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Texas Football Coach Tom Herman: ‘Not Worried About Winning My Way Out Of Anything’

Texas Football Coach Tom Herman: ‘Not Worried About Winning My Way Out Of Anything’

AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas coach Tom Herman batted away questions about his future with the program on Monday, trying to keep the focus on his players trying to win their last two games of the regular season.

“I’m extremely focused on beating Kansas State, not worried about winning my way out of anything, not worried about die being cast, or anything like that,” Herman said.

When pressed on whether his weekend conversations with athletic director Chris Del Conte gave him any clarity on his job status, Herman described his relationship with his boss as “great” and said the talks were focused on Saturday’s road game.

Herman’s job status has become an open question now that Texas once again is left without a realistic chance for the Big 12 championship.

The title drought has now stretched to 11 years, the state’s top recruits are looking elsewhere and one of the Longhorns’ best players is skipping the final two games to focus on a potential NFL career.

Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns watches players warm up before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 07, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Herman is 30-18 in four seasons and last week’s 23-20 loss to Iowa State effectively knocked Texas (5-3, 4-3 Big 12) out of league title contention after being ranked as high as No 8 earlier this season.

The Longhorns have made the league championship game just once, in 2018, and haven’t won the league since 2009.

Herman said the standard for Texas should be for the Longhorns to be in the Big 12 title “conversation” and competing for the championship every November and December.

“We were there this year. We were there two years ago,” Herman said, referring to 2018 when Texas lost in the Big 12 championship game before beating Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

It was after the Sugar Bowl that quarterback Sam Ehlinger told the cheering Longhorns supporters, “We’re ba-ack!”

Texas certainly expected more than championship conversations when it hired Herman away from Houston in late 2016 with a contract that pays him more than $6 million per year and has a buyout of more than $15 million if he is let go. His contract runs through 2023.

The economics of Herman’s remaining contract, plus millions more to buy out guaranteed contracts for assistants, and whatever amount Texas will need to hire a new coach have to be a factor for the Del Conte and the rest of the school’s administration and financial backers. Herman revamped his coaching staff after 2019 with seven new assistants, including offensive and defensive coordinators with multi-year, guaranteed contracts.

Del Conte did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Texas junior starting left tackle Sam Cosmi announced over the weekend he was done with this season and will skip the final two games and bowl game to focus on preparing for the NFL draft.

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Texas Rangers Holiday Toy Drive Moves Online For 2020

Texas Rangers Holiday Toy Drive Moves Online For 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Annual Texas Rangers Holiday Toy Drive is moving to a virtual format this holiday season.

Starting Monday, Nov. 30, donations will be accepted here to benefit families in need.

This is the tenth consecutive year that the Texas Rangers have hosted a Holiday Toy Drive, and the first year to move the event to an online virtual format.

Rangers’ catcher Jose Trevino will serve as the honorary chair for the event.

Texas Rangers’ catcher Jose Trevino will serve as the Honorary Chair of the Rangers Holiday Toy Drive (credit: Texas Rangers)

Due to health and safety regulations, physical toy donations will not be accepted this year; however, fans may donate funds in any amount for the purchase of toys.

Donation levels range from $10, which will provide children’s books, to $250, which will provide bicycles.

Custom donation amounts are also available.

This year the Texas Rangers Toy Drive will benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, as well as Trevino’s Toy Drive which benefits West Side Helping Hand in Corpus Christi.

West Side Helping Hand is an Educational and Recreational Youth Center that serves students in Grades 1-6 who are from low income families in the Corpus Christi Area.

The Texas Rangers Toy Drive provides toys to children from low-income Tarrant County families during the holiday season.

The toy drive continues until Monday, Dec. 14.

Donation Levels:

· $10 Children’s Books

· $20 Age Appropriate Games

· $40 Baby Dolls, Nerf toys, RC Cars

· $100 Electronics

· $250 Bicycles

· $$$ Donation amount of your choice

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Living Room Sports: ‘Voice Of The Dallas Cowboys’ Brad Sham

Living Room Sports: ‘Voice Of The Dallas Cowboys’ Brad Sham

(CBSDFW.COM) – Radio announcer Brad Sham, known as the “voice of the Dallas Cowboys,” joins Living Room Sports this week to talk about his career so far and some memorable moments.

Watch his interview with Bill Jones in the video player above.

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North Texas Native Sarah Fuller Becomes First Woman To Play In Power 5 Conference Football Game

North Texas Native Sarah Fuller Becomes First Woman To Play In Power 5 Conference Football Game

COLUMBIA, Mo. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Sarah Fuller was playing around with a teammate a couple months ago when she kicked a soccer ball through the uprights from 45 yards away. She joked about being able to kick a football with teammates during the Southeastern Conference soccer tournament.

On Saturday, she made history.

Fuller, who played soccer at Wylie High School, became the first woman to participate in a Power Five conference football game when she kicked off for Vanderbilt to start the second half at Missouri, a moment that may take some time to soak in for her.

“I just think it’s incredible that I am able to do this, and all I want to do is be a good influence to the young girls out there because there were times like I struggled in sports,” Fuller said. “But I am so thankful I stuck with it, and it’s given me so many opportunities. I’ve met so many amazing people through sports, and I just want to say like literally you can do anything you set your mind to.”

Fuller kicked with a holder rather than using a tee in a designed squib kick, and the senior sent a low kick to the 35-yard line where it was pounced on by Missouri’s Mason Pack. Fuller didn’t get any other opportunities in Vanderbilt’s 41-0 loss to Missouri.

"I just want to tell all the girls out there that you can do anything you set your mind to, you really can. And if you have that mentality all the way through, you can do big things." – @SarahFuller_27 #AnchorDown pic.twitter.com/F8bZqeQaCG

— Vanderbilt Athletics (@vucommodores) November 28, 2020

Coach Derek Mason made clear that Fuller kicked for the Commodores due to need, not for history or publicity. COVID-19 protocols and restrictions left Mason with very few options, prompting him to reach out to the soccer team for help.

Fuller, a 6-foot-2 goalkeeper, decided she was up for the challenge.

“I’m not about making statements,” Mason said. “This was out of necessity. You look at our week. Our students had gone home. The ability to have access to students and tryouts was almost nil in terms of like what’s available. … That just happened to be the most viable option.”

