<![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-usTue, 26 Jul 2016 01:52:46 -0500Tue, 26 Jul 2016 01:52:46 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Reaction to Ezekiel Elliott Domestic Violence Allegations]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:06:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ezekielelliott.png

An ex-girlfriend is accusing Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott of domestic violence. The rookie is denying the accusation and has not been charged with any crime.

The NFL will launch an investigation and the Dallas Cowboys have no comment at this time, but they are gathering information.

NBC 5's Newy Scruggs and David Watkins discuss Elliott's domestic violence allegations.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Leave Valley Ranch, Nearby Businesses Ready for Hit]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:34:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/romo-stretching-092211.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys have officially closed their doors at their Valley Ranch headquarters.

Several moving trucks left the facility Friday afternoon.

Jerry Jones has had his teams offices there for 30 years.

Now, Valley Ranch residents and business owners are coming to terms with a future without America's Team in their backyard.

"We are going to miss them, and when I have family come into town they loved to see them practice," said Valley Ranch homeowner Sharon Fullmer, who lives down the street.  "But we won’t miss the traffic."

She said it felt cool to live so close to America's Team, and it made her home a popular destination for out-of-town guests.

"I have an aunt who is a huge Cowboys fan and she lives in Utah and when comes into town, the very first thing she wants to do is see the Cowboys practice," she said. "So yeah, we are sad to see them go."

Overall, it hasn't been a great year for Irving sports. The Cowboys organization is now gone; and the countdown is on until the Byron Nelson golf tournament leaves in three years.

But the mayor said the city's future is in entertainment, food, and business -- and the best days are still to come.

"With every close of a door, we always look for the opening of a window. And we’re really looking at this an opportunity for that entire area," said Mayor Beth Van Duyne.

For nearly 15 years, Allison Emami has cleaned the clothes of countless Cowboys.

She's the owner of Tuscan Dry Cleaning on MacArthur Boulevard, just a Tony Romo touchdown pass down the street from the team's old headquarters.

"It’s going to hit the business hard," she said. "They used to come over here all the time, they were some of my best customers, and we are sad they’re moving."

"Between the players and the coaches and the office workers, they probably accounted for 15,16 percent of my business," she added, noting that it's a "big loss."

To make up the difference, Emami plans on more direct-mail advertising and coupons, and hopes positive word-of-mouth will bring new customers.

A few of the Cowboys coaches came earlier this week for one last cleaning order.

"Some of them come over here and they say goodbye, and they left. We're going to miss them dearly," she said.

Van Duyne refused to say she's sad about the Cowboys move to Frisco. She's said she's not angry either. Instead, she's focused on the future. 

"It's a new chapter. I focus on that it's a new chapter in Irving's history," she said.

She points to her excitement about the $173 million Irving Music Factory complex, which is now under construction and set to open in less than a year.

The Music Factory will  have an 8,000-seat concert arena, and 30 other restaurants, clubs, shops and a Alamo Drafthouse cinema.

Also ahead for the city is a planned 158-acre mixed office-and-residential project with more than three million square feet of space.

Verizon wants to bring 10,000 employees to the development once it's completed.

"There's a lot going on in the city of Irving, and there's millions of dollars being spent on investment in the city for these new developments," Van Duyne said. "They're bringing in tens of thousands of potential new job opportunities; and places for people to live, work, play, shop, and eat."

The mayor said she wants to see the Valley Ranch offices turned into single-family housing. With thousands more jobs coming here, Van Duyne said housing is in big demand.

And even though the Cowboys are gone, dry cleaning owner Emami said they're definitely not forgotten.

"I'm sad, but I'm definitely still a Dallas Cowboys fan," she said with a laugh. "Forever."

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<![CDATA[Fmr. Cowboy Novacek Hosts Police Fundraiser]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:03:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_Strong_Fundraiser.jpg Former Dallas Cowboy Jay Novacek and his wife will host a DFW Strong fundraising event this Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Make Move to The Star in Frisco]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:45:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ford+center+the+star+frisco.jpg It's go time for the Dallas Cowboys. The team has called Valley Ranch home for years, but on Thursday they made the move to Frisco official.

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<![CDATA[The Cowboys Officially Move to 'The Star']]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:11:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ford+center+the+star+frisco.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys called Valley Ranch home for over 30 years, but no more. 'The Star,' also known as the approximately $1.5 billion facility in Frisco, is now officially open and in-use by the Cowboys' front-office.

The team begins training camp out in California next week, but when they return The Ford Center at The Star will be fully operational. The 91-acre mega-center is "Jerry's World" 2.0 (the nickname of AT&T Stadium), in many respects. It will be the home the Cowboys' new Hall of Fame and an indoor field that some local high schools will use as well. It also has an Omni Hotel and mini-fields for position coaches.

In typical Jerry Jones-fashion, you will have to see it to believe it.   

Now that the Cowboys have moved ,business is booming in Frisco. The new headquarters is a state-of-the-art facility that should have Cowboys fans, players and front-office personnel ecstatic for things to come. One local business is already seeing the benefits.

"Just the recent past week, our nights have been two or three times busier. Our sales have so far probably jumped 10-15 percent probably. We always have a really good lunch crowd, I'm just, I'm noticing it more at nighttime," said Charles Long, manager at nearby sandwich shop Texadelphia.

The official kickoff celebration at The Star will happen in late August.

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<![CDATA[Joe Theismann Talks Tony Romo Future, Cowboys]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:23:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/David_Watkins_talks_with_Joe_Theissman_1200x675_729818691623.jpg

Legendary Washington quarterback and NFL commentator Joe Theismann took a few minutes to talk to NBC5's David Watkins about Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.

