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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Lee officially did not practice because of pectoral and thigh issues but in talking to the veteran linebacker after practice, it sure sounded like he would play Sunday. He was upbeat. If Lee has a setback, the Cowboys would be thin at linebacker with Leighton Vander Esch set to miss his fourth straight game with a neck injury.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Ezekiel Elliott feels better now through 13 games than he has in any year in which he has played a full season. He broke 1,000 yards for the third straight season, but he calls that mark “the expectation.” With 246 carries for 1,071 yards, Elliott wants more work. “Whatever is in the game plan, whatever the team needs me to do to win, I'm going to go out there and do,” Elliott said. “They know I'm always ready to get as many touches as they need me to get.”

Falling Star

Don La Greca and E.J. Hradek of the NHL Network discuss the coaching change in Dallas, the evolving culture in hockey and to answer some of your tweets!

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys can't use health as an issue. The only player missing practice is linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (neck). Linebacker Sean Lee (pectoral, thigh) was working off to the side on resistance training during the portion of practice open to the media. Amari Cooper (knee) Jeff Heath (shoulders) and Antwaun Woods (knee) are practicing.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The question was about the struggles of the Cowboys offense, but Jason Garrett took a bigger view of the team's struggles. “We just haven't played well enough as a team in all three phases to win the ballgames,” he said. “It's really as simple as that. Offense hasn't been good enough. Defense hasn't been good enough. Special teams hasn't been good enough. Coaching, playing everybody. You use this as an opportunity to get better, you look at it closely and you get back to work.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Leighton Vander Esch did not undergo more tests on Monday on a neck injury that has caused him to miss the last three games and will not practice today, according to Jason Garrett. The Cowboys are not ready to put him on injured reserve just yet and Garrett said there has been improvement but not enough to the point where Vander Esch will practice and play.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaylon Smith caught heat a few times in last week's loss to Chicago, including breaking out The Swipe after a fumble recovery when trailing 24-7. “The Swipe is so much more than a celebration,” he said. “I'm trying to eradicate all the negative energy that's happened in the past and trying to create some momentum to help propel us forward. It's something I've done since I was a sophomore in high school and it's worked, so we're going to keep it going. But we've got to turn things around.”

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Former Texas QB Young headlines Hall inductees

Former Texas quarterback Vince Young, along with former Notre Dame receiver Raghib Ismail and one-time Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, headlined the list of 13 players and two coaches inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

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