The Mavericks still consider themselves lucky that J. J. Barea didn't end up in a cast from requiring surgery on his strained left calf. It was a strong possibility. But when tests showed the injury would heal without surgery, Rick Carlisle said it would be weeks before Barea, who was averaging more than 16 points and nearly six assists when he got hurt, returned.
The Dallas Cowboys are now 11-1, have (at worst) a two-game division lead over the Giants and are closing in on home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Is it time for Tony Romo to start seeing some game action? As Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk argues, it's something the Cowboys should consider: "Giving Romo some playing time would offer the Cowboys the opportunity to showcase him for a trade: If he plays well and stays healthy for the last few games of the season, he'd be attractive to teams looking for a veteran quarterback in the offseason." Romo's trade prospects would be a "secondary concern," though for the Cowboys.
Former Cowboy Herschel Walker, 54, thinks Dallas can go all the way to the Super Bowl. We spoke to the ex-running back at a Bellator mixed martial arts event at Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., where Walker is good friends with the company's president Scott Coker. On Dak Prescott: What's weird is I told them when then drafted Dak (Prescott), he's going to be the charm of the draft.