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Jerry Jones has bold Ezekiel Elliott prediction for rest of season

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The status of running back Ezekiel Elliott has been a big focus lately for the Dallas Cowboys, as the running back continues to battle a knee injury. It you believe Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, however, the worst is behind the running back.

On Friday, Jones told 105.3 The Fan that Elliott’s trainers believe the running back is “good to go,” and that a ten-day rest will get Elliott back to full health.

“His trainers, the people that are the closest to his health, his medical situation, they think he’s really good to go,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News’ “SportsDay.” “And, so, I don’t see after a 10-day rest here, you know, a lot of times, if you can get through games, if you can push on, then that’s better for you than sitting it out. You actually, if you have an issue, it improves if you’re able to get through and not injure it more. He certainly didn’t injure anything more last night. So, I really look forward to a powerful and dynamic Zeke as we move on into this last part of the season.”

Whether Jones is talking based on something he knows or is offering some hopeful speculation is not clear. We do know that there was legitimate concern about Elliott missing time due to the nagging knee issue. He also didn’t look any better Thursday against the Saints, picking up just 45 yards on 13 carries. The rest should help, but it’s hard to envision Elliott closing the season the way Jones seems to think he can.

Jerry Jones may have had a little too much fun on Bourbon Street

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The Dallas Cowboys played the Saints in New Orleans on Thursday night in Week 13, and it sounds like it was a fun trip for everyone, especially Jerry Jones.

The Cowboys owner traveled to watch his team play the game. He also spent some time hanging out with Cowboys fans on Bourbon Street, the popular tourist area in the heart of New Orleans.

Jones joked during a radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan that he left about 20 percent of himself back on Bourbon Street.

Jones even ran into a Cowboys reporter on Bourbon Street and joked that he would be coaching in place of Mike McCarthy, who is out due to COVID. Jones offered to buy the reporter a drink.

None of this should surprise you. Jones enjoys to have a good time. We even shared videos of him hanging out with fans on Bourbon Street in 2019.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones not happy with all the penalty calls in Cowboys loss

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Jerry Jones was not at all happy following his Dallas Cowboys’ 36-33 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders at home on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys owner was especially unhappy with all the penalties called in the game.

The Cowboys were penalized 14 times for 166 yards, which is a franchise record. The Raiders were also penalized 14 times, but for 110 yards. The total penalties called in the game produced an anomaly.

Like all the fans watching who did not enjoy the officials’ version of “flag” football, Jones didn’t like all the infractions that were called. He said the end result was a game of “throw up ball” that is a poor product.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy was similarly frustrated with the officiating.

The “throw-up ball” that Jones described likely relates to the way Derek Carr just started throwing up balls at cornerbacks like Anthony Brown in hopes of drawing a call. Brown was penalized four times for pass interference, so the strategy worked. Maybe the Cowboys should have done more of the same.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones approves of Andy Dalton trade in perfectly-timed video

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Cooper Rush performed well in the Dallas Cowboys’ win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night and looked very capable as Dak Prescott’s backup. But there is another option out there Dallas may consider ahead of the trade deadline.

During “Sunday Night Football” between the Cowboys and Vikings, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth discussed the possibility of the Cowboys trading for Andy Dalton. The trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Collinsworth speculated that the Chicago Bears could make Dalton available for a trade. Just as Collinsworth was talking, NBC flashed to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in his suite. Jones conveniently happened to give a thumbs up as Collinsworth was talking, as if he approved of such a trade.

The timing of the video was perfect. But after the way Rush played on Sunday night, Dallas’ front office is unlikely to view Dalton as an upgrade as their backup.

Dallas really just needs to hope that Prescott won’t be out for very long.

Jerry Jones has hilarious take on Tom Brady milestone ball negotation

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Tom Brady was fortunate that his 600th career touchdown ball was accidentally handed to a reasonable fan on Sunday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed to get the important piece of memorabilia back, but Jerry Jones says the negotiation might have been a bit tougher if he were involved.

Not knowing that he had just caught the 600th touchdown of Brady’s legendary career, Mike Evans handed the ball to a Bucs fan who was wearing his jersey. The fan, Byron Kennedy, gave the ball back after speaking with a team staffer. During his Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jones joked that he would have been much more difficult for the Bucs to deal with.

“I’d be hard to trade with. I’d explain to everybody that that’s like asking for my baby,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “Then I’d tear-up for him a little bit (thinking) about how I’m gonna have that when I’m 90. And then after all that, then I’d take offers.”

Kennedy probably could have held out for more, but the Buccaneers are hooking him up. The team has given him a bunch of memorabilia and a whole lot more in exchange for his cooperation.

There have been estimates that the ball would be worth upwards of $500,000, but Kennedy said he felt Brady deserved to have it. He also made one special request, though it’s unclear if Brady is going to deliver. Jones apparently would have made sure of it.