Theismann believes Romo has several good years remaining and that the suspensions along the defensive front seven will hurt the team's chances.

Theismann is playing in this week's American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.

<![CDATA[Does Greg Hardy Have a New Football Team?]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:33:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/194*120/496337028.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboy defensive end Greg Hardy has spend the last two days visiting and working out for the Jacksonville Jaguars according to Pro Football Talk. This is the first team that has shown interest in the defensive end since free agency began in March. Hardy spent his first five years in Carolina, then Dallas in 2015.

Hardy hasn't garnered much attention in free agent since he and the Cowboys parted ways in the spring. He recorded six sacks in 12 games while playing for Dallas. During his time in North Texas, Hardy was reportedly a locker room problem and repeatedly showed up late to meetings. The Cowboys made no effort to re-sign him.

The defensive end made news stemming from a 2014 arrest for assaulting an ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. The chargers were eventually expunged from Hardy's record.

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<![CDATA[Romo, Bryant Only Part of 2016 Turnaround]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:59:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503288754.jpg

The health of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant gives the Dallas Cowboys reason to believe they can have a turnaround as dramatic as the one that sent them tumbling in the other direction a year ago.

At the same time, executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones isn't ignoring a defense that couldn't make game-changing plays and finished last in the NFL in takeaways and turnover margin.

"We're not sticking our head in the sand right here and saying, `Well it's all about the injuries,"' Jones said. "But I still say a lot of teams have a big problem if they don't have their main signal caller. Should we have won more games? Of course we should have. I do think we can have a major turnaround."

Romo had a full offseason after missing 12 games in a 4-12 season with a twice-broken left collarbone. The other key component of Dallas going from first to last in the NFC East following a 12-4 run in 2014 was Bryant breaking his right foot in the opener and never getting to full speed coming off an All-Pro season.

While Bryant was mostly held out of offseason workouts coming off two surgeries on the foot, all signs point to him being ready when training camp opens July 30 in Oxnard, California.

And that has Romo and his top receiver getting questions about how good the offense can be after adding Ohio State star running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick in the draft, which has produced three first-round picks in the offensive line for Dallas since 2011.

"We're not ready to talk about the season," Romo said during offseason practices. "We are trying to figure out how to get better right now. For us, we have a long way to go. Just got to get to work and put your head down right now and work your butt off."

The defense had trouble rushing the quarterback last season and will be without young projected starters DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory the first four games on substance-abuse suspensions.

Rolando McClain will miss the first 10 games for the same reason, and might even get released before camp because the mercurial linebacker will be out more than half the season anyway.

"Right now on paper I don't think we've got anybody who's ever had 10 sacks in a season on the roster," Jones said. "That one sticks out like a sore thumb."

Things to consider with the Cowboys coming off a two-year run of .500 (12-4 and 4-12 for 16-16) after three straight 8-8 seasons that ended with losses to division rivals with a playoff berth at stake:

FORGET THE PAST: Bryant said it's not about regaining the form that led him to an NFL-high 16 touchdowns receiving two years ago. "I'm going to be better than that," said Bryant, who had career lows in catches, yards and TDs last season. "The way we've been working, the way the coaches have been on us, the way we've been holding each other accountable, I think that alone is going to make us all be better than what we were in these past years."

ON THE RUN: Darren McFadden, the team's rushing leader last year, will likely be sidelined into camp with a broken elbow sustained in an accident at home. That could open the door for Elliott to be the lead back as a rookie, although Alfred Morris is in the mix as well. A two-time Pro Bowler in Washington, Morris signed as a free agent before the Cowboys drafted Elliott.

BANGED UP D-LINE: Rookie third-round pick Maliek Collins should return during camp after the defensive tackle missed most of the offseason with a broken right foot sustained in practice. End Benson Mayowa, signed away from Oakland on an offer sheet, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee but should be available most of camp.

RAIDING THE RIVALS: In addition to Morris, the Cowboys signed former Philadelphia defensive tackle Cedric Thornton in hopes of boosting the pass rush in part through a stronger interior line. Thornton is likely to start alongside Tyrone Crawford.

WITTEN'S WORDS: Going into his 14th season, tight end Jason Witten has seen everything except a deep playoff run. He was preaching the same "last year doesn't matter" refrain when the Cowboys were defending division champs a year ago. "I think 2015 is over," said Witten, one of two tight ends with at least 1,000 catches and 10,000 yards. "There is not really a lingering effect. We've been there before, too, so that helps."

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<![CDATA[National Columnist Calls Cowboys WR Williams Overhyped]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 04:18:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-489370578.jpg

Terrance Williams is overhyped.

At least, that's what CBS Sports columnist Pete Prisco wrote in his annual 32 Teams, 32 Players who are more name than game.

He writes this of the Cowboys wide receiver:

When Dez Bryant went down, Williams didn't step up as expected. He clearly showed he needs a player like Bryant to help him be successful. Yes, there were quarterback issues when Tony Romo went down, but he needed to do more than just catch 52 passes. 

I agree with Prisco. Williams was not good last year. Unless he comes up with a stellar season, I can see the Cowboys letting him walk after they season.

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<![CDATA[Carr Happy to be in Dallas as He Enters Final Year of Contract]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:04:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-07-20-14h56m18s184.png

Hundreds of young football players turned out at AT&T Stadium for the Cotton Bowl's annual youth clinic.  Also in attendance was Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr.

