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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Cowboys cut FB Chris Gronkowski

By Tim MacMahon

Fullback Chris Gronkowski became the sixth starter from last season’s offense to be released.

Gronkowski, who made the team as an undrafted rookie last season, will be best remembered in Dallas for a mental bust on a blitz pickup that resulted in Giants linebacker Michael Boley breaking Tony Romo’s collarbone. Gronkowski had five carries for 17 yards and seven catches for 35 yards and was inconsistent as a lead blocker, the fullback’s primary role.

The Cowboys could opt to go without a fullback. Tight ends John Phillips and Jason Witten have shown the ability to serve as a lead blocker out of the backfield.

If the Cowboys do keep a fullback, it is likely to be converted tight end Jason Pociask instead of seventh-round pick Shaun Chapas. If Chapas clears waivers, the Cowboys will try to sign him to the practice squad.