Dallas Cowboys: Tyrone Novikoff

Cowboys make moves at roster deadline

August, 27, 2012
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys have one more roster move to make before the 3 p.m. deadline to reach the 75-man limit after releasing eight players, waiving two injured players and placing guard/center Kevin Kowalski on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. (UPDATE: The Cowboys released long snapper Charley Hughlett Monday afternoon to get down to the limit.)

Kowalski has been bothered for most of the offseason by a severe case of tendinitis in his ankle and has been in a cast for most of training camp. He will miss the first six weeks of the regular season.

Linebacker Caleb McSurdy (Achilles) and wide receiver Donavon Kemp (knee) will move to injured reserve if they clear waivers.

The following players were cut: Levy Adcock, Delbert Alvarado, Harry Flaherty, David Little, Tyrone Novikoff, Raymond Radway, Javarris Williams and C.J. Wilson.

Cowboys' roster must be trimmed Monday

August, 26, 2012
The Cowboys have to get their roster down from 87 to 75 on Monday.

One step could be to reach an injury settlement with wide receiver Donovan Kemp, who tore the ACL in his left knee during practices in San Diego.

The team is hoping it can get Kemp through waivers and bring him back to place him on injured reserve. Linebacker Caleb McSurdy (Achilles) is also out for the season, but it's unknown if the Cowboys will waive him because he was a seventh-round draft pick and there's some concern another team might claim him.

Guard Kevin Kowalski (ankle) hasn't practiced this summer, and it appears the team will place him on injured reserve.

There are four injured players who will make the roster despite being injured, but the Cowboys might be without them for the season opener against the New York Giants.

Linebacker Kyle Wilber, a fourth-round selection, is still nursing a hand injury and didn't play in Saturday's preseason game against St. Louis. The status of starting tight end Jason Witten (spleen) and starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff (high ankle sprain) is uncertain for Week 1, and cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder) isn't expected to be ready.

There were 17 players who didn't play in Saturday night's victory over the St. Louis Rams. Ten of those players were scratched due to injury.

Some players, such as punter/kicker Delbert Alvarado, deep snapper Charley Hughlett and wide receiver David Little, might play in Wednesday's game against Miami but won't be on the final 53-man roster. Hughlett was given a chance to surpass L.P. Ladouceur but it appears that won't happen. Little and Alvarado, along with tight end Harry Flaherty, the nephew of coach Jason Garrett, are mainly camp bodies. While they might survive the Monday cut, could get let go Aug. 31.

Tackles Tyrone Novikoff and Levy Adcock, who didn't play Saturday, might survive the Monday cuts but not the big one Aug. 31.

Camp observations: DeMarcus Ware shines

August, 15, 2012
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys got back to work for the first time since their scintillating 3-0 win at Oakland on Monday with a shorter-than-normal practice Wednesday, but there was plenty to still see.

On to the observations:

** I’ll break some news right off the bat: DeMarcus Ware is really good. On the first play of team drills he sped around LT Tyron Smith and pressured Tony Romo. In the second series of team drills, he had a sack of Romo. Later, he stuck with RB DeMarco Murray in coverage and strung out a reverse to WR Kevin Ogletree.

** After getting tripped up/tackled from behind by LB Bruce Carter, Murray was a little slow getting up and there was some worry he might be hurt. On his next carry, he busted through a big hole for a long gain, looking like nothing was wrong.

**The battle for the No. 3 receiver rolls on and Ogletree had the best day of the competitors, catching three passes from Romo. His best came on a read-and-react route in the slot when he stopped and changed direction on CB Morris Claiborne for a nice gain.

** WR Andre Holmes did not have as good a day. A deep ball from Romo went off his finger tips in one-on-one drills and he was unable to hold onto a comeback route along the sideline. Both catches would have been difficult but if he wants to secure the job, those are catches that have to be made.

** WR Dez Bryant was stuffed off the line by CB Brandon Carr on a slant, leading to a pass breakup by Carr. On his next play against Claiborne, he caught a crossing route from Romo and sprinted up field on S Gerald Sensabaugh. In a game, it may have been a touchdown with the momentum Bryant had built up.

** With LB Caleb McSurdy done with a torn Achilles, Alex Albright could get more action at inside linebacker. He did a nice job of dropping back in coverage to knock away a pass from Kyle Orton to crossing Holmes.

** Sometimes things just aren’t fair. One is when Jeff Adams and Tyrone Novikoff are asked to block Ware on a twist. The All-Pro was just too quick for the undrafted rookies.

** K Dan Bailey took all of the field goals Wednesday, making all seven kicks. His longest came from 42 yards.

** CB Mario Butler ended the one-on-one period with an athletic interception of Kyle Orton, jumping for the pick while covering Raymond Radway on a deep ball.

** Orton made a throw few quarterbacks can make when he threaded a ball over CB Teddy Williams and S Mana Silva near the sideline to WR Dwayne Harris. The defensive coaches were calling for an interception, but Orton had the right mix of speed and touch on the pass.

** With a shortage of tight ends because of Jason Witten’s injury and John Phillips’ return from an injury, the offense featured mostly three-wide receiver sets. Only one Romo pass was caught by a tight end when he hit Phillips on a hot route. Romo went 15 of 20 on the day.

Cowboys add 21 college free agents

April, 30, 2012
IRVING, Texas – After the draft ended Saturday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the Cowboys would be aggressive in the college free agent market, particularly on the offensive line since the team did not draft a lineman.

He wasn’t kidding.

The Cowboys signed six, highlighted by Memphis guard Ronald Leary, whom the team almost drafted in the sixth round but backed off because of concerns over a knee injury. The other undrafted lineman signed were: Columbia tackle Jeff Adams, Oklahoma State tackle Levy Adcock, Notre Dame tackle Taylor Dever, Miami guard Harland Gunn and Idaho tackle Tyrone Novikoff

Here are the additional signings:

Cole Beasley WR Southern Methodist
Tim Benford WR Tennessee Tech
George Bryan TE North Carolina State
Lance Dunbar RB North Texas
Saalim Hakim WR Tarleton State
Adrian Hamilton LB Prairie View A&M
Charley Hughlett LS Central Florida
Donavon Kemp WR UTEP
Isaac Madison CB Arkansas
Darrell Scott RB South Florida
Lionel Smith CB Texas A&M
Andrew Szczerba TE Penn State
Aston Whiteside LB Abilene Christian
Eddie Whitley S Virginia Tech
Troy Woolfolk CB Michigan