The NFL veteran told the campers about his journey to the league from the small school of Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.

In April, Carr took a pay cut to stay in Dallas instead of potentially getting cut and becoming a free agent. It's hard to find another Cowboy who does more community work than Carr, and his relationship with North Texas factored into his decision to stay.

"There were a few factors that played into my decision to stay here, and a big deciding part of that was the community, the youth that I try to inspire on a daily basis through the foundation and all those things to try and provide resources and just a took for them to sharpen their skills," said Carr."

"So, I've gotten such a great reception from the community for the last four years and I was committed to five years. So, I'm just ready for this last year to put it all together both in the community and on the field."

Carr's contract will expire after this year unless the Cowboys re-sign him. That alone gives the corner back plenty of fuel for the upcoming season.

"I am motivated, just for several reasons outside of the contract. It's just personal goals and accomplishments I'd like to have before I leave this game. I grew up being a Cowboys fans and I want to represent well and do it the right way," said Carr.

<![CDATA[Cowboys RB Alfred Morris Still Drives $2 Car]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:10:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bentley-fedex.jpg

New Dallas Cowboy Alfred Morris is determined to get his money's worth out of his car.

Both dollars he spent on it.

Morris, the former Washington Redskins running back who signed with the Cowboys after the 2015 season, has been driving the same 1991 Mazda 626 he bought from his pastor for $2 while at Florida Atlantic University.

"I still drive 'Bentley,' which is what I call my car even though she’s not really a Bentley," told 5 Points Blue's Kristi Scales. It’s always going to be my baby and I’m going to drive it until she dies."

Morris has earned more than $3 million in his four-year career and he could earn up to $5.5 million over the next two years with the team. But the car comes with a story and an important reminder for himself about where he came from.

“I grew up in not the best of situations, so I wasn’t fortunate enough to get a car at graduation,” Morris  "It just reminds me of what it took to get to where I am today—a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication, a lot of sacrifice," told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Charean Williams. "It reminds me of my struggles to get here."

Morris said he could use some of his millions of dollars to rent a car to prevent Bentley from being damaged by Texas weather.

"All the rain storms for the past couple of weeks, I’m like, ‘Man, I don’t want my car to get in an accident!'" he said. "So I’m thinking of finding something else temporarily."

Morris came to the Cowboys as a free agent this offseason after four years in Washington, in which he posted 4,713 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Say Goodbye To Valley Ranch Facility]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:58:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Valley+Ranch+team+picture.png

It's been the home for the Dallas Cowboys since 1985 and Tuesday, the organization said so long to Valley Ranch.

Over the years, fans from near and far have paid a visit to the Cowboys landmark that has been the site of so many memories. 

Tom Landry ended his coaching career there. Triplets Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin built their Hall Of Fame careers there and helped bring three Super Bowls to North Texas.

The Cowboys held their final practice at Valley Ranch last month at the close of minicamp and will now move to their new facility in Frisco when they return from training camp in Oxnard, California, in August.

Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones shared his thoughts on moving on from the Valley Ranch.

<![CDATA[Cowboys Head To Camp With High Hopes]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:56:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/91468358.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys will report to Oxnard, California for the start of training camp in just over a week. There were a lot of high expectations for the Cowboys this time last year after coming off of a 12-4 regular season in 2014.  But the club didn't taste the same success last season, Jason Garrett's club dealt with a number of injuries that contributed to their dismal season.

Quarterback Tony Romo suffered a broken left collarbone during their win against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second game of the season and missed eight weeks. He returned to lead the Cowboys to a win against the Miami Dolphins, but re-injured his shoulder against the Carolina Panthers and was done for the season. Romo missed 12 games on the season and the Cowboys had just one win in his absense.

Receiver Dez Bryant missed seven total games in 2015 because of a foot injury. Both Romo and Bryant had surgeries to fix their injuries and should be ready to go for camp and the Cowboys tell us that they will take it slow with both players during their practices in Oxnard.

Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones is excited about about having Romo and Bryant back on the field but he also added that there are other factors that has him excited about the 2016. 

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<![CDATA[Stephen Jones Talks High School Football in Frisco]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:48:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/STEPHEN_JONES_ON_HS_FOOTBALL_AT_THE_STAR_1200x675_728268355771.jpg Dallas Cowboys executive talks about the decision to hold high school football games at the team's new complex in Frisco.]]> <![CDATA[Best Selling Jersey In The NFL Belongs To Ezekiel Elliott]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:10:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-jersey1.jpg

Say whatever you want about the Dallas Cowboys' record the last 20 years, you can’t argue about the brand of the club. When it comes to merchandising, no NFL team is better than the Cowboys.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has the NFL’s best-selling jersey since April, the NFL announced Tuesday.

The Cowboys selected Elliott with the No. 4 pick in the first round of April’s draft after the running back’s successful career at Ohio State.

Elliott racked up numerous awards during his final season with the Buckeyes, winning Big Ten Running Back of the Year and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and being named First Team All-Big Ten. 

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<![CDATA[Dez Bryant Sues Senator]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:46:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/459063828.jpg

One Dallas Cowboys' superstar wideout is filing a lawsuit against Texas State Senator Royce West. The suit claims that West has been using Dez Bryant's fame to get endorsement money for himself. 

Royce West vehemently denies the validity of these allegations. West, who is already suing Bryant for damages to a DeSoto, Texas residence he once rented to the NFL star, also plans to file a defamation lawsuit over the suit Bryant just filed.

The suit Bryant filed accuses David Wells, West's financial manager, of taking over $200,000 that should have been paid to Bryant by telling companies to pay him and the senator directly. 

