With the Dallas Cowboys finished with their first preseason game. That’s step one. Step two is the dreaded first round of cuts, needing to take the roster from 90 players to 85.

A day that’s been in the back of everyone’s minds heading into the second week of preseason.

As first reported by Todd Archer, Cowboys reporter for ESPN, the team made their official moves as followed:

  1. DT Austin Faoliu is waived.
  2. TE Ian Bunting (neck) is released with an injury designation.
  3. FB Ryan Nall (shoulder) is released with an injury designation.
  4. WR Ty Fryfogle (hamstring) is released with an injury designation.
  5. CB Kyron Brown (leg) is released with an injury designation.

Many suspected the Cowboys wouldn’t carry a fullback in 2022 and Nall’s release confirms that.

If Bunting, Nall, Fryfogle and Brown go unclaimed, the Dallas Cowboys would revert them on IR. Receiving injury settlements.

If Faoliu can make it through all the other 32 NFL teams on the waiver wire, he would become an unrestricted free agent. Able to sign with any team.

The injury losses are unfortunate for Brown, who’s coming off a solid performance against the Broncos. A likely practice squad candidate. As well as Nall who was pushing hard for a roster spot.

Meanwhile this is best case scenario for Bunting and Fryfogle. Both of whom suffered injuries prior to the preseason game. Fryfogle in camp and Bunting in the exhibition scrimmage versus the Broncos the previous Thursday.

As it stands, the Dallas Cowboys actually have 86 on the roster. However, OL Isaac Alarcon gets a roster exemption by being a part of the NFL’s international player program. With the state of the offensive line and it’s competition for depth, his status is likely to come down to the final week.

The team has until next Tuesday (August 23rd) at 3 p.m. central to lower the roster down to 80.

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