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DEC 8 COACH REDBALL ONCE AGAIN? Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett emerged as a top candidate for the open job at Stanford, and he confirmed the connection late Thursday. ...

But along with the confirmation came a decision announced on Twitter.

Wrote Garrett: "Thanks so much to AD Bernard Muir and everyone at Stanford! While I enjoyed exploring a great opportunity at such a special place, I’m so excited to continue my work at NBC on "Football Night in America'' and with Notre Dame Football!

The former Princeton and NFL quarterback was a finalist for the Duke job a year ago and presently is in his first year working as an analyst for NBC Sports.

DEC 6 REINFORCEMENTS The Cowboys were forced into adding depth at defensive back following a season-ending injury to starting cornerback Anthony Brown. Brown suffered a torn Achilles in Sunday's 54-19 win over the Indianapolis Colts, meaning the Cowboys needed to add help. 

As reported by CowboysSI.com, the Cowboys will sign cornerback Mackensie Alexander to the practice squad after hosting workouts at The Star on Tuesday.

Alexander, a former second-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings, was cut after a short stint with the Miami Dolphins in September after sustaining a groin injury. 

Dallas also worked out CB Torry McTyer … and as you may know, did not work out OBJ.

DEC 5 'GOOD VISIT!' Odell Beckham Jr. ... trying to be funny?

OBJ was in Buffalo over the weekend making his free agent visit to the Bills, and on Sunday visited with Von Miller on a Twitch stream. Beckham was asked whether he enjoyed his time in town.

"I had the wings, the lemon pepper was good," Beckham told Miller. "Everything was good, bro. It was a good visit."

And now? It's the Dallas Cowboys, his hosts as you read this are, for Monday and Tuesday meetings. ... who are hoping he has a "good visit'' here in Frisco as well. 

His three-step itinerary is detailed above.

DEC 4 COWBOYS WIN, LOSE AB The Cowboys dominated the Colts, 54-19 on "Sunday Night Football'' but tucked inside the win is a loss, as the team is noting that a serious Achilles tear is the fear for starting cornerback Anthony Brown.

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“I’m sick for him, sick for us,'' Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.

Brown gave way to Kelvin Joseph during the game as the Dallas secondary depth will be tested moving forward.

DEC 4 JIMMY PREDICTS Jimmy Johnson's predictions to open NFL Week 13, in short-hand?

'No' on the Eagles, 'Yes' on the Super Bowl Cowboys.

To be more specific: The "no'' is about Dallas catching the one-loss Eagles in the NFC East race. But the "yes'' is about what the Cowboys, who enter the weekend with a record of 8-3 and are favored to beat the Colts at home on Sunday night, can ultimately do even as a wild card.

Said Jimmy of the Cowboys: "They're not going to catch Philadelphia (in the NFC East), but (starting) in the wild card round, I think they’re good enough to make it all the way.”

DEC 4 NFC RACE The Washington Commanders are going into the locker room against the New York Giants tied at 13-all ... and the Eagles have a lead over the Titans ... all part of NFL Week 13 as the Cowboys watch ... and rest up for the nightcap, with the Colt visiting here at AT&T Stadium.

The Commanders started the game off with a bang after forcing Giants quarterback Daniel Jones to fumble on the fourth play of the game. Jonathan Allen forced his second fumble of the year and it set Washington up nicely in New York territory.

Taylor Heinicke and the offense helped tack on a field goal on the ensuing drive. And on the team's next offensive possession, Heinicke found wide receiver Terry McLaurin for a 19-yard touchdown. However, Washington's 10-0 lead going into the second quarter quickly vanished.

The Giants put together consecutive scoring drives of their own. The first came on a 48-yard field goal from Graham Gano and the second came on a 13-yard rushing touchdown from Saquon Barkley.

Washington retook a lead on the next drive on a 42-yard field goal from Slye, leading to the two-minute warning. New York also led a drive deep into Washington territory, and kicked a chip shot field goal to tie the game.

The Giants are 7-4, Washington enters the weekend at 7-5 ... Philly is 10-1 and in first place in the division, with Dallas at 8-3.

DEC 3 OBJ NOT BUFFALO WINGS The Buffalo Bills' Odell Beckham Jr. visit is official as of Saturday night, and dinner is served.

What's on the "Welcome Odell!'' menu? Per our Bills SI coverage ...

The first course: A fried goat cheese salad.

The second course: A Cajun seafood pasta (a smart fit for the Louisiana native Beckham).

The third course: Steak au poivre, described as “Peppercorn-encrusted angus prime tenderloin filet with Brandy cream sauce.

The fourth course: "Gooey butter cake with Bourbon ice cream'' or "Red velvet cake.''

Sounds delicious. 

OBJ will be in Frisco on Monday. (Flying but not running.)

Gumbo and BBQ at Dak Prescott's house, anybody?

DEC 1 STILL NO DIGGS OR GALLUP Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy is making it clear that the Dallas illness bug still isn't going away ... and for Michael Gallup and Trevon Diggs it means a second straight day of absence from practice here at The Star.

They will be involved in meetings virtually ... which might also be the case for Terence Steele, who was not present for the media-open portion of the Thursday workout at Dallas preps for the Sunday night visit from the Colts.

NOV 30 TYRON AND WASHINGTON UPDATE It was an upbeat Wednesday here inside The Star for the Dallas Cowboys as they prep for Sunday night's visit from the Colts ...

With both Tyron Smith and James Washington on track to return to the roster.

Washington's 21-day window was activated on Wednesday; we're told that could soon also happen for Tyron, sources telling CowboysSI.com that the Dec. 11 visit from the Houston Texans could be his target to make his 2022 in-game debut.

Of course, even on a most upbeat day, nothing's perfect.

And along those lines ... Trevon Diggs and Michael Gallup both get DNPs due to illness.

NOV 29 OBJ PREDICTION COMES TRUE! We stated our position on this early Sunday morning, when Adam Schefter of ESPN tried to create a "splash'' with a report about OBJ that isn't really a "report'' at all.

We said the phrasing of Schefter's "news'' would be framed a certain way by the audience ... a way Schefter knew it would be framed.

Even though the frame is crooked.

And now, on Monday? Schefter quoting an anonymous “NFL exec” on what the Las Vegas odds should be regarding where he signs, and quoting the invisible person saying "It sounds like OBJ to Dallas'' ... has taken on a life of its own.