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Cowboys Call Up Akwasi Owusu-Ansah

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Akwasi Owusu-Ansah returned 25 kicks for a 21.7 average last year and a long of 41 yards.
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah returned 25 kicks for a 21.7 average last year and a long of 41 yards.

The Cowboys signed safety-turned-wide receiver Akwasi Owusu-Ansah to the 53-man roster from the practice squad today, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

It's likely that AOA will see action on Sunday as a kick returner. Earlier this week, it had looked like rookie Dwayne Harris would get called up to return kicks, but he suffered a hamstring injury on Thursday. Owusu-Ansah, the Cowboys' fourth round pick in 2010, averaged 21.7 yards on 25 kick returns in his rookie season before an ankle injury saw him placed on the season-ending IR list last year. He worked on both kick- and punt returns in practice with the first team on Friday.

In a curious twist, Owusu-Ansah, who was drafted as a safety after playing mostly corner in college, was moved to wide receiver at the end of training camp this year after injuries depleted the receiver corps. It's unlikely that he'll see any action at receiver on Sunday though. While the Cowboys will be without Miles Austin (hamstring) on Sunday, Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson will likely get the start, while Kevin Ogletree will also likely get more snaps and Jesse Holley will be waiting in the wings.

To make room for Owusu-Ansah, the team waived offensive guard Daniel Loper. This means that punter Chris Jones stays on the team at least for this weekend, and that Mat McBriar's availability for the game remains questionable at best.