<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Blue Star]]>Copyright 2016http://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-usSun, 25 Sep 2016 20:57:35 -0500Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:57:35 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Chopper 5 Over AT&T Stadium On Game Day]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:46:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/092516_Chopper_Cowboys_1200x675_772955203587.jpg Chopper 5 flew over AT&T Stadium in Arlington hours before the Cowboys battled the Bears on Sunday Night Football.]]> <![CDATA[Cris Collinsworth on Dak Prescott "He's Just So Cool"]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:34:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cris_Collinsworth_SNF_092316_1200x675_772024387617.jpg NBC Sunday Night Football's Cris Collinsworth talks about Dak Prescott's poise in the quarterback position as the Dallas Cowboys get ready to take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. He also shares thoughts on Tony Romo and Jerry Jones.]]> <![CDATA[Newy's Prediction for Cowboys Vs. Bears Game]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:38:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_COWBOYS_BEARS_PREDICTION_1200x675_771432003730.jpg NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs gives his prediction for Sunday night's game between the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys.]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys-Bears Preview with Dave Helman]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:31:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Helman+Doney.jpg NBC 5's Pat Doney talks with DallasCowboys.com staff writer Dave Helman about Sunday's night's game against the Chicago Bears on NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: 'Beasley is Always Open']]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:37:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607561370.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott jokes that wide receiver Cole "Beasley is always open."


"Maybe not always, but I'd like to think more often than not," Beasley, the fifth-year pro from SMU, said with a laugh.

And if he's definitely open and Prescott doesn't see it, Beasley will give the quarterback an earful.

"Oh, for sure. Anytime I run around that open and he doesn't see me, I let him know about it," Beasley jokingly said.

No Cowboys pass catcher has helped out the young rookie quarterback more than Beasley. He leads the team in every meaningful category with 13 grabs, 18 targets and 140 yards through two games.

Beasley also leads the team in touchdowns with zero. The Cowboys haven't registered a touchdown pass to this point.

The attention wide receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten receive from defenders helps Beasley work in the middle of the field. Combining that with the SMU alum's ability to get open makes it an easy throw-and-catch for Prescott. The quarterback recognized Beasley's talent immediately.

"Probably the first week I was drafted. I watched Beasley, I talked about Beasley, how good he is, how quick he is. He's a guy who you get him the ball in space and he can make things happen," said Prescott.

"I haven't really been doing anything different. He's just found me and he's doing a great job," said Beasley.

The Cowboys host the Chicago Bears on NBC's Sunday Night Football, Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[Elliott Getting Used to NFL Scrutiny After Underperforming in First Two Games]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:01:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-09-21-15h47m29s87.png

Rookie Ezekiel Elliott is getting a hard dose of professional football reality after his two fumbles on Sunday during the Washington game.

The running back says the critics are everywhere now that's he's in the NFL and not living up to expectations.

On top of that, Zeke's own father Stacy Elliott, has concerns about his son's well-being.

"I don't believe my own son knows how to navigate life being a superstar," Stacy Elliott told ESPN.

The Cowboys running back was asked what he's learned about the NFL after two weeks of games.

"The scrutiny is there for sure. That's probably the biggest thing. I think the biggest part is mentally blocking it out. Not necessarily blocking it out, but focusing on what's important and the outside noise is not important," said Elliott.

After Elliott's second fumble in Washington, the running back didn't return to the game. Fellow running back and veteran Alfred Morris took over and scored the game winning touchdown. Essentially, Elliott was benched.

"I've never been benced," Elliott said with a laugh. "So that's new to me. You just got to respond by going to work the next week, that's all you can do to put it all behind you. And on the bright side, we got the win," said Elliott.

The rookie's 3.27 yards per carry is the lowest number in Cowboys history for running backs with 40-plus carries in the first two weeks of the season.

<![CDATA[Cowboys to Face Bears' Backup QB After Cutler Injured]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:29:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-608594176.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys (1-1) will face the Chicago Bears (0-2) with their backup quarterback in Arlington Sunday night.

According to NFL.com's Ian Rappaport, starting quarterback Jay Cutler will miss two to three weeks with a thumb injury on his throwing hand sustained in their season opener against the Houston Texans.

Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer will take over starting duties for Cutler, who left the team's Week 2 game against Philadelphia due to the injury. Hoyer finished Monday's game against the Eagles, completing 9 of 12 passes for 75 yards.

In 44 career games, Hoyer has completed 58.3 percent of his passes for 7,241 yards (7.2 yards per attempt), 38 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He's started 26 games in his career, including nine for the Texans last season.

The Bears are the fifth team for the 30-year-old Hoyer, who also spent time with New England, Arizona, Cleveland and Houston.

Injuries Deplete Bears' D

The Bears also announced the loss of players at every level of their defense after Monday's game.

The team announced that outside linebacker Lamar Houston is out for the season with a torn ACL. Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman injured his ankle in the game and will miss four weeks.

Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan reportedly suffered a sprained thumb that will require surgery. There is no word yet how much time he will miss.

Defensive backs Bryce Callahan and Adrian Amos suffered concussions Monday and were undergoing concussion protocol. Their status is uncertain.

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<![CDATA[Newy Compares Cowboys QB to Movie Character]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:14:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy-dak-willie-beamon_1200x675_769406019646.jpg NBC 5 Sports anchor Newy Scruggs compares the Cowboys quarterback situation to one that appeared in a popular movie.]]> <![CDATA[No Worries About QB Controversy With Cowboys]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:31:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PRESCOTT_ON_ROMO_1200x675_768873539820.jpg Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott addresses the talk of a possible quarterback controversy once Tony Romo is healthy.]]> <![CDATA[Dak Prescott: 'This is Romo's Team']]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:20:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607548902.jpg

I like Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott because of his poise on the field, his work ethic and now I'm a bigger fan because he is using common sense.

While some fans and media (including a Hall of Famer and a future Hall of Famer) want Tony Romo sent to the bench permanately, the Cowboys rookie is saying the right thing.

"This is Romo's team. I've said that from the moment that I was named the starter and he went down," Prescott said at a Cowboys rookie club event. "I'm just trying to do my best to win games and put this team in a successful position to do that week in and week out and when he comes back I'll leave that up to the big guys."

The unwritten rule in the NFL is that a player doesn't lose his job to injury.

Romo should NOT lose his job to Prescott.  His work through the years has earned him the right to play when he is healthy.

More importantly, the owner and head coach say Romo is still the Cowboys starting quarterback.

Give Prescott credit for making the veteran move and staying above the noise the fans and media want to create about who should or should not be the Cowboys starting quarterback.

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<![CDATA[Randy Gregory's 2016 Season In Doubt ]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:29:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484519458.jpg

Dallas Cowboys second-year defensive end Randy Gregory's 2016 season is pretty much over.

ESPN's Todd Archer reported that Gregory dropped his appeal of his 10-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy and now will be suspended 14 games in full, through Week 14.

This report means the Cowboys can't have Gregory suit up for them until Week 15, when the Cowboys host the Buccaneers on Dec. 18.

It is unclear whether Gregory violated the substance abuse policy by failing or missing a test. Gregory was in a rehab program and is out now and back with the Cowboys.

Dallas drafted him 60th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft despite knowing Gregory failed a drug test for marijuana at the NFL Combine. Many teams ranked him as a first-round talent but decided to pass on him because of his past substance issues in college at Nebraska.

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<![CDATA[Drew Pearson Previews Cowboys-Bears]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:28:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowbosy_Bears_Preview_1200x675_768207939831.jpg Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson joins NBC 5 Sports anchor Pat Doney to preview the team's Week 3 matchup with the Bears in Dallas Sunday night.]]> <![CDATA[Drew Pearson Discusses Prescott's Week 2 Performance]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:26:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Prescott_Discussion_1200x675_768207427709.jpg Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson talks to Pat Doney about rookie quarterback Dak Prescott's performance in Sunday's win over the Redskins in Washington.]]> <![CDATA[Cause for Concern over Elliott's Fumbles]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:47:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607553338.jpg Should the Cowboys be concerned with rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott's two fumbles in the win over the Redskins? NBC 5's Pat Doney and the Original 88 Drew Pearson give their thoughts.