West and Wells helped the Cowboys' standout create Dez I Enterprises in April of 2010. 

The lawsuit West originally filed over the damages to the house, claims Bryant left "trash and feces" when he moved out of the home. Bryant has not taken any responsibility for the damages, according to West's lawyers.

Bryant began seperating from Wells and West, the two he now accuses of stealing from him, in early 2015. This came right after he became a client of Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports.

Bryant and Wells' relationship dates back to before the Cowboys drafted him in 2010 and Bryant moved in to the house West claims he damaged later that year. Wells has a long history with NFL players. He has notably looked after other Cowboys' players Adam Jones, Josh Brent and Michael Irvin. Now, Bryant wants nothing to do with him, but Wells claims he has a legally binding contract with Dez through 2018.

While the Cowboys are trying to get focused on the upcoming season, it seems one of their best players may have other things he needs to handle.

Dez Bryant's counter-suit:

<![CDATA[Jones Not Happy About Suspended Defensive Players ]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:46:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-454306262.jpg

When the Cowboys open the season September 11 against the New York Giants they will be missing three key players on the defense. 

Linebacker Rolando McClain will be out ten games, defensive ends Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence will be out four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. 

This will be a major hit to the Cowboys already struggling defense. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones calls it disappointing and says it will be a big challenge going forward.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Sign Linebacker Justin Durant]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:48:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/457127498.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys will be without the services of linebacker Rolando McClain for the first 10 games of the season after he was suspended by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. To help fill that void, the Cowboys signed linebacker Justin Durant to a one year deal. 

This is Durant's second stint with the Cowboys. He was starter for the club during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Durant left the Cowboys to sign with the Atlanta Falcons last season where he started 12 games and racked up 82 tackles, that was good for second most on the team. 

Durant does have a history of missing games, but the Cowboys believe Durant can help this team when he is on the field. He has the ability to play all three linebacker positions, something that Jerry Jones is impressed with.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Not Giving Up On Rolando McClain]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:54:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/120715+washington+redskins.jpg

The NFL suspended Cowboys starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain for the first ten games of the season without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy. 

It's familiar territory for McClain, he was also suspended four games last season for the same violation.

McClain will be eligible to return to the cowboys' active roster November 21. The 26 year old will be able to participate in all preseason practices and games. 

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked about the future of McClain.

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<![CDATA[Championship Boxing Returns to AT&T Stadium]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:18:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/att-stadium-2015.jpg

Championship boxing returns the AT&T Stadium Saturday, Sept. 17 when former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez squares off against the WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion Liam “Beefy” Smith for the championship.

Alvarez heads into the fight with a 47-1-1 record with 33 knockouts.  His only loss was to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2013.  Smith enters the match with a 23-0-1 record with 13 knockouts.

“Texas loves Canelo, and Canelo loves Texas so it was a no-brainer to have this fight at AT&T Stadium,” said Oscar De La Hoya, chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Texas is like Canelo’s second home, and he has stated that he wants to fight in Texas once a year for his fans. My friend Jerry Jones extended the invitation to Canelo to fight at AT&T Stadium so it was an easy decision for us.”

“AT&T Stadium was built to host great events like Canelo vs. Smith,” said Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner, president and general manager. “Having Canelo Alvarez, one of the best fighters in the world, in this stadium will be a thrill for not only the fans of North Texas but also for boxing fans around the world.”

Tickets for the fight will go on sale Thursday, July 21 at noon.  Given the tragedy that struck the Dallas police and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officers, Golden Boy Promotions and the Dallas Cowboys have pledged to donate a percentage of proceeds to a charity of the Dallas Police Department and DART’s choosing.

The match will be the third organized fight held at AT&T Stadium.

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<![CDATA[Tony Romo Helps Police Fundraiser]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:27:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/470391972_master.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is donating two signed footballs and a dinner to a fundraiser for the fallen and injured police officers in Dallas.

The event will be at Dos Jefes Thursday July 14th in Dallas.  The event will be from 5PM to 2AM.

Dine for Dallas Blue will donate one hundred percent of the proceeds to the fallen and injured officers of DPD and DART.

<![CDATA[2016 Season Projections for the Cowboys]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:27:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/187*120/4610287121.jpg

By all accounts, the Dallas Cowboy are supposed to be a decent football team this season. That would be a significant turnaround for a team that only won 25% of its games last year, but in the parity-filled league that is the NFL, are the Dallas Cowboys a good bet to win the NFC East?

The Cowboys 2016 schedule includes their annual division opponents, the AFC North, the NFC North, the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One would expect with the offense as healthy as ever, but the defense has several holes due to suspensions. This team probably will not be as consistent as 2014. Their ceiling however, may be higher.

The Cowboys are favorites in their opener against the New York Giants and their week two game in D.C. should be a toss-up. Divisional opponents are tough, but it would not be too optimistic to believe the Dallas Cowboys could start the season 2-0. It's a start much needed for team that struggled horifically to end the year.

They follow that up by hosting the Chicago Bears before heading out to San Francisco and taking on Chip Kelly. Those are also two winnable games, but things never go as planned. Realistically the Cowboys should finish the first quarter of their season at 3-1.

The two games before Dallas’ week seven bye look to be the toughest games on the schedule. They host the Cincinnati Bengals, who have arguably the best roster in the NFL, and then travel to Green Bay, where they will try to reverse their 2015 misfortune against the Packers (Dez Caught It). If the Cowboys can find a way to split those games, it would be considered a success and entering their bye week at 4-2, would also fall into that category.

