Cowboys practice squad paying off

IRVING, Texas -- Being a member of the Cowboys’ practice squad isn’t such a bad place to be this year. There’s a good chance you will be called up to the active roster.

With Manny Johnson’s call-up on Wednesday, the Cowboys have dipped into their practice squad seven times this season. In addition to Johnson, tight end Scott Chandler (Sept. 24), wide receiver Jesse Holley (Oct. 15), cornerback Bryan McCann (Nov. 4), safety Andrew Sendejo (Nov. 29), Martin Rucker and running back Lonyae Miller (Dec. 3) have been activated from the practice squad this year.

From 2007-09, the Cowboys called up five players from the practice squad: Alan Ball (2007), Mike Jefferson (2008), Alonzo Coleman (2008), Rodney Hannah (2008) and Chauncey Washington (2009).

The pay raise helps, too. Practice squad players make $5,200 per week. The rookie minimum gets you almost $19,000 per week.