Rico Dowdle

Dallas Cowboys
Running Back #34
Dallas Cowboys
Running Back #34

Rico Dowdle News

Gets spot on initial 53-man

Dowdle has a spot on the Cowboys' initial 53-man roster, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Dowdle has been with the Cowboys since first signing as an undrafted rookie in 2020, and he spent all of last season on injured reserve after fracturing his hip in August. He's healthy this year and seems to have won the No. 3 running back job, though it's often a fluid position with teams scouring the waiver wire for alternatives.

Aug 30, 2022 1:21 PM EST


Opens preseason loss as starter

Dowdle (illness) rushed nine times for 36 yards in the Cowboys' 17-7 preseason loss to the Broncos on Saturday night.

Analysis: Dowdle was reasonably productive with his opportunity, pacing the Cowboys in carries in the process. The 24-year-old and undrafted rookie Malik Davis, his primary competitor for the No. 3 running back job, were similarly productive, so their job battle continues in next Saturday night's road exhibition matchup against the Chargers.

Aug 13, 2022 9:20 PM EST



Out for now

Dowdle will miss the remainder of the week after testing positive for COVID on Thursday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Dowdle is going through a rough stretch, missing the 2021 season with a hip fracture, followed by having to get his knee scoped in May, which kept him out for OTAs. Now he will have to stay away from the team for a few days until he no longer tests positive for COVID. Dowdle joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina in 2020, and saw the field for 15 contests in his rookie season, but he mostly just contributed on special teams. Dowdle is currently No. 3 on Dallas' running back positional depth chart, firmly behind Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.

Aug 4, 2022 8:30 AM EST


All set at training camp

Dowdle (knee) was an active participant at Thursday's training camp session, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Dowdle had underwent a knee scope in May and didn't participate at OTAs, but he was back at practice for the first time Thursday. The running back produced 24 yards on seven carries while compiling 152 kick return yards over 15 games with the Cowboys last season. Dowdle is expected to operate as a reserve option behind Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard in 2022.

Jul 28, 2022 12:29 PM EST


Will return for camp

Dowdle (knee) is missing OTAs due to a recent knee scope, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Dowdle suffered a hip fracture that landed him on IR in August of 2021, which forced him to miss the entire season. Although he is now recovered from that injury, Dowdle apparently had a knee issue that needed to be scoped, which will keep him on the sidelines for now. However, he's fully expected to be ready to participate for training camp.

May 25, 2022 2:05 PM EST



Done for the year with hip injury

Dowdle was placed on IR due to a hip injury Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Dowdle is set to spend the entire 2021 campaign on IR, unless he can reach an injury settlement with the Cowboys. After having played a regular role on special teams as a rookie in 2020, Dowdle will now set his sights toward making a full recovery for the 2022 season.

Aug 25, 2021 11:57 AM EST


Placed on IR

The Cowboys placed Dowdle (undisclosed) on injured reserve Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The timing of Dowdle's placement on IR rules him out for the entire 2021 season, barring an injury settlement. He was a consistent contributor on special teams across 15 appearances as a rookie, but Dowdle only handled seven carries in that span.

Aug 25, 2021 11:07 AM EST


Barely sees field as rookie

Dowdle gained 24 rushing yards on seven carries over 15 games in 2020.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of South Carolina carved out a regular role on special teams as the season went on, amassing 152 yards on kickoff returns, but he saw snaps on offense in only four games and was used sparingly. With Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard both expected back in 2021, Dowdle should remain a depth option for Dallas if he retains his roster spot.

Jan 16, 2021 9:03 PM EST


Limited action as No. 2

Dowdle carried the ball four times for 11 yards and returned three kickoffs for 88 yards in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Analysis: With Ezekiel Elliott (calf) sidelined, Tony Pollard moved into the lead role in the backfield and erupted for 132 scrimmage yards and two TDs, leaving Pollard's usual spot as the backup RB and kickoff returner in the hands of Dowdle. The undrafted rookie wasn't able to make much impact on offense, but he did impress as a return man. Even if Elliott returns to the lineup in Week 16, Pollard's performance may earn him a bigger workload, potentially opening the door for Dowdle to become the Cowboys' primary kickoff returner to close out the year.

Dec 21, 2020 11:33 AM EST


Elevates to top backup role

Dowdle is expected to serve as the Cowboys' top backup running back behind Tony Pollard with Ezekiel Elliott (calf) inactive for the contest, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: So long as the contest remains competitive, expect Pollard to see the overwhelming share of snaps and touches out of the backfield, as Dowdle -- an undrafted rookie out of South Carolina -- has yet to be entrusted with a meaningful role on offense. Since logging three carries on three snaps in garbage time Week 6 against Arizona, Dowdle's action has come exclusively on special teams over the subsequent seven games.

Dec 20, 2020 9:00 AM EST


Could be active Sunday

Dowdle would likely be activated from the Cowboys' practice squad if Ezekiel Elliott is inactive as expected, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Dowdle saw a little bit of action in the Arizona Monday night debacle, carrying the ball three times for 13 yards. In four years at South Carolina, he wasn't the full-time back, peaking at 764 rushing yards in his freshman year.

Nov 7, 2020 11:09 AM EST


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