It’s been a very busy weekend in the NFL as teams are working to settle their rosters ahead of Week 1. Just the sound of Week 1 being right around the corner is music to the ears of football fans everywhere.
The Cowboys spent the weekend whittling down their training camp roster to the NFL-mandated 53-man roster, then settling on a practice squad while also doing a few other maneuvers.
In case you missed most of it, you can find their initial cuts here, their initial 53-man roster here, and their practice squad here.
The Cowboys had to take care of some housekeeping along the way. To be eligible to go on the injured reserve list, a player had to be on the initial 53-man roster. The Cowboys kept La’el Collins, Sean Lee and Ventell Bryant on the roster for that purpose. All three were moved to IR today and will be eligible to come back after three weeks.
Cowboys have placed WR Ventell Bryant (knee) on injured reserve. He joins LB Sean Lee (sports hernia) and RT La'el Collins (hip) there.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 6, 2020
In order to make the moves work, the Cowboys parted ways with some veterans initially, but there seemed to be an agreement that all three would eventually be re-signed to the team. That has happened.
The Cowboys have re-signed veterans CB C.J. Goodwin, LB Justin March and LB Joe Thomas— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 6, 2020
In case you missed it, the Cowboys also stashed veteran defensive back Brandon Carr on the practice squad. The ex-Cowboy is now a Cowboy again and could help the team with safety depth as he started to transition to that position at the end of his time in Baltimore.
The Cowboys are hoping to add two players to the practice squad if they pass COVID-19 tests.
Once (or if) they pass COVID protocols, OT Eric Smith and RB Elijah McGuire will fill out the final two spots on the Cowboys' practice squad.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 6, 2020