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<![CDATA[Importance of Bryant in Cowboys Win]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:35:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607552900.jpg NBC 5's Pat Doney and the Original 88 Drew Pearson break down the importance of Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant in Sunday's win over the Redskins.

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<![CDATA[How the Loss to the Cowboys Affects the Redskins]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:24:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa-alfred-morris-cowboys.jpg NBC 5's Newy Scruggs discusses the Redskins situation after Sunday's loss to the Cowboys with NBC 4's Carol Maloney.

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<![CDATA[5 Things To Know About Cowboys Win Over Redskins]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:33:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607551970.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs breaks down the Cowboys 27-23 win over the Redskins Sunday in Landover, Maryland.

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<![CDATA[How The Cowboys Defense Saved The Game Sunday]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:28:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607546174.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs explains how the Cowboys defense played a huge part in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Redskins.

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<![CDATA[This Time, There's Plenty of Dak-To-Dez Targets]]> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:44:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607552900.jpg

Dez Bryant got his fill of targets against Washington, a week after getting very few looks in the season opener. Quarterback Dak Prescott threw 12 balls at Bryant and the wide receiver grabbed 7 of them. Against the Giants, it was one catch on five targets.

Bryant ran a variety of routes that were mostly underneath the coverage. The Cowboys put No. 88 in a position to where a catch and throw was easier for Prescott. During the Giants game, Bryant ran an unusual amount of deep routes which are difficult to complete.

"I don't think there's anything special that we did. We just moved him around a lot, inside, outside," said Prescott.

Of all the adjustments made from game one to game two, this was the most noticeable and the most effective. Bryant isn't limited as a route runner. They have a rookie quarterback that needs to get him the ball, so they called for simpler routes. The longest completion went for 21 yards.

"I trust my guys, I trust them against anybody," said Prescott.

Josh Norman, Washington's high-paid corner back, did not follow Bryant around the field as many predicted. Bashaud Breeland was the primary corner back covering Bryant and No. 88 had a good day because of it.

Bryant's updated season totals: 8 catches, 110 yards, 0 touchdowns, 17 targets.

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<![CDATA[How The Cowboys Can Beat The Redskins Sunday]]> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:04:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-602999834.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs describes how the Cowboys can beat the Redskins on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Can’t Afford 0-2 Start]]> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:41:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/490301600.jpg

Since 2007, the NFL has had a team lose its first two games in the regular season 75 times.  Only seven of those teams have gone on to make the playoffs.  Sunday afternoon in Landover, Maryland, the Dallas Cowboys will try to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2010. 

“Any time you play the Redskins it’s a huge game,” Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee said.  “We know it’s a very big game for us.”

A loss to the Redskins would also be a second against an NFC East rival in the young 2016 season.  A victory could increase the confidence of a team that is trying to prove 2015’s 4-12 record was an aberration. 

“I think that’s part of the process of moving forward,” tight end Jason Witten said.  “It’s one game, you have to evaluate it and get better.”

The Cowboys have won four straight games in FedEx Field against the Redskins, including a 19-16 win in December of 2015.  Sunday's game kicks off at noon central time.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Defense Prepares for Redskins Offense]]> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:38:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-500354324.jpg

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins had a breakout season in 2015 with over 4,000 yards passing and 34 total touchdowns.  But that success did not come against the Dallas Cowboys, as Cousins struggled in his first matchup with Dallas in the regular season, and played sparingly in the final game.

That didn’t stop Cowboys players from praising the Washington quarterback in preparation for the NFC East matchup Sunday at FedEx Field.

“Cousins had an unbelievable year last year,” Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee said.  “A smart guy, and when he’s rolling and he’s hot, he’s tough to stop.”

One of Cousins’ favorite targets is one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the NFL in four-year veteran Jordan Reed.  In the Redskins week one loss to the Steelers, Reed hauled in seven catches for 63 yards.  In 2015, Reed had 87 receptions, eleven of which went for touchdowns.

The Cowboys are expected to line up former first round draft pick Byron Jones on Reed.  The second-year safety out of Connecticut bulked up in the offseason and matched up often with Cowboys tight end Jason Witten in training camp, leaving the veteran impressed with his progress.

“I’ve enjoyed working with Byron,” Witten said.  “He’s a great competitor, wants to learn, extremely athletic, and that will be a great matchup for him.  I have a lot of confidence in Byron.”

