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Browns Take Loss Like Men

The Browns made no excuses.  The Cowboys came out and knocked them around.

They told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “We have to get better,” said linebacker Willie McGinest. “We got our butts beat today. That was a good lesson.”

Injuries were the reason the Browns all but admitted they tanked the preseason. Most disrupted their high-powered offense, and a surprise scratch of receiver Donte Stallworth in pre-game warmups added to the discontinuity.

“We played like we hadn’t played together in two or three weeks,” said running back Jamal Lewis, stating a fact.

But the defense — the relatively intact unit — sent out S.O.S. signals with a horrendous first outing.

The multi-dimensional Cowboys hit the Browns for 487 yards and 30 first downs. Tony Romo was intercepted once in the end zone and ended the game by taking a knee at the Browns’ 13 — else this whuppin’ would have been worse.

Cleveland Scouts The Cowboys

Tony Grossi was one of my favorite NFL writers to read in Cleveland.  He’s got his take on the Cowboys and spoke with Jerry Jones in the Plain Dealer.

While some owners like to consider themselves their team’s general manager, Jones has the title to prove it.

The fact that the Cowboys are on the verge of a Super Bowl-or-bust tour is sweet icing on his cake. Life hasn’t been this good since Jones teamed with Jimmy Johnson (and then Barry Switzer) for three Super Bowl championships in four seasons in the 1990s.

“I think the key is I feel good about our quarterback,” Jones said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “When you have quarterbacking that you feel gives you a chance to win, that causes me to stretch out, to do some higher risk things in terms of other personnel moves. I felt like that when we had Troy Aikman in place.”

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T.O.

I wrote in my Star-Telegram column on why the Cowboys need to feed T.O. this Sunday in the season opener.

The Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiving corps is down to just two proven players: Terrell Owens and Patrick Crayton.

The club will not have the services of Miles Austin (sprained knee) or Sam Hurd (high ankle sprain) for the season opener in Cleveland on Sept. 7. They were penciled in as the third and fourth receiving options for quarterback Tony Romo.

His fifth wide receiver option, Isaiah Stanback, has a dislocated shoulder. I wouldn’t exactly be counting on Stanback for realistic production if I were offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

Here’s what the game plan should be when it comes to putting the ball in the air against the Browns: Trust in T.O.

Put it on No. 81’s shoulders. I bet he will shine.

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Pacman Risk Pays Off For Jerry Jones

Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones made the trade with Tennessee to bring Pacman Jones to the Cowboys. 

It was a risk that paid off today because Jones was reinstated by the NFL.  He can play in the season opener September 7th in Cleveland.

This is the official statement from the team:

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones was re-instated to play in the NFL for the 2008 season today by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.    

“This is another step in the process,” said Jones.  “I am very grateful for this opportunity, and I understand my responsibilities to the Dallas Cowboys and the National Football League.  Right now I just want to keep working hard so I can accomplish the goals that I have set for myself both on and off the field.”

“Adam has worked hard to get to this point, but he also knows that there is still a lot of work ahead of him,” said Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones.   “He is fully aware of the opportunity that he has been given, and he knows that this is an ongoing process.”

Tony Romo’s Dad Gives His Thoughts On Jessica Simpson

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is very close with his dad.  You can say they are best friends. 

Ramiro Romo is a driven ex-Navy man who’s competitiveness has been passed down to his son.

I went up to their hometown of Burlington, Wisconsin, in July and asked Ramiro what he thought about his son dating celebrity singer Jessica Simpson. 

And for a bonus, I got Romo’s take on it as well.

Just click here to see what they had to say on the record only to NBC 5 Sports.

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Josh Cribbs Has High Ankle Sprain

The Cleveland Browns are battling injury problems.  Quarterback Derek Anderson suffered a concussion against the Giants in a preseason loss.  He may not play another game until September 7th against the Cowboys to open the season according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Giants laid a whuppin’ the Browns, who also lost starting safety Brodney Pool and tight end Brad Cieslak to concussions and linebacker Leon Williams to a neck injury.

Pro Bowl Wide receiver Braylon Edwards sufffered a freak foot injury early in camp and isn’t 100%.

Now Pro Bowl special teams ace Joshua Cribbs has a high ankle sprain.  It happened in that Monday Night Debacle against the G-Men.  Cribbs is the best return man in the game outside of Chicago Bear Devin Hester.

High ankle sprains take four to six weeks to heal.   I doubt he will be able to play the season opener against the Cowboys and if he does…..Cribbs won’t be 100%.

Rick Gosselin’s Final Mock Draft

Newdawg blog readers know I’m a big time fan of Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. 

Goose is a tremendous writer and he talks to all the teams.  One day I had him on NBC 5 and he had spoken to five NFL GM’s that day.

He’s got the Cowboys taking a running back and a corner in the first round.   Click for the entire mock draft.

Felix Jones of Arkansas and Brandon Flowers of Virginia Tech.