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Dallas Cowboys Roster Cuts 2016: LB Derek Akunne Is The First To Go; DE Ryan Russell Is Second

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Like the rest of the league, the Cowboys are releasing players to get down to 53.

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Not all teams are waiting until the last minute to make their cuts to the league-mandated 53-man roster.

The Cowboys traditionally finalize their cut list immediately following the last preseason game; it just takes a while for the names of the cut players to trickle through, and an official announcement usually isn't forthcoming until very close to the roster cut deadline.

And it looks like linebacker Derek Akunne is one of the first names to trickle though. His agent reported Akunne's release earlier today via Twitter.

The North Texas product initially signed with Atlanta in May, 2015, as a rookie free agent, but was waived at the end of training camp. He was subsequently signed to Dallas’ practice squad in December 2015.

Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports that DE Ryan Russell has also been released. A source confirmed the release after Russell's somewhat cryptic Instagram message.

I've had the best time with my brothers and teammates. Dallas Cowboys are gonna do great things this season.

A photo posted by Ryan Russell (@rkrelentless) on

 

By 4:00 PM EST on Saturday, all NFL teams must be down to their 53-man roster. The Dallas Cowboys are no exception. We'll be tracking their cuts as we receive them and posting them here.