Cowboys News doesn’t last bye week. Lots of headline action for America’s team at the start of November, but the main story belongs to the team inaction at the close of trading. We have details on why negotiations for Texans with Brandin Cooks fell through at the last minute … and how Cooks himself reacted. Trysten Hill was apparently on the trading block, but since he’s not getting suitors, he’s out the door now. And a team star has just given a big hint as to when Tyron Smith could be back in action.
Meanwhile, we get a glimpse of why the Cowboys are likely to stick with their running back tandem approach, we shine a light on a real pain point in the Dallas defense, Dak Prescott gets a top grade for his Week 8 performance, and Micah Parsons has a valid beef with officials after an outrageous game on Sunday. All of that, plus Jerry Jones went on the punchline with his Halloween costume this year, but the NFL may have the last laugh. That and more in this issue of News and Notes.
Numbers-stricken Cowboys cut DT Trysten Hill after the close :: Dallas Morning News
With 11 defensemen on the roster and Tarell Basham expected to be activated from injured reserve next week, the Cowboys were in surplus. After failing to find takers for his 2019 second-round draft pick, Dallas cut Hill despite the strides he’d made recently. Hill had only started five games since entering the league; He was healthy last Sunday and in the final year of his rookie contract.
NFL trade deadline: Brandin Cooks posts cryptic tweet after Cowboys trade reportedly falls through :: Yahoo Sports
Negotiations with Houston reportedly stalled over issues over compensation for draft picks and Cook’s $18 million salary (and $26.6 million cap hit) next year. Three minutes into the deadline, Cooks tweeted: “Don’t take a man’s kindness for granted. Covered for too long for the lies, those days are gone. I crossed the line by playing with my career.”
If you think there’s roster issues, I feel sorry for you son, 15 teams traded but the Cowboys didn’t do one :: Cowboys Wire
The Cowboys reportedly almost took over the Texans Brandin Cooks, but no dice. Defensive tackle Trysten Hill was lifted just after the trade deadline, but last week’s deal with Las Vegas to bring in Johnathan Hankins is still a net positive for the defensive end. On an active trading day, 10 deals were struck and 15 different teams brought in, with high-profile players like Bradley Chubb, Chase Claypool, Nyheim Hines, Calvin Ridley and TJ Hockenson all finding new homes.
Outrage at the Cowboys’ lack of movement at the close of trade? :: Emmanuel Acho (Twitter)
RB Coach: “Cowboys need both Zeke and Pollard” :: The Mothership
Skip Peete is a firm believer in the two-back system. “I learned that from my former boss, Al Davis,” the former Raiders employee said. Peete followed him when he came to Dallas with Julius Jones/Marion Barber and later Felix Jones/DeMarco Murray. The tactic keeps “always fresh in the game,” so don’t look for a big change in how the team uses Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones risks fine with ‘blind umpire’ Halloween costume: ‘I had a lot of fun’ :: The Sporting News
The Cowboys owner dressed up as a referee for Halloween, but added dark glasses and a white cane in a photo posted to his niece’s Instagram account. “I’m about to be fined,” he later admitted. The league bans “[p]posting negative or derogatory/degrading content related to the leadership on social media,” but he’s not the one who posted the picture, so it remains to be seen if he’ll see punishment.
Jerry’s costume could draw league penalty :: Clarence Hill Jr. (Twitter)
Cowboys set timeline for Tyron Smith’s return :: The Mothership
The eight-time Pro Bowler could be back sooner than expected. “He’s out for three or four weeks,” Stephen Jones casually hinted in a radio interview on Monday. There’s no word on how Tyron Smith’s return will change the Cowboys’ current lineage or rookie Tyler Smith’s playing time at left tackle.
More Cowboys Bears Post-Game Analysis :: Cowboys Wire
The Cowboys’ Micah Parsons was right: He was pinned on the TD pass against Bears :: The 33rd Team
After being knocked down by Chicago tight end Cole Kmet on a late-game passing play, Parsons was told by an official that it wasn’t counted as a penalty because he was “off the ball.” But rules analyst and former vice president to acting dean Blandino thought it was plain and simple. He added that with Parsons’ pace, there’s no place on the field too far from him to potentially have an impact on any given game.
Cowboys rookie LB Damone Clark makes 22-mile debut: “I feel like myself” :: SI.com
Just seven months after spinal fusion surgery, the rookie took to the field, taking defensive snaps and impressing the coaches in Sunday’s win. “Looked good,” Mike McCarthy said of Clark. “Has the highest mile-per-hour score, over 22 … so I think that shows his ability.” For reference, that’s Micah Parsons-type speed. It’s about to get very interesting.
The number of Cowboys to know: 60 (Week 8 vs. Chicago) :: D Magazine
While the win was crucial, Sunday marked the second time this season that the Dallas defense has given up 60 or more rushing yards to an opposing quarterback. And it could have been worse; Justin Fields had a 41-yard run that was recalled on a penalty and only counted for six yards. With Daniel Jones and Jalen Hurts still on the remainder of the schedule, the Cowboys coaching staff would be wise to use bye week to ensure this mistake doesn’t turn into a fatal one.
PFF 90 Club: Top Rated Players | Week 8 :: NFL.com
Dak Prescott made the 90-over list in Week 8 for his 21-for-27 pass performance with two touchdowns against Chicago, in which he also added 34 rushing yards and a scoring carry. In his second game after thumb rehab, Prescott finished the day with a 91.7. Only eight players in the league had better grades; Prescott was second among all passers.
Adam Zimmer, son of former Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, dies aged 38 :: ESPN
Adam Zimmer was an offensive analyst on the Bengals’ staff and based in Minnesota, where he served under his father for the Vikings from 2014-2021. Mike Zimmer was the Cowboys’ defensive assistant from 1994–1999 and then defense coordinator from 2000–2006.
Story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire