The Cowboys got down to the 75-man roster limit Tuesday. They waived receiver Chris Boyd, punter Tom Hornsey, long snapper Casey Kreiter, defensive end Adewale Ojomo and guard Wayne Tribue, and released quarterback Caleb Hanie. Dallas waived these players with injury designations: tight end Jordan Najvar, safety Matt Johnson, cornerbacks Justin Green and Johnny Thomas, and linebacker DeVonte Holloman. Defensive end Ben Gardner was placed on IR, and defensive tackle Amobi Okoye was put on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
The Cowboys have 13 players out of uniform for Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins, including some who have been battling injuries through the preseason. Defensive backs Morris Claiborne (shoulder), Jeff Heath, Johnny Thomas, Matt Johnson and B.W. Webb; linebackers DeVonte Holloman (neck) and Orie Lemon; defensive linemen Henry Melton (groin), Terrell McClain (ankle), and Demarcus Lawrence; tight end Gavin Escobar (shoulder) and offensive lineman Darrion Weems are all inactive Saturday.
The prolonged absence of safety Matt Johnson due to hamstring issues has the Cowboys baffled, according to the Dallas News. His visit to a back specialist last week uncovered nothing new. The team had been considering that back problems might be causing his hamstring injury. "Just trying to turn over all the rocks," Jason Garrett said. The third-year player has yet to record any NFL statistics.
Cowboys safety Matt Johnson will miss at least a week with a hamstring injury, reports ESPN.com. He missed most of his 2012 rookie season with hamstring injuries and was out all of last year due to foot surgery.
The Cowboys have placed safety Matt Johnson on injured reserve with a foot injury suffered Aug. 4, ESPN reports. Johnson is out for the season in 2013. A fourth-round pick in 2012, Johnson did not play in a game last season due to hamstring issues. This is the second time in two seasons he's been placed on IR.