect for the Dallas organization and Jerry."

A look back at some postseason highlights of postseason between the teams:

NEW YEAR'S DAY: Fifty years ago on Jan. 1, the teams met in the 1966 NFL championship game, which took on new meaning since the winner would represent the league in the first Super Bowl against the AFL winner. Starr was 19 of 28 for 304 yards and four touchdown passes in the 34-27 victory at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The Packers went on to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

After joining the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1960, Dallas started a streak of 20 straight winning seasons in 1966.

ICE BOWL: The temperature was minus-13 at kickoff on Dec. 31, 1967, when the Cowboys and Packers met at Lambeau in a classic NFL championship game . Cowboys equipment staff gave players a salve to rub on to keep warm, and put Saran Wrap around feet in an attempt to add another layer of warmth.

There wasn't much of a rivalry then because the Cowboys were still relatively new to the league, Kramer said, though the seeds of a rivalry were planted.

DALLAS DOMINATION: The Cowboys dominated in the mid-1990s with a star-studded lineup led by the Hall of Fame trio of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. Dallas hosted the Packers and another future Hall of Famer, quarterback Brett Favre, for three straight seasons, from 1993-95, all Cowboys victories.

Kramer remembers a weekend in which he attended one of those playoff games and got frustrated by the brash and confident Cowboys. His anger boiled over in a radio interview.

"There wasn't anything about any of them that I liked," Kramer recalled this week. He has become friends with former Dallas players, though his heart remains with the Packers.

The loss in the 1995 NFC title game served as a learning experience for Green Bay. The Packers went on to beat New England in the Super Bowl in the 1996 season.

"Every year, you got better, you learned from your mistakes," former center Frank Winters said. "From a motivational point ... you tried to overcome those adversities, tried to learn from them and move forward."

They didn't face the Cowboys in the playoffs that year after Dallas was knocked out by Carolina. The Packers returned to the Super Bowl the following season, losing to Denver.

"I think the signature `win' for the Packers was a loss, and that was the NFC championship in 1995 in Dallas," former Packers linebacker George Koonce said. "That really prepared us and got us focused to really get us ready to win a championship."

OVERTURNED CATCH: The Cowboys returned to Lambeau for a postseason game on Jan. 11, 2015. They left with a 26-21 loss after Bryant's leaping, 31-yard catch to the Packers 1 on fourth-and-2 with 4 1/2 minutes left was overturned by officials.

Cornerback Sam Shields had solid coverage. Coach Mike McCarthy saw otherwise and threw a challenge flag.

Replays showed that Bryant bobbled the ball as he rolled into the end zone, with part of it touching the field. After reviewing the play, officials overturned the call, saying Bryant didn't maintain control all the way to the ground.

"Still to this day," Bryant said when asked if fans still come up to him about the call. "Still to this day they (will) be like ... `I just want the world to know that Dez Bryant still caught it."'

As for Bryant, that call is history .

"It's already erased ... I'm just thinking about this game," Bryant said. "I can't wait. It's going to be a fun game Sunday."



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<![CDATA[Packers WR Jordy Nelson Ruled Out Against Cowboys]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:27:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631240004.jpg

The Green Bay Packers will be without their top wide receiver when they take on the Dallas Cowboys, as Jordy Nelson has been ruled out.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy declared Nelson was out of Sunday's Divisional Round game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, according to the team's Twitter account.

Nelson left last Sunday's 38-13 win over the New York Giants in the second quarter after taking a hit to the ribs from safety Leon Hall near the sideline.

Nelson led the NFL with 14 touchdown receptions on the season. He also led his team in targets (152), catches (97) and receiving yards (1,257).



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<![CDATA[Skyline High School Shows Support for the Cowboys]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:54:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/skyline-cheer.jpg

The playoffs are giving North Texans a huge boost in Dallas Cowboys fever.          

The students at Dallas ISD’s Skyline High School are taking their “silver and blue spirit” to a whole new level. In light of the first playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, there is a friendly wager between the principal of Skyline High School and the principal of Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Both principals have agreed to to dress up as each other’s rivals if the opponents team wins.

Rod Bohm, who is the principal at Southwest High School will dress up in Dallas Cowboys gear if Green Bay loses. “If things don’t go in our favor I’ll have to wear a cheese head,” said Dr. Janice Lombardi who is the principal at Skyline.

Her last name caused a bit of confusion with the principal in Wisconsin. Vince Lombardi was the head coach for Green Bay in the 60’s, and led the NFL team to five Championships in seven years. “The principal at Southwest High School couldn’t believe it at first, because of my last name. There is no relation to ‘Vince Lombardi,’ except that his name has been on a super bowl trophy and we’re gonna bring the Championship trophy back here to Dallas,” she said.

The Friday before the first playoff game Skyline’s band, cheerleaders, dance team, and football players dressed in their favorite Cowboy’s paraphernalia for “Spirit Day.”

“This is a friendly bet. We wanted to support good sportsmanship, and comradery among the students,” said Dr. Lombardi.

