NFL Nation: Edgar Jones
First round: No. 16 overall
Second round: No. 47 overall
Third round: No. 78 overall
Fourth round: No. 119 overall
Fifth round: No. 158 overall
Sixth round: No selection
Seventh round: No. 229 overall (from Chicago)
Seventh round: No. 231 overall
Seventh round: No. 238 (from Kansas City)
Seventh round: No. 248 overall (compensatory)
Seventh round: No. 251 overall (compensatory)
Seventh round: No. 254 overall (compensatory)
The Cowboys’ sixth round pick went to the Kansas City Chiefs in the trade for defensive end Edgar Jones, but they also received a seventh rounder in return. The pick from the Chicago Bears came in the trade for tight end Dante Rosario.
Teams cannot trade compensatory picks.
Position: Defensive end
2013 salary: $715,000
Why keep him: Maybe you've heard the Cowboys need defensive linemen? Jones has the added benefit of being able to cover kicks and punts, which is not a trait you usually find in defensive ends. Before the injury he was doing well in a limited role, so maybe he could be a rotation player in 2014.
Why let him go: He has 1.5 sacks in seven seasons. You would like more production than that, even in a backup. He turns 30 in December and getting younger and cheaper is always a better option for a team in cap trouble.
Best guess: Jones will be able to test the market, but he is looking at another year of making the minimum wherever he signs.
Jones was placed on the short-term IR list Oct. 18 after after undergoing sports hernia surgery. Jones has stepped up his rehab in recent weeks, but the Cowboys can be patient with his return. The team has three weeks to activate him off the list and two weeks before they would have to put him on the 53-man roster.
The Cowboys would have to make a spot before Jones could return to the active roster.
Jones has not played since Sept. 29 against the Denver Broncos. He had five tackles, three quarterback pressures and a pass deflection in the first five games. He also had four special teams tackles.
I wonder if they can make it three in a row Sunday against the Detroit Lions. They have not won three in a row since Weeks 13-15 last season.
On to the Wonders:
• Right guard Brian Waters has helped cement the interior of the offensive line this season. It has not always been perfect, but it’s been solid and that’s not always been the case for the Cowboys the last few seasons. Waters is 36. I wonder if he wants to play again as a 37 year old. The Cowboys signed Waters to a one-year deal before the season started and allowed him to work in slowly before taking over the starting spot. If Waters wants to play again -- and it’s a question I’ll try to ask him this week -- I would bet the Cowboys would want him. There will have to be some assurances that he will take part in the offseason or training camp for sure. The proximity to his home should make a difference if he wants to play. I don’t know how big that “if” is, but the younger players have learned a lot from Waters and so have the more veteran guys. He helps with the shotgun snap by tapping rookie Travis Frederick. He has the strength to hold up at the point of attack. He doesn’t move as well as he once did, but he’s not just a phone booth guy either.
• Entering the game against the Philadelphia Eagles, DeMarco Murray had the highest percentage of rushing yards of a team in the league with 428 of the Cowboys’ 509 rushing yards. That percentage went down since he missed the Eagles’ game, and I wonder if the Cowboys will continue to use Joseph Randle in a role once Murray comes back from the knee injury. Murray has had a good 2013 season, but if Randle can lessen the burden, then the fresher Murray will be. We don’t know how Murray will handle a large amount of carries. He has never had more than 164 in a season because of injuries. Randle showed some decent vision against the Eagles and he was secure with the ball. He has more make-you-miss than Murray as well. Murray will still be the Cowboys’ bell cow in the running game, but if Randle can offer more than just a change of pace it makes sense to keep him involved in the game plan.
• I wonder if Dwayne Harris' punt return opportunities will be limited for the rest of the season. It would be the ultimate sign of respect from the opposition. Philadelphia’s Donnie Jones made sure Harris would not be a factor. His punts were high and outside the numbers, limiting where Harris could go if he chose to return a punt. As a result Harris averaged just 4.6 yards per punt return and had to use a fair catch signal twice. If this continues -- and if teams are smart it will -- then Harris will have to remain patient. Jason Garrett loves Harris’ decision making, but he knows there could come a time where Harris might try to make something out of nothing. That can only lead to trouble. Harris is a major weapon and the Eagles made sure he would not beat them the way he beat the Washington Redskins the previous week.
• I wonder if Edgar Jones knows just how much people will be paying attention to his recovery from sports hernia surgery. The Cowboys put him on the short-term injured reserve list, meaning he is out for eight weeks and can return Dec. 15 against the Green Bay Packers. Last December, the Cowboys chose not to place Jay Ratliff on injured reserve after he had sports hernia surgery because they hoped he would be able to return for a possible playoff run. Ratliff’s agent contended the surgery was more severe than the typical sports hernia, but I contend that if the Cowboys believed it would be a 12-month recovery they would have put him on injured reserve immediately last year. All surgeries are different. All rehab times are different. Terence Newman was back in five weeks from a sports hernia surgery a few years ago. Jones’ surgery was performed by the same doctor as Ratliff as well. If you’re wondering why the Cowboys used the one-time IR designation on Jones, then remember that the team was running out of time to use it and hope a player can be back in the regular season.
