IRVING, Texas -- If the Cowboys are ever going to see Matt Johnson play in a regular-season game it will not happen in 2013.
The Cowboys placed the safety on injured reserve with a foot injury suffered Aug. 4 against Miami in the Hall of Fame Game. A fourth-round draft pick in 2012, Johnson did not play in a game last year because of recurring hamstring injuries and was eventually placed on injured reserve.
A player is not eligible for the injured reserve tag with the ability to return unless he spends one day on the active roster. With decisions to make across the roster, the Cowboys felt they could not hold a spot for Johnson for a day after holding one for him most of last season.
The Cowboys have informed Alex Tanney, Anthony Armstrong, Edawn Coughman, Jakar Hamilton and Taylor Reed of their release, but have a number of moves to make before they need to reach the 53-man limit by 5 p.m. CT Saturday.