After Fuller’s kick, she went straight to the sideline, where she high-fived some of her new teammates and swapped some elbow bumps. Fuller’s parents watched and cheered from the stands along with her boyfriend and best friend.

Fuller practiced with the Commodores this week after helping the Commodores win the SEC Tournament last weekend. Fuller said her longest field goal in practice was 38 yards.

She wore “Play Like A Girl” on the back of her helmet. The senior will get to keep the No. 32 jersey she wore Saturday, the same as her number when playing soccer.

Fuller even gave a halftime pep talk, which she usually left to her soccer teammates, telling her new teammates that Vandy won the SEC soccer tournament title by cheering for each other whether on the field or the sideline.

“We had a different mindset coming out the second half,” quarterback Mike Wright said.

After her kickoff, reaction poured in on social media. Fuller was the No. 2 trending topic on Twitter, followed by Vandy. Her soccer team wrote on Twitter: “Glass. Everywhere.”

As in glass ceiling.

Pat McAfee, a former NFL punter, reviewed Fuller’s squib kick, noting the ball didn’t go out of bounds and there was no chance of a return, setting up the defense.

“Congrats to @SarahFuller_27 for being THE FIRST EVER WOMAN TO KICKOFF A POWER 5 GAME,” McAfee wrote. “Incredibly rare to be the ‘1st ever person to do something’ these days..this is really cool.”

No woman had appeared in an SEC football game or for any Power Five team. Liz Heaston became the first woman to score with two extra points for Willamette in NAIA on Oct. 18, 1997.

Katie Hnida was the first woman to score at the Football Bowl Subdivision level with two extra points for New Mexico on Aug. 30, 2003.

April Goss was the second, with an extra point for Kent State in 2015. Tonya Butler was the first woman to kick a field goal in an NCAA game for Division II West Alabama on Sept. 13, 2003. New Mexico congratulated Fuller on Twitter for joining Hnida and Goss for kicking in an FBS game.

“Welcome to the club, @April_Goss and I are waiting with snacks!” Hnida wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz visited with Fuller before kickoff and repeated a message that Fuller has heard a lot in recent days. The father of four daughters told Fuller it was incredible they watched her make history.

“I’ve had girl dads come up to me and they’re like, ‘You’re inspiring my little girls, and I want them to know that they can do anything and you’re proving that point.’ And I think that has been the coolest thing,” Fuller said.

Fuller also made clear she’d be up for continuing to help the football team if needed. She believes she can refine her timing and technique with more practice.

Vanderbilt (0-8) visits No. 13 Georgia next week.

“If she wants to kick and she’s available, we’d love to have her,” Mason said.

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Raw Emotions Linger For Cowboys After Death Of Strength Coach Markus Paul

Raw Emotions Linger For Cowboys After Death Of Strength Coach Markus Paul

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike McCarthy hadn’t even looked at film almost 24 hours after a failed fake punt sent the Dallas Cowboys spiraling in a Thanksgiving Day loss to Washington.

The first-year Dallas coach couldn’t really answer a question about the play because he was still dealing the next morning with the aftermath of the sudden death of strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul, who collapsed in the team’s weight room and died at a hospital the day before the 41-16 loss Thursday.

The emotions were still raw for the Cowboys (3-8) even after having to gather themselves and play a game critical to their hopes of making the playoffs despite their poor record. McCarthy seemed to have trouble composing himself at times in a conference call with reporters, and special teams coordinator John Fassel broke down as he started an answer about Paul.

The team has said a cause of death was pending for Paul, who was 54.

“It’s been emotionally challenging, overwhelming, I don’t know what words I can use to describe the feeling,” McCarthy said Friday. “It was something that was just so personal for all of us, especially how it happened, where it happened and the timing of it all. We’re just trying to make plans to move forward.”

Dallas was supposed to play on a Thursday-to-Thursday schedule that has become common for the club after Thanksgiving. But the upcoming game against Baltimore was tentatively pushed to Monday, Dec. 7.

McCarthy seemed to have a sense already of the change prompted by COVID-19 issues that forced the NFL to push back the Ravens’ game against Pittsburgh twice. It’s now scheduled for Tuesday.

The coach was actually looking forward to what amounted to another bye week for the Cowboys, who now might not even have to practice for a full week after the Thanksgiving game. McCarthy wanted his players to have all the down time they could get.

“I think it’s important for them to be with their family,” McCarthy said. “I have no idea what’s going to happen.”

McCarthy and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan went through something similar 15 years ago in San Francisco when their roles were reversed.

Nolan said McCarthy, then the offensive coordinator for the 49ers, was standing near Thomas Herrion when the 23-year-old offensive lineman collapsed and died in the locker room after a preseason game in Denver.

“It’s a very complicated thing, a very difficult thing to handle,” Nolan said. “I do believe, as I even told Mike, he handled it extremely well and he’ll continue to do that. It’s very difficult for someone in that position to even choose the words that you’re going to say to the group because there are so many different things going on in different players’ minds. I think Mike’s very sensitive to that.”

It’s been a dizzying first year for McCarthy and his staff taking over a team that had high hopes.

The pandemic kept the defense from getting the live work in the offseason needed to implement a new scheme. Key injuries hit early and haven’t stopped, the biggest being star quarterback Dak Prescott out for the season after breaking an ankle in Week 5. The offensive line has been in flux all year because of injuries, and now Dallas is having to dig deep into the depth chart at cornerback.

All of those issues lost their significance Tuesday morning when Paul collapsed. Now the Cowboys have to figure out how to keep the emotional toll from lingering with five games remaining and not all hope lost in the NFC East, the only division that doesn’t have a team with a winning record.

“This is the hard part of life,” McCarthy said. “We will deal with it and we’ll use whatever resources we need to. Personal health is always the priority of everybody in our organization. We’ll just continue to work through it.”

The players are getting some extra time to do that on their own after not having much time to process their emotions before the loss to Washington.

“We kind of have a football life and then we have our real lives,” receiver Amari Cooper said after the game. “We live two lives and what happened over the past week, it was tragic and we kind of had to cope with it and in the span of those two lives and still try to focus as much as we can on football while dealing with something in our personal lives.”

