No Dallas Cowboys selected to the NFL's Pro Bowl for first time since 1989
The 5-9 Cowboys were one of five teams without a player selected along with the 1-13 Jets, 1-13 Jaguars, 2-10-1 Bengals and 4-10 Panthers.The 5-9 Cowboys were one of five teams without a player selected when the rosters were announced Monday. Their company: the 1-13 New York Jets, 1-13 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2-10-1 Cincinnati Bengals and 4-10 Carolina Panthers.
As the Cowboys travel to face the New York Giants in their regular-season finale, they’ll be short two defenders who started last week.
The Cowboys are placing safety Darian Thompson and defensive tackle Justin Hamilton on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced. A player can land on the list due to a positive test result or high-risk close contact with someone who has tested positive. The team not give further details though a person with knowledge of the information confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that a player on the 53-man roster received a positive test result Friday morning. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not publicly authorized to disclose this information.
Opinion: QB Dwayne Haskins seems to be out of chances with the Washington Football Team
Washington lost a very winnable game 20-13 and now needs a win at Philadelphia to clinch the division next week.Haskins had endured a week of tumult -– albeit self-inflicted -– yet received the perfect opportunity to begin to repair his reputation as Washington needed only to defeat the Carolina Panthers at home to pull off its improbable quest of winning the NFC East and a playoff berth for the first time since 2015.
Thompson and Hamilton each started in the Cowboys' 37-17 win over the Eagles last week, Thompson's seventh start of the season and Hamilton's second. Defensive tackle and safety are arguably the weakest positions on the Cowboys roster—their defensive-tackle depth not helped by season-ending injuries to Gerald McCoy (quad), Trysten Hill (ACL) and an ankle injury currently sidelining Antwaun Woods. Safety Xavier Woods (ribs) was limited this week in practice; his status is officially questionable vs. the Giants.
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The Cowboys are fronting a historically bad defense, having allowed more points (450) and touchdowns (54) than any unit in the franchise's history. No team has allowed more rushing yards per game this season than Dallas' 161.1 yards.
With one game left, Dallas Cowboys keep NFL playoff hopes alive by beating Philadelphia Eagles
Should Washington lose to Philadelphia next week, the winner of the Cowboys at New York Giants matchup will take the NFC East Division title.Credit their receivers burning the Eagles more than the Eagles burned theirs, as Philadelphia’s offense started quickly then sputtered spectacularly on Sunday.
The Cowboys shifted Friday meetings to a virtual format, with coaches in the building but all players remote as the club underwent contact tracing.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said he anticipated a return to in-person activities, including practice, by Saturday morning.
“We’re going to do the extended protocol today,” McCarthy said. “We’re use the contact tracing protocols that we’ve been using.”
The Cowboys (6-9) face the Giants (5-10) with playoff implications on the line. Loser of the matchup will be eliminated from postseason contention. But if the Washington Football Team (6-9) loses to the Philadelphia Eagles (4-10-1) on Sunday night, the winner of the 1 p.m. Dallas-New York contest will capture the NFC East title.
Through the first 16 weeks of the season, the Cowboys fared better than most of the NFL avoiding COVID-19 cases. Quarterback Andy Dalton tested positive Nov. 3 and missed one game as a result. No other members of the organization were considered high-risk close contacts when Dalton, who was in concussion protocol at the time, tested positive. Cowboys practice squad defensive lineman Walter Palmore tested positive in November as well.
Washington Football Team releases QB Dwayne Haskins after benching, tumultuous week
Last week, Washington Football Team QB Dwayne Haskins was fined, stripped of his captaincy and benched. Now, he has been released.The Washington Football Team released Haskins on Monday, one day after he was benched in a 20-13 loss against the Carolina Panthers.
Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford and cornerback Chidobe Awuzie each spent time during the season on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to high-risk close contacts.
Thursday, McCarthy praised the organization’s handling of virus prevention and protocol.
“Knock on wood,” he said. “I can’t say enough about our players, just the way they have gone about their jobs every day. We’re organized. They come in, I mean, the work ethic has been very consistent. The testing that goes on, our guys have done a good job with that. I think clearly having a testing for our families has been a huge factor, especially with the onslaught here with the holidays and the flu season upon us.
“The whole combination of the commitment … has definitely kept our numbers very, very low. And we clearly understand too our toughest days are probably in front of us.
“Very thankful for the staff that takes care of us with the testing and so forth.”
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Nov. 24, 2019: Water flies off the helmet of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as he is sacked by Dallas Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won the game, 13-9, which was played in a heavy rain.
Jan. 12, 2019: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill dives for more yardage during an AFC divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won the game, 31-13, for the team's first home playoff win in 25 years.
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Dec. 10, 2017: Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy runs past Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo in a snow storm at New Era Field. The Bills won in overtime, 13-7.
