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Friday, September 14, 2012
Pondering Cowboys 46-man roster

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas – Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said some decisions remain regarding Sunday’s 46-man roster at Seattle, so let’s take a look at some of the possibilities.

Nose tackle Jay Ratliff, center Phil Costa and safety Matt Johnson did not practice for the third straight day and can be considered out for Sunday’s game.

Mario Butler is likely out with the return of Mike Jenkins. Can the Cowboys carry a sixth defensive lineman? If not, then rookie Tyrone Crawford could be out. Can they carry six wide receivers? Probably not, so look for Cole Beasley or Andre Holmes (or both) to be out, which would get Danny McCray on the field after he missed the season opener with a stinger.

With Costa out, David Arkin will have to be active as the backup center to Ryan Cook, but do the Cowboys want to carry eight offensive linemen? That would get Derrick Dockery on the active list.

The final roles could come down to safety Mana Silva and rookie linebacker Kyle Wilber if the Cowboys carry eight offensive linemen. Both guys bring special teams’ value. Silva did a decent job in the dime package last week. Wilber is still learning the defense.

Just a guess, but Silva would be my pick.