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Cowboys-Ravens Game Moved To Monday, Dec. 7

Cowboys-Ravens Game Moved To Monday, Dec. 7

FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Ravens has been moved from next Thursday to Monday, Dec. 7, as Baltimore deals with an outbreak of COVID-19 within the team.

The Ravens were scheduled to play on Thanksgiving Day against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but an outbreak forced the game to be delayed to Sunday afternoon. However, now the NFL has decided to push that game further to Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. CT.

The league said if the Ravens-Steelers game is able to be played on that Tuesday, then the Cowboys-Ravens game, which was scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3, will be played at 4 p.m. CT on Dec. 7.

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— NFL (@NFL) November 27, 2020

According to the league, the Monday night matchup between the Cowboys and Ravens would be broadcast on Fox, NFL Network and Amazon.

“These decisions were made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts,” the NFL said in a statement.

According to multiple reports, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is among several players who tested positive for COVID-19 recently. Earlier this week, linebacker Pernell McPhee joined running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins and defensive tackle Brandon Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

WJZ reports Baltimore defensive end Jihad Ward, defensive end Calais Campbell, offensive linemen Patrick Mekari and Matt Skua were also placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

As for the Cowboys, the team will now have some extra days to get ready for Baltimore after coming off a brutal loss to the Washington Football Team on Thanksgiving Day.

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Washington Rolls Past Cowboys 41-16 On Thanksgiving

Washington Rolls Past Cowboys 41-16 On Thanksgiving

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Antonio Gibson ran for three touchdowns, Alex Smith had a scoring pass and Washington at least temporarily moved into first place in the woeful NFC East with a 41-16 Thanksgiving victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.

Gibson’s second score was a 23-yard run on the first play after an ill-advised fake punt attempt by Dallas as Washington beat its division rival on Thanksgiving for just the second time in 10 tries, the most frequent visitor for the Cowboys in their annual holiday home game.

Washington (4-7) slides ahead of Philadelphia (3-6-1) in the NFC East and will stay in first place if the Eagles lose to Seattle on Monday night. It was the third win in five games since a five-game losing streak dropped Washington to 1-5.

Dallas (3-8) couldn’t build on a big win at Minnesota, losing for the fifth time in six games since star quarterback Dak Prescott’s season-ending ankle injury. The Cowboys were playing a day after strength coach Markus Paul died at a hospital following a medical emergency at the team’s facility.

The Cowboys trailed 20-16 when they faced a fourth-and-10 from their 24-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Darian Thompson took the snap in front of punter Hunter Niswander and pitched to Cedrick Wilson on a reverse that was stuffed for a 1-yard loss.

On the next play, Gibson easily beat the Dallas defense to the left pylon. After another Dallas punt, Gibson capped a clock-killing drive with a 37-yard score for a 34-16 lead.

Washington made it a blowout when Montez Sweat tipped and intercepted a pass right in the face of Andy Dalton and was free to run 15 yards for a TD.

Gibson, who already was the rookie leader in touchdowns rushing and now has 11, finished with 115 yards on 20 carries.

And two-time rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott of Dallas had just 32 yards while losing his fifth fumble of the season, by far the most of his five-year career.

Smith’s touchdown pass was a 5-yarder to tight end Logan Thomas, who chunked the ball into the second deck of seats not long after his 28-yard pass to receiver Terry McLaurin on a trick play set up Gibson’s first TD.

McLaurin had the defensive play of the game, running down Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith after an interception and tackling him at the Washington 4. With a chance at the tying touchdown, the Cowboys went 6 yards the wrong direction and had to settle for a short field goal.

Dallas’ last lead was 10-7 in the second quarter after Dalton’s 54-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper, who had 112 yards on six catches.

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Cowboys Lose 2 Starting Offensive Linemen On First Drive Of Thanksgiving Game

Cowboys Lose 2 Starting Offensive Linemen On First Drive Of Thanksgiving Game

ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Two starting offensive linemen for the Dallas Cowboys went to the locker room with injuries on the team’s first drive of Thursday’s game.

Left tackle Cameron Erving suffered a knee injury and went straight back to the locker room with 10:44 left in the first quarter. The same happened several plays later to veteran Zack Martin, who was helped off the field with a calf injury.

The Cowboys announced Erving would be questionable to return. Martin was ruled out for the rest of the game.

First offensive possession of the game @dallascowboys lose both today’s starting tackles and that includes 6 time pro bowler #ZackMartin. Rough way to start the game #WASvsDAL #Thanksgiving2020 @CBSDFW @CBS11Sports

— keith russell (@krussellcbs11) November 26, 2020

Martin was moved from guard to right tackle to replace struggling rookie Terence Steele.

Tackle Brandon Knight replaced Erving, while Steele subbed in for Martin.

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Cowboys Wearing ‘MP’ Stickers On Helmets To Honor Strength Coach Markus Paul

Cowboys Wearing ‘MP’ Stickers On Helmets To Honor Strength Coach Markus Paul

ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Cowboys will be honoring strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul on the field as they take on the Washington Football Team.

The team said players will be wearing stickers with the letters “MP” for Thursday’s game.

#DallasCowboys wearing “MP” sticker to honor Markus Paul 💙pic.twitter.com/NtTOYTuCIU

— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 26, 2020

Paul died Wednesday evening after he experienced a medical emergency at the team’s headquarters in Frisco early Tuesday.

On that Tuesday, he was rushed to a hospital at around 7:30 a.m., and the team decided to cancel practice that day.

Dallas Cowboys Strength and Conditioning Coach Markus Paul (Source: DallasCowboys.com)

The team said Paul was surrounded by family when he died. His cause of death is not yet known.

The team also said it would recognize and remember Paul prior to Thursday’s game.

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Fantasy Football Start Or Sit Week 12: Tom Brady ‘Bounces Back With A Big Performance’

Fantasy Football Start Or Sit Week 12: Tom Brady ‘Bounces Back With A Big Performance’

(CBS Local) — Fantasy football owners are running out of time to make the playoffs. Every win counts, and who you start or sit in this week’s matchup could make all the difference. The Fantasy Football Today crew from CBS Sports may just have the answers you need. They’re here once again to examine the matchups and dole out advice to give you the best shot at the postseason.

Tom Brady has been a little hit-or-miss of late, and may have actually cost the Buccaneers a win against the Rams in Week 11. That’s rarely been the case over his storybook career. But he should get a chance to redeem himself this week.

“I love the setup for Tom Brady this week,” says Jamey Eisenberg. “Should be a shootout between him and Patrick Mahomes in Tampa Bay. I think Brady bounces back with a big performance. Don’t worry about what he did against the Rams. Brady will be better this week.”

In addition to Brady, Eisenberg suggests Derek Carr and Taysom Hill. Carr is coming off a strong showing against the same Chiefs defense that Brady will face. Hill, filling in for Drew Brees, gets a favorable matchup against the Broncos.

If you’re thinking about playing the matchup and starting the Giants’ Daniel Jones against the two-win Bengals, maybe think again. “Eight touchdowns in 10 games,” notes Heath Cummings. “He’s hit over 250 passing yards twice all season long. And the Bengals are starting who at quarterback? I don’t know that the Giants have to throw that much in this game.”

>>READ: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 12: Derek Carr Looking Sharp For Raiders

For the rest of the position group start and sits for the week, check out the video and tune in to the Fantasy Football Today podcast.

Start

QB:

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Projected Points: 22.0

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders @ Atlanta Falcons, Projected Points: 24.0

Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints @ Denver Broncos, Projected Points: 23.5

RB:

Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans, Projected Points: 11.8

Damien Harris, New England Patriots vs. Arizona Cardinals, Projected Points: 9.4

Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots, Projected Points: 10.2

WR:

Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers, Projected Points: 15.0

DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers @ Minnesota Vikings, Projected Points: 14.8

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Projected Points: 14.1

TE:

Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons vs. Las Vegas Raiders, Projected Points: 12.2

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints, Projected Points: 8.8

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Projected Points: 8.7

>>READ: Texans-Lions Preview: Deshaun Watson ‘Playing As Well As He’s Played Over The Course Of His Career,’ Says NFL On CBS’s Evan Washburn

Sit

QB:

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks, Projected Points: 19.7

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers, Projected Points: 20.8

Daniel Jones, New York Giants @ Cincinnati Bengals, Projected Points: 22.1

RB:

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Giants, Projected Points: 13.5

Melvin Gordon, Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints, Projected Points: 9.8

Damien Harris, New England Patriots vs. Arizona Cardinals, Projected Points: 9.4

WR:

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Giants, Projected Points: 12.9

Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints, Projected Points: 11.7

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants @ Cincinnati Bengals, Projected Points: 13.8

TE:

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints, Projected Points: 8.8

Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints @ Denver Broncos, Projected Points: 7.6

Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers, Projected Points: 8.5

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Dallas Cowboys Strength And Conditioning Coordinator Markus Paul Passes Away At 54

Dallas Cowboys Strength And Conditioning Coordinator Markus Paul Passes Away At 54

FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Cowboys Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Markus Paul passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 25, the day after he experienced a medical emergency at the team’s headquarters in Frisco.

Paul was surrounded by his family at the hospital when he passed away, the team said in a news release.

The cause of death is not yet known.

Dallas Cowboys Strength and Conditioning Coach Markus Paul (Source: Dallas Cowboys Web Site)

The medical emergency happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Paul was immediately treated by Cowboys medical personnel and rushed by ambulance to Plano Presbyterian Hospital.

“The organization extends its prayers and support to the Paul family, and the team will recognize and remember Markus, a valued and loved member of the Cowboys Family, prior to the Thanksgiving Day game Thursday afternoon,” the team said.

STATEMENT FROM COWBOYS OWNER JERRY JONES:

“The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved and valued member of our family. He was a pleasant and calming influence in our strength room and throughout The Star. His passion for his work and his enthusiasm for life earned him great respect and admiration from all of our players and the entire organization. We offer our love and support to his family in this very difficult time. Our hearts are broken for his family and all of the individuals whose lives he touched and made better.”

STATEMENT FROM HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY:

“We extend our love, strength and support to Markus’ family during this most challenging of times and ask that their privacy be respected moving forward. Markus Paul was a leader in this building. He earned the players respect and attention because he cared so much and was a naturally gifted communicator—both on the personal and professional levels. He handled every situation, sometimes with a smile and a pat on the back, and sometimes with tough love. He had innate toughness in a job that requires that quality, and he was admired throughout the NFL by his peers and the players he coached. It was a privilege to work with him as a coach and laugh with him as a friend. Markus did everything the right way.”

Paul was in his third season with the Cowboys after previous being a strength and conditioning coach with the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, New York Jets and 12 seasons with the New York Giants.

Paul was part of five Super Bowl championships, three with the Patriots and two with the Giants.

The former NFL safety played for the Chicago Bears (1989-93) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1993).

He played in 71 games with 17 starts over those five seasons. He was a fourth-round draft pick out of Syracuse, where he was an AP All-American as a senior in 1998.

Former Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones tweeted Wednesday night, “My heart hurts for the Paul family. It was truly a blessing to be apart of the team you and Woicik led. I will always appreciate the stories and words of wisdom you shared with me over the years. Rest easy, Coach.”

My heart hurts for the Paul family. It was truly a blessing to be apart of the team you and Woicik led. I will always appreciate the stories and words of wisdom you shared with me over the years. Rest easy, Coach https://t.co/Irg3yuAwHI

— Byron Jones (@Byron31Jump) November 26, 2020

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Texas State Defensive Back Khambrail Winters Killed During Drug Deal, 2 Charged With Capital Murder

Texas State Defensive Back Khambrail Winters Killed During Drug Deal, 2 Charged With Capital Murder

AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas State defensive back Khambrail Winters was shot and killed in San Marcos, Texas, and two men have been arrested and charged in the killing, officials said Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Police officers responded to calls of shots fired at the Lodge Apartments in San Marcos on Tuesday evening, Nov. 24 after what witnesses described as a drug deal gone wrong, according to a statement from the San Marcos Police Department and city officials.

Khambrail Winters (credit: Texas State Athletics)

The officers found Winters, 20, with a gunshot wound to the chest.

