The Cowboys did a little maintenance work on their roster. A week ago they had added safety Andrew Sendejo to the practice squad. Now, he finds himself on the 53-man roster. Sendejo played college ball at Rice and is a rookie this season. Turns out he's been a Cowboys fan his whole life, growing up just outside San Antonio.
"I grew up a Cowboys fan, so it's kind of surreal to be here," said Sendejo. "I'm going to try to make the most of the opportunity and take advantage of it."
Sendejo played for Rice from 2006-2009, tallying 318 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 14 pass breakups, nine interceptions, seven forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and two sacks.
Sendejo finished his career tied for second on the Owls' career tackle list with 318. As a sophomore, he posted career highs in tackles (107) and interceptions (five) en route to earning honorable mention All-Conference USA honors.
Sendejo had tryouts with Tampa Bay and New Orleans earlier this year but wasn't signed at either place. So he spent time in the UFL playing for Dennis Green's Sacramento Mountain Lions.
The Cowboys cut Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to make room for Sendejo. Saddler-McQueen was brought in a couple of weeks ago when Marcus Spears went down and Jason Hatcher was injured. With Hatcher healthy, the Cowboys could afford to cut down at the position.
Alex Daniels, the defensive end who has converted to fullback in the pros and was cut last week for Sendejo, has been re-signed to the practice team.