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Recapping Cowboys Week 17 Roster Moves, Inactives

After an elimination loss last week, the have made roster moves to protect injured players and give some prospects a chance to play in today's final game against the . Here's a quick recap of who's in, who's out, and what you can look for from the regular season finale.

The week began with veteran being released. The 32-year-old had been dealing with and isn't expected to be return next year. The Cowboys signed rookie LB Tre'von Johnson from the , where he'd been since September. Johnson was made inactive for today's game, so the move may have been simply to secure him from other teams.

Dallas also placed and on . Both have been dealing with nagging injuries most of the season but likely would have played today if the game was meaningful.

With those two open roster spots, The Cowboys called up two more practice squad players. was signed to the 53 but is not active for today's game. Receiver and return man , who you might remember from the , is active today and could see significant playing time in the second half.

One reason Lenoir should play is that WR is inactive today due to illness. Also inactive are RB , DT , DE , and TE . Irving has been out with a concussion and has not yet cleared the protocol, but Dallas might have sat him anyway today just to be safe.

Ezekiel Elliott
Dallas Cowboys RB

With no Rod Smith and third RB added, it looks like Ezekiel Elliott will play a fair bit. While risking a superstar player is questionable, Elliott is surely hungry after just getting back from his six-week . He 120 rushing yards today to hit 1,000 yards for the season. will be the only other active RB today.

Along with Zeke, is expected to start the game. How long he stays in with Tyron Smith out and also dealing with injuries is hard to say. Many are excited to back under after his great preseason, and we can expect the rookie to get in at some point.

Given their decision to play Prescott and Elliott, it's hard to know how much the Cowboys will use other active starters. Will they play a quarter, a half, or even more? Perhaps they have their eye on finishing the year with a winning 9-7 record and on a positive note.

It's not the game we were hoping for, but there will still be news and discussion coming out of it. Let's hope for a healthy and successful finale.

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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