Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers has been suspended for one game without pay due to a violation of the NFL's policy on substance abuse, the league announced Friday. The discipline is related to Gathers' arrest on Aug. 31 in Frisco, Texas, on suspicion of marijuana possession. Gathers, 25, is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

The Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears both traded away their first-round picks in this year's NFL draft to the Oakland Raiders. The Cowboys did so to land wide receiver Amari Cooper in October, while the Bears acquired linebacker Khalil Mack and signed him to a record-setting $141 million deal just before the season started. While those moves could have led to some buyer's remorse on draft day — the Cowboys and Bears, along with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints, are without a first-round pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night — it doesn't sound like that's the case in either Dallas or Chicago.

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman wants to convince the world that Eli Manning is as good as ever. Once the Giants made the decision to keep sticking with Manning, after passing on quarterbacks in last year's draft, he had to defend his starter. “We went into last season with Eli and thought he had plenty left,” Gettleman said Thursday at his pre-draft news conference, according to the team's transcripts.

Dallas defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford is active for the wild-card playoff against Seattle after missing a game with a neck injury that sent him to a hospital, and Seahawks left guard J.R. Sweezy is in the lineup while nursing a sprained foot. The Cowboys will be without left guard Xavier Su'a-Filo because of an ankle injury, putting rookie Connor Williams back in the lineup. Williams began the season as the starter before injuring a knee.

Ezekiel Elliott won his second NFL rushing title in three seasons for a Dallas offense that has been defined by the ground game for several years now. Seattle takes the league's No. 1 rushing offense into a wild-card playoff against the Cowboys on Saturday night, led by Chris Carson, but with more help from others than your average pro backfield . While receiver Amari Cooper's impact on the Dallas passing game was dramatic following a midseason trade, and Seattle's Russell Wilson again finished among the NFL leaders in touchdowns passing, both teams figure to try to control the second postseason meeting between these franchises with their running backs.

Dak Prescott barely played over a three-week span before losing in his postseason debut as a rookie quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys two years ago. Rust won't be an excuse in his second playoff game against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks (10-6) on Saturday night. Not only did Prescott play the entire game with the Cowboys (10-6) already set as the fourth seed in the NFC before a 36-35 win over the New York Giants , he had just the fourth game in his three seasons with at least 40 attempts and a career-high four touchdown passes.

The Dallas Cowboys ended the regular season on a high note Sunday with a win over the New York Giants. Cole Beasley’s diving 32-yard catch from Dak Prescott in the back of the end zone on fourth-and-15 set the Cowboys up for the go-ahead two-point conversion in the final two minutes of a 36-35 victory. It was a thrilling win for the Cowboys and their fans.

The Dallas Cowboys are headed to the playoffs, while the New York Giants are going home after Sunday's regular-season finale at MetLife Stadium. The Cowboys beat their NFC East rival, 20-13, in the second game of the season in Texas, but the Giants (5-10) would like to make a point before they go. "I think we're a better team than we were back then," said Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, whose team has turned things around a bit after losing seven of their first eight games this season.

Ezekiel Elliott insists he's playing and has no hesitation saying the NFL rushing title is on his mind with the Dallas Cowboys locked into the fourth playoff seed as NFC East champions going into their regular-season finale at the New York Giants. If the league rushing leader does play, it won't be because coach Jason Garrett wants him to hold off Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams and rookie Saquon Barkley, who will be on the opposing sideline with the Giants (5-10) on Sunday. With 1,434 yards rushing, Elliott is 183 ahead of Gurley, who could miss the game against San Francisco with a minor knee injury as the Rams try to secure a first-round bye along with top-seeded New Orleans.

For the second straight year, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is heading into an offseason with an uncertain future as New York Giants quarterback. The Giants (5-10) are going to miss the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. Many are wondering whether general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Dave Shurmur will be looking for a more mobile quarterback to replace the soon-to-be 38-year-old Manning.

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