STARCast: Are The Dallas Cowboys More Popular Than Ever?

STARCast: We mop up from Minny, celebrate Sean Lee, try to figure out Randy Gregory and chart injury issues and other angles as the wildly-popular Dallas Cowboys prep for a trip to the New York Giants ...

On this edition of 'Cowboys StarCast' Jamie Horton and Mike Fisher discuss the significance of a Cowboys victory over the Minnesota Vikings.  It's always important to win football games in the NFL, but not only did this win wrap up a playoff spot, the Cowboys won by not playing well.

Television flex scheduling and recently released voting totals for the NFL Pro Bowl show that the Dallas Cowboys might be as popular now as they've ever been.  The franchise is worth four billion dollars, but right now, the Dallas Cowboys brand appears priceless.

We take a look at the Cowboys injury front, namely Morris Claiborne.  When can fans expect him to return to the field, and will it happen prior to postseason play?

And, should medicinal marijuana be allowed in the NFL?  And should the NFLPA take a much harder look into what it could mean for their union.  Randy Gregory would surely like them to. As we write here, Gregory is eligible to practice one of these days, but for how long?  And might he be able to provide the Cowboys with much needed reinforcements in their pass rush?

That and more on this edition of 'Cowboys StarCast'!

In other news worth noting:

*Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee has been nominated for the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, an honor that recognizes a player on each of the 32 teams who “has had a significant positive impact on his community.’’

Three of the 32 nominees will be chosen as finalists, with the winner announced on Super Bowl Eve, Feb. 4 during a nationally televised NFL Honors show. The winner will receive a $500,000 donation to the charity of his choosing along with an addition $500,000 donation in his name being given to the league's newest charitable initiative with United Way, 'Character Playbook'. Fans can be involved, too; the player who receives the most hashtag mentions on Twitter will receive an additional $25,000 donation for the charity of his choice.

For more information on the award, which of course was named after the late Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton in honor of his charity work, click here.

*Meanwhile, the Giants will be without JPP for this game and the rest of the regular season due to surgery.

*And on the Cowboys (and Giants) injury front as of Wednesday afternoon:

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