More than 48 hours have passed since the Cowboys’ thrilling victory against the Lions in Week 17, but some of the finer points could still be lost in the haze of college bowl games, Sunday afternoon surprises, and New Year’s Eve toasts. This edition of News and Notes covers a wide range of topics, including CeeDee Lamb’s incredible day, what he discovered in his locker afterward, why DeMarcus Lawrence’s clutch play was expected, and the league’s plans regarding the tackle-eligible rule, which generated a lot of controversy on Saturday.
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The tackle-eligible try on Saturday was an attempt at deceit and game-manship by the Lions that ultimately failed. In the process of confounding the Cowboys defenders about who was reporting on the contentious play, Detroit also managed to confuse referee Brad Allen. All signs point to the fact that the strategy included having Dan Skipper enter the field under false pretenses while Allen was conversing with two other linemen. However, don’t anticipate that the league will alter the process for players to report as eligible.Late in the third quarter on Saturday, the second-year lineman left the game and did not come back, though he later stated that he thought he could have. Even when a full rip is established, a full tear may actually be simpler to heal from than a partial tear. Smith might not have to miss much time—he might even be available for the team’s final regular-season game.