The Dallas Cowboys are getting ready to start the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In preparation for it, they are in the process of making roster moves to fill the currently unoccupied QB2 and kicker positions.
Expectations have been that they will call up Cooper Rush and Brett Maher, respectively, to fill the empty positions.
According to Dallas Cowboys insider, Todd Archer they have done just that. Meaning some key players won’t be there on Sunday.
The Cowboys will call up quarterback Cooper Rush and kicker Brett Maher from the practice squad. Teams get three elevations per practice squad player so would expect this kind of manipulation and they will sort out the 53-man roster after that.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 10, 2022
It has been long expected that OT Jason Peters wouldn’t be available for game one. Currently he is getting reconditioned and up to speed to get ready as quickly as possible for the season.
Even head coach Mike McCarthy has made it clear Peters is a few weeks away until he’ll be ready to play. It isn’t even clear if he would be starting once active.
With the elevations of Rush and Maher, it means the Cowboys can’t elvate anymore practice squad player for this week.
As far as who else they could elevate is up to choice. Dallas doesn’t need to elevate anyone. As it stands, even with WR Michael Gallup as a clear game one inactive, Jalen Tolbert reportedly could be another.
After this game, the Cowboys could return Rush and Maher back to the practice squad. Neither would be subject to waivers. However, they could only get away with this one more time as players can’t be elevated and re-allocated to the practice squad more than twice in a season.
With Rush, Peters and Maher, as well as the injuries to Gallup and James Washinton, this will be a re-occurring theme. The Dallas Cowboys are likely to play roster gymnastics for the first four weeks of the season as they figure out which players they can afford to sign onto the roster and who they’re willing to expose to waivers.
It is going to be tight fits but they have put themselves in a position to need to hoard onto as many quality players as they possibly can. This is only the beginning.
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