Both the Cowboys and the Redskins enter Sunday’s matchup with an 0-1 record.  Dallas is trying to avoid its first 0-2 start since 2010.

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<![CDATA[Redskins LB Won't Speak to Cowboys Fan Mother]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:03:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-598126538.jpg

Some families take sports a little more seriously than others, and the Cravens family fits that bill.

Washington Redskins rookie linebacker Su'a Cravens told CSN Mid-Atlantic he's familiar with the team's rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys and has refused to speak to his mother leading up to Sunday's game against them because she's a Cowboys fan.

"She called me this morning," he told CSN. "I haven't spoken to her. She called me, I hit silent."

He wasn't kidding. To further aggravate her, he said he did talk to his father, who is not a Cowboys fan.

"She was kind of jealous," Cravens said.

It could get awkward in the Cravens house Sunday.

Online: Redskins LB Not Speaking to Cowboys Fan Mom This Week

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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones on Rookie QB Dak Prescott]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:37:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-jones-on-dak-prescott_1200x675_766639171538.jpg Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks about his assessment of rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.]]> <![CDATA[Jerry Jones Proud of Team's Tributes]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:57:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-jones-dallas-police_1200x675_766642755620.jpg Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks about the team's recognition of Dallas police and the victims of 9/11.]]> <![CDATA[Jerry Jones Talks Romo Recovery]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:56:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-jones-romo-health_1200x675_766637635638.jpg Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks about the health of quarterback Tony Romo and the silver lining of him being out.]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys Replay Final Drive in Practice Thursday]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:00:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-09-15-14h58m43s205.png

The Cowboys stress focusing on the next opponent, yet during Thursday's practice at The Star there was a reminder of Sunday.

The facility's scoreboard reflected the Cowboys exact situation to end the Giants game. They started the game's final drive at their own 20-yard line down one point, with 65 seconds left.

It's a drive, and a game, that ended with wide receiver Terrance Williams staying in bounds after a catch and running out the clock.

"I'm going to stick up for Terrance. He's literally thinking how far he's got to get out of bounds. He just got caught," said offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. "He's trying to get close enough for Dan Bailey to get a real field goal. He felt like if he ran straight out, he'd have been so far. He was trying to do that right thing, trust me."

During Thursday's practice, the Cowboys worked on that exact sequence again. Final drive, 65 seconds, down one and no timeouts. This time, Dak Prescott led a drive that resulted in a field goal and a win. However, it's just practice and it doesn't make up for Sunday's loss.

"It pisses you off having to recap it and think about it, but Coach Garrett he does work those situations, 2-minutes, competitive situations in practice a lot," said tight end Jason Witten.

"We went back through that phase again and we executed, even though it's not in a game, it's a practice. But it's something that's a learning tool. You know, I think the coaches do a good job making us go through situations like that," said wide receiver Dez Bryant.

The best teams play great situational football. It almost can't be practiced enough. Terrance Williams and the rest of the Cowboys should learn a lot from Sunday's game, and Thursday's practice.

<![CDATA[Jimmy Johnson Joins Jerry Jones Among NFL HOF Nominees]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:52:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerryjimmy1011.jpg

It seems fitting that Jimmy Johnson has joined Jerry Jones on the list of candidates for the 2017 NFL Hall of Fame class.

Johnson, the former Dallas Cowboys head coach, was one of 94 former players and coaches on the list of Modern-Era nominees for the Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. Jones was named a Senior Finalist Aug. 16.

Johnson also won playoff games as the coach of the Miami Dolphins and a national championship at the University of Miami, but he and Jones will always be defined by their time together. Their Cowboys appeared to be on the brink of a decade of dominance after back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 1992 and 1993 before they agreed to part ways before the 1994 season.

The list of Modern-Era nominees also includes former Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe, running back (and trade bait) Herschel Walker, wide receiver Terrell Owens, offensive lineman Nate Newton and defensive backs Everson Walls and Darren Woodson.

Former Texas Longhorn Eric Metcalf, TCU alum LaDainian Tomlinson and Texas Tech Zach Thomas are also on the list.

