ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has had a pair of one-on-one meetings with Dez Bryant to discuss the Pro Bowl receiver’s potential contract extension, but no deal is imminent. The parties are working to get a deal done before the regular season begins -- as Bryant will cut off negotiations until next offseason -- but neither side is certain an agreement will be reached over the next week. “I don’t know,” Jones said.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Phillip Tanner was officially a member of the Dallas Cowboys for only a couple of hours before playing in Thursday’s game against the Denver Broncos. Signed in the afternoon, Tanner led the Cowboys with 26 rushing yards on eight carries in the 27-3 loss. “It was fun,” said Tanner, who was cut by the Indianapolis Colts recently after playing the last three seasons in Dallas. “I just took it with the mindset this is the game I’ve played since I was 8 years old and to have the opportunity to come back out here and fight for a roster spot.
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys' Henry Melton and Morris Claiborne will go into the regular season without having played a preseason snap. For Claiborne, that wasn’t a surprise because he of a shoulder injury suffered Aug. 13 in practice against the Oakland Raiders. Melton, however, was expected to see at least a few snaps in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Denver Broncos but worked only in warmups. “We wanted to get those guys an opportunity if we could to just come out and have a little game action,” coach Jason Garrett said.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mercifully, the Dallas Cowboys’ preseason came to an end on Thursday with their 27-3 loss to the Denver Broncos. For the first time since 2000 -- and fifth time overall -- the Cowboys did not win a preseason game. Of the four previous winless preseasons, the Cowboys finished above .500 just once, making the playoffs in 1998 with a 10-6 record. The Cowboys enter the Sept. 7 regular-season opener with low outside expectations in part because of their three straight 8-8 finishes and due to a defense that lacks playmakers and will be counting on role players to play in big-time positions.