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There was a roster move on Tuesday for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys reportedly decided to bring up Hyatt because they were concerned he might get poached.

Cowboys put Cedrick Wilson on IR, promote Mitch Hyatt from practice squad - Josh Alper, NBC Sports

The Cowboys were expected to make some sort of move to their roster after Cedrick Wilson’s injury from Thursday night. On Tuesday, that move came, with Wilson being placed on injured reserve and rookie offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt being called up from the practice squad.

The team announced that Wilson has been placed on injured reserve. Wilson injured his knee late in last Thursday’s loss to the Bears.

Wilson appeared in six games for the Cowboys this season. He caught five passes for 46 yards, returned two punts for 13 yards and three kickoffs for 64 yards.

The Cowboys filled the open spot on their roster by promoting tackle Mitch Hyatt from the practice squad. Hyatt signed with the Cowboys after going undrafted out of Clemson and joined the practice squad after failing to make the cut to 53 players at the end of the summer.

Cowboys coaching rumors: Jerry Jones denies Urban Meyer meeting, but doesn’t deny interest in other coaches - Will Brinson, CBS Sports

The rumors about Urban Meyer becoming the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys have continued to swirl, and the most recent report suggests that a member of the Jones family actually met with Meyer about the potential opening. Jerry Jones denied that, though in his usual cryptic way.

“That’s not correct. I can confirm that it is absolutely not correct. We have not met with any coach,” Jones said. “Not met with any, specifically, why in answering that question, I don’t want to imply we wouldn’t in a way that would diminish the credibility of a coach -- or a player -- that’s you’re asking about.

”Normally when somebody says ‘have you met with such and such’ or ‘are you interested in such and such’ and you say ‘I have not’ the implication is you’re not interested. That shouldn’t be brought forward either.

”The facts are we just have not talked to any coach ... potential coach in the NFL.”

With outsized egos, Jerry Jones and Urban Meyer deserve each other with the Dallas Cowboys - Nancy Armour, USA Today

It doesn’t seem like the Urban Meyer to Dallas rumors are going to stop any time soon, and the potential connection will only pick up steam if/when an actual decision on Jason Garrett is made, but Nancy Armour outlines why, for better or worse, Meyer would be a perfect fit in Dallas.

Dallas has fared best with a coach who was successful in college first, with Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer as the only coaches since Tom Landry to lead the Cowboys to Super Bowls. The NFL is the one challenge Meyer hasn’t conquered and, at just 55, he is still young. He also coached Ezekiel Elliott at Ohio State.

More than anything, though, Jones and Meyer deserve each other. Their outsized egos and penchant for insincerity would make the Jones-Bill Parcells pairing seem like a model of humility in comparison.

Part of the reason Garrett is so ineffective is because he’s never going to stand up to Jones, who in addition to being the Cowboys owner is also the team’s general manager. Stephen Jones and Will McClay give their input, sure, but it’s Jerry Jones who has the ultimate say-so.

This is also why Garrett has lasted as long as he has. Jones doesn’t want someone who will challenge him or suggest that perhaps the team would do well to invest in a safety or two. Or shore up its depth on the offensive line.

Roster Churn: Cowboys add 4-time college track champ to WR group - Todd Brock, Cowboys Wire

Mitch Hyatt’s promotion wasn’t the only roster move that Dallas made in the wake of Cedrick Wilson’s season-ending injury. With their speedy receiver now done for the year, the Cowboys found a similar player to Wilson to fill Hyatt’s spot on the practice squad.

The Dallas Cowboys continue to make roster moves ahead of their Week 15 meeting with the Los Angeles Rams, in hopes that a little fine-tuning here and some minor tweaking there will be enough to fuel a late-December push to the postseason.

The latest addition to the club is wide receiver Cyril Grayson, according to reports. This practice squad signing comes in the wake of Cedrick Wilson’s injury sustained in the final minute of play against the Bears on December 5. Wilson had to be assisted off the field after attempting to haul in a Dak Prescott pass and ultimately left the stadium on crutches.

A seven-time All-American on the track, Grayson ran a 4.33 forty at LSU’s Pro Day in spring 2017, according to RotoWorld. Despite not playing football in college, he talked his way into participating in the same pro day as Leonard Fournette and Jamal Adams. It’s an incredible story that ended with him being offered a contract by Seattle 72 hours later, even though Grayson didn’t even have an agent at the time.

How Jason Garrett’s handling of Brett Maher illustrates one of the reasons he’ll have a new employer next year - Jean-Jacques Taylor, Dallas Morning News

On Monday, the Cowboys made the decision that fans had been screaming for since last year: they moved on from Brett Maher. Jason Garrett stuck with the inconsistent kicker longer than most teams do, and its emblematic of the coach’s shortcomings.

The reluctance to part with Maher, the first NFL kicker in four seasons to last long enough to miss 10 field goals in a season, is among the reasons Garrett will have a new employer next year.

He has only himself to blame. He refused to act, and it cost the Cowboys time after time after time this season. We shouldn’t be surprised. This the Garrett way. This has been the story of his season and his career. He’s excellent at long-term planning and awful at short-term planning.

He’s a thinker, a coach with a big brain who likes to work methodically through problems to find solutions. The problem, of course, is that you don’t have time in an NFL game or season to have think tanks.

Kai Forbath’s Plan: Make Kicks & Stick Around - Staff

Brett Maher is out and Kai Forbath is in. It can be a thankless job being a kicker in the NFL, and Forbath knows that. However, the veteran journeyman kicker hopes he can do well enough to stick around in Dallas.

“We were sitting at the lunch room and my mom texted me,” he recalled. “She said congrats. I told her I didn’t know anything yet. But (the Cowboys) called my agent before they told me and he called my mom to tell her. She texted me before I even heard.”

Needless to say, news traveled fast, and it wasn’t long before the Cowboys fans were made aware of the change as the Cowboys decided to release Brett Maher and sign Forbath, who had kicked for five other teams in his career.

Later in the day, Forbath spoke to the Dallas media for the first time, and said he understands the business of being NFL kicker, where you can be here today and gone tomorrow.

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