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Roster cuts coming, Burnett may be back for the opener and Larry Allen is back (kinda)

Today is the big day the Cowboys must get down to a 53-man roster. Dallas has tough decisions all around. My man Clarence Hill is all over this story like stink on shinola for the Star-Telegram.

Wade Phillips acknowledges the team will have some tough cuts -- especially at cornerback, where it’s going to come down to Alan Ball or Evan Oglesby; receiver, between Mike Jefferson and Danny Amendola; and linebacker, between Tearrius George and Erik Walden.

The Cowboys also hope to bring back several players cut to the practice squad, such as one of the two cornerbacks, one of the two linebackers, safety Dowayne Davis, defensive end Marcus Dixon, fullback Julius Crosslin and running back Keon Lattimore.

Here's a bit of good news.

Phillips said Burnett is expected to return to practice Wednesday. And if everything goes according to plan, he will play against the Browns.

Sweet!

We are looking for receivers with a flashlight in the daylight and apparently everyone knows that cause we're getting phone calls from every Tom, Dick and Harry. Calvin Watkins is on the scene.

The phone calls started Friday morning and continued throughout the day.

After word leaked that No. 3 receiver Sam Hurd suffered a left high-ankle sprain that will force him to miss two to four weeks, including the season opener at Cleveland, agents representing wide receivers from Freddie Mitchell to Joe Horn called Valley Ranch.

Boo. Tell Fred-Ex and Cellphone Joe to take a hike.

Good news for Danny Amendola and Mike Jefferson? Not so much.

But Phillips didn't seem impressed with Danny Amendola, who had two catches for 19 yards, and Mike Jefferson, who finished with three catches for 36 yards.

"I don't think either one of them made a jump," he said. "But I don't think either one of them went backwards."

The Star-Telegram weighs in too on our wide receiver calamity. They reiterate mostly the same points but give a nice roundup of our receiver position.

Watch out for the receivers that are released in Arizona. They could end up with the 'Boys. Especially Jamaica "We Be Jammin'" Rector and Jehreme Urban.

Uh oh. There goes Wade giving Bobby Carpenter compliments again. He says he's pleased with his work and the work of the linebackers as a whole.

FOXSports.com continues its excellent adventure exploring the ways to disparage the Cowboys. Here's a new one: T.O. will never win a ring.

Shout out to Billito and his fanshot here.

Now this is what I like to see. Classy move.

IRVING – Larry Allen, one of the best offensive guards in NFL history, signed a one-day contract Friday so he could officially retire with the Cowboys.

The team will have a formal announcement and ceremony later this season.

Known for his incredible upper body strength, Allen played for the Cowboys from 1994 to 2005 and earned 10 Pro Bowl selections. That tied Mel Renfro for second-most in team history. Bob Lilly holds the club record with 11 Pro Bowl selections.

For a brief time I lived in Shreveport-Bossier City, La., which is the home of several riverfront casinos. This had to be around the summer of 1997. In a fit of boredom I crossed the Texas Street Bridge and headed to gamble in Bossier City. One night, I happened to catch a glimpse of Larry Allen and his wife or who I thought was Larry Allen and his wife. Larry was shorter than I imagined and he seemed to sense I was an insane Dallas Cowboy fan and he started to duck and dodge. Not because he was being rude. Just because he was painfully shy and he just seemed to avoid eye contact with everyone -- the dealer, people around him, heck he was barely looking at the slot machine he was playing. I don't think it really dawned on me it was him until I saw the humongous sized rock his wife was wearing. On my way out, I finally got up the nerve to say something. He acknowledged me and even gave me a handshake. I was so excited I ran to my car and bounced home listening to whatever No Limit album was popular at the time. It wasn't until the next day I realized how sore my hand was from his handshake. That guy has got a serious grip. 

Thanks for the good times, LA. One of the greatest Cowboys to ever play the game in my opinion.

Shout out to Starred4Life for his fanpost here.