San Marcos Police, Hay County EMS and San Marcos Fire Department personnel began lifesaving efforts but were unsuccessful, officials said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police that Winters, Enalisa Blackman and Michael Ifeanacho went to the apartment building with the intention of buying marijuana, the police statement said.

Winters was shot and killed during the deal.

Police arrested Blackman and Ifeanacho, who have been charged with capital murder. Both are being held at the Hays County Jail.

An investigation is ongoing and police are hoping to identify two other people involved as well as other witnesses.

Investigators are looking at surveillance video in the area but cameras at the apartment building were not working, the statement said.

A San Marcos city spokesman declined to comment further.

Texas State football coach Jake Spavital said he shared the news of Winters’ death with his teammates Wednesday morning and that they are deeply saddened.

“We will stand together as a team and support one another during this difficult time,” Spavital said in a statement. “Our thoughts and condolences are with Khambrail’s family and loved ones.”

Spavital said the coaches and team would meet this week to discuss how to proceed.

Officials said Winters’ killing is the third homicide reported in San Marcos in 2020.

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Confirmed Tornado Touchdown in Arlington Texas Tuesday Night

Confirmed Tornado Touchdown in Arlington Texas Tuesday Night

ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday that a tornado did touch down in Arlington, Texas Tuesday night, November 24.

Three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and dozens of families have been displaced.

Severe storms moved through North Texas Tuesday night, prompting severe weather alerts in several counties.

♦♦♦ GALLERY: Gallery: Tornado Damage In Arlington Texas ♦♦♦

Chopper 11 was over the scene Wednesday morning to survey the damage. The National Weather Service was expected in the are later in the morning to take a look as well.

The area near Pioneer Parkway and Collins in Arlington received a lot of Damage. The Burger Box in Arlington received major damage. Numerous power lines and trees were down in the area as well.

The damage is extensive at the Waterdance Apartments not far from the Burger Box. Part of the roof of that structure was blown off of one building and slammed into the one beside it.

 

Many units at the complex had doors and windows damaged or destroyed.

Many residents said the storm caught them by surprise. “It was all over in 30 seconds,” said one resident. “It was quick. I had just pulled up,” said another.

The Arlington Fire Department said at least 75 families in at least three apartment complexes there were displaced as of Wednesday morning.

Dallas, Tarrant and Denton Counties were under tornado warnings for some time and storm sirens were activated in several of the affected counties.

There was also damage in the 2500 block of S. Cooper Street where at least one building partially collapsed onto a pickup.

Patrick Harris was inside the truck ordering hamburgers at the Burger Box at the time. “At first it just rained then all of a sudden it just hit,” said Harris. He got out unharmed. “I climbed out of the passenger side and came back here to the parking lot,” said Harris.

The Burger Box in Arlington Texas (Chopper 11)

The Burger Box in Arlington Texas (Chopper 11)

Storm damage in Arlington. The Burger Box (credit: Jarod Jackson )

Safelite AutoGlass repair in Arlington received major damage. From Chopper 11 it appeared that the roof was torn off that building.

Safelite AutoGlass repair in Arlington received major damage. From Chopper 11 it appeared that the roof was torn off that building. (Chopper 11)

Storm damage at Arlington apartment complex (CBS 11).

The American Red Cross DFW said they were assisting people impacted by the severe weather with emergency lodging and food. “Overnight, Red Cross volunteers began working with apartment management and city officials to identify and provide assistance for those affected,” Red Cross officials said in an emailed statement to CBS 11.

Here is video from an apartment in North Arlington of wind, rain and sirens going off.

The Arlington Fire Department tweeted shortly before 10:00 p.m. that crews were responding to multiple locations with reports of collapsed buildings.

The Arlington Fire Department and @ArlingtonPD have responded to multiple locations in Arlington with reports of collapsed buildings. Our units are currently assessing the structures, triaging potential patients, and moving to other reported locations. We will keep you updated. pic.twitter.com/mX0r9VnHAY

— Arlington Fire Dept. (@ArlingtonTxFire) November 25, 2020

The National Weather Service reported “significant damage” to at least four structures near SH 360 and Park Row as well.

At 8:55 p.m. the National Weather Service reported the Krum Fire Department measured a 65 mph wind gust near the intersection of Highways 380 and 156.

Much of the area received high winds and heavy rain.

CBS 11’s J.D. Miles tweeted video of wind and storm warning sirens going off in Dallas.

Storm warning sirens activated and wind picking up over Royal Lane and Central Expressway in Dallas #CBS11wx pic.twitter.com/SbWP65rtkE

— J.D. Miles (@jdmiles11) November 25, 2020

The storms were moving at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour from the northwest to the southeast and were expected to be out of the area by 10:00 p.m.

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Texans-Lions Preview: Deshaun Watson ‘Playing As Well As He’s Played Over The Course Of His Career,’ Says NFL On CBS’s Evan Washburn

Texans-Lions Preview: Deshaun Watson ‘Playing As Well As He’s Played Over The Course Of His Career,’ Says NFL On CBS’s Evan Washburn

(CBS Detroit) — The Houston Texans and Detroit Lions had both hoped for better results coming into the season. The 3-7 Texans opened things up against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, followed by then AFC favorite Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who still remain undefeated. Starting off strong would’ve been a tall order for any team, but the Texans never really fell into a groove after that. They didn’t find the win column until Week 5 against the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars. And to date, two of their three wins have come against the Jags.

While the Texans probably aren’t catching the Indianapolis Colts or Tennessee Titans in the AFC South, the Lions, now 4-6, still have a shot in the NFC North. It will be an uphill battle, however. They’ve lost each of their three division games so far, along with challenging matchups against the Colts and New Orleans Saints. But the Lions have looked good at times, too, like when they took down the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3.

Last Sunday’s shutout loss to the Carolina Panthers wasn’t one of those times. And those types of performances, against teams starting their backup quarterback, won’t pull them back into the division race. The Lions will look for a better showing when they host the Texans on Thanksgiving.

>>READ: Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 12: Derek Carr Looking Sharp For Raiders

The Texans are coming off a 27-20 win over the sputtering New England Patriots. Deshaun Watson was his usual versatile self, going 28-37 for 344 yards and two touchdowns, spreading the ball around to nine different receivers. It was his fifth 300-plus-yard passing outing in his last seven games and his seventh multi-touchdown game of the season. Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks each have 47 catches on the season, though neither has been quite able to fill the big void left by DeAndre Hopkins, who already has 72 catches for the Arizona Cardinals.

