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Updates: Quinn Impressed With Joseph's Progress

Dallas Cowboys
08 Dec 2021, 19:24 GMT+10

by Nick Eatman, Rob Phillips & David Helman

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Dec. 7 Updates Kelvin Joseph

#24 CB

Height: 6-1 Weight: 192 lbs College: Kentucky

12:04 p.m. - Rookie cornerback Kelvin Joseph has mostly played special teams since returning from a groin injury that sidelined him for the first six games of the season, but defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is impressed with the second-round draft pick's progress and readiness to help on defense if needed.

"Our confidence is very high," said Quinn, who filled in for head coach Mike McCarthy (COVID-19 protocols) in last Thursday's win over the Saints. "I think in the game I really tried to point out he (Joseph) and C.J. Goodwin especially. I thought they were, on the special teams side, real factors in this game as far as field position goes.

"So when his moment's called, he'll definitely be ready. Yeah, he had some setbacks to start off, just being injured and being away. But the fact is, you put moments like that together in the game, you build a lot of trust with your teammates, you build a lot of trust in the locker room just, 'Hey, this guy, he's really down to compete and help us win games.' As a teammate, that's what you're looking for from a young guy, how can this guy help us win. Right now the way he was helping us win was covering ... and it was certainly one that we were proud of in terms of that kind of effort."

--------------------------------------- Dec. 6 Updates George Edwards

Sr. Defensive Assistant

College: Duke Hometown: Siler City, NC

11:22 a.m. - Cowboys senior defensive assistant George Edwards is a candidate for the head coaching vacancy at his alma mater, Duke University, NFL Network reported Monday.

"(Cowboys owner/GM) Jerry (Jones) and I are very aware of that. He certainly deserves the consideration and being a Duke graduate there, it makes a lot of sense for him to be a candidate there," Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said Monday on 105.3 The Fan. "As we've said around here, we always root for our guys to have great opportunities."

Edwards is in his second season on the Cowboys staff, primarily working with the linebackers. Rookie Micah Parsons has credited Edwards, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and defensive line coach Aden Durde for his outstanding start to the season, putting him in conversation for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Edwards spent one year as an assistant coach at Duke in 1996 before joining the NFL ranks in 1998 as Cowboys linebackers coach. He has been a defensive coordinator for the Vikings, Bills and Washington.

--------------------------------------- Dec. 2 Updates CeeDee Lamb

#88 WR

Height: 6-2 Weight: 189 lbs College: Oklahoma

11:30 p.m. - On the offense's second series, wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and quarterback Dak Prescott just missed each other on a fourth-and-2 throw that probably would've been a touchdown for Lamb.

Besides a couple early incompletions, Lamb and Prescott made some key plays to get the offense moving in Thursday's 27-17 road win. Lamb led all receivers with seven catches for 89 yards and added a 33-yard run that set up the Cowboys' first touchdown of the game.

Thursday marked Lamb's seventh career game with at least 100 yards from scrimmage, the second-most games by a Cowboys receiver in his first two seasons since Bob Hayes (eight).

--------------------------------------- Bryan Anger

#5 P

Height: 6-3 Weight: 202 lbs College: California

11:30 p.m. - The Cowboys had a feeling that Thursday's game against the Saints would be a grind-it-out contest between two teams that badly needed a win.

That proved to be the case, and field position was a major factor. Punter Bryan Anger was outstanding, averaging 48.1 yards on seven punts and placing two inside the Saints' 20-yard line.

"I thought both punters were really ripping the ball," said defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who filled in for head coach Mike McCarthy (COVID-19 protocols) Thursday.

--------------------------------------- DeMarcus Lawrence

#90 DE

Height: 6-3 Weight: 265 lbs College: Boise State

5:55 p.m. - Only three inactives were required to get the Cowboys' to their game day roster limit on Thursday night.

The team ruled out Will Grier and Azur Kamara ahead of their primetime kickoff against the New Orleans Saints. In addition, Cedrick Wilson had already been ruled out with the ankle injury that limited him all week.

Naturally, with just those three inactives, the Cowboys are officially planning to use Amari Cooper and DeMarcus Lawrence in this game. Cooper had missed the past two weeks with COVID-19, while Lawrence has been recovering from a broken foot since Week 2.

