Cowboys roster moves forthcoming?


The Cowboys have some decisions to make regarding their roster.

Tight end Jason Witten suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Bears and depending on if he can pass any baseline test, his status for Sunday's Week 3 game at Houston is in question. Witten has started every game since 2007 and is one of the toughest guys on this team.

But he might not play due to the concussion, and it would leave Martellus Bennett in line to start against the Texans. Bennett is the only healthy tight end on the active roster. Martin Rucker and Scott Chandler are two tight ends on the practice squad and one of them could get called up. Rucker is someone the Cowboys had in training camp.

The other issue is cornerback.

Mike Jenkins has a bruised knee and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine any further damage. Jenkins said he has some swelling but can bend the knee.

If Jenkins can't play, Orlando Scandrick moves into the starting lineup. Currently the Cowboys have three corners: Terence Newman, Jenkins and Scandrick with Akwasi Owusu-Ansah moving from safety to corner. Alan Ball, the starting free safety, was drafted as a corner, and he can also play some corner in a pinch.

Dallas has two corners on the practice squad in Bryan McCann and Teddy Williams. Williams is considered a project. He never played college football and he participated in the preseason. It's doubtful if the Cowboys will give him a look on the active roster.

McCann, an SMU product, could move to the active roster. He has good speed but still needs work on his technique. If a decision is made about moving a cornerback to the active roster, McCann might get that call.

Cletis Gordon, someone the team cut, is visiting the St. Louis Rams on Monday, so it will be interesting to see if the Cowboys try to bring him back.

"I'm not so sure," Jerry Jones said regarding making any roster moves. "We'll sit down and look at it. I don't know about the tight end thing. I don't have that information and if we need to make a roster move there and I don't know if we need to make a move at corner yet."

The kicking game is struggling.

David Buehler has missed two kicks in the first two weeks, including one that would have tied the game on Sunday. Jones is being patient with Buehler and coach Wade Phillips said his faith is waning.

"I don't have a great faith but the guy made one at the end that we had to have for us to get back in the game, and it was a longer one then the one he missed," Phillips said. "He hit them great in pregame. He didn't miss one, and I thought he was hitting the ball really well."

Jones, who has final say on the roster, is trying to remain calm about Buehler at least for now.

"Reflecting is not the time to do that right after a ballgame," Jones said. "But certainly from the last two field goals there have been some field goals that have been missed, but my intuition is to be real patient there."