Travis Frederick didn't fully understand the business of football when the Dallas Cowboys drafted their center six years ago and made him an instant starter. Eventually, the four-time Pro Bowler saw what Dallas was trying to build by using first-round picks on offensive linemen three times in four drafts after never having taken a blocker that high in 22 years under owner and general manager Jerry Jones. The Cowboys have become consistent winners behind the line with the NFL's highest salary cap figure.

Among the superstitious, black cats have long been believed to symbolize bad luck — and someone might want to clue in the Dallas Cowboys. Less than a week after a black cat found its way onto the field for the Cowboys' Week 9 matchup with the New York Giants, the now-famous feline has been named part of the team. Dubbed "Rally Cat," the animal was introduced as one of the starters for Sunday night's game between Dallas and the Minnesota Vikings.

Defensive end Robert Quinn got a win in his pocketbook even if his Dallas Cowboys couldn't get it done on the field. Quinn triggered a $878,789 bonus when he collected his seventh sack of the season Sunday night, per Jeremy Bergman at NFL.com. It came in the second quarter on a third-and-5 when he took down Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins for a nine-yard loss, pinning the Vikings back on their own 25.

One week after an appearance at the Dallas Cowboys' victory on Monday Night Football, the black cat that captured America's heart is in the team's starting lineup. The Cowboys announced the cat as a starter during warm-ups before their game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The cat achieved immediate viral fame last Monday when it ran onto the field during the second quarter of the Cowboys' win over the New York Giants.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is active against Minnesota on Sunday night after the second-year player missed the first game of his career with a neck injury. Vander Esch was injured in a win over Philadelphia on Oct. 20 and sat out against the New York Giants on Monday coming off the team's open week. He is second on the team in tackles to fellow linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to the team stats.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is active against Minnesota on Sunday night after the second-year player missed the first game of his career with a neck injury. Vander Esch was injured in a win over Philadelphia on Oct. 20 and sat out against the New York Giants on Monday coming off the team's open week. He is second on the team in tackles to fellow linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to the team stats.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is set to return against Minnesota after the second-year player missed the first game of his career with a neck injury. Vander Esch sustained the injury against Philadelphia before the open week and missed the first game back against the New York Giants on Monday night. The 2018 first-round pick was limited in practice all week but didn't have a designation for game status, meaning Vander Esch is expected to play.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper officially is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Cooper, who injured his left knee in the Cowboys' 37-18 victory over the New York Giants on Monday night, underwent an MRI this week, and the results showed no structural damage. On Thursday, Cooper told reporters his injury is "manageable" and that he hopes to play when the Cowboys (5-3) host the Vikings (6-3) in Arlington, Texas.

The Dallas Cowboys will aim for their third win in a row when they host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. As far as Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is concerned, the main focus will be the same despite the prime-time spotlight shining on Dallas. Win the line of scrimmage and there is a good chance to win the game.

A stray cat which halted an NFL match on Monday night is still on the loose. The American Football clash between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys was delayed for five minutes as the black cat invaded the MetLife Stadium pitch. Humane traps have been laid but they are yet to capture the now famous feline.

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