After the bye week the Cowboys will need to start off strong to stay on pace with the best in NFC. They will play two first time head coaches, Philadelphia Eagles’ Doug Pederson and Cleveland Browns’ Hue Jackson. Jason Garrett will need to fuse his experience with the superior roster talent to assure they win both of those games. Winning those games are a virtual “must” if the Cowboys expect to be a contender in 2016.

As winter rolls around and the Cowboys hit the home stretch, so to speak, they travel to Pittsburgh, before hosting Baltimore and then Washington on their annual Thanksgiving Day game. This is a tough stretch for Dallas, even if two of three games are in Jerry World. They will play three games in less than two weeks of time, expect that to be where the teams stumbles, but do not overreact. If the Cowboys are 6-5 or 7-4 heading in to December they will likely be in the driver’s seat in the NFC East, or at worst, jockeying for position in the division or wild-card race.

Their last five games are against four teams that were sub-.500 and the Minnesota Vikings. It is a very manageable end to the schedule and should allow them to make up ground if they under achieved early on. The Cowboys should realistically go 3-2 to wrap up the year and finish the season 10-6. The NFL is a crazy league and nothing is promised, but fans should be happy with nothing less than 9 wins in Dallas this year.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Featured in 10 Games NFL Will Post on YouTube]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:28:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/254880-722.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys will be featured in 10 classic games that the NFL will post on YouTube based on fan votes.

The NFL announced in May that they would post three full classic games on YouTube for each of the league's 32 franchises in August. Fans voted for the games on Facebook.

The three games Cowboys fans voted for are:

  • Super Bowl XXVII - The Cowboys defeat the Buffalo Bills 52-17 in Pasadena Jan. 31, 1993.
  • Super Bowl XII - The Cowboys top the Denver Broncos 27-10 in New Orleans Jan. 15, 1978.
  • Super Bowl VI - The Cowboys win their first Super Bowl 24-3 over the Miami Dolphins in New Orleans Jan. 16, 1972.

The Cowboys, along with the Green Bay Packers, will be the most-featured team, appearing in 10 of the 96 videos to be posted. The seven games Cowboys fans might not be as interested in watching include:

  • 1981 NFC Championship Game - The catch. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Cowboys 28-27 to end Dallas' run of dominance and begin their own.
  • 1982 NFC Championship Game - The rival Washington Redskins eliminate the Cowboys 31-17 and go on the win the Super Bowl.
  • 1980 NFC Championship Game - The rival Philadelphia Eagles beat Dallas 20-7 and advance to the Super Bowl.
  • 1998 Week 13 - Minnesota Vikings rookie WR Randy Moss, angry that the Cowboys didn't draft him, scores 3 TDs in a 46-36 win in Dallas on Thanksgiving.
  • 2002 Week 1 - The fledgling Houston Texans shock the world and win their first game as an expansion team 19-10.

Online: NFL Reveals YouTube Upload Game Winners

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<![CDATA[Former Cowboy Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Sexual Assault]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:40:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TDMN-Spillman.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboys safety and special teams player C.J. Spillman was found guilty of sexual assault and sentenced to five years in prison.

A Tarrant County jury determined that Spillman sexually assaulted a woman at the Grapevine Gaylord Texan in September 2014.

The Cowboys were staying at the hotel, like they do for all home games, the night before a game against the St. Louis Rams.

The Cowboys allowed Spillman to play in the Rams game, and every other game after that during the 2014 season, despite the allegation and police report.

The former NFL safety's contract expired in March 2015 and he was indicted in June of that year by a Tarrant County grand jury.

Spillman has not played football since the Cowboys-Packers playoff game that ended Dallas' 2014 season.

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<![CDATA[Newy Blames Jerry Jones for McClain Suspension]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:49:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NS-RM-DC-SP_1200x675_716392003828.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys McClain Suspended 10 Games for Substance Violation]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:52:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/McClain.png

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended without pay for the first 10 games of the season for once again violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the team says.

NFL insider Adam Schefter first tweeted the news about an hour before.

McClain started the 2015 season with a four game suspension for the same violation. He'll be eligible to return to the active roster on Nov. 21, but will be allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games.

The NFL also denied defense end DeMarcus Lawrence's appeal -- he'll remain suspended for four games for a similar violation, according to Todd Archer.

Lawrence will return to the active roster on Oct. 3 and is also allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games.

Earlier in the day, the league also suspended quarterback Johnny Manziel for four games for violating the substance abuse policy. Manziel currently doesn't have a team and the suspension does not go into effect until he signs with a club.

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<![CDATA[Manziel Suspended 4 Games Over NFL's Substance-Abuse Policy]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:10:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/johnny-manziel-mugshot-bmp.jpg

Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first four games of next season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and the free agent quarterback could face further discipline over his domestic violence case if he signs with another team.

The suspension announced Thursday is not related to the league's domestic violence policy, but Manziel would be subject to standards that were toughened two years ago if he signs with another team. The 23-year-old Manziel, released by Cleveland in March, faces a misdemeanor assault charge in Dallas involving former girlfriend Colleen Crowley.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Texas A&M was suspended the same week he posted pictures on Instagram from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The post included a reference to his father, Paul Manziel, who called his son a "druggie" following a report from The Associated Press of one of his attorneys mistakenly sending a text that indicated doubts whether Manziel could stay clean.

A spokeswoman for Manziel declined to comment on the NFL's suspension.

