We have arrived at Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season and the Dallas Cowboys are in need of some dramatic help at just about every level of the defense. Much of this is due to bad play, but part of it is certainly due to the injuries that they have suffered to this point. A number of starters are on injured reserve which is never a good thing.
It is certainly worth mentioning that injured reserve works differently this season per Covid-19 protocols so that players can return to the team after being on IR for just three weeks. An example of someone who is eligible to return in Week 5 is cornerback Anthony Brown and there just so happens to now be a vacant spot among the defensive backs.
Brandon Carr and Alex Light have been released by the Cowboys
Many people want to see the Cowboys make a few moves and on Tuesday they did alter their roster. Per the mothership, the Cowboys have released both Brandon Carr and Alex Light amid a handful of other things.
The Cowboys continued to make roster tweaks Tuesday, releasing backup defensive back Brandon Carr and offensive tackle Alex Light.
The club also signed offensive tackle Greg Senat to the active roster off the Browns’ practice squad and added offensive tackle William Sweet to the practice squad.
Carr, a 12-year veteran, was signed to the practice squad after final cuts and later signed to the active roster, but he only played 21 snaps in the first four games despite the Cowboys’ injuries in the secondary.
The club is currently at 51 players on the 53-man roster but could be hoping to get injured cornerback Anthony Brown (ribs) back soon. Brown was placed on Reserve/Injured on Sept. 19, the day before the Week 2 game against Atlanta. Players must spend a minimum of three weeks on IR before being eligible to return.
Dallas has also signed offensive tackle Greg Senat which gives them another option there for the rest of the season. Brandon Knight appears to be the second most-worthy starter after Tyron Smith, but the long-time left tackle isn’t a guarantee to be healthy all year so bodies are needed.
The Cowboys have also signed another offensive tackle although only to their practice squad in William Sweet.
Speaking of the practice squad it is worth mentioning that Brandon Carr and Alex Light are both eligible to be signed to it and it certainly makes sense for Carr to do so if the Cowboys want to have an extra body around. It also makes sense that they anticipate Anthony Brown returning as they wouldn’t have gotten rid of a defensive back for no reason.