We are 15 days away from the regular season beginning for the Dallas Cowboys and they continue to make preparations for the marathon to begin. Sunday is the final preseason game for the team, an exhibition against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it should serve as the first opportunity for them to see somebody for the first time since last year.
Who is this mystery man, you say? On Wednesday the Cowboys announced that kicker Greg Zuerlein has officially passed his physical and been activated from the PUP list.
Kicker Greg Zuerlein has passed his physical and has been taken off the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list (PUP), making him eligible to begin practicing.
The Cowboys waived kicker Lirim Hajrullahu on Tuesday, a strong indication that Zuerlein is ready to return from offseason back surgery that has sidelined him for all of training camp and preseason to this point.
Zuerlein hasn’t practiced yet but has made gradual progress kicking on his own, special teams coordinator John Fassel said recently.
Dallas waived Lirim Hajrullahu on Tuesday, the lone move that they made to get down the league-mandated 80-man roster. The Cowboys only had to make one roster move by Tuesday’s deadline because they have four players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list (Carlos Watkins, CeeDee Lamb, Malik Hooker, and Israel Mukuamu).
By activating Zuerlein the Cowboys will need to make room for him on the roster by moving on from someone else. It remains to be seen who that will be.
There are now only two players left on the PUP list for the Cowboys in Trysten Hill and Chauncey Golston. For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Todd Archer reported that they are likely to open the season there. This would mean that they would be on it for at least the first six weeks of the regular season.