As Manziel's domestic case has played out, he has been photographed partying from Hollywood to Las Vegas to New York in recent months. His own family has expressed concern about his well-being after he was cut by the Browns following two underwhelming seasons.

Manziel spent more than two months in rehab after a difficult first season with the Browns, and the player dubbed "Johnny Football" for his exploits on the field with the Aggies vowed to be more committed to football when he got out.

After showing promise in a couple of starts in his second season, Manziel was demoted to third team after a video surfaced of him partying during the team's bye week. Manziel returned to the starting lineup when Josh McCown broke his collarbone and led the Browns to a win over San Francisco.

Manziel sustained a concussion Dec. 27 at Kansas City and wasn't required to be at Cleveland's finale. But he skipped a required medical checkup and the team wasn't sure of his whereabouts amid reports he was in Las Vegas, hitting the clubs while wearing a disguise.

One of Manziel's defense attorneys, Bob Hinton, inadvertently sent a text to the AP last week indicating Manziel may have spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store just 15 hours after he was involved in a hit-and-run crash.

The text made it appear the defense team was seeking a plea deal, and Hinton wrote of concerns over Manziel's ability to adhere to drug-testing conditions. Manziel faces a misdemeanor assault charge that carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Hinton resigned from Manziel's case soon after the AP report was published.

The domestic allegations stem from a night out on Jan. 30. Crowley alleged Manziel accosted her at a Dallas hotel, a confrontation that continued downstairs to the valet station. She said he forced her into a car and that a valet disregarded her pleas for help.

The two eventually drove to where her car was parked in front of a Dallas bar, she said in an affidavit. She said Manziel got into the driver's seat and began to drive. Crowley said Manziel stopped when she tried to jump out of the car, but that he then dragged her back inside and hit her.

<![CDATA[USA Today: Jerry Jones, the Most Important Man in the NFL]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:56:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/072013+newy++jerry+jones.jpg

Jerry Jones has the juice.

I did this story on my NBC Sports Radio show with Nate Davis of USA Today, please take a listen. 

Ask St. Louis. The Rams are now in Los Angeles because last spring the Cowboys owner and general manager led the way for Stan Kroenke to move out of the Midwest back to the Southern California.

USA Today ranked him No. 1 on it's list of the NFL's 100 most important people.

Some of what USA Today NFL writer Jarrett Bell said about why Jerry is Mr. Importante is here:

This has very little to do with football results, given the Cowboys haven’t won a Super Bowl in more than 20 years and, well, multiple general managers would have been fired during that span if not for the fact that Jones serves as his own GM.

Jerry World, it is often called – is worth $3.2 billion, according to Forbes, second to soccer juggernaut Real Madrid ($3.26 billion) among sports franchises worldwide.

"A sparkling new team headquarters – dubbed "The Star" — is set to open in August.

<![CDATA[Cowboys Season Predictions]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:42:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Season_Predictions_1200x675_714107971997.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys Secondary Questions]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:24:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Secondary_Questions_1200x675_714104899677.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys Bryant Health]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:19:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Bryant_Health_1200x675_714103363583.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Stadium Club to Open at AT&T Stadium]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:07:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/204*120/cowboys-stadium-club-render.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys will open a familiar restaurant with an updated look inside AT&T Stadium this fall.

In a news release Friday, the team said the Stadium Club, a restaurant that combines first-class dining with the comfort of a sports bar, will begin serving daily lunch and dinner in the fall.

“We’re thrilled to bring our fans the ultimate Dallas Cowboys dining experience right inside our team’s home at AT&T Stadium,” said Cowboys Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones. “The Stadium Club will not only provide great dining experience, but it will also offer a game day atmosphere, that can only be captured at the stadium, every day of the week.”

The 19,000 square-foot restaurant is located immediately inside the doors at Entrance A, adjacent to the Pro Shop, and can seat 650 guests.

For longtime fans, the Stadium Club is a familiar name going back to Texas Stadium in Irving.

"Like the “hole in the roof,” that made the transformation from Texas Stadium to the retractable roof at AT&T Stadium, the Stadium Club is a name that has historic origins from the Cowboys former home. The Stadium Club at Texas Stadium was a popular dining and gathering place on game days, while the new Stadium Club at AT&T Stadium will be a destination for members on game days and the general public throughout the week. The inspiration for the new Stadium Club was a direct result of fans requesting an upscale and up-to-date version of its Texas Stadium predecessor as an AT&T Stadium gathering place.

Leading the kitchen will be Chef Anthony Van Camp, who said the heart of the kitchen will be the wood-fired grill and pizza oven.

"The menu will highlight classic fare with a sophisticated touch and a focus on local and seasonal ingredients all while remaining true to our Texas roots," Van Camp said.

During game days, the restaurant will be open to season ticket and suite holders only.

The Cowboys have not said specifically when the restaurant will open.

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<![CDATA[Tryon Smith Makes Top Ten NFL Moves]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:33:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tyron-smith-camp722.jpg

I am a big fan of the website Pro Football Focus.

Writer Mike Renner came up with his list of the NFL’s 10 most unstoppable moves.  The only Dallas Cowboys player to make the list was left tackle Tyron Smith.

Smith’s cut blocking came in at number 7.  Here’s Renner’s thoughts:

"Smith is an absolute freak of nature for an offensive tackle. His athleticism suggests he should be lining up on the opposite side of the ball, and the Cowboys use that to their advantage. They frequently run outside zone away from Smith, giving him the task of chasing down backside linebackers and defensive tackles, which he does with ease. Smith’s +26.5 cumulative run-blocking grade was the highest among all tackles last season."

