ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys have to get down to the 75-man roster limit by Monday, and there is a chance they could make some or all of their cuts today.
Some will be easy: place linebacker Caleb McSurdy (Achilles) and wide receiver Donavon Kemp (knee) on injured reserve, and put Kevin Kowalski on reserve/physically unable to perform, which knocks him out for the first six games.
The others might not be so easy with a game to be played Wednesday and the Cowboys not willing to play many or any of their regulars against Miami.
In a roundabout way, this brings us to the final 53-man cut on Aug. 31. Remember this: nothing is final. In some ways it’s the 53-man roster to play against the New York Giants on Sept. 5.
I’ll bring up a name to think about: Shaun Chapas.
What? How in the world could you keep two fullbacks on the final 53-man roster?
Here’s how: the Cowboys do not know if Jason Witten will be able to play against the Giants because of the spleen injury. If he can’t play -- or even if he does -- the Cowboys can’t use John Phillips and James Hanna on all of the special teams’ units and risk them to injury.
That opens a possible spot for Chapas, who was on all four special teams’ units in Saturday’s game against St. Louis. While he can’t play on the line of scrimmage, he can play in a couple of different spots on offense.