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Sources tell ESPN's Ed Werder that the Dallas Cowboys' latest offer to Ezekiel Elliott would make him one of the two highest-paid running backs in the NFL. That offer would be more than Le'Veon Bell's $13.5 million per year with the Jets and under Todd Gurley's $14.375 million per year with the Rams.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Sean Lee has practiced the last three days, and anticipates he will play Saturday at least some against the Houston Texans. Lee suffered a slightly sprained medial collateral ligament in the first padded practice while in Oxnard, California, and returned to practice on Tuesday. “I think it's just good to get live reps, particularly as a linebacker,” Lee said. “Tackling live is something we don't do, so being able to get that under your belt, that live full rep, always helps.”

Riddick: Zeke needs to know guaranteed money (0:56)
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Babe Laufenberg's son Luke dies of cancer at 21

Luke Laufenberg, the son of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Babe Laufenberg and a tight end at UTEP, has died after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. He was 21.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

With his holdout at 27 days, Ezekiel Elliott could face fines and repayment of a prorated portion of signing bonus money from the Cowboys totaling a little more than $2 million. He is subject to a fine of $40,000 each day he misses, and the team can seek up to 25 percent of his $4.087 million signing bonus proration. If he misses a regular-season game, he would miss out on roughly $226,000 each week. Whenever the holdout ends, will the Cowboys enforce the penalties?

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

After learning of the passing away of Luke Laufenberg, the son of close friend and Cowboys' radio analyst Babe Laufenberg, Jason Garrett could barely keep his emotions in check. When asked about Luke, who battled cancer, Garrett said choking back tears, “Luke was an amazing young man. You guys have heard me talk about fight a lot. I don't know that I've ever seen a better example of that in my life. What he's gone through over the last couple of years, the spirit that he had every day, to battle through it, to always be thoughtful about the people in his life, ‘How's my mom doing? How's my dad doing? How's my brother doing?' Amazing. You'd walk into the room and he'd just light up. Whatever was going on, he just had this way, this strength unlike I've ever seen. Unlike I've ever seen in my life. It's such a tragedy. It's so hard to understand. But I know I will be and everybody who ever knew him will be forever inspired by the life that he lived.”

Stephen A. crashes heated Zeke debate (2:42)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Undrafted rookie offensive lineman Brandon Knight returned to practice this week despite a torn plantar fascia. He suffered the injury in a practice in Oxnard, California, and missed the first two preseason games but has taken team and one-on-one snaps the last two days. A completely torn plantar fascia is easier to play through than a partial tear. Not all plantar fascia injuries are the same. Amari Cooper's form of plantar fasciitis is more related to his heel.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Most of the talk surrounding Jaylon Smith's contract extension has been the comeback from the serious knee injury, but what about his football traits? “He's very instinctive. He's always around the ball. He's got tremendous physical ability. He can run, he can hit,” Jason Garrett said. “Like all linebackers, he has a nose for it, a feel for it. He's around the ball in the run game. He's around the ball in the passing game. He's just an impactful guy. Physically, he has everything you want. He just keeps getting better and better and better the more he plays. There's a lot to like about him.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Witten was called for pass interference in red-zone one-on-one work against safety Xavier Woods. The crowd booed at the flag, but the defensive players were ecstatic. They have not seen many offensive pass interference penalties in camp. Of course, given the new rules Jason Garrett would have challenged the play i a game.

Smith wants to be a Cowboy for life (0:51)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones has not talked with Ezekiel Elliott since making his, “Zeke, who?” joke after the last preseason game, but he was not about to apologize for saying it after Elliott's agent, Rocky Arceneaux, told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that he and his client found the joke, “disrespectful.” Said Jones, “Look, I've earned the right with Zeke to joke. Period. I've earned it … Let me be real clear about it: I've earned that right to joke.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephen Jones just gave the contract details on Jaylon Smith's contract: five-year extension, $64 million and $35.5 million guaranteed.

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Cowboys' Cooper likely out for rest of preseason

Amari Cooper, who has not practiced with the Cowboys since Aug. 6 due to a heel injury, hopes to practice with the team by the end of the week but likely will not play in any preseason games.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Last week in Oxnard, Jaylon Smith was asked about his contract status and what he hoped for: “For me, I want to be a Cowboy,” Smith said. “I want to be a Cowboy for the rest of my life. Understanding what they've done for me and taking a chance, taking a risk and now they're getting a return on their investment. So it's a beautiful thing to be a Dallas Cowboy. I definitely want to make that happen for life.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Quite a journey for Jaylon Smith. After suffering a serious knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl while at Notre Dame and not knowing if he would be able to play football again to signing a contract extension with the Cowboys while under the team's control through 2020. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys opted to lock up a cornerstone piece to their defense. Next up for the Cowboys is two more members of the 2016 draft class: Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

So the first lucrative deal that Dallas gives out this summer is not to Ezekiel Elliott nor Dak Prescott nor Amari Cooper, but LB Jaylon Smith

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a second-round pick in 2016, has made a tremendous comeback from a serious injury suffered at Notre Dame and has played in the last 32 games after not playing his rookie season. Now the Cowboys hope to sign Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper to deals at some point as well.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford are in full pads for the first time in training camp, having been activated from the physically unable to perform list. They are going through individual drills but will not take part in any team action. Jason Garrett said both players are ahead of schedule in their rehab from shoulder surgery (Lawrence) and a hip issue (Crawford). Both players are expected to play in the regular-season opener against the New York Giants. “We'll see how it goes and hopefully continue to ramp them up as we get ready for the season.” Garrett said.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Ezekiel Elliott's holdout is at 25 days and counting and on the field the Cowboys continue to go about their business with their first practice at The Star. But how much time does a guy like Elliott, who did not have a preseason carry a year ago, need to get up to speed? “I just think it's important for pro football players to be around pro football players,” coach Jason Garrett said. “I believe that. In the offseason a lot of guys will work out on their own, (but) there's no better environment than competing every day with guys who are at your same level who play pro football. And whether that's in the weight room, wind sprints, doing actual football stuff, that's the best environment to get better. And we all know that. That's why we value the offseason so much, that's why we value training camp so much, the preseason and all of that. That's what helps you prepare your best for the regular season. Again, for a lot of different reasons, whether it's injury or business, sometimes that can't be the case so you try to create the right environment for that individual or for other individuals to get your team ready to go.”

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