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  • Cowboys' Damone Clark: Flashes potential in second half

    Clark recorded 47 tackles (29 solo) and two forced fumbles over 10 regular-season games in 2022.

    A fifth-round pick in 2022, the LSU star saw his draft stock drop precipitously after an MRI at the combine turned up a herniated disc that required spinal fusion surgery. There was talk Clark might essentially redshirt his first pro campaign, but he made a quick recovery and was able to suit up for the Cowboys by Week 8. The 22-year-old still showed elite speed after his return, and with Leighton Vander Esch and Anthony Barr both free agents this offseason, Clark could move into a starting role in the Dallas defense next season.

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  • Cowboys' Anthony Barr: Minimal impact in Dallas

    Barr recorded 58 tackles (35 solos) including one sack, with one pass defended and two fumble recoveries, over 14 regular-season games in 2022.

    The 30-year-old linebacker missed three games in the middle of the season with a hamstring injury, but he didn't move the needle much when he was healthy, and his season high in a game was only seven tackles, a figure he reached three times. Barr will be a free agent again this offseason, and with younger options Damone Clark and Jabril Cox pushing for snaps in Dallas, the veteran may have to head elsewhere if he wants anything more than a rotational role in 2023.

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  • Cowboys' T.Y. Hilton: Provides depth late for Dallas

    Hilton played in three regular-season and two postseason games for Dallas in 2022, catching 10 of 15 targets for 159 yards.

    The long-time Colt wound up being Plan B for the Cowboys after they determined Odell Beckham (knee) wasn't going to be able to help them for the stretch run, and Hilton made an immediate impact in his Week 16 debut when he hauled in a 52-yard catch on his only target from Dak Prescott. Hilton was purely a depth option for the team, though, and the 33-year-old's days of being an elite downfield threat are long behind him. It's not yet clear if Dallas has any interest in bringing him back in 2023, or if he'll try to catch on with another club this offseason.

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  • Cowboys' Brett Maher: Likely done in Dallas

    Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday that the team will be "starting over" at kicker, implying that Maher is unlikely to be retained heading into the 2023 season, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Maher is already headed for free agency with his contract set to expire at the start of the new league year, and Dallas apparently won't be looking to re-sign the 33-year-old. After bouncing around several organizations for much of his career, Maher appeared to find a home in Dallas in 2022. He was one of the NFL's top kickers during the regular season, converting 29 of his 32 field-goal attempts and totaling 137 points, tied for third in the NFL. However, his regular season performance was overshadowed by missing six of his final seven extra-point attempts over a three-game stretch between Week 18 against Washington and the Cowboys' two playoff games. Maher likely won't struggle to get an opportunity to compete for a kicking job during training camp and the preseason, but a team may be reluctant to hand him the gig outright heading into 2023.

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  • Cowboys' Malik Hooker: Undergoes thumb procedure

    Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday that Hooker recently underwent thumb surgery, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Per Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hooker's latest procedure was to address a dislocated thumb, which he likely sustained during Dallas' loss to the 49ers in the divisional round. The 26-year-old is expected to be ready for the team's offseason program without any limitations.

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  • Cowboys' Tyron Smith: Gets minor knee surgery

    Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday that Smith recently underwent surgery to address a minor knee issue, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Smith was sidelined for Dallas' first 13 games of the 2022 campaign as a result of the avulsion fracture he sustained in his left knee during training camp. It's likely that his most recent surgery was just a follow-up procedure to clean up any leftover concerns from his previous injury. He'll now aim to make a full recovery by the time the Cowboys' offseason program rolls around.

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  • Cowboys' Luke Gifford: Gets core-muscle surgery

    Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday that Gifford recently underwent core-muscle surgery, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Including the postseason, Gifford played in all but one of the Cowboys' 19 games in 2022, seeing most of his playing time on special teams. It's unclear to what extent the core-muscle injury may have affected his performance, but after getting surgery, Gifford will now aim to make a full recovery by the time Dallas' offseason program begins.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 135.2
Def. 129.3


Player Injury
T. Pollard RB Tony Pollard RB Ankle
M. Gallup WR Michael Gallup WR Knee
A. Brown CB Anthony Brown CB Achilles
M. Hooker SS Malik Hooker SS Thumb
L. Gifford LB Luke Gifford LB Abdomen