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La’el Collins to IR, Notes from Cowboys Cutdown Day

Although the already have their initial , a lot of moves will follow over the next few days before the team is set. Even still, we have a good idea of how things will look like with about a week to go before they kick off the season against the .

Here are a handful of notes from the NFL cutdown day regarding the Cowboys.

La'el Collins, Sean Lee headed to Injured Reserve

Although we knew wasn't completely healthy during camp, it was a surprise to learn the Cowboys intended to send him to to start the season. Collins has missed only one game in the past three years and will now at least miss three in 2020. Cam Erving is expected to take his place to protect while becomes the team's swing .

Remember, this year the IR rules are different and state players need to the on IR for only three weeks instead of the regular eight. Also, teams can return an unlimited number of players placed on IR.

Veteran will also be placed on IR although it doesn't come as a big surprise since reports on the possibility had already emerged. Fortunately for Dallas, Lee was expected to be mainly a backup of and with the Cowboys playing out of nickel .

was also expected to start the season on IR, but that won't be the case per Clarence Hill.

Surprise Cuts

  • The undrafted rookie out Utah made a ton of noise with a strong camp. Many thought he had done enough to earn a roster spot, but that wasn't the case. However, when Lee's sent to IR, it's not that hard to imagine Bernard making the roster if he clears waivers.
  • Justin March: Given his contributions to and the fact that Bernard didn't make it either, I expected March to be one of the 53 Cowboys to be on the roster. However, the 27-year-old was also cut by the team.
  • Although it didn't happen on cutdown day, the Cowboys releasing Clinton-Dix because he couldn't earn the starting job in was surprising. The team has a huge hole at the position opposite of .

Big year for undrafted rookies

It was an impressive year for undrafted Cowboys as three unexpected names were among the team's initial 53. TE , OT Terrence Steele, and RB . All of them faced tough competition but still managed to make it due to their impressive performances.

It was particularly interesting to me that the Cowboys decided to keep four tight ends with McKeon likely behind and on the . It will be one hell of a fight among them to be Blake Jarwin's number two.

Cowboys will keep 17 players on practice squad

By now, you've probably heard of . Out of 's powerhouse Tec de Monterrey, Isaac reached Dallas through the NFL International Player Pathway program. As part of said program, Alarcon can remain on the and not count toward the 16-man limit.

However, he can't be called up to play in 2020. However, the from Mexico has an entire country as a fanbase behind him and he'll be one of the most interesting players to follow in practice even if he doesn't compete for a roster spot until 2021.

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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Gary b

Why four TEs I wonder? Seems like overkill there. As I previously stated back up O-linemen will figure prominently this year and here we are Collins missing at least 3 games before the season even starts. Hope Erving is up to the task. I guess it’s a good sign that Lewis isn’t going on IR or did S Lee use that spot that Lewis could have used? I like Lee alot but might be time to cut bait there and hand him a coaching gig. Obviously roster moves/decisions will remain temporarily fluid based on different factors. I know they plan on signing March and maybe Goodwin after the other two go on IR. Then they have to decide what the prac s will look like and how they play that this yr


I think the 4 TEs is a result of having no FB. Schultz lined up in many spots in camp so he can be our emergency FB

Cowboys fan

I think they kept Sean Mckeon cause we don’t have a FB!! And I read that he would be good at that position cause he’s done it before in college!!


All 3 of the UDFA’s are on tenuous ground. Particularly if Goodwin and March are indeed brought back. Steele will likely remain just until Collins returns.


If the coaches like any of the 3 (Steele, McKeon, Dowdle), then it’s a good move to have them rostered now. Then in a week or so they can get them back to the practice squad while most teams are more “roster set”?


Love Lee, but as sure as the Sun sets in the west…

Watch out for Dowdle. Outside of injury, be hard for him to get on the field, but would love to see him at some point this year. Think he would be an exciting player for us. Love his running style.

Gary b

Yep and the general needs to think hard about riding off into the sunset! I know they want him to go out on his terms……but think we bout squeezed all we can out of that turnip. Give him a headset and put him up in the ring of honor….let these young boys take it from here.


Losing Collins is a blow, I have no faith in Serving. Ever watched him play? The right side gate will be open slot, and the bulls will have a girl day. Cam is an penalty magnet too. So look out Dak, cause here they come.

gary b

A little nervous we are so thin at LB. If Lee and Gifford are both injured that only leaves us with 3 healthy LBs and LVE is iffy to me. Even if we resign March, he is primarily a STP and has little game time exp. I’m a little surprised we kept Gifford as this is the second yr in a row he has been injured, and is yet to play in an NFL game. Maybe they still have other plans, like signing Bernard IF he clears waivers, though doubtful he will. But I understand u can’t go long on every position.


I think the LB numbers (or lack of) has surprised a lot of us. Wonder if that’s a Fassel thing where he prefers DB/WR’s on special teams … perhaps preferring speed over strength on those units?

gary b

I’ll defer to Fassel expertise regarding ST roster. I am encouraged that ST ability is figuring prominently (and isn’t an after thought) when discussing roster spots. Good to see Goodwin back as our designated gunner. He’s no Bill Bates but he did lead ST in tackles last yr. But who is Bill Bates right? #40 the best gunner in the history of the cowboys and only one to make Pro Bowl as a special teamer. 3 time super bowl winner and Tied (Too Tall Jones) for most yrs played with team (15). Great teammate and one of the most beloved cowboys of all time. Sorry had to get a shout out to my boy!

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