Sunday, August 26, 2012
Cowboys' roster must be trimmed Monday
By Calvin Watkins
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.