“They’ve captured a semblance of momentum at least, positive energy around what they’re doing,” according to NFL On CBS reporter Evan Washburn. “There’s been so much volatility with that organization this year that you can tell there was a sigh of relief. They just had that big win at home against the Patriots. Deshaun Watson statistically, and when you watch the tapes, is playing as well as he’s played over the course of his career. It’s a testament to the fact that this is the ultimate team game. He needs everyone around him to be better so that this team, including the staff, can win as many games as Deshaun is probably worthy of.”

Clearly the 10-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns a couple weeks ago was an aberration, at least as far as Watson and the passing game is concerned. Houston’s passing game remains among the NFL’s best, averaging 274.3 yards per game. But its running game is among the league’s worst, averaging 84.6 yards per outing. The Texans have yet to have a 100-yard rusher this season. Many weeks they fail to crack 100 yards as a team, even with a mobile quarterback.

>>READ: Lions Reach New Low Heading Into Thanksgiving Game

Part of the reason the Texans’ offense tilts toward the pass may be that their defense can’t stop anyone, leaving Watson and company to play catchup. The Houston defense allows an eye-popping 411.7 yards per game, second worst in the league. They aren’t much better in points allowed, giving up 30-plus points in six games so far. Can they slow a Lions offense that relies almost as much on Matthew Stafford as their own does on Watson?

Stafford didn’t look like himself in last Sunday’s 20-0 loss to the Panthers. He claims the torn ligament in the thumb on his throwing hand wasn’t an issue. Maybe the problem was all the missing offensive weapons; D’Andre Swift, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola were all out with injuries. Either way, the middle-of-the-pack Lions offense looked bottom-of-the-barrel against Carolina. Stafford managed a paltry 178 yards through the air. The Lions, as a team, picked up just 40 yards on the ground.

“I think Detroit is in a tough spot right now,” says Washburn. “Matthew Stafford, obviously dealing with injury, isn’t himself. He’s really tough, so you have to imagine he’ll find a way, as he did last week, to play. But they just don’t seem to have enough offensively to be able to be competitive in some of these games.”

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Despite their first shutout in over a decade, their Lions’ stats on the season are better, though not by enough to make them truly competitive. They average 247.5 yards passing and just 95.4 yards rushing, both low to mid-tier as their NFL counterparts go. The 22.7 points they put up is the same as the Texans. With so many injuries — seven offensive players are already listed as out or questionable for Thursday, now including wide receiver Marvin Hall and tight end T.J.Hockenson — those numbers are unlikely to improve.

It will be up to a Lions defense that has also had its fair share of struggles and its own injury issues. They’re middle of the pack against the pass, allowing 247.5 yards per game. Kyler Murray threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3, but the Lions also picked him off three times. A similar level of success against Watson would give Detroit a chance. But their secondary is a little thin, with Mike Ford, Jeff Okudah and Will Harris all nursing injuries.

The Texans are three-point favorites going into Thanksgiving against a Lions team that plays on the holiday every year. And it almost doesn’t matter that the Lions are having a difficult season. As Washburn sees it, “there’s something about, whether Detroit is winless, not playing well, playing really well, to have them on a Thursday, wearing some version of a throwback. Who knows what uniform, there at Ford Field? It’s cool for us at CBS to have that classic team, in this case a matchup with Houston. There’s identifiable things to Thanksgiving, no matter how you celebrate it. And the Lions, good or bad, are always there for you.”

The Texans play the Lions Thursday, November 26 @ 12:30 ET on CBS.

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‘Andy Dalton Provides Stability At The Quarterback Position’: Evan Washburn On Cowboys Thanksgiving Matchup With Washington Football Team

‘Andy Dalton Provides Stability At The Quarterback Position’: Evan Washburn On Cowboys Thanksgiving Matchup With Washington Football Team

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Dallas Cowboys Strength And Conditioning Coach Markus Paul Suffers ‘Medical Emergency – Undergoing Medical Tests’

Dallas Cowboys Strength And Conditioning Coach Markus Paul Suffers ‘Medical Emergency – Undergoing Medical Tests’

UPDATE: Dallas Cowboys Strength And Conditioning Coordinator Markus Paul Passes Away At 54

FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Cowboys cancelled their Tuesday practice after Dallas Cowboys Strength and Conditioning Coach Markus Paul suffered what the Cowboys described as a non-COVID-19 related medical emergency.

“Paul was immediately treated by Cowboys medical personnel and transported to a local hospital by ambulance,” said Dallas Cowboys Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Communications Rich Dalrymple in a statement emailed to CBS 11.

“As per the Paul family, Markus is in the process of undergoing further medical tests and additional information will be made available at the appropriate time,” Dalrymple Continued.

Tuesday was the only available day for the team to participate in full practice as the they prepare for their Thanksgiving matchup against the Washington Football Team. No word yet from the Cowboys if the team will have any additional practice time tomorrow.

The Frisco Police Department confirmed they responded to The Star at about 7:30am this morning for a medical emergency.

Officials said that one patient was transported by ambulance. Police told CBS 11 that no fault was suspected.

Officials with Frisco Police did not confirm the patient’s condition.

The team cancelled head coach Mike McCarthy’s 10:30 am press conference and they said there will be no media availability for the players today.

There is no word yet from the Dallas Cowboys what the emergency may have been.

“The organization extends its prayers and support to the Paul family, and asks for friends and followers of Markus, his family and the team to keep them in their thoughts and prayers,” said Dalrymple.

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Cowboys Cancel Practice After ‘Non-COVID Related Medical Emergency’ With Staff Member

Cowboys Cancel Practice After ‘Non-COVID Related Medical Emergency’ With Staff Member

FRISCO, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Cowboys cancelled their Tuesday practice due to a non-COVID-19 related medical emergency involving a staff member. Tuesday is the only available practice day for the team as they prepare for their Thanksgiving matchup against the Washington Football Team.

The Frisco Police Department confirmed they responded to The Star at about 7:30am this morning for a medical emergency.

