Tuesday is an important business day for teams around the National Football League and that obviously includes the Dallas Cowboys. Every single team in the NFL has to be down to 53 players on their roster by 4pm ET and the Cowboys themselves have already made a number of moves. Stay up to date with every single Dallas Cowboys roster move with our tracker right here.
One of the details associated with teams getting down to 53 players is carrying some temporarily. There are a number of players throughout the league who will be placed on injured reserve after they make the “final” roster, and it is important to note that they have to make the initial roster in order to be able to return from IR later this season.
Entering Tuesday’s deadline, the Cowboys had three players who seemed like IR boomerang candidates in Neville Gallimore, Sean McKeon, and Josh Ball. As cuts were rolling in ESPN’s Todd Archer noted that Kelvin Joseph, Francis Bernard, and Malik Turner could also be players that wind up on injured reserve soon enough.
Cowboys had three IR-to-return guys before today: Neville Gallimore, Sean McKeon, Josh Ball. Might have three more: Kelvin Joseph (groin), Frances Bernard (hamstring), Malik Turner (foot). They need to be on roster for today and then can go to IR. Would miss at least 3 games.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 31, 2021
Francis Bernard suffered a hamstring injury way back in the later part of July so this isn’t exactly shocking and Malik Turner suffered his injury during Sunday’s preseason finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Seeing Kelvin Joseph here is a bit more deflating, though.
Joseph suffered a groin injury during Sunday’s game and was originally ruled as questionable to return but was ultimately downgraded to out. After the game he tweeted that the situation was “minor” and that he would be back “better” which left the timeframe that he could be out somewhat vague. If he is going to potentially start the season on injured reserve then the situation is clearly somewhat significant.