Skyline High School is the largest school in the district, with over 5,000 students.



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<![CDATA[Newy Predicts Cowboys-Packers Winner]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:25:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_PACKERS-COWBOYS_PREDICTION_1200x675_853949507601.jpg NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs talks about the key to the Cowboys success against the Green Bay Packers and gives his prediction for Sunday's game.]]> <![CDATA[Emmitt Smith to Cowboys: 'Go Get Your Ring']]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:44:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/EMMITT_SMITH_ON_EZEKIEL_ELLIOTT_1200x675_747065411617.jpg

The NFL’s all-time leading rusher gave the Cowboys some advice as they get ready to face the Packers on Sunday: Go Get Your Ring.

Emmitt Smith took to the Players’ Tribune to let the team coached by his former Cowboys teammate Jason Garrett know that he has been in their shoes and is rooting for them:

Just remember, boys….

You deserve to be here.

You deserve to win.

And you can become champions.

So put your blinders on and focus on each other. Don’t worry about the Cowboys’ history. Go make your own history. This is your moment. Go out there and do what you do, and do it your way. Trust in what has gotten you here.

And go get your ring.

Online: Go Get Your Ring



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<![CDATA[Little Elm Cheers Hometown Hero: Cowboys' Beasley]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:20:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cole+beasley+little+elm.jpg

Cole Beasley was not supposed to be a professional football player, but don't tell that to the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver.

"Cole was extremely gifted," said Little Elm High School offensive line coach Todd Dailey. "I always said if he ever got mad in a game, something was going to happen in the next play because he was going to break it, because he didn't like to lose."

Daily was one of Beasley's football coaches in high school.

"He was never afraid of failure," Dailey recalled of his former player. "He chased it."

Beasely has been a big part of the Cowboys' winning season. And he visits his old high school in Little Elm often.

"Just shows that he's really down to earth and he's really in touch with his roots," said Little Elm football player Dylan Zeno. "He really cares where he came from."

The first thing players see when they walk into the locker room is a bigger than life decal on the wall of a Little Elm Lobo wearing #11.

"So it's obviously Cole Beasley," said Zeno.

"It just kind of gives us the hope that we can get to that level," explained Little Elm football player Dalton Wilcox. "Because we've seen it personally."

"I always tell 'em look at Cole. Look at what he's done. Look at all the hard work," said coach Dailey. "If you put your nose to it and you work hard and you really concentrate on it, you can be successful."

They'll all be watching Beasley when the Cowboys play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFL playoffs.



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<![CDATA[Staubach Says Cowboys Hit the Jackpot With Prescott]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:04:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-01-12-17h50m34s195.png

For the 29th year, Dallas Cowboys legends Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman offered their time and names for the Children's Cancer Fund Gala.

On Thursday, the two Hall of Fame quarterbacks met several of the patients for a promotion shoot.

The photos will be used to promote the gala, which takes place in late April.

The Children's Cancer Fund Gala, which is one of the biggest charity events of the year in DFW, is aiming to raise $1 million this year.

Children's Medical Center in Dallas is the charity's beneficiary.

Staubach was asked about quarterback Dak Prescott, and the legend was extremely complimentary of the rookie gunslinger.

"Well, I just had some friends from Mississippi State that told me we hit the lottery. I didn't know much about him at all," said Staubach. "All of a sudden, during the exhibition season, you know, he really did well. So you wonder how that's going to transfer? But they were right, we hit the lottery."

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Very Popular Across the Pond]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:37:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys+Helmet+Field.jpg NBC 5's Pat Doney talks to Richard Graves with Sky Sports in Great Britain, who is covering the NFL playoffs. Graves says the Cowboys have a huge fan base in England.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Fans Can Impact Sunday's Game: Garrett]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:35:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630556720.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys have not lost a game at AT&T Stadium since Week 1 against the New York Giants Sept. 11.

The seven-game home winning streak is the longest since the stadium opened in 2009.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett asked Cowboys fans to help keep that home-field advantage Sunday in a Divisional Round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.

"They really can make a difference in the game," he said of the home fans. "We need to give them a reason to be great."

With a win Sunday, the Cowboys would advance to the NFC Championship game for the first time since 1996.

The Cowboys are 2-0 in playoff games in AT&T Stadium all time.



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<![CDATA[Garrett's 'Finish' Motto Carries Extra Meaning in Postseason]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:29:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jason-garrett-podium.jpg

For two seasons, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has emphasized one motto to his players: Finish.

"It's been drilled into their heads in all aspects of our game and in life," Garrett said Thursday.

Sunday against the Packers, Garrett's Cowboys can accomplish something they haven't been able to in more than two decades: finish a season beyond the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

The Cowboys have not won a second round postseason game since January of 1996.



