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Smith wants to be a Cowboy for life (0:51)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones has not talked with Ezekiel Elliott since making his, “Zeke, who?” joke after the last preseason game, but he was not about to apologize for saying it after Elliott's agent, Rocky Arceneaux, told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that he and his client found the joke, “disrespectful.” Said Jones, “Look, I've earned the right with Zeke to joke. Period. I've earned it … Let me be real clear about it: I've earned that right to joke.”

Jones: 'I've earned the right with Zeke to joke' (1:22)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephen Jones just gave the contract details on Jaylon Smith's contract: five-year extension, $64 million and $35.5 million guaranteed.

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Cowboys' Cooper likely out for rest of preseason

Amari Cooper, who has not practiced with the Cowboys since Aug. 6 due to a heel injury, hopes to practice with the team by the end of the week but likely will not play in any preseason games.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Last week in Oxnard, Jaylon Smith was asked about his contract status and what he hoped for: “For me, I want to be a Cowboy,” Smith said. “I want to be a Cowboy for the rest of my life. Understanding what they've done for me and taking a chance, taking a risk and now they're getting a return on their investment. So it's a beautiful thing to be a Dallas Cowboy. I definitely want to make that happen for life.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Quite a journey for Jaylon Smith. After suffering a serious knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl while at Notre Dame and not knowing if he would be able to play football again to signing a contract extension with the Cowboys while under the team's control through 2020. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys opted to lock up a cornerstone piece to their defense. Next up for the Cowboys is two more members of the 2016 draft class: Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

So the first lucrative deal that Dallas gives out this summer is not to Ezekiel Elliott nor Dak Prescott nor Amari Cooper, but LB Jaylon Smith

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a second-round pick in 2016, has made a tremendous comeback from a serious injury suffered at Notre Dame and has played in the last 32 games after not playing his rookie season. Now the Cowboys hope to sign Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper to deals at some point as well.

Garrett on Zeke: 'We love him as a guy; we love him as a player' (0:56)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford are in full pads for the first time in training camp, having been activated from the physically unable to perform list. They are going through individual drills but will not take part in any team action. Jason Garrett said both players are ahead of schedule in their rehab from shoulder surgery (Lawrence) and a hip issue (Crawford). Both players are expected to play in the regular-season opener against the New York Giants. “We'll see how it goes and hopefully continue to ramp them up as we get ready for the season.” Garrett said.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Ezekiel Elliott's holdout is at 25 days and counting and on the field the Cowboys continue to go about their business with their first practice at The Star. But how much time does a guy like Elliott, who did not have a preseason carry a year ago, need to get up to speed? “I just think it's important for pro football players to be around pro football players,” coach Jason Garrett said. “I believe that. In the offseason a lot of guys will work out on their own, (but) there's no better environment than competing every day with guys who are at your same level who play pro football. And whether that's in the weight room, wind sprints, doing actual football stuff, that's the best environment to get better. And we all know that. That's why we value the offseason so much, that's why we value training camp so much, the preseason and all of that. That's what helps you prepare your best for the regular season. Again, for a lot of different reasons, whether it's injury or business, sometimes that can't be the case so you try to create the right environment for that individual or for other individuals to get your team ready to go.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP.

Stephen A.: Jerry Jones doesn't owe Zeke an apology (0:56)
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1dAaron Schatz

The biggest 'fluke' seasons for NFL QBs

Players at all positions have had fluke seasons, but it's the QBs that stick out most. Here are the top 10, including two current NFC East starters.

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2dChris Mortensen

Agent: Elliott irked by Jones' 'Zeke who?' quip

Ezekiel Elliott was not amused by Saturday's "Zeke who?" quip from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and thought it was "disrespectful," according to his agent.

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2dNFL Nation

Training camp MVPs for all 32 NFL teams

NFL Nation tabs Mr. Training Camp for every team, from the reigning Defensive Player of the Year to a potential quarterback of the future.

Stephen A.: Jerry Jones is trying to agitate Zeke (1:45)
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3dTodd Archer

Zeke won't face charges for Vegas incident

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will not face charges from Las Vegas police for an alleged assault that occurred in May, according to Frank Salzano, one of Elliott's attorneys and agents.

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3dTodd Archer

Cowboys' Witten: 'Jitters were real' in return

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten made his preseason debut on Saturday after coming out of retirement and admitted to having "jitters" in his first game action since Dec. 31, 2017.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

After last week's preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Jones said Tony Pollard has shown he could be an every-down back. On Sunday, the owner and general manager was asked if Pollard is the best negotiating ploy the Cowboys have in talks with Ezekiel Elliott. “Zeke who?” Jones joked. Pollard had 51 yards on the Cowboys' first drive that ended with his 14-yard touchdown run. “He knows exactly what to do, and he knows how to do it, so it is, he goes out there and he plays to that level,” Jones said. “If he continues this through the next several weeks, he's going to be right in the middle of it early, and that will really complement what we're doing with Zeke. Not replace that. And I mean that, not replace that. Nobody's getting cute here, but it'll certainly be a great complement … I can picture those guys same sets at the same times out there and really giving those defenses fits.”

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