Sport Cowboys OL Terence Steele, more assistant coaches out vs. Saints due to COVID-19
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As John Durham's investigation takes shape, the question of whether the special counsel will charge anyone else at the FBI looms large. © Provided by Washington Examiner Michael Sussmann, a Democratic cybersecurity lawyer, was indicted in September for allegedly concealing his work for the Clinton campaign when pushing claims of a connection between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian bank Alfa Bank to the FBI's top lawyer. And Igor Danchenko, a U.S.
Coming off their first consecutive losses of the season, the Cowboys hoped to settle into preparation for a Thursday visit to New Orleans.
Instead, a rash of COVID-19 cases has disrupted their scheduling and personnel availability.
The Cowboys will be without starting right tackle Terence Steele against the Saints after he tested positive for COVID-19, head coach Mike McCarthy announced Sunday morning.
Devin Nunes to grill Christopher Wray on FBI’s role in 'aiding' political misinformation
A top Republican plans to grill FBI Director Christopher Wray about the bureau’s role in “aiding and abetting political misinformation campaigns” through its deployment of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier to obtain secret spy court surveillance against a Trump campaign associate. © Provided by Washington Examiner Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to Wray giving the bureau chief a heads up on some of what he planned to ask him during a closed-door intelligence briefing scheduled for Wednesday.
They’ll also miss several coaches due to positive COVID-19 tests. In addition to offensive line coach Joe Philbin, who tested positive before, at least three more coaches are now unavailable.
Assistant offensive line coach Jeff Blasko, offensive assistant Scott Tolzien and strength and conditioning coordinator Harold Nash entered COVID-19 protocol this weekend. Strength and conditioning staff assistants Kendall Smith and Cedric Smith were already in protocol.
“We’re in a cycle right now,” Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said on a Sunday morning conference call with local reporters. “We’re paying close attention to it.”
The Cowboys shifted their meetings to virtual formats for Sunday, the only in-person gathering to be a roughly 75-minute walkthrough practice. Monday will be subject to the same format of roughly three hours meeting virtually followed by a walkthrough practice, Tuesday outlines pending test results. All players and coaches, regardless of vaccination status, will undergo COVID-19 testing Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
The many Russian links to the operatives behind the Steele dossier
The Russian links to the figures behind Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier have come into clearer focus following special counsel John Durham’s indictments. © Provided by Washington Examiner Steele was working for Vladimir Putin-linked oligarch Oleg Deripaska before, during, and after his time targeting then-candidate Donald Trump, and the former MI6 agent was hired to put the dossier together by an opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, which was simultaneously working for Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya of the now-infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
, who is unvaccinated, had and subsequently missed the Cowboys’ losses to and last week. He is scheduled to return to the Star on Monday from his 10-day quarantine. The Cowboys will assess his conditioning then determine a game plan for Thursday’s contest against New Orleans.
The Cowboys have missed both their top receivers for their last three halves of football after second-year receiver CeeDee Lamb sustained a concussion late in the second quarter at Kansas City, when he hit his head hard on the ground of the end zone in a failed touchdown attempt.
Lamb practiced last week but didn’t clear testing from an independent neurologist. He will practice and participate fully Sunday, McCarthy said.
At 7-4, the Cowboys entered Sunday in a two-game lead atop the NFC East, but the gap has narrowed with Dallas’ three losses in the last four weeks. The Cowboys will play three straight division games after this New Orleans trip: at Washington, at the Giants and vs. Washington.
NFL roundtable: Which teams could make surprise playoff runs?
The NFL's contenders should be on high alert after a string of upsets in recent weeks, and these teams could surprise in the postseason.In the last three weeks, there have been 11 victories by .500-or-lower teams against current division leaders. That figure represents the most throughout the league for that timespan for any year since 1970. And should that dynamic continue into the final weeks and postseason, the parity could leave the door open for an unlikely candidate to make a surprise playoff run.
Cowboys offensive quality control coach Chase Haslett and tight ends coach Lunda Wells will help assume coaching staff responsibilities leading up to and at New Orleans. Offensive consultant Ben McAdoo, a former Giants head coach, will pitch in as well.
Veteran La’el Collins, the starter before Steele supplanted him this season, is expected to start at right tackle.
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Democratic operative who pushed debunked Trump-Russia claims continued funding Steele and Fusion GPS last year .
A nonprofit group run by a former top aide for Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein who has pushed debunked claims about a secret backchannel between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank spent the post-2016 era funneling millions to Christopher Steele’s company and the opposition research firm Fusion GPS. © Provided by Washington Examiner Daniel Jones, lead author of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s interrogation program, founded the Democracy Integrity Project in January 2017.