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Cowboys Release RB Alfred Morris, Add Ezekiel Elliott to Active Roster

The had to make room on their to add star , who finally reported to the team on Wednesday after they agreed on a new contract. Dallas chose to RB today, but this may not be the last time we see the veteran with the Cowboys.

Because Zeke didn't ever until this week, the Cowboys were granted a temporary roster exemption which allowed them to carry 54 players in practice. But that exemption ends now, as Dallas was required to get back down to the league's 53-man limit before tomorrow's season opener against the .

Alfred Morris, who was with the Cowboys from 2016-2017, was re-signed at the start of when Elliott's began. He was kept through final cuts over young prospects such as Chunn, , and .  Both Chunn and Weber were added to the .

When Zeke remained a holdout at the start of the week, Dallas called up Chunn to be their third RB. Once Elliott's deal was done, it seemed likely that either Chunn or Morris would be released.

As I discussed in more detail earlier in the week, makes more as a #3 back over Alfred Morris. He can play on and has room to grow at just 24 years old. The Cowboys are already going to be fighting to find enough touches for backup RB ; there simply weren't going to be enough opportunities for Morris to be on the field.

However, assuming another team doesn't sign him, Alfred should one of a few that Dallas has on speed dial throughout the season. If they do suffer an to their top two, the Cowboys can trust Morris to come in and quickly contribute.

But for now, Dallas heads into battle this Sunday with Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, and Jordan Chunn at running back.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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