The Dallas Cowboys are getting set for their regular season finale against the Washington Commanders and for a hopefully long playoff push beginning next week. In the lead up it appears that they want to set themselves up as best as they can as far as the construction of their roster. On Tuesday, the Cowboys brought in an old friend, La’el Collins, as they signed him to the practice squad and on Wednesday they tinkered with things a little bit more.
Rookie defensive lineman Junior Fehoko has been activated off of injured reserve. To make room for him running back Deuce Vaughn was placed on IR.
JUST IN: The #DallasCowboys have activated DL Junior Fehoko from the injured reserve to the 53-man roster and have moved RB Deuce Vaughn to the injured reserve in a corresponding move.— Nick Harris (@NickHarrisDC) January 3, 2024
Rookie-for-rookie swap on the IR ahead of Week 18. pic.twitter.com/0cDPs8V7yc
Viliami “Junior” Fehoko has not played in a single game for the Cowboys this season after the team took him in the fourth round of the draft. It is unlikely that his presence will be felt in a dramatic way, but depth in the trenches is never a bad thing and he does at least provide that.
On the other side of things it has been a pretty quiet season for Deuce Vaughn. He was active on Saturday against the Detroit Lions for the first time since the early November matchup against the New York Giants and did not provide much contribution. Assuming we do not see Vaughn any more this season, he will finish his rookie season with 23 carries and seven receptions, both for 40 yards on the ground and through the air.
The placement of Vaughn on injured reserve could be a signal that the team believes Rico Dowdle is good to go, but obviously that remains to be seen.