Officials said that one patient was transported by ambulance. Police told CBS 11 that no fault was suspected.

Officials with Frisco Police did not confirm the patient’s name or condition.

The team cancelled head coach Mike McCarthy’s 10:30 am press conference and they said there will be no media availability for the players today.

There is no word yet from the Dallas Cowboys which staff member is affected or what the emergency may have been.

This is Breaking News. Refresh this page for more as the situation develops. More details to come.

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 12: Derek Carr Looking Sharp For Raiders

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 12: Derek Carr Looking Sharp For Raiders

By Matt Citak

(CBS) — The fantasy regular season has two just weeks remaining.

At this point of the year, your playoff scenarios should be quite clear. You are either battling for a first-round bye, working on improving your playoff seeding, fighting to clinch your spot in the postseason or already eliminated from playoff contention. Chances are, if you fall into that final category, you aren’t still looking for recommendations on the waiver wire.

For those of you still in the playoff hunt, only two opportunities remain to improve your situation before the start of the postseason. Now you don’t typically find great fantasy contributors on the waiver wire this late into the season. However, just like everything else we’ve seen this year, 2020 is full of crazy surprises, and some interesting names top this week’s waiver wire list.

With that said, here are the top waiver wire adds heading into Week 12.

Quarterbacks

QB Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints- After most people spent last week hyping up Jameis Winston’s opportunity in New Orleans (myself included), it was Hill that got the start and excelled for the Saints. The fourth-year quarterback completed over 78 percent of his passes for 233 yards, adding a season-high 10 rush attempts for 51 yards and two rushing touchdowns. With Drew Brees out for at least the next two games, Hill should continue to thrive under center for New Orleans, with road matchups against the Broncos and the Falcons up next. Hill should continue to produce QB1 numbers for as long as he remains the starter.

>>READ: COVID NFL: With Empty Stands Raiders Derek Carr Becomes King Of The Audacious Audibles

QB Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders- Despite the loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, Carr looked great for the Raiders on Sunday night. The veteran quarterback completed 23 of 31 passes (74.2 percent) for 275 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against Kansas City’s tough pass defense. Things are about to get a whole lot easier for Carr in the coming weeks. The Raiders will be on the road for the next two weeks, but get tasty matchups against the Falcons and the Jets before facing a stingy Colts defense in Week 14. For those teams still fighting for a playoff spot and in need of a QB stream for the next two weeks, look no further than Carr, who should be able to get the job done.

Running Backs

RB James White, New England Patriots- While it took a devastating knee injury to Rex Burkhead for it to happen, James White has officially returned to fantasy relevance. White had fallen off the fantasy radar over the previous four games, totaling no more than 35 yards in any game during that stretch. But after the injury to Burkhead, White stepped up as the Patriots’ clearcut pass-catching back, a role in which he has dominated in the past. In Sunday’s loss to the Texans, White finished the game with six receptions for 64 yards on nine targets while also contributing five rushes for 19 yards. The Patriots have a tough slate of opponents coming up, with a home game against the Cardinals before hitting Los Angeles for matchups with the Chargers and Rams in Weeks 13 and 14. As long as the Patriots can stay in the playoff hunt, White should continue to put up solid fantasy numbers. The veteran needs to be added.

Frank Gore #21 of the New York Jets is tackled by Rayshawn Jenkins #23 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at SoFi Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Inglewood, California.

Frank Gore (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

RB Frank Gore, New York Jets- You’re never going to feel good about starting a member of the New York Jets. However, an injury to Lamical Perine could open the door for Gore to put up some decent fantasy numbers. As dismal as the Jets offense is, as we have learned over the years, fantasy football is all about volume. If Perine is forced to miss time, Gore is likely to receive most, if not all, of the backfield touches. In Week 11, the never-aging running back carried the ball 15 times, his highest number of attempts since getting 15 carries in Week 3, for 61 yards and a score, adding two receptions for 10 yards. The Jets take on the Dolphins and Raiders at home before hitting the road to face the Seahawks in Week 14. Again, you aren’t going to feel confident trotting out Gore in your lineup. But if Perine misses time with his ankle injury, Gore could find himself in FLEX territory.

>>READ: Cam Newton Not Throwing In Towel On Patriots Making Playoffs: ‘Win One Week At A Time’

RB Wayne Gallman, New York Giants- This is one from before their Week 11 bye, but if he is still out there, rush to snag Gallman off the waiver wire. The last time we saw the Giants on the field, Gallman took 18 carries for 53 yards but was able to score two touchdowns. It was the fourth consecutive game in which Gallman was able to find the end zone, totaling five scores during that span. The former Clemson running back has seen double digit rush attempts in every game since Devonta Freeman’s Week 7 injury, and that is unlikely to change in the Giants’ Week 12 matchup. Big Blue matches up against the Joe Burrow-less Bengals this week, in a game that the Giants opened as 5-point road favorites. Clearly, Las Vegas believes the Giants are the favorite in this contest, meaning Gallman should see plenty of opportunity. Gallman will be a solid RB2 for this Week 12 battle.

Wide Receivers

WR Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts- Since returning from injured reserve, Pittman has solidified himself as the number-one receiver in the Colts’ passing attack. Going up against a tough Packers secondary, the rookie receiver caught all three passes thrown his way, finishing with 66 yards and a touchdown. Over the last three weeks, Pittman has totaled 14 receptions for 223 yards and the score, clearly operating as Philip Rivers’ favorite target. The Colts get three consecutive appealing matchups now as they face off against the Titans at home before going on the road to play the Texans and Raiders. Pittman is the top wide receiver add this week.

WR Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles- I have been beating the Reagor drum ever since he returned from injured reserve, and all he has done in the three games since is continue to produce. The rookie first-round pick out of TCU caught four of five targets on Sunday for 52 yards. While the targets finished second among Philly’s wide receivers, trailing Travis Fulgham’s seven targets, Fulgham was only able to reel in one of those passes for eight yards. The rookie receiver has also seen his playing time increase each week he is further removed from the injury, as he played a season-high 93 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps against the Browns in Week 11. Philadelphia will try to keep up with Seattle’s potent offense in Week 12, meaning Carson Wentz is likely going to have to air it out early and often. With the Eagles likely playing from behind in more games than not, Reagor should be added by any team in need of a wide receiver.

