DALLAS Teams

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for at least 96 yards in four games against Philadelphia in his career but understands the challenge this week in seeing the NFL's second-ranked run defense. A starting running back has not had more than 43 yards rushing against the Eagles this season. “They have a great front. It starts up front,” Elliott said. “They have a great defensive line and that's the heart and soul of their defense. As they go, their defense goes.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys will not have Amari Cooper (quadriceps), Randall Cobb (back), Tyron Smith (ankle), La'el Collins (knee), Byron Jones (hamstring), Anthony Brown (hamstring) and Dorance Armstrong (neck) at practice today. As a result, Jason Garrett said the practice will be a little shorter with less work in individual drills as the Cowboys begin their prep work for Philadelphia.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys will not start a three-week practice window for wide receiver Noah Brown, who is on the physically unable to perform list, just yet. Brown had knee surgery during the offseason and was unable to participate in training camp. The Cowboys have until Nov. 4 to start the window and once Brown begins practice, the club has three weeks to add him to the active roster. Brown has been used mostly as a blocker and on special teams in his career.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

To replace Tyrone Crawford, the Cowboys have signed defensive lineman Justin Hamilton, who was among the Kansas City Chiefs' final cuts In August. ‪At 6-2‬, 315 pounds, Hamilton brings size to the interior of the Cowboys line and he has familiarity with passing game coordinator Kris Richard, having spent time with the Seattle Seahawks.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones on Jason Garrett to ESPN from the NFL's fall meetings in Fort Lauderdale: “Well, first of all, he's got a lot of great coaching qualities, but nobody has them all. To some degree we have invested a lot of money in the evolving of Jason as a head coach … There's a lot of things that make him A+ across the board. You've got the look at the entire picture, and now he's evolved into maybe to win some Super Bowls.”

Jones defends officiating, new pass interference rule (1:30)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrone Crawford will be placed on injured reserve with the defensive end set to have hip surgery to alleviate an issue that has bothered him since late last season, according to multiple sources. Crawford, a starter since 2014, missed the entire offseason program and training camp hoping rehab would help the problem but he has played in pain since the season began. Inactive for two games, he had a sack, two tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry in four contests.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Right tackle La'el Collins said he is getting closer to returning from a sprained MCL that kept him out of the Jets' game but he was not sure if he would be able to practice this week. “Obviously, I would love to be there for my team but at the same time I wouldn't do anything to hurt my team,” Collins said. “At the end of the day we're just going to take it one day at a time and just grind it out.” The Oct. 27 bye week would not impact his willingness to play Sunday.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

A guarantee or not, Doug Pederson's comments about the Eagles winning Sunday were not met with much care by the Cowboys. “Honestly, it doesn't bother me,” cornerback Jourdan Lewis said. “That's what you're supposed to do. You're supposed to come out here and try to beat us. I mean, he said it publicly. Doesn't matter. I mean we already understood that there was going to be questions on it but we got to go out there and execute and win this game. We have to go out there and play our best game.”