Dec. 20, 2013: The Baltimore Ravens' Michael Oher (74), Marshal Yanda (73) and Gino Gradkowski stand on the snow-covered field during the national anthem before playing the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Ravens won the game, 29-26.
Dec. 8, 2013: Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell carries the ball as Miami Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson (24) and defensive tackle Jared Odrick (98) pursue during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Dolphins won the game, 34-28.
Jan. 16, 2011: Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte attempts to jump into the end zone but is stopped short by the Seattle Seahawks during a 2010 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field. The Bears won the game, 35-24.
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Dec. 20, 2010: The Chicago Bears' Devin Hester breaks away from the Minnesota Vikings' Chad Greenway (52) for a 64-yard touchdown on a punt return. The game is being played at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium because of damage to the Metrodome roof. The Bears won, 40-14.
Oct. 18, 2009: Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans -- dressed in the uniforms of the Houston Oilers -- leaves the field as the New England Patriots' Pierre Woods (58) and Mike Wright (99) converse at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won the game, 59-0.
Dec. 16, 2007: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor walks into the end zone after scoring the winning touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Jaguars won the game, 29-22.
Feb. 4, 2007: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning directs his team in the huddle in the third quarter of the Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears at Dolphin Stadium. The Colts won the game, 29-17, in the first Super Bowl played in the rain.
Nov. 27, 2006: Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander rushes against the Green Bay Packers during a game in Seattle. Alexander ran for a season-high 201 yards to lead the Seahawks to a 34-24 win on "Monday Night Football."
Sept. 26, 2004: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger scrambles out of the pocket against the Miami Dolphins during a downpour in at Pro Player Stadium in Miami. The Steelers won the game, 13-3.
Dec. 28, 2002: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Johnnie Morton is smothered by Oakland Raiders defenders Bill Romanowski, Anthony Dorsett, right, and Terrance Shaw after catching a pass during the fourth quarter in Oakland. The Raiders won the game, 24-0.
Jan. 12, 1997: The breath of the Green Bay Packers' Gilbert Brown (93), Santana Dotson (71) and Doug Evans (33) is seen during the 1996 NFC Championship Game -- "Ice Bowl II" -- against the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field. The Packers won the game, 30-13, in below-freezing temperatures.
Jan. 4, 1997: Green Bay Packers running back Edgar Bennett hurdles teammate Aaron Taylor for a touchdown in Green Bay's 35-14 win in an NFC divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field.
Oct. 22, 1995: Kansas City Chiefs running back Marcus Allen dives for a 1-yard touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. It was the 100th career NFL touchdown for Allen. The Chiefs won the game, 21-7 in a driving snow storm.
Nov. 25, 1993: Miami Dolphins quarterback Doug Pederson (14), kicker Pete Stoyanovich (10) and James Saxon (22) celebrate after Stoyanovich kicked the winning field goal with 3 seconds remaining in Miami's 16-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on Thanksgiving Day.
Oct. 15, 1984: A maintenance worker paints orange stripes on the field as more than 10 inches of snow falls during the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. The Broncos won the game, 17-14.
Dec. 12, 1982: A worker at Schaefer Stadium in Foxboro drives a tractor to clear the snow away while members of the New England Patriots watch during a game against the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots won the game, 3-0.
Jan. 10, 1982: San Diego Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts face is obscured by his steaming breath during the 1981 AFC Championship Game at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. The Bengals won, 27-7, in what became known as the "Freezer Bowl."
Jan. 4, 1981: Oakland Raiders defensive back Mike Davis (36) cuts in front of Cleveland Browns tight end Ozzie Newsome to intercept a pass from Browns quarterback Brian Sipe in the end zone with less than a minute to go in a 1980 AFC divisional playoff game in frigid conditions Cleveland. The Raiders won the game, 14-12, that would become known as "Red Right 88."
Dec. 27, 1977: Minnesota Vikings running back Chuck Foreman (44) swings to get away from the Los Angeles Rams' Jim Youngblood during the rain-soaked NFC divisional playoff game in Los Angeles that would become known as the "Mud Bowl." The Vikings won the game, 14-7, that was played at the L.A. Coliseum.
Dec. 31, 1967: Players spill in all directions as a fumble occurs during the "Ice Bowl" at Lambeau Field. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 21-17, in one of the most famous games in NFL history.
Dec. 19, 1948: Steve Van Buren (15) plunges over the goal line for the only touchdown in the Philadelphia Eagles' 7-0 win over the Chicago Cardinals in the 1948 NFL Championship Game at Shibe Park. The game was played during a significant snowfall.
Nov. 4, 1945: Boston Yanks halfback Johnny Grigas is stopped for no gain when the Detroit Lions' Jack Matheson, (82) tackles during a game played in heavy snow at Fenway Park in Boston. The Lions won the game, 10-9.
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