Jerry Jones critical of special teams blunder that Cowboys coach defended

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The Dallas Cowboys committed a brutal special teams mistake on Sunday that they are fortunate did not cost them a win, and one member of the coaching staff has since defended the decision that led to the blunder. Jerry Jones views the play differently.

The Cowboys had 4th-and-20 on their 46-yard line late in the first half of their game against the Los Angeles Chargers. They should have gotten the ball back with a chance to build on their 14-11 lead, but they instead roughed the punter. On Monday, special teams coach John Fassel said he was giving Cowboys fans what they wanted by trying to block the punt.

“I think Cowboys fans aren’t the play-it-safe type. So I was going to give them what they wanted, come after their a– on the punt rush,” Fassel said, per ESPN’s Todd Archer. “So I hope they’re happy with it. We came after him.”

Fans certainly were not pleased with the result. Neither was Jones, who made it clear on Tuesday that he disagreed with the play call.

The Cowboys won 20-17 on a last-second field goal from Greg Zuerlein, so all is forgiven. They also benefitted from a brutal call that went against the Chargers late in the second half. Had they lost, the roughing the kicker penalty would have been a much bigger topic of conversation.

Jerry Jones goes nuts in luxury box after Greg Zuerlein winning kick

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Greg Zuerlein had a brutal game in his Dallas Cowboys’ Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay, but he made up for it in Week 2.

Greg The Leg made a 56-yard field goal as time expired on Sunday to give the Cowboys a 20-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The CBS cameras immediately flashed to team owner Jerry Jones’ box, where there was a huge celebration.

They had a lot of reasons to celebrate. That’s a big road win, and it makes up for their Week 1 loss.

Zuerlein two field goals and an extra point last week but made up for it this time. The Cowboys also got some help from the refs in the game.

Jerry Jones delivers legendary quote about Randy Gregory’s availability

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Jerry Jones has a way with words, and the Dallas Cowboys owner reminded us of that with a hilarious comment he had about Randy Gregory on Friday.

Gregory was placed on the COVID-19 list earlier this week. It appears unlikely that he will be cleared in time to play in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Jones was asked by a reporter if Gregory still has a chance to play, and the 78-year-old had a hilarious way of expressing doubt.

Translation: Gregory has a minuscule chance of being cleared.

Only Jones would be able to put it so eloquently. Nothing will ever top the way he described his emotions after Tony Romo’s injury years ago, but the latest remark is further proof that he will never run out of Jerry-isms.

Video: Jimmy Johnson zings Jerry Jones after Cowboys Ring of Honor announcement

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Jimmy Johnson zinged Jerry Jones after the Dallas Cowboys owner finally said he would put the team’s former coach into the Ring of Honor.

Johnson’s absence from the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor has been a major ongoing omission given that the 78-year-old rebuilt the Cowboys and won back-to-back Super Bowls with them. He is a big part of the reason why the team became so popular in the 1990s.

But Jones kept him out of the team’s Ring of Honor for several years, accusing Johnson of “disloyalty.” Johnson and Jones parted ways in 1994 after Jerry wanted a greater role in personnel decisions instead of allowing Johnson to continue being in charge.

Johnson went on to the Miami Dolphins a few years later, while Jones hired Barry Switzer as a replacement.

Johnson finally got the call last year that he would be making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That induction came before recognition from the Cowboys.

But on FOX’s pregame show Thursday for the Hall of Fame Game, Jones finally said Johnson would make it into the team’s Ring of Honor.

Recognizing how long he had waited to be included, Johnson zinged Jones, asking if the honor would take place while he was still alive.

Jones admitted this year that he screwed things up with Johnson. Perhaps that admission was a sign Jones would be ready to induct Johnson into the Ring as he deserves.

Jerry Jones admits he ‘f—ed it up’ with Jimmy Johnson

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After years of acrimony between Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson, the Dallas Cowboys owner seemed to acknowledge Wednesday that it was his fault that things went wrong between the pair.

Jones and Johnson were former Arkansas teammates and longtime friends when Jones lured Johnson away from Miami to coach the Cowboys in 1989. Johnson went on to win the Super Bowl in 1992 and 1993, but left the Cowboys after the second championship in part due to a power struggle over personnel decisions. The two have not been on great terms since, with Johnson a notable omission from the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor despite coaching the team to back-to-back titles.

On Wednesday, Jones called Johnson a “friend” and seemed to acknowledge that it was his fault that the professional relationship turned sour.

“He’s a great coach and I’m proud to have him as a friend, and proud to have the times that we — we just had a great experience,” Jones said of Johnson, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. “I’ve never been able to know why I f–-ed it up.”

Johnson will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, though there are still no plans to induct Johnson into the Ring of Honor. The bad blood still seems to be lingering a bit between the pair, but perhaps these remarks by Jones will be seen as something of an olive branch.