Cowboys roster moves are pending

August, 31, 2010
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IRVING -- The Cowboys have until 3 p.m. CT to cut their roster to 75.

The Cowboys did some snooping around to see if they could trade safety Pat Watkins, but teams bypassed -- thinking he was going to get cut anyway.

Watkins, who has been with the team since 2006, will be officially released today. On Monday, the Cowboys released tight end Scott Sicko and wide receiver Terrell Hudgins.

Linebacker Stephen Hodge will go on the physically unable to perform list and tight end John Phillips will go on injured reserved today. Phillips is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL.

The Cowboys are also exploring their options with several players in terms of possible trade. Wide receivers Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd expressed an interest in possibly leaving the team after the draft. Since training camp started, Crayton and Hurd said they want to stay. If the Cowboys want to go younger at the position, Kevin Ogletree or possibly Jesse Holley, Hurd and Crayton could become expendable.

Crayton has been one of the more dependable wide receivers in training camp and the preseason. With the emergence of rookie Dez Bryant, it could mean fewer snaps for Crayton because Bryant moves to the third receiver spot behind starters Miles Austin and Roy Williams.

Hurd is a strong special teams player, however Danny McCray and Barry Church have done a good job on that unit. The concern is that Hurd has experience, while McCray and Church do not.

Do you keep McCray and Church over Hurd?

The Cowboys will keep them over Watkins, who is another strong special teams player.

Plenty of decisions to make in the next week.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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