It remains to be seen what their snap count will be, but both Pro Bowlers will play a role against the Saints.

Key contributors Alvin Kamara, Terron Armstead, Ryan Ramczyk and Marcus Davenport are all inactive for New Orleans.

--------------------------------------- DeMarcus Lawrence

#90 DE

Height: 6-3 Weight: 265 lbs College: Boise State

2:55 p.m. - DeMarcus Lawrence is back.

As expected, the Cowboys officially activated the veteran pass rusher from the injured reserve/designated to return list heading into tonight's matchup against the Saints.

Lawrence played the season opener at Tampa Bay but has been out since having successful surgery in mid-September to repair a foot fracture suffered in practice. He has been ramping up his rehab work with the athletic training staff in recent weeks and returned to practice last week.

The Cowboys also elevated safety Tyler Coyle from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement. (Cornerback Nahshon Wright and offensive tackle Terence Steele are on the Reserve/COVID-19 list this week.)

--------------------------------------- Cedrick Wilson

#1 WR

Height: 6-2 Weight: 195 lbs College: Boise State

3:00 p.m. - After a career-best game last Thursday against the Raiders, Wilson will not play this week against the Saints after suffering an ankle injury in the game.

Wilson, who had seven catches for 104 yards, left the stadium last Thursday in a walking boot and did not practice all week.

The Cowboys are expected to have both CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper returning to action this game, along with Michael Gallup, so Wilson's snaps were probably going to be reduced anyway.

Look for Noah Brown to handle a the fourth receiver role.

Click here for the full injury report for the Cowboys and Saints.

--------------------------------------- Ben McAdoo

College: Indina Hometown: Homer City, PA

2:12 p.m. - With Mike McCarthy missing this game, it will create several changes throughout the staff as the Cowboys are going to be without six coaches.

The most noticeable change will be Dan Quinn moving down to the sideline to replace McCarthy's game-day duties.

Also, offensive line coach Joe Philbin and assistant Jeff Blasko are both out for the game, forcing tight ends coach Lunda Wells to slide down and coach the offensive line.

Assistant offensive coach Scott Tolzien is also expected to miss the game. The Cowboys will use Ben McAdoo, an advisor to the coaching staff, to help out on game day with the offense in different capacities.

The strength coaching staff has been hit hard as well as both Harold Nash and Kendall Smith will miss the game. Cedric Smith will handle all strength and conditioning responsibilities.

--------------------------------------- Amari Cooper

#19 WR

Height: 6-1 Weight: 210 lbs College: Alabama

12:37 p.m. - After missing the last two games on the Reserved/Covid list, Cooper is expected back on the field Thursday against the Saints.

The Cowboys have activated him to the roster after he was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Cooper is expected to fly with the team to New Orleans on Wednesday.

--------------------------------------- Trysten Hill

#72 DT

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

9:23 p.m. - While it doesn't help them for this game, the Cowboys did get some good news in learning Trysten Hill's suspension has been reduced from two games to one.

He will only miss Thursday's game in New Orleans now after the NFL heard Hill's appeal and decided to cut the suspension. Hill was suspended for punching Raiders lineman John Simpson on the field after the game last Thursday.

Hill will be able to return for the Cowboys' Dec. 12 game in Washington.

--------------------------------------- Cedrick Wilson

#1 WR

Height: 6-2 Weight: 195 lbs College: Boise State

3:43 p.m. - Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson has not yet practiced this week due to an ankle injury suffered on Thanksgiving against the Raiders.

Wide receiver depth is a question mark at the moment with Wilson on the injury report and Amari Cooper yet to practice after spending the last two weeks on Reserve/COVID. The Cowboys do have one more light practice scheduled for Wednesday before their road trip to face the Saints, though.

Click here for the full injury report for the Cowboys and Saints.

--------------------------------------- Brent Urban

#95 DE

Height: 6-7 Weight: 295 lbs College: Virginia

3:26 p.m. - In a week that's been full of them, the Cowboys suffered another loss Tuesday afternoon.

Brent Urban has been out since injuring his triceps in the overtime win against New England on Oct. 17, and it now appears he's done for the year. His wife announced on Twitter that he had undergone season-ending surgery to repair the injury.

That's a blow to the Cowboys' run defense, given that Urban's 6'7, 295-pound frame was eating up space on 42% of the team's defensive snaps this year.

