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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

With decisions for the 53-man roster looming, the Cowboys appear to have many decisions to ponder: Do they take five or six receivers between some combination of Noah Brown, Cedrick Wilson and Devin Smith? Do they have Brown start the year on PUP? What do they do at running back even if Ezekiel Elliott reports? Alfred Morris, Jordan Chunn or Mike Weber? How about at backup safety with a combination of Donovan Wilson, Kavon Frazier and Darian Thompson? As much as they talk about the depth on the offensive line, they have to consider the back injuries slowing Tyron Smith and Zack Martin at the moment. Does that lead them to go heavy on the line than they expected? Undrafted rookie LB Luke Gifford was on his way to making the roster but has a high ankle sprain. In order for him to be placed on injured reserve and play this year, he has to be on the roster for a day. Do they release a Chris Covington or Justin Phillips and hope either slips through waivers and then add to the 53 if they make a move with Gifford.

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Jerry: Goal is to have 'everybody under contract'

As Ezekiel Elliott continues his contract holdout, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones remains confident a deal can be worked out but acknowledged "we're going to play football one way or the other."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The next time Dak Prescott will play in a game will be in Week 1 against the New York Giants on Sept. 8. He will do so with just four drives of preseason action, and he wanted more in Saturday's game against the Houston Texans. Prescott completed 11 of 14 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in the preseason. “I know I'm in a position that I want to be in and this is the best I've ever felt from every aspect of the quarterback position going into Week 1,” Prescott said. Jason Garrett believes Prescott had a productive preseason. “He's very comfortable in our system,” the coach said. “He plays with a great spirit every day in practice. He's a natural leader and guys respond to him and I think that carries into the game.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones was as surprised as anybody on the retirement of Andrew Luck. "I know that to play football and everything that's involved in playing this game, you've got to have your mind and heart not only committed to buying into it completely doing it, but almost you've got to over-commit to do it because you get so many ‘nos,'" Jones said. "You get so may ‘nos.' Everybody does that plays this game. The ‘nos' are everywhere. So to step back away from this thing, I honor him. I think lot of his family. I think a lot of his father. I think a lot of what he brought to football and wish him nothing but the very best. I hope he becomes the president of the United States."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Dak Prescott on the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck: "I mean helluva a player, helluva player. Helluva guy the little bit I know of him being able to talk to him before a game and sharing a little bit of things. Respect him so, so much on the field, off the field. so that's his decision. Everybody's entitled to that. I don't think that it's fair for any of us to make any opinions about what he has going on. So respect his decision, wish him the best, just know that he was one of my favorite players to watch around the league and learn little things from. Hate to see a great player like that leave the game, but like I said don't know the details, don't want to speak on that. I'm not entitled to an opinion on that."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Garrett said it was "stunning" to learn about the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck. he got to know Luck through the Pro Bowl over the years and had known his father, Oliver, for years. "I hold him in the highest regard," Garrett said, adding his disappointment to not be able to see him play.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys recorded their first preseason shutout since 2012 by beating the Houston Texans, 34-0, at AT&T Stadium. It was as dominant a showing as it sounded. The Cowboys' pass rush was unstoppable, coming up with eight sacks and the defense added two takeaway. Special teams had a touchdown on a blocked punt. This was the most points the Cowboys had in a preseason game since 2016 (41 vs. Miami). Their last shutout was a 3-0 win against Oakland.

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Calhoun, Santana both hit two-run jacks in Rangers' win (0:55)
Cowboys score on blocked punt (0:20)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

There was a time the Cowboys were signing defensive linemen on Tuesdays and playing them on Sundays. They don't have that issue now. They are deep up front: Taco Charlton, Trysten Hill, Kerry Hyder, Christian Covington, Dorance Armstrong and Joe Jackson can all contribute behind starters DeMarcus Lawrence, Antwaun Woods, Maliek Collins, Tyrone Crawford. And Robert Quinn will be back from suspension after two games and Randy Gregory could be back at some point, too.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys lead Houston, 27-0, at halftime. As insignificant as the outcome is, the Cowboys have to be pleased with the play of defensive end Taco Charlton (two sacks, two forced fumbles), backup QB Cooper Rush (173 yards passing), the overall pass rush(five sacks) and kicker Brett Maher, who has made two field goal attempts and three point-after tries after missing kicks in each of the first two preseason games.

Dak escapes pressure, hits Gallup for a TD (0:23)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Taco Charlton was slow to get up for the second straight series after forcing his second fumble of the game. He was able to walk off under his own power with a limp and headed straight to the locker room for more examination. This has been by far Charlton's best showing with two sacks and two forced fumbles. It might not have come against an elite offensive line but imagine what would be said if he didn't produce this way?

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Dak Prescott's preseason is over after four drives in three games. Since the Cowboys do not play their starters in the final preseason game, Prescott will enter the Sept. 8 opener having completed 11 of 14 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. He had his first three incompletions of the preseason against Houston but his touchdown pass to Michael Gallup, which was for 12 yards, was typical Prescott. He scrambled, fought through a tackler and found Gallup in the end zone.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

As the Cowboys offense comes out for their third series, Jason Witten is showed on the digital board and given a nice ovation by the fans at AT&T Stadium. It's Witten's first game as a player in Arlington since the 2017 finale. He called a game for ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Calhoun clobbers 401-foot HR (0:17)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys will be in their white jerseys for Saturday's preseason home opener against the Houston Texans, but get used to seeing them more in their blue jerseys for the regular season. The Cowboys will wear blue at Washington, at New Orleans, at the New York Jets, at the New York Giants, at Detroit and at Chicago and will wear their blue jerseys with white pants at home against Minnesota and the Los Angeles Rams. They will wear their Color Rush twice: vs. Miami and at the New England Patriots. They will be in their traditional white jerseys for home games against the Giants, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Washington and their road game at Philadelphia.