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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs muscle watch: C/PF Dwight Powell tips the scales at a "fighting weight" of 245 now. He was a bit under 230 at the end of the season, bulked up to as high as 255 and slimmed down to a weight that allows him to maintain his energy and mobility with significantly more strength. (Powell, who signed a four-year, $37 million contract this summer, confirmed that he doesn't carry his wallet onto the scale.) "It's useful weight," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's not just weight to be heavier. It's muscle, it's basketball weight. It's combination of strength and a little bit more dynamic thrust. It's going to help him."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Deron Williams is being limited early in camp as he focuses on conditioning after spending his summer rehabbing from surgery to repair a sports hernia.

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A lot is on the line for Gundy and Strong

Our experts were asked, "Which non-top-10 game is the most intriguing in Week 5?" Three of them are most intrigued by No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma State. Ted Miller thinks the result could shake up the coaching carousel. Roundtable (Insider)

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Kansas is the opposite of a road warrior

The Jayhawks have lost 36 consecutive road games since 2009, the second-longest road losing streak by an FBS team since major classification began in 1937 behind Wichita State (lost 37 straight from 1964 to '71). KU is a four-touchdown underdog at Texas Tech on Thursday night. Watercooler chatter (Insider)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is missing his second straight day of practice with back tightness. He is doing resistance training off to the side. He did not play last week vs. Chicago but the team has hope he can play Sunday at San Francisco.

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Ian Desmond up, Carlos Gomez down

Having seen his value crash as a free agent last season, Ian Desmond is poised to strike it big on the market this winter after returning to his career norms on offense. Meanwhile, Carlos Gomez's rough season caused his stock to plummet. Bowden: FA value watch (Insider)

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

TCU is rolling out a new black helmet on Saturday for its game against Oklahoma and is asking fans to "Blackout The Carter." That oversized purple Frog outline is a pretty sharp look.

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Oklahoma, TCU still have a lot to play for

The playoff chase heats up with three top-10 matchups in Week 5. However, Oklahoma at No. 21 TCU is pretty big, too. The two-loss Sooners can still win the Big 12, while the Horned Frogs aren't totally out of the playoff race. GameDay Kickoff

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Bryant isn't Prescott's favorite target

Through three weeks, Dak Prescott has thrown to Cole Beasley more than Dez Bryant, while targeting Jason Witten nearly as much. Bryant has caught less than half the targets his way, compared to Beasley's 80 percent.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed Dez Bryant missed treatments and team meetings on Monday-Wednesday because the receiver feared the knee injury was worse than suspected and did not want to face the decision. "It was the wrong thing to do,"Garrett said. Bryant has a tibial plateau fracture in his right leg. Garrett said Bryant would not practice today but Bryant is moving around better and not ruled out of playing Sunday.

Longhorns face must-win game

The playoff chase heats up with three top-10 matchups in Week 5. However, No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma State is pretty big, too. Texas has no margin of error if it wants to get back in the playoff debate. GameDay Kickoff

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Dez Bryant was just starting to heat up

Bryant's knee injury comes at a bad time, as he was much more involved in Weeks 2 and 3 than Week 1, when he only caught one pass on five targets.

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Carlos Gomez fitting in well with Rangers

Against the Brewers on Wednesday, Gomez launched his eighth home run in 31 games with the Rangers. He had just five in 85 games with the Astros earlier this season, ESPN Stats & Info notes.