Michael Irvin proud of Jesse Holley

IRVING -- It has not been announced, but it appears Cowboys wide receiver Jesse Holley might get called up from the practice squad to the 53-man roster today.

A roster spot opened up on Tuesday when safety Michael Hamlin was released.

If Holley gets the call, he worked with the first-team special teams units during Wednesday's practice, it makes a few people proud.

For one, Cowboys Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin helped pick Holley as the winner of last summer's 4th and Long reality TV show, which pitted aspiring football players against each other. The winner of the show earned a roster spot with the Cowboys.

Holley did get cut last summer, but was brought back to the practice squad. The same thing happened again this summer, but the coaches liked Holley's work ethic and ability to give the defense good looks as a scout team wide receiver.

And now he's doing good things on special teams.

"He's a hard working guy," Irvin said. "Even doing the show, we had guys who did well, but when I was trying to find the right guy, [who] fit the situation, not physically gifted, but fit a situation. The way he practices is always good. That's how he's earned coach [Wade] Phillips' respect. It's not anything I did on the show. I gave him an opportunity, he had to go earn that."