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Wide Receivers Signed To Practice Squad

After cutting both Danny Amendola and Mike Jefferson in Saturday’s manadatory cut to a 53-man roster, the Cowboys resigned both Sunday to the practice squad.  However, one or both will also get some playing time on Sep. 7th in Dallas’ opener against the Browns as word is out that Sam Hurd won’t be available by then.

With WR’s Miles Austin and Isaiah Stanback also down to injury, one or both of them, Amendola and Jefferson, will get a second-chance to possibly make the team.   Austin is likely to be out for at least the first two weeks of the regular season with a sprained MCL he incurred in the Broncos preseason game and Stanback, although refusing to have required shoulder surgery, may miss the opener also.  Coach Phillips did say that it was possible he could play with a shoulder harness, but just how effective would he be is the question.

S Keith Davis agreed to return to the Cowboys for the third time around and will hopefully help out with special teams that has been sadly deficient so far.  He is also a veteran safety who could be kept on the roster as a good backup to Hamlin and Watkins.  Dallas is heavy on defensive backs and kept eleven of them on the roster Saturday, but room should be made for Davis.

There is word out of Valley Ranch of a new QB coming to town.  While Dallas put rookie QB Richard Bartel on the practice squad, they are rumored to have reached an agreement with QB Brooks Bollinger who was released by the Vikings on Saturday.  Bollinger has traveled around the NFL for over five years now and could bring some veteran back-up skills to the team, but don’t look for that to happen until after the Browns game.

As for other practice squad members, RB Alonzo Coleman, FB Julius Crosslin, LB Tearrius George, TE Rodney Hannah and DE Marcus Dixon were signed to the squad, but drafted LB Erik Walden was signed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs.  He performed well during preseason, as did George, and got rewarded for his efforts, unfortunately by another team. 

And last but not least, it was very gratifying to learn that the Cowboys signed Larry Allen, their long-time Pro Bowl tackle, to a one-day contract in order for him to retire as a Cowboy.  Most people believe that Allen, an 11-time Pro Bowler and 13-year veteran will be in the Hall of Fame and possibly the Cowboys Ring-of-Honor.  Welcome home, Larry!!


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