A little over a week ago NFL PR man Greg Aiello informed teams that NFL rosters will have to be cut down from 90 players to 80 players by tomorrow, August 30, 4:00 p.m. ET. Initially, the cut down was going to be to 75 players as in previous years, but it was moved up to 80 players for this year, presumably to account for the 90-man rosters the NFL allowed for the preseason this year.
Per the official team roster, the Cowboys sit at a relatively comfortable 81 players (C Andre Gurode and WR Curtis Clay were released today), so finding one player to cut by tomorrow will probably not be too difficult. After that, the Cowboys play the Dolphins on Thursday night in the fourth and final preseason game of this year. That will give the coaches one last opportunity to evaluate the players at the bottom of the roster before the Cowboys and every other team will have to finalize their 53-man roster by 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 3rd.
Andre Gurode has already been let go, and the 'Gurode situation' does not bode well for some of the other established veterans on the team: it appears that Garrett's culture change also extends to veteran players who are no longer earning their contract. The Cowboys already released Roy Williams, Marion Barber, Leonard Davis and Marc Colombo, and more players could follow.
Roster rejuvenation is about steadily trimming the greybeards from the lineup. Which greybeard do you see riding off into the sunset on Saturday?