Dallas Cowboys: Alex Daniels

Cowboys release linebacker, cornerback

August, 16, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys made two roster moves Tuesday.

Linebacker Alex Daniels and cornerback Ross Weaver were released.

Daniels (ankle) and Weaver (whiplash) were both trying to recover from injuries suffered during training camp. The Cowboys currently have 85 players on their roster.

Here are the linebackers on the roster: Isaiah Greenhouse, Sean Lee, Keith Brooking, Bruce Carter, Kenwin Cummings, Mike Balogun, Bradie James, Victor Butler, Orie Lemon, Brandon Williams, Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware.

Here are the cornerbacks: Alan Ball, Mike Jenkins, Josh Thomas, Mario Butler, Chris Randle, Orlando Scandrick, Bryan McCann and Terence Newman.

Cowboys' injured list grows by two

August, 14, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys’ injury report has grown by two over the last two days with linebacker Alex Daniels and cornerback Ross Weaver suffering ankle injuries.

Daniels was hurt Sunday while working through special teams’ drills and did not return after getting taken off the field on a cart. Daniels was off-and-on the practice squad last season and bounced around from fullback to defensive end. He has played outside linebacker during training camp.

Weaver suffered his injury on Saturday and was in a walking boot on Sunday. With Terence Newman out with a groin injury and Mike Jenkins (stinger) only taking part in individual drills, the Cowboys have only six healthy cornerbacks.

Position Series: Defensive line

February, 20, 2011
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Players: Stephen Bowen (free agent), Jason Hatcher (free agent), Jay Ratliff (signed through 2012), Josh Brent (signed through 2013), Igor Olshansky (signed through 2012), Marcus Spears (free agent), Sean Lissemore (signed through 2013), Clifton Geathers (free agent), Alex Daniels (free agent)

Top free agents: Shaun Ellis, New York Jets; Ray Edwards, Minnesota Vikings; Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens; Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants; Aubrayo Franklin, San Francisco 49ers.

Top draft prospects at defensive tackle: Nick Fairley, Auburn; Marcell Dareus, Alabama; Corey Liuget, Illinois.

Top draft prospects at defensive end: Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson; Robert Quinn, North Carolina; Adrian Clayborn, Iowa.

2010 review: Jay Ratliff reached the Pro Bowl for the third time but didn’t produce the same numbers as last season when he was named All-Pro. But that doesn’t mean Ratliff isn’t a solid player. In fact, he continues to be one of the top linemen in the game and will remain at nose tackle despite speculation he could move to end because of his size -- or lack thereof. Stephen Bowen and Josh Brent saw time because of injuries and were bright spots last season, and Igor Olshansky was a steady presence, as well.

Offseason preview: There are three ends -- Marcus Spears, Jason Hatcher and Bowen -- who are free agents, and the Cowboys can’t keep them all. One thing they need is an end who can get after the quarterback to take some pressure off Ratliff. Hatcher didn’t do enough of that last season when given the chance. Sean Lissemore came on strong toward the end of training camp to earn a spot on the roster, yet an injury didn’t allow the Cowboys to see more of him during the regular season. Alex Daniels impressed the coaches with his work on the scout team, and he’s hopeful to get a chance to make the active roster in 2011.

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Cowboys promote safety, cut DE

November, 29, 2010
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IRVING, Texas -- Safety Andrew Sendejo spent less than a week on the Cowboys’ practice squad before getting promoted to the active roster.

The Cowboys made room for Sendejo, a rookie from Rice, by cutting defensive end Jimmy Saddler-McQueen.

Sendejo spent the fall playing for the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions. He ranked second in the league with 48 tackles and had seven pass deflections and two interceptions. The Cowboys didn’t have to pay the UFL’s $150,000 transfer fee because they originally signed Sendejo to the practice squad.

Fullback/defensive end Alex Daniels, who was cut last week to make room for Sendejo, has returned to the Cowboys’ practice squad.

Chris Gronkowski sits with strained groin

October, 7, 2010
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IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys aren’t completely healthy after all.

Fullback Chris Gronkowski sat out Thursday’s practice with a Grade 1 groin strain. Coach Wade Phillips isn’t sure whether Gronkowski, an undrafted rookie who is the only fullback on the roster, will be ready to practice Friday or play Sunday against the Titans.

“He said a week or so ago it bothered him some,” Phillips said. “It bothered him a little bit yesterday, but he practiced. This morning, it was hurting him more, so we pulled back on it.”

The Cowboys signed fullback Alex Daniels to the practice squad this week, but Phillips said activating him isn’t an option. He’s a developmental project who played defensive end until being moved to fullback during training camp with the Oakland Raiders.

If Gronkowski can’t play, the Cowboys will utilize their two- and three-tight end packages more often. Third tight end Scott Chandler, who was promoted from the practice squad before the last game, is capable of playing as an H-back, as is Jason Witten.

Cowboys sign fullback to practice squad

October, 5, 2010
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The Dallas Cowboys signed fullback Alex Daniels to their practice squad.

He originally signed with the Oakland Raiders on April 30 as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati. He made the switch from defensive end to fullback during training camp with the Raiders prior to his release on Sept. 13.

The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Daniels is an intriguing athlete. He ran a 4.73 40-yard dash, had a 36.5-inch vertical jump and 10-9 broad jump and did 31 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press during his pro day.

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