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  • Cowboys' John Stephens: Limited for OTAs

    Stephens (knee) will be working on the side as the Cowboys open OTAs on Wednesday, as he continues to recover from a torn ACL suffered last August, Nick Harris of the team's official site reports.

    Last May, Stephens signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana, but he lost any chance he had at making the team due to the season-ending injury suffered in a preseason contest. Though still not 100 percent healthy, the 24-year-old tight end is getting closer to full strength.

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  • Cowboys' John Stephens: Officially on IR

    Dallas placed Stephens (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Nick Harris of the team's official site reports.

    Stephens will miss the entire 2023 campaign due to a torn ACL sustained during the preseason. The undrafted rookie out of Louisiana had put together a solid offseason, but his sights will now need to be set on making a full recovery for the 2024 season to again compete for a roster spot.

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  • Cowboys' John Stephens: Season is over

    Stephens is out for the season with a torn ACL, Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Stephens injured his knee in the third quarter of Saturday's loss to Seattle and will now miss the entirety of the season. Signed as an undrafted free agent in May, the 23-year-old was making a strong push for a spot on the Week 1 roster, but he will now have to wait until next year to try to make his NFL debut.

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  • Cowboys' John Stephens: Exits game early

    Stephens exited Saturday's preseason matchup with the Seahawks early with a knee injury, Todd Archer of reports.

    Stephens limped off the field in the third quarter with what has now been outlined as a knee injury. The tight end had one catch for six yards before his night came to an end. More information on his status will likely be provided after the contest.

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  • Cowboys' John Stephens: Hauls in TD in preseason debut

    Stephens caught five of seven targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-23 preseason loss to the Jaguars.

    A big-bodied wide receiver in college, Stephens was converted to tight end by the Cowboys after signing as a UDFA and has impressed the coaching staff so far in camp. He carried that momentum forward into his first NFL preseason action, leading the team in receiving and capping a drive toward the end of the fourth quarter with a 15-yard TD pass from Will Grier. Stephens has a tough path to the Week 1 roster with Jake Ferguson, Peyton Hendershot and 2023 second-round pick Luke Schoonmaker seemingly locked into spots, but if he keeps showing out in exhibition play, the team may not want to risk losing him by trying to get him onto the practice squad.

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  • Cowboys' John Stephens: Impressing after position switch

    Stephens has been converted to tight end by the Cowboys and has looked good during the early part of training camp, Jon Machota and Saad Yousef of The Athletic report.

    Listed at 6-foot-5 and 221 pounds coming out of Louisiana, Stephens played wide receiver in college and his length and red-zone ability earned him a look as a UDFA from the Cowboys. Dallas has a very young tight end room headlined by 2022 fourth-round pick Jake Ferguson and 2023 second-round selection Luke Schoonmaker (foot), so if Stephens continues to handle the transition well and proves he can hold up as a blocker while providing a mismatch as a receiving option, he could find his way onto the Week 1 roster. More likely, a strong showing in the preseason will get him stashed on the practice squad so he can hone his skills further.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 221 lbs
Birthplace: Logansport, LA
Age: 24
School: Louisiana
Experience: 2