Urban signed in the spring on a one-year deal, so it's uncertain what the future holds for him and whether he'll be back with the Cowboys in 2022. For now, it's another loss for a defense that was also dealt a two-game suspension to Trysten Hill this week.

--------------------------------------- Nahshon Wright

#25 CB

Height: 6-4 Weight: 185 lbs College: Oregon State

10:37 a.m. - Rookie cornerback Nahshon Wright has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list because of a positive test, head coach Mike McCarthy said.

Wright is the second Cowboys player to go on Reserve/COVID this week, joining offensive tackle Terence Steele. No other members of the team have tested positive Tuesday, but McCarthy will not coach Thursday night because of COVID protocols.

Several assistant coaches entered COVID protocol between Thursday and Sunday: offensive line coach Joe Philbin and assistant O-Line coach Jeff Blasko; strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash and assistants Kendall Smith and Cedric Smith; and offensive assistant Scott Tolzien.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 29 Updates Amari Cooper

#19 WR

Height: 6-1 Weight: 210 lbs College: Alabama

4:06 p.m. - Despite missing two games with Covid-19 protocols, Amari Cooper was not on the practice field Monday as the team prepped for the Saints.

Cooper was in the building at the Cowboys headquarter at The Star, but has not been removed from the Reserved/Covid list, which is why his status was not included on the team's official injury report.

Cooper has missed both the Chiefs and Raiders games after being placed on the reserved list. The Cowboys will have one more practice before departing for New Orleans on Wednesday and there still is a chance Cooper could return to the active roster and play Thursday.

--------------------------------------- Dak Prescott

#4 QB

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

3:38 p.m. - After losing three of four games, the sense of urgency has increased at The Star, according to quarterback Dak Prescott, who went a step further in explaining the state of the team heading into Thursday's game with the Saints.

"It's very urgent," Prescott said Monday in a virtual conference call. "This is a team that's hungry and pissed off simply about the way we've executed and played."

The Cowboys (7-4) started the season 6-2 but have now lost three of four games - all to the AFC West - as they get ready for three straight road games, beginning in New Orleans, followed by Washington and the NY Giants.

If Washington (4-6) wins Monday night against Seattle, the Cowboys would have a two-game lead in the NFC East. If not, Washington falls three games back from Dallas, which would hold a 2.5 game lead on the Eagles (5-7).

CeeDee Lamb

#88 WR

Height: 6-2 Weight: 189 lbs College: Oklahoma

2:11 p.m. - Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who has missed the last six quarters of football for the Cowboys, said he will play Thursday against the Saints. Lamb told reporters in a virtual conference call that he's feeling a lot better after suffering a concussion in Kansas City on Nov. 21. Lamb was able to practice on Monday.

"A head injury is nothing to play with," said Lamb, who was close to playing last Thursday against the Raiders but was scratched as inactive at the last second. "Obviously, I wanted to be in there. I wasn't feeling like myself, kind of something still lingering around. I couldn't describe what it was and I knew at that moment that I wasn't mentally nor physically prepared."

Lamb is leading the Cowboys in catches (50), receiving yards (740) and TD receptions (six).

Lamb and running back Ezekiel Elliott (knee) had full practice participation Monday.

--------------------------------------- Nov. 28 Updates Joe Philbin

Offensive Line

College: Washington & Jefferson Hometown: Springfield, MA

10:49 a.m. - Cowboys strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash, assistant offensive line coach Joe Blasko and coaching assistant Scott Tolzien have entered the league's COVID-19 protocol, the team announced Sunday. Offensive tackle Terence Steele has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, too.

Offensive line coach Joe Philbin and assistant strength and conditioning coaches Kendall Smith and Cedric Smith also entered COVID protocol earlier in the week and did not coach against the Raiders on Thanksgiving.

Working through this COVID situation, the Cowboys are scheduled to resume practice Sunday but otherwise will work virtually for at least the next two days heading into Thursday's road game against the Saints, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

With Philbin and Blasko unavailable to coach against the Saints, McCarthy said the team is discussing options for who will coach the offensive line this week. Tight ends coach Lunda Wells, quality control coach/offense Chase Haslett and consultant Ben McAdoo all could help fill in, McCarthy said.

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