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<![CDATA[Chiefs Co-Owner Hunt on Why Jerry Jones Belongs in HOF]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:31:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DAN_HUNT_ON_JERRY_JONES_HALL_OF_FAME_1200x675_851237443567.jpg FC Dallas owner and Kansas City Chiefs co-owner Dan Hunt discusses why he thinks Jerry Jones belongs in the NFL Hall Of Fame.]]> <![CDATA[Chiefs Co-Owner Dan Hunt Talks Preston Road Trophy]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:28:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DAN_HUNT_ON_RELATIONSHIP_WITH_JERRY_JONES_AND_PRESTON_ROAD_TROPHY_FOR_WEB_1200x675_851244611571.jpg FC Dallas owner and Kansas City Chiefs co-owner Dan Hunt talks about his relationship with the Jerry Jones family and the Preston Road Trophy, awarded to the winner of Chiefs-Cowboys games.]]> <![CDATA[Chiefs Co-Owner Dan Hunt Talks Cowboys-Chiefs Super Bowl]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:03:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DAN_HUNT_ON_CHIEFS_COWBOYS_SUPER_BOWL_AND_RUNNING_THE_CHIEFS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_851254339965.jpg FC Dallas owner and Kansas City Chiefs co-owner Dan Hunt talks about how hard it is to run the Chiefs and the possibility of a Cowboys-Chiefs Super Bowl.]]> <![CDATA[Daryl Johnston Talks 2016 Cowboys]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:23:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DARYLE_JOHNSTON_ON_COWBOYS_PACKERS_1200x675_853103683810.jpg NFL analyst and former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston talks about the 2016 team ahead of their matchup with the Green Bay Packers Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Newy: Cowboys Aren't Getting Enough Respect]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:16:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_COWBOYS_NO_RESPECT_FOR_WEB_1200x675_853093443862.jpg NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs talks about the lack of respect the national media is showing the Dallas Cowboys ahead of their game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Miss Price's Message to Cowboys Fans]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:34:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/miss-price-cowboys.jpg There are Cowboys fans, and then there's Miss Price. The superfan you'll see on the sidelines of every game has a message for fans ahead of Sunday's playoff matchup against Green Bay.]]> <![CDATA[Fort Worth Baby Caught In Family Feud: Cowboys or Packers?]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:56:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/house-divided-11117.jpg

He’s only 6 months old, but already Cooper Roye has a big decision to make.

Silver and Blue or Green and Yellow?

“He’s going for the Star,” said Cooper’s mother Ashley Roye, a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan.

“No, he’s a daddy’s boy, so he’s going to be a Packers fan,” insists Cooper’s father Nate Roye, who along with his father and the rest of his family, backs the Green Bay Packers.

The Fort Worth couple will be at Sunday’s game, sitting side by side in different team jerseys.

“The hardest time that I have is with his dad," Ashley said, “He likes to give me a hard time, he likes to give me the most grief, him and his dad, every time the Cowboys play, if they lose, first person to call us is his dad."

Even Cooper’s 6-year-old brother, CJ, is a Packers fan.

“First I was a Cowboys fan, now I’m a Packers fan because my daddy switched me," CJ said.

Ashley hopes to even the score Sunday afternoon, when a Cowboys victory might clinch Cooper’s support.

“He’s going to be my boy, for the Cowboys for sure,” Ashley said.

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<![CDATA[David Watkins Recaps a Busy Day at The Star]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:31:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/The+Star+in+Frisco.jpg NBC 5's David Watkins showcases a busy day at The Star in Frisco.

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<![CDATA[Silver and Blue Photos - January 11, 2017]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:59:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Fan_Photos_4p_011117_1200x675_852843075587.jpg Timothy and Shelva as well as Brett and Bradley were featured during the Silver and Blue Photos segment on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.]]> <![CDATA[Ezekiel Elliott Not Injured After 'Minor Crash']]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:31:35 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-crash.jpg

Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott was involved in a minor car crash on his way to practice Wednesday morning, Frisco police say.

The crash happened just after 8 a.m. near the busy intersection of Dallas Parkway and Gaylord Parkway. Police have not said who may have been at fault.

"It was a minor accident and he was fine and everyone involved is fine as well," Cowboys spokesman Joe Trahan said in an email. "He also reported to The Star in time. All is well."

Head coach Jason Garrett said the "fender bender" happened about a mile from The Star and that Elliott was "doing fine."

"He was over here about 20 minutes after it happened," Garrett said.

Garrett was asked if players would be asked to Uber for the rest of the week.

"We'll see," he replied, smiling.

Elliott's mother tweeted that this wasn't the first time Elliott was involved in a crash on the way to practice. She said when Elliott was 7 years old, she was involved in a crash and he later grabbed his pads and ran to practice.

David Rykeman with Silver Bullet Construction was working nearby when he said he heard the screech of brakes and then a bang. 

"I saw the cars messed up," he said. "It didn’t look that bad, they were just exchanging insurance information."

Elliott — the NFL's regular season rushing champion with 1,631 yards — and the Cowboys are set to take on the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs at AT&T Stadium at 3:40 p.m. Sunday.



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