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Report: After brief hiatus, Cowboys WR Cole Beasley expected back at camp

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
First-round CB Morris Claiborne covers Cole Beasley during a drill. (Getty Images)

On Friday, Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley, an undrafted free agent from SMU who had shined during offseason workouts, walked into coach Jason Garrett's office to inform him that he was done playing football.

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“(After Beasley delivered the news) … we sat down, and we just had a little visit," Garrett said Saturday according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman. "… We do get a roster exemption for him, and we'll continue to evaluate the situation. You guys have heard me say before: We have resources in our organization. We try to help our players.”

The Cowboys, who were already thin at wide receiver before Miles Austin left Saturday's practice with a strained hamstring, obviously think highly of Beasley. It's rare for a rookie free agent to announce that he's no longer interested in football and for an organization to do something other than thank him for his time and move on.

“We just want to evaluate where he is before we make a final determination, but he remains on our roster,” Garrett said Saturday. “He's a Dallas Cowboy, but simply on the exempt list.”

Now, after thinking things over, it sounds like Beasley will return to the team.

Before his brief leave of absence, Beasley was not only on track to make the 53-man roster, but but was in the mix as the team's No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver.

“I was surprised (by Beasley leaving football) because one of the things we liked about him is he's a guy who definitely demonstrated passion and hunger as a player, and that's how undersized guys like him have success,” Garrett said at the time. “He's had that his whole life where he's kind of overachieved, and a lot of it has to do with his love for the game and that shows up in his play. This happens with young players, and at some point they evaluate for themselves what they want to do with their lives."

While unusual, it's not unheard of. Curtis Martin, the newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, admitted during his induction speech that "I've never been able to identify with the love and the passion that a lot of my colleagues … I was someone who was somewhat forced to play football."

Whatever Beasley's reasons for leaving, it appears that he's back. While he'll no doubt face questions about the last few days, please don't ask him about the Wes Welker comparisons.

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