NFL Nation: Alonzo Coleman

The scene at Texas Stadium

December, 20, 2008
12/20/08
7:43
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

IRVING -- The Blue parking lot at Texas Stadium was full about an hour earlier than usual tonight. Cars were shoe polished with messages such as "Farewell to Texas Stadium" and "We'll always remember you."

And it seems that more than 1,000 people have secured VIP pre-game field passes. Camera flashes are going off throughout the stadium -- and many of them were pointed at Roger Staubach as he made his way to the NFL Network set. The only thing that would make this better is if the Cowboys were actually playing a rival. The Ravens are playing for the first and last time at Texas Stadium.

After the game, more than 100 former players will participate in a closing ceremony. I'm a little surprised Jerry Jones opted to wait until after the game to hold the ceremony. If the Cowboys lose, I can't imagine a lot of fans sticking around to watch.

Tony Romo and Terrell Owens just ran onto the field together and received a pretty nice ovation. Pacman Jones just ran the length of the field to hug Ravens backup quarterback Troy Smith. Not sure what to read into that development.

I've already reported this elsewhere on the site, but wanted to make sure you knew that Marion Barber will play tonight. For the Ravens, rookie Ray Rice (calf) is inactive.

Here's a look at all the inactives:

Cowboys: Emergency QB: Brooks Bollinger, CB Alan Ball, S Courtney Brown, RB Alonzo Coleman, LB Bobby Carpenter, G Montrae Holland, G Joe Berger, WR Isaiah Stanback

Ravens: Emergency QB: Todd Bouman, QB Joe Flacco, WR Terrance Copper, WR Marcus Maxwell, RB Ray Rice, T Oniel Cousins, G/T David Hale, TE Edgar Jones

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

After talking to a couple people with the Cowboys, here's a list of the guys who I think will be cut. Coming down the stretch, cornerbacks Evan Oglesby and Alan Ball were in a dogfight for a roster spot. Still don't have a great feel for what will happen there, but a conversation last night led me to believe there was hope for Ball. But he's still getting cut on my list:

The Mosley cuts:

Todd Lowber, WR (not even "Hard Knocks" could save this talented but RAW kid.)

Danny Amendola, WR (prime practice squad candidate.)

Mark Bradford, WR (not familiar with his work.)

James Marten, G (this is the only slight surprise. Marten was a third-round draft choice in 2007.)

Adam Stenavich, G (Adam, we hardly knew ya. He was cut to make room for Larry Allen to retire as a Cowboy.)

Ryan Gibbons, C (no real need for a third-team center.)

Rodney Hannah, TE (did some really nice things late in camp. If you can keep him on the practice squad, do it. Great size and played under an excellent college coach named Art Briles.)

Drew Atchison, TE (nice effort during camp, but not enough.)

Julius Crosslin, FB (never met him.)

Alonzo Coleman, RB (flashed at times in practice and might help on practice squad.)

Keon Lattimore, RB (Ray Ray's going to be upset.)

Junior Siavii, NT (Cowboys hoping to drum up some trade interest. This guy could help someone.)

Marcus Dixon, DE (never could get on the field because of an injury.)

Darrell Robertson, LB (had his moments, but this team's OK at linebacker.)

Tyson Smith, LB (best known for getting lit up by Marion Barber on "Hard Knocks.")

Tearrius George, LB (flashed against the Vikings the other night, but a little too late.)

Erik Walden, LB (If Alan Ball and Evan Oglesby both make the team, something has to give. And even though Walden has some huge supporters at Valley Ranch, I'm afraid he'd be the guy to go.)

Dowayne Davis, SS (It's too bad because he did some serious damage during camp. And I love his name.)

A lot of people have third-team quarterback Richard Bartel getting cut, but as of this morning, he was on the 53-man roster.

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