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Friday, December 28, 2012
Pondering the 46: Down to the final two

By Todd Archer



IRVING, Texas – Figuring out five inactive players for Sunday’s game at Washington is pretty easy: David Arkin, Kevin Kowalski, Ronald Leary, Darrion Weems and Jay Ratliff.

As we ponder the final 46-man roster of the season, coming up with the final two can be tricky.

Last week the Cowboys kept Kyle Wilber and Robert Callaway out with the New Orleans bringing a high-flying passing game. The Redskins are the best running team in the NFL, so they might want to go with fewer skill players, like receivers and cornerbacks.

Wide receiver Cole Beasley did not play a snap last week vs. the Saints, so the Cowboys might go with four wide receivers this week. With injuries to DeMarcus Ware and Victor Butler, the Cowboys might need Wilber to be active as an emergency.

To get Callaway, who missed Wednesday’s practice because of a cancelled flight, on the field, the Cowboys could go with four running backs with Phillip Tanner as the odd-man out. But then the special teams unit takes a hit. Can the Cowboys dress nine defensive backs? Maybe.

The guesses on the final two inactives: Callaway and Tanner.