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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Lance Dunbar clears waivers, joins practice squad

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- Running back Lance Dunbar (North Texas) cleared waivers and will return to the Cowboys on the practice squad roster.

The Cowboys had to finalize their practice squad by 11 a.m. CT. They can have as many as eight players on the squad.

Dunbar finished the preseason rushing for 105 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins. However, the Cowboys only wanted to keep three running backs on the 53-man roster: DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones and Phillip Tanner.

Dunbar battled through a hamstring injury that kept him off the field during training camp practices and preseason games. The Cowboys liked his speed and good lateral movement.

The Cowboys could make other moves to the 53-man roster based on which players they attempted to claim on waivers.

Update: Running back Jamize Olawale cleared waivers and will join the Cowboys practice squad. Completing the practice squad are DT Ben Bass, WR Tim Benford, DT Robert Callaway, WR Danny Coale, G Ronald Leary and LB Orie Lemon.

The biggest name not on this list is outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton (Dallas Carter), who set a SWAC single-season record for sacks last year at Prairie View A&M.

Coale being added to the practice squad isn't a surprise. He lost a roster spot to wide receiver Andre Holmes. However, Coale's health was an issue.

"We liked Danny Coale a lot. That’s why we drafted him," coach Jason Garrett said. "Unfortunately, like with a couple of our younger players, rookies who we drafted, we didn’t get a chance to see him very much. He had a foot injury in the spring. I think he only practiced one OTA practice, and then all through training camp he was dealing with a foot or (hamstring), or whatever it was. He didn’t play that much. He’s been playing the last couple weeks. So it was hard for him to make his case. Andre Holmes is a guy we picked up last year, a guy that we liked a lot, did some good things for us on the practice roster last year, enough to activate him at the end of the year."