The list of Modern-Era nominees will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January. They, along with three Senior Finalists, will be presented to a selection committee Feb. 4, 2017, the day before Super Bowl LI.

Nominees that receive at least 80 percent support from the selection committee will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Process by-laws state that four to eight new members will be selected.

The 2017 Hall of Fame class will be announced at the NFL Honors award show and formally enshrined next August.

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<![CDATA[Prescott: 'If Dez is the Read, Dez is the Read']]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:21:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/172*120/GettyImages-602996708.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Dez Bryant's preseason chemistry didn't translate well in the regular season opener against the New York Giants.

Prescott targeted Bryant five times and connected just once. It appeared the two hooked up for a long touchdown, but the call was overturned after the referees determined Bryant juggled the ball in the end zone.

If this offense is going to be successful and have balance, the quarterback and receiver need to do better than connecting once on five targets for eight yards.

"He needs catches. He needs balls, but he had some balls thrown at him that he wants to bring down," Prescott said. "He'll say it to himself, he wants to bring down that touchdown and make that play. I think if he has that — regardless of two catches or not — he has that touchdown, I don't know if we're still talking about this."

Prescott did a nice job of spreading the ball around in Sunday's opener. He connected with eight different pass catchers in his debut.

The Giants' defense was determined to slow Bryant and they gave the receiver a lot of attention. The coverage allowed tight end Jason Witten to catch nine balls and slot receiver Cole Beasley to grab eight.

"We're going to continue to run our offense," Prescott said. "If Dez is the read, Dez is the read."

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<![CDATA[RB Morris Downplays Return to Washington in Cowboys Uniform]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:32:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-592239498.jpg

New Cowboys running back Alfred Morris did his best to downplay the significance of Sunday's game in Washington, where he spent the first four years of his career.

Morris signing with Dallas as a free-agent this off-season.

"At the end of the day, it's a business and everything happens for a reason," he said. "I just feel like it's another game, but I can't say how I feel until I actually get on the field."

Morris enjoyed his time in Washington, even though the team decided to let him sign elsewhere.

"I have a lot of fond memories, and some not so fond," he said. "Overall, I'd say that I had a good experience."

The running back says Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is still a close friend. The two trained together prior to the 2012 draft, and their wives are also close.

In his Cowboys debut, Morris rushed for 35 yards on seven carries.

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<![CDATA[Randy Gregory Rejoins Cowboys After Rehab]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:05:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/081715+Vic+Cowboys+19.JPG Cowboys DE Randy Gregory has rejoined the team following time in rehab, but his playing future remains uncertain.

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<![CDATA[Newy's Prediction: Cowboys at Washington]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:44:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_COWBOYS_WASHINGTON_PREDICTION_1200x675_764367939879.jpg The Dallas Cowboys hit the road against Washington for the first regular season road game of 2016, and NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs has this prediction.]]> <![CDATA[NFL, Nike Unveil Cowboys' 2016 Color Rush Uniform]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:57:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-color-rush.jpg

The NFL unveiled the Cowboys' Color Rush uniform for the 2016 season Tuesday.

In a partnership with Nike, each NFL team will wear a Color Rush uniform — based on one of the team's colors — during a Thursday night game.

The Cowboys were among the eight teams to wear a Color Rush uniform in 2015, donning white jerseys with blue sleeves and white pants with blue stripes during their Thanksgiving Day game against the Carolina Panthers.

The NFL tweeted images Tuesday of the special uniforms that will be worn by all 32 NFL teams in 2016. The Cowboys' uniform is similar to the 2015 version, only without stripes on the pants.

The Cowboys are expected to wear their uniforms when they play the Vikings in Minnesota Dec. 1.

Although each of the 32 NFL teams will have a special uniform, three teams will not wear theirs this season.

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<![CDATA[Romo Riddle Lingers for Cowboys after Solid Prescott Debut]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:45:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/romo-manning-post-2016-att-stadium.jpg

Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott moved the Dallas offense in his debut, early when the Cowboys kept settling for field goals, and late when a mental error in the final seconds prevented a try for a long kick in a 20-19 loss to the New York Giants .

The problem is, Dallas still can't find a way to win without Tony Romo.

