DALLAS Teams

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

For the first time this season, Dirk Nowitzki is listed as questionable for Wednesday's home game against the Hawks. Nowitzki, the longtime face of the Mavs' franchise, is on the verge of making his season debut after a long recovery from spring ankle surgery.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Would you rather have Amari Cooper, who has 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns in six games, or the 25th overall pick in the first round? With their 8-5 record, the Cowboys are presently giving up pick No. 25 in the first round to the Oakland Raiders because of the Cooper trade.

Doncic assists back-to-back 3-pointers (0:31)
Brunson crosses up defender and drives for lay-in (0:20)
Doncic hops up and down after assist to Jordan (0:21)
Doncic passes between defender's legs for assist (0:20)
Doncic catches full-court pass, finishes and-1 (0:23)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

When the Cowboy get back to practice Wednesday, linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) and wide receiver Tavon Austin (groin) are expected to take part at least in a limited fashion, according to coach Jason Garrett. Lee has missed the last five games because of the injury and Austin has not placed since Oct. 14 against Jacksonville. Both players had been rehabbing off to the side during practice in recent weeks.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Taco Charlton, the Cowboys' first-round pick in 2017, was a healthy scratch Sunday against Philadelphia. He missed three games with a shoulder injury and played just four snaps Nov. 29 against New Orleans. Jason Garrett said Charlton has to practice better. “We want to make it competitive. We want to make sure guys earn their opportunity and some of the other guys have done a good job in his absence,” Garrett said. “So we'll see how he practices this week if he gets an opportunity to play in the game.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Zack Martin aggravated the sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win against Philadelphia and should be limited in practice during the week. He has not missed a start in his career but if he can't play against Indianapolis, Connor Williams will start at right guard. It was the third time this season, Martin hurt the knee in a game this season. “He's as tough as they come so whatever he can do to play as quickly a she can, he's going to do,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We'll see how he responds.”

Will Doncic win Rookie of the Year? (2:06)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

New Rangers manager Chris Woodward will now have to face Shohei Ohtani often. He knew he could pitch, but didn't think he would become such a good hitter. "I wasn't convinced to start the year," Woodward said. "He proved me and a lot of people wrong."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

One of the more interesting things that new Rangers manager Chris Woodward said is that Jose Leclerc won't necessarily be locked into the closer role. He believes Leclerc is capable of pitching two or three innings at a time if needed and could be used in certain high-leverage situations as dictated and not just the ninth inning. Leclerc emerged as one of the game's most dominant relievers in 2018 with 85 K's in 57.2 innings with just one home run and a .126 average allowed.