Russell Gage #83 of the Atlanta Falcons makes the catch as P.J. Williams #26 of the New Orleans Saints defends in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 22, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Russell Gage (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

WR Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons- Unfortunately for many fantasy owners, Julio Jones seemed to have reaggravated his hamstring injury during Atlanta’s Week 11 loss to the Saints. While it remains unclear just how severe this latest injury is, fantasy owners should make contingency plans just in case. The easiest route to go is adding fellow Falcons receiver Russell Gage. Gage was fantasy relevant towards the start of the year, while both Jones and Calvin Ridley dealt with respective injuries. The slot receiver has been mostly quiet since those first few weeks, but jumped back on the map this past Sunday once Jones got hurt. Gage wound up being targeted a whopping 12 times against the Saints, turning that into seven receptions for 58 yards. If Jones is forced to miss any time, Gage will once again be a decent FLEX play, especially in a Week 12 game against the Raiders.

Tight Ends

TE Jordan Akins, Houston Texans- Akins was playing his way into TE1 territory at the start of the season before an ankle injury and a concussion forced him to miss some time. The Texans have been slowly working Akins back in the lineup over the last few weeks, with the 51 percent of offensive snaps he played in Week 11 being his highest since Week 3. The third-year tight end caught five of six targets against the Patriots on Sunday, finishing with 83 yards. His return to full health, combined with the seemingly serious toe injury suffered by Randall Cobb, should make Akins a potentially start-able tight end for the next few weeks (or as long as Cobb is sidelined). The tight end will likely serve as Deshaun Watson’s security blanket over the middle of the field.

>>READ: Dolphins’ Tagovailoa Will Try To Bounce Back From Benching

TE Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys- Schultz has not been lighting the fantasy world on fire by any stretch of the imagination, but he has been putting up decent numbers in recent weeks. Schultz caught just four passes for 25 yards against the Vikings in Week 11, but was able to find the end zone for his first touchdown since Week 4. In the previous two outings, the tight end totaled 10 receptions for 101 yards. While these are far from jaw-dropping numbers, they make Schultz a borderline TE1 given the lack of depth at the tight end position this season. His next three matchups are not the greatest (vs. Washington, at Baltimore and at Cincinnati), but if the Cowboys can remain in the NFC East race, Schultz should continue to put up decent-to-solid numbers.

We don’t normally touch on Defense/Special Teams units in these recommendation articles. But since we have reached the end of the fantasy regular season, I will be adding a few of the top streaming DSTs at the end of the waiver wire piece each week moving forward.

Defense/Special Teams

Bonus: DST New York Giants– This one is easy. With Joe Burrow suffering a season-ending knee injury, Ryan Finley will now take over as the Bengals’ starting quarterback. Coming on in relief of Burrow against Washington, Finley completed just three of 10 passes for 30 yards and an interception this past Sunday. The Giants are fresh off their bye and should be relatively healthy as they enter the final stretch of the season firmly in the hunt for the NFC East crown. The Giants’ defense has looked solid for most of the season, and with the extra week of preparation, the Giants are the top streaming DST in Week 12.

Bonus: DST Green Bay Packers- The Packers take on the Bears in Week 12, who are also coming off their bye week. However, unlike the Giants, the Bears are facing a ton of questions, none more important than who will be under center for Chicago this Sunday. Nick Foles was banged up the last time we saw the Bears out on the field, while Mitchell Trubisky has been sidelined with a shoulder injury since Week 8. Regardless of who gets the start, the Packers, at home, will be one of the top streaming DST options this week, as both quarterbacks have struggled this season. If you want to look a bit ahead as well, the Packers take on the Eagles at Lambeau Field in Week 13 as well, meaning picking them up now could solve your DST concerns for the final two weeks of the fantasy regular season.

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Kelli Finglass On CMT’s ‘Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Making The Team’: ‘Everyone Will Find Someone They Can Identify With’

Kelli Finglass On CMT’s ‘Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Making The Team’: ‘Everyone Will Find Someone They Can Identify With’

(CBS Local)– The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are known around the world and team’s director of cheerleading Kelli Finglass takes that title very seriously. Finglass was a Cowboys cheerleader herself during the 1980’s and is one of the stars of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team” on CMT.

Season 15 of the hit series premieres on CMT on Tuesday, November 24 at 9 p.m. CT and it will be simulcasted on MTV. Finglass is excited for fans to see women from all around the world compete for a spot as a cheerleader for America’s Team.

Photo Credit: CMT

“The show is popular because people get to peak behind the curtain and see the audition process and what it takes to be an elite performer on such a worldwide stage,” said Finglass, in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “Through the years, people have connected with someone they identify with in the show and root for them. People also like to be critics.”

Finglass says showmanship and energy separates the good cheerleaders from the great ones. This year, there are women from other NFL and NBA teams trying out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading squad and even a Rockette.

“It’s very humbling to me that our team that used to be primarily Texans and now this year Texans are in the minority,” said Finglass. “I had ladies try out from 45 different states and eight countries were represented. The fact that it is an international audition is flattering. During this time of global tension, people need relief and people need role models. I’m very proud of the diversity of our team this year. I think everyone will find someone they can identify with.”

While Finglass is focused today on modeling the next generation of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, she will never forget her time representing America’s Team as a cheerleader herself in the 1980s.

“I cheered in the 80s and cheered for five seasons. Three were losing seasons, but that’s okay. For a dancer, dancing is dancing, but what is different now is that the girls complain that their pom poms are too heavy. We’re like oh please, go look at the 70s and 80s poms and then come back and talk. It is hard to dance with small hand weights in your hands. We danced in an open stadium at Texas Stadium and it was hot. It could be up to 120 degrees on the turf. The heat was different. The biggest change is that people are coming from all over the world to try out for this team.”

Watch Season 15 of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team” on CMT starting Tuesday, November 24.

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Living Room Sports: Air Force Veteran, Former Cowboys Great Chad Hennings

Living Room Sports: Air Force Veteran, Former Cowboys Great Chad Hennings

(CBSDFW.COM) – Air Force veteran and former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Chad Hennings joins Living Room Sports to talk about his life right now and his football career.

Watch the entire interview in the video player above.

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