He has not missed a game in his career, playing in 134 straight.
Leading into a 2009 game against the New Orleans Saints, Ware did not practice all week because of a neck injury, but he played a reserve role and had two sacks.
"The player's feeling about where they are is always a big factor in the evaluation," coach Jason Garrett said. "Certainly there's a medical evaluation. There's a coaches evaluation about how the player looks in practice, but how the player feels and what his mindset is is a big piece of evaluating injuries. We have to protect the player from themselves sometimes."
Murray sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee last week against the Washington Redskins. He did on-field rehab work Friday for the first time.
Wide receiver Miles Austin is listed as probable with a hamstring injury even though he did not practice the past two days.
Defensive linemen Jason Hatcher (stinger) and George Selvie (shoulder) took part in their first full practices of the week and are listed as probable. Wide receiver Dwayne Harris (hip) is also probable.
Rookie linebacker DeVonte Holloman has been ruled out because of a neck injury suffered in Wednesday's practice. Defensive end Edgar Jones will miss his third straight game with a neck injury, and running back Lance Dunbar (hamstring) will miss his second straight game.
“Just watching him and seeing how he’s doing coming back off the injury and making sure we’re doing the right things, and rest is part of the equation for him, as it would be for anybody,” Garrett said.
Austin ran some routes off to the side Friday as the offense worked. He played Sunday against the Washington Redskins but did not have a catch after missing the previous two games.
Defensive ends DeMarcus Ware (quadriceps) and Edgar Jones (groin), running backs DeMarco Murray (knee) and Lance Dunbar (hamstring), and linebacker DeVonte Holloman (neck) are not practicing Friday.
Ware said he would be a game-time decision. Murray has held out hope he could play Sunday and was doing some running on the side Friday during the portion of practice open to the media.
The Cowboys expect to fill their roster vacancy after practice. With Ware, defensive end George Selvie (shoulder) and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (stinger) bothered by injury, it would make the most sense to call up defensive end Jason Vega from the practice squad.
Selvie did not practice on Wednesday because of a sore shoulder but part of that was by design because the players were in pads for the workout. Defensive end Jason Hatcher was also limited for the second straight day but will play Sunday.
Wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) was given the day off and was joined on the sideline by defensive end DeMarcus Ware (quadriceps), DeMarco Murray (knee), running back Lance Dunbar (hamstring), defensive end Edgar Jones (groin) and linebacker DeVonte Holloman (neck).
Holloman was hurt in Wednesday’s practice.
Wide receiver Dwayne Harris (hip) took part in his second straight full practice.
The Cowboys have seven linebackers active with Cameron Lawrence getting called up from the practice squad on Friday.
Running back Lance Dunbar, cornerback Chris Greenwood, defensive end Edgar Jones, guard David Arkin, center Phil Costa, tackle Darrion Weems and tight end Andre Smith are inactive.
With Costa out, linebacker Kyle Bosworth will serve as the short-yardage and goal-line fullback if the Cowboys go that route.
“Another big, explosive receiver,” Dez Bryant said. “It’s always great to have Miles back in the lineup.”
Defensive end Jason Hatcher was limited in practice for the second straight day because of a stinger, but he is expected to play Sunday.
Linebacker Justin Durant (groin), defensive end Edgar Jones (groin) and running back Lance Dunbar (hamstring) did not practice for the second straight day. Safety Barry Church (broken nose) said the swelling in his nose has gone down, and he did not need a procedure to reset the break. He was a full participant in practice. Wide receiver Dwayne Harris (hip) was limited for the second straight day.
Baltimore (4-2) got off to a good start without Reed and played much better than expected against the pass in his absence. Now Reed, who had offseason hip surgery, will patrol the back end of Baltimore's defense, which should help pass coverage, creating turnovers and the team's blitz packages.
Ayanbadejo will provide depth at linebacker and is good at covering kicks. To make room for the moves, the Ravens released linebacker Edgar Jones and put offensive tackle Jared Gaither on injured reserve.
IRVING -- The Blue parking lot at Texas Stadium was full about an hour earlier than usual tonight. Cars were shoe polished with messages such as "Farewell to Texas Stadium" and "We'll always remember you."
And it seems that more than 1,000 people have secured VIP pre-game field passes. Camera flashes are going off throughout the stadium -- and many of them were pointed at Roger Staubach as he made his way to the NFL Network set. The only thing that would make this better is if the Cowboys were actually playing a rival. The Ravens are playing for the first and last time at Texas Stadium.
After the game, more than 100 former players will participate in a closing ceremony. I'm a little surprised Jerry Jones opted to wait until after the game to hold the ceremony. If the Cowboys lose, I can't imagine a lot of fans sticking around to watch.
Tony Romo and Terrell Owens just ran onto the field together and received a pretty nice ovation. Pacman Jones just ran the length of the field to hug Ravens backup quarterback Troy Smith. Not sure what to read into that development.
Here's a look at all the inactives: