The Dallas Cowboys, along with every NFL team, are tasked with trimming rosters down to 53 players by 3 p.m. today.
After players are waived, Dallas can extend offers to stay on the practice squad to 16 players. But those same players can be scooped up by other teams and get a spot on their 53-man rosters.
Below are the players who have been waived, and the list will be updated as more cuts are reported.
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- Ben DiNucci, Will Grier and Cooper Rush were released, leaving Dak Prescott as the only QB on the Cowboys active roster. Rush will not go through waivers and is likely to be brought back as Dallas’ QB2, while Grier will go through waivers and have the chance to sign with another team. But reports are that Dallas hopes to bring Grier back on the practice squad.
- Wide receiver T.J Vasher was waived despite playing well in training camp and preseason. The Cowboys have an abundance of wide receivers so it became a matter of which players at the bottom of the depth chart would be cut. Dallas is now likely to carry seven receivers on the 53-man roster, as Brandon Smith was also waived by Dallas. James Washington will start the season on IR.
- Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins was released after starting 15 games for the Cowboys in 2021. Defensive line is a particularly strong position group for Dallas, so Watkins being cut despite playing a large role on last year’s team shouldn’t come as a shock.
- Brett Maher was released, meaning Dallas currently has no kickers on the active roster. However, Maher is likely to be brought back to the active roster ahead of the Cowboys Week 1 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cutting Maher allows Dallas to clear cap space for IR moves.
- Tight end Sean McKeon was cut after a battling with undrafted rookie Peyton Hendershot for TE3 behind Dalton Schultz and Jake Ferguson. McKeon has been with Dallas since 2020, but Hendershot impressed in the Cowboys three preseason games. NFL Network reported that McKeon will be offered a spot on the practice squad.
- Malik Davis being waived lends some clarity to the Cowboys depth chart at running back going into 2022. Dallas will roll into the regular season with Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard and Rico Dowdle.
- Defensive back C.J. Goodwin has been released after joining the Cowboys in 2018. But similar to the Rush and Maher cuts, this move appears to be procedural and the team plans to bring Goodwin back before the season starts, according to Dallas Morning News.
- Offensive tackle Isaac Alarcon has been waived after joining the Cowboys in 2020. Alarcon has been part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program, and he’s expected to join the practice squad, per Dallas Morning News.