The Giants bottled up both Prescott's rookie partner in the backfield, running back Ezekiel Elliott, and 2014 All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant. Oh, and a defense that never seemed to get a big stop during a 4-12 season last year failed again in the fourth quarter.

With another NFC East opponent looming Sunday in Washington, the Cowboys are searching for the same answers they were a year ago when they went 1-11 without the injured Romo. The 36-year-old is likely to miss at least another month after breaking a bone in his back in the preseason.

"I think we have a chance to be a good team this season," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "A lot of it has to do with what I saw from Dak and really what I saw overall. We did some good things defensively, too."

Elliott was limited to 51 yards on 20 carries, and consecutive 8-yard runs were his longest, including one for his first NFL touchdown. Even with the Giants focusing on the fourth overall pick, Bryant was held to one catch on Prescott's first pass.

Bryant did have a catch-that-wasn't moment similar to the 2014 playoffs against Green Bay when a 24-yard touchdown was overturned by replay. Another deep throw to Bryant in the end zone was broken up.

"That's a guy they're going to game-plan against," Prescott said. "They might be happy about taking some catches away, but we had some chances. We'll continue to attack Dez and go after them in those coverages when they give them to us."

Repeatedly in the fourth quarter last season, the Dallas defense couldn't get key stops either to protect leads or give the offense a chance for a rally.

While Brandon Carr set up the only Dallas touchdown with his first interception since Thanksgiving 2013, he also turned Victor Cruz loose in the end zone for the winning score on third down with 6:13 remaining. The Cowboys had stopped the Giants four straight times before the decisive drive that started near midfield.

Something else had a familiar feeling to last year: one of those what-just-happened plays. Instead of getting out of bounds with no timeouts and less than 10 seconds to go, receiver Terrance Williams turned upfield trying to make a potential winning kick even shorter. The game ended at the New York 40 with Prescott unable to get a snap before time expired.

So now, the Cowboys have to work to avoid another familiar feeling: early-season losses piling up while Romo watches from the sideline.

"I think there's a lot of confidence in this locker room," said tight end Jason Witten, who combined with Cole Beasley for 17 of Prescott's 25 completions with the Cowboys working mostly underneath the New York defense. "We'll learn from it. That doesn't minimize the loss."

Especially when it was so similar to the 12 from last season.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Cowboys vs. Giants]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:18:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-giants-gallery-lead.jpg Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score to Victor Cruz in his first game in nearly two years, and the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys 20-19 Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Ezekiel Elliott's Family on Zeke's First NFL Game]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:19:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/elliott-fam.jpg Ezekiel Elliott's family talks about experiencing the Cowboys' rookie running back's NFL debut against the New York Giants in Arlington Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Drew Pearson Previews Cowboys-Redskins]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:39:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_DREW_ON_COWBOYS_VS._WASHINGTON_1200x675_762801219972.jpg Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson gives his thoughts on the Cowboys' upcoming road matchup with the Washington Redskins after Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.]]> <![CDATA[Drew Pearson on Dez Bryant's Tough Game]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:36:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_DREW_ON_DEZ_TOUGH_GAME_VS_GIANTS_1200x675_762802755760.jpg Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson discusses why he thinks wide receiver Dez Bryant was only targeted five times in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.]]> <![CDATA[Drew Pearson on Dak Prescott's Performance Sunday]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:31:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_DREW_ON_DAK_PRESCOTT_1200x675_762808899690.jpg Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson says the Cowboys did rookie quarterback a disservice in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.]]> <![CDATA[Drew Pearson Talks Terrance Williams Staying Inbounds]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:31:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_DREW_ON_TERRANCE_WILLIAMS_1200x675_762806339553.jpg Cowboys Ring of Honor member Drew Pearson talks about Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams' decision to not run out of bounds, ending Sunday's game against the New York Giants.]]> <![CDATA[Prescott Impressive in Regular Season Debut for Cowboys]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:08:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/167*120/GettyImages-603006242.jpg NBC 5's Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney analyze the first regular season game for Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.

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<![CDATA[Running Back Situation for Cowboys after Sunday's Loss]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:04:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/171*120/Cowboys+Ezekiel+Elliott-603004656.jpg NBC 5's Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney discuss the season debut of rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott and the usage of Alfred Morris.

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