IRVING (