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Gone Today, Back Tomorrow: Some Cowboys Cuts are Only Temporary

As news of roster cuts is rolling in from all over the NFL, you may be shocked by some of the names popping up as released or waived by the Cowboys. But before you worry that Dallas would dare go into Week One without a kicker or a , rest assured that some of these players aren't really gone.

A key element in these moves is the rule that allows teams to recall players from during the season. For a player to be eligible to return, he must be on the team's initial as of today's deadline.

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That's why players who stand to miss several regular-season games, such as OT or WR , have not yet been placed on IR. They will be carried through the deadline on the 53-man roster but soon hit the reserve list, likely within the next 24 hours.

To facilitate this move, Dallas has had to cut some players whom they have no intention of going without this season. These are guys who weren't subject to waivers and likely have handshake deals with the to not sign elsewhere, confident that they'll resume their jobs with the Cowboys shortly.

QB Cooper Rush, K Brett Maher, LS , and ace C.J. Goodwin are among the veterans who've been released today but won't be gone long. Their temporary absences will allow for Smith, Washington, and others such as DT or CB to be moved to IR with the hope of still playing in 2022.

is another who was cut but could soon return, though he's still subject to the wire with less than four accrued seasons. If he clears waivers then Grier may be QB3 on the roster or should at least have a spot on the .

Further complicating matters, potentially, are the relaxed modern rules for calling players up from the practice squad. Some players may spend Week One in that capacity and not get added to the official roster until Week 2, keeping their contracts from being fully guaranteed this season.

Given his shaky and relatively unsecured role with the team, Brett Maher may be facing just that in the coming weeks.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter: “Cowboys have released kicker Brett Maher for now, person familiar with situation said. Maher likely to be Week 1 kicker, but team must clear space for IR moves. Ultimately, he could start season on practice squad and be elevated for opener. Maher made 63- and 62-yard FGs in 2019. pic.twitter.com/9RdQCnBCn0 / Twitter”

Cowboys have released kicker Brett Maher for now, person familiar with situation said. Maher likely to be kicker, but team must clear space for IR moves. Ultimately, he could start season on practice squad and be elevated for opener. Maher made 63- and 62-yard FGs in 2019. pic..com/9RdQCnBCn0

Clearly, today's news is only the first wave of transactions and some of them are only technicalities. The Cowboys aren't going to host the Buccaneers without a kicker, , or backup quarterback; the real 53-man roster may not be realized until later this week.

That's why our most recent roster projection was not about today, but rather who we expected to be on the team for Week One. Be sure to check that out for a much better idea of who the Cowboys will be working with this season.

Jess Haynie

Written by 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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get a clue

bring back grier, malik davis, linstrum, mcquade, mahar, kyron brown. cut ball mcgovern leave cooper rush gone. are you kidding me he barely one game and team was lucky on that day. I do not understand what you see. grier and dinuci even are better in every way.

Lawrence C. Baker

I hope Brett Maher by some miracle IS NOT brought back to the team. Guy’s a joke! Can’t be counted on and certainly can’t be trusted. Good Riddance!!!

Lawrence C. Baker

Brett Maher STINKS!!!!!

Lawrence C. Baker

Cameron Dicker or Michael Badgley for starters. Could’ve kept Zeurlien if Maher was the only other option.

Cowboys fan

I hope Grier is the backup over Rush!! Rush really isn’t any good!! He’s been in the NFL for around 7 years now and still hasn’t gotten any better!! He is what he is…. That’s why he wasn’t drafted!! Grier has only been in the NFL for about 3 years, so he still has more room to grow and get better!! He just needs the opportunity!! That’s why he was a 3rd round draft pick!! He has potential!!

Lawrence C. Baker

Somewhere in the United States Of America there’s a young man that can come to Dallas and consistently make PAT’s and mid-range field goals. Nobody expects anyone to make a 62 yarder at all and certainly not on a consistent basis. Fans do expect Kickers to make a 42 yarder when the game’s on the line. Maher IS NOT going to do that! He’s going to hurt the Cowboys against Tampa just wait and watch.

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