<![CDATA[Greg Hardy Wants You to See Him Differently]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:04:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/194*120/496337028.jpg

Greg Hardy can’t find a NFL job.

He is trying to make himself look like a good guy with a PR spin that he hopes will get him a second chance to play.

Look at his Twitter page.  No longer is he the Overlord Kraken on his Twitter handle. In his avatar, Hardy is seen holding a baby and another photo has him smiling with a classroom of kids.

His tweets now are full of positive messages.

ProFootballTalk.com writer Darin Gant has more on Hardy’s quest for a new job through positive social media work.

A lot of guys are finding out after the Cowboys wash their hands with you, it's not many more stops in the second chance NFL landscape.

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<![CDATA[Senator Sues Dez Bryant Over Rental Home Damage]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:11:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dez-lead.gif

A Texas state senator has sued Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Dez Bryant, claiming that he caused more than $60,000 in damages to his DeSoto rental home.

The lawsuit filed by Sen. Royce West described Bryant's treatment of the home in the 1200 block of Regents Park Court from September 2013 through January as "negligent and abusive."

West stated a walk-through of the 6,400-square-foot home "revealed irreparable damage to carpeting, flooring, windows, shutters, and blinds; the presence of animal feces, trash, debris, and personal property inside the residence; and distinct and pervasive odors throughout."

The lease Bryant signed Aug. 31, 2013, stated that pets were not permitted on the property, according to the lawsuit.

West's attorneys stated that Bryant asked to terminate the lease in January. West asked Bryant to appear at the walk-through of the home in February, but Bryant did not show up. The lawsuit stated that the house was "littered with trash and feces, missing blinds and shutters, with cracked windows and blackened carpeting."

Attorneys for West stated that reparations to the home included painting, landscape and removal of carpet. He also claims he had to replace ceiling fans, lighting, windows, doors and the home security system.

West said he sent photographs taken at the walk-through and repair invoices to Bryant in April, requesting reimbursement, but that Bryant did not respond. The lawsuit states that West tried to collect again in May, and was told that Bryant would sue if he made further attempts.

NBC 5 has reached out to the Dallas Cowboys for a comment from Bryant and are awaiting a response.

CLICK HERE to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Scandrick Focused On Getting Back On The Field]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:24:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/scandrick-injured.jpg

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick is progressing nicely in his rehab.  Scandrick missed last season when he tore the MCL and ACL in his right knee at training camp in Oxnard, California. The injury was a major setback to Scandrick and the Dallas Cowboys defense, some argue that the 29 year old was having the best camp of any player for the Cowboys. 

The former 5th round pick says he feels great and is looking forward to training camp but says he is not going to rush back. The Boise State alum says he doesn't want to suffer any setbacks and wants to be ready to contribute once he steps on the field. 

Patience will be Scandrick toughest challenge because he's a competitor and wants to be on the field with the rest of his teammates, but his body must adjust to the grind that he will go through to get back into playing shape.

Scandrick is in his 9th season with the Cowboys and has seven career interceptions.

Listen to Scandrick's full interview below:


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<![CDATA[Tomlinson Impressed With Cowboys New Running Back]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:02:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Watkins_LT_Talk_Elliott_1200x675_708008003537.jpg NFL legend and former TCU running back Ladainian Tomlinson thinks very highly of Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott.]]> <![CDATA[Tomlinson Believes Elliot Will Be Special]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:56:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-06-17-20h59m03s114.png

Few running backs in the NFL's history can say they were drafted in the top five.  NFL legend Ladainian Tomlinson and Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott are among the few.

"LT" believes the Cowboys have something special in Elliott.  He's a 3-down back who doesn't need to leave the field unless he needs a break, much like Tomlinson back in his prime.

The former Charger and TCU great stopped by NBC5 to discuss Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys.


<![CDATA[Saying Goodbye to Valley Ranch]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:18:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/196*120/Dallas+Cowboys+helmet1.jpg

In its 31 years of existence, there have been plenty of stones thrown in the direction of the (literal) glass house that is Valley Ranch. 

Far from the luxury that Cowboys players experience on game days at AT&T Stadium, there will be, at least to an extent, something to be missed after the outdated, but charming facility hosts a Cowboys practice for the final time at minicamp this week.

“I remember when I first walked into this locker room, listening to the guys that were here, just being a part of it made me feel good,” Dez Bryant said.

Me too, Dez.

It was April 25th, 2013, and the first assignment at my new job at NBC 5 was to report live at Valley Ranch.  The Cowboys were preparing for the first round of the NFL Draft after a second-consecutive season that finished with an 8-8 record.

As I walked the building’s hallways lined with photos of Aikman, Irvin, Emmitt and Jimmy, I kept thinking, I can’t believe this is happening, and tried not to look nervous.  This was the ground on which the sports memories of my youth were built upon.

After the initial shock and awe wore off, however, I began to realize just how outdated the facility was.

Anyone who has visited Valley Ranch and another NFL team’s practice facility would almost certainly rank the Cowboys’ grounds second on the list.  That clearly won’t be the case after the team makes the move to The Ford Center at The Star paradise awaiting in the greener pastures of Frisco. 

Or, as Bryant described it in simpler terms, “that beautiful thing.”

From all personal accounts and drawings, the new practice facility will be phenomenal.  It is Jerry Jones’s latest exclamation point in an NFL world trying to exterminate personality and pizzazz.

But with the excitement of enormous new beginnings comes the end of an extremely memorable era. 

“I know I’m going to miss it, I’ll tell you that,” Bryant said.  “Man, I’m going to miss it.”

Me too, Dez.

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<![CDATA[The Cowboys Say Goodbye to Valley Ranch]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:18:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Valley+Ranch+team+picture.png

Since 1985, the Cowboys have called Valley Ranch home. That will be the case for another month, but then the fields that saw legendary players, coaches and teams will no longer be used.

Thursday was the final Cowboys practice at Valley Ranch. When the team returns from training camp in California, they will continue workouts at The Star in Frisco.

Valley Ranch is a charming place full of history and character, but the outdated building's time has come. Head coach Jason Garrett started the day by showing the team a video of what Valley Ranch looked like in the early 90's, and finished the practice with a team picture. Famous ex-players, long-time employees and family members gathered on the field to pay tribute to the Cowboys home. Many of the offensive players wore grey shorts in honor of previous teams who wore them during practices.

Here are some of the best quotes from players and coaches talking about Valley Ranch.

Jason Garrett: "This is a really special place. For the last 31 years, some of the greatest coaches, the greatest players and the greatest teams ever assembled in the National Football League worked here. And the standard they set is high. And what we try to do as coaches and players is embrace that standard everyday."

Tony Romo: "It was a little bit of a nostalgic day. We started off actually looking at a little Cowboys practice from about 20 to 25 years ago. There weren't too many houses out back, a lot of fields. You just remember how many great players and how many practices, how many different guys they've had here, the great coaches, the people who have walked these halls. We're going to miss it and it's been a special place to me over my career. We build a team out here. You go show off what you've built in the stadium."

Cole Beasley on who might get teary eyed about leaving Valley Ranch: "Probably coach Garrett, man, if anybody. Other than that, I don't know. Maybe Witt, and Romo they've been around for awhile."

Many are curious as to what will happen to Valley Ranch when the Cowboys leave this summer. Stephen Jones says the team is still considering options.

"We're going to play that by ear. We have some ideas on what could happen out here at Valley Ranch, but we'll take that slowly. First you have to move out and get everyone prepared to move out to The Star and be ready to go to work when we get back from training camp. It's obviously a special place out here and hopefully in some way it will always commemorate what took place out here," said Jones.

<![CDATA[Romo Says He's Throwing Better Than Ever]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:01:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tony+Romo.png

How good is Tony Romo feeling about his throwing ability? Better than ever if you ask him.

The Cowboys quarterback met with the media for the final time until training camp and explained why he's slinging the ball so well.

"I'm throwing the ball as well as I ever have. A lot of that is just based on years of trying to perfect your craft, get to a point where you feel very confident from multiple launch angles throwing the football," said Romo.

The quarterback elaborated on his throwing mechanics, explaining that he feels a good pass from every possible situation. Sometimes he'll be off-balance, people will be in his way or around his feet or perhaps he can't step into a throw.

"It's been a few years of trying it and I feel like now, this off-season when I wake up, it's there everyday. So, that's pretty exciting," the quarterback explained. "Once you're there, you can start playing with your footwork and doing things to technically, like I said, perfect your craft. I'm just excited that I get to throw and practice those things."

Romo was limited to just four games and 121 passes in 2015, but a healthy off-season has allowed the quarterback to work on his mechanics. That will be Romo's focus in the weeks leading up to the training camp. And, when time allows it, work with Dez Bryant to recapture their connection on the field.

"We're going to be out there and there's a schedule in place. Like I said, he just needs to go out there and run routes and simulate two-minute. You got to get your lungs and do all these little things that emulate practice and games. The only way to do that is to get on the football field and go do it."

<![CDATA[Garrett Gets Emotional After Father's Day Question]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:36:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garrett-fathers-day_1200x675_706906691530.jpg

With emotions already running high during Valley Ranch's final practice, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett got unexpectedly teary eyed.

With Father's Day approaching, the head coach was asked how special it was for his father, Jim, to watch his son make it in the NFL and ultimately coach the Dallas Cowboys.

"That's a hard question for me to answer right now," Garrett said then paused as he gathered his emotions. "It's very meaningful. It's very meaningful to all of us. Football has been a big part of our lives. It certainly was a big part of my life growing up, my brother's lives growing up. And my dad, probably more than anything else instilled a passion for football in all of us and all the people he came in contact with. So [father's day] it's a special day."

Jim Garrett was a Cowboys scout from 1987 to 2004 and watched Jason first hand play for America's Team. He's now 85-years-old.

<![CDATA[Jones Happy to See LB McClain at Valley Ranch]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:50:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/McClain.png

Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain fully understands the word "mandatory." As he has in years past, McClain missed the voluntary Organized Team Activities in late May and early June. The key word there is voluntary.

However, attendance at "OTA's" is well attended. Only McClain and offensive lineman Ronald Leary skipped out. But, McClain didn't want his pocket book to get damaged, so he showed to the mandatory mini-camp this week.

Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones is happy to have his starting middle linebacker at Valley Ranch.

"Well first of all, he's here," Jones said with a smirk. "As I have mentioned, I know how much our coaches have lobbied to have him. I know how much they want him."

During the off-season, McClain has a tendency to put on weight but it sheds off quickly once he practices. This mini-camp was no different, as McClain looked notceably heavier than his fellow linebackers who have been working out with the team for weeks.

While the specifics of McClain's previous absence are unknown, the Cowboys continue to say it's a family matter.

"We all understand that he has a challenge in parts of his off-season. It's good to see him."

McClain signed a 1-year deal worth $5 million to stay with the Cowboys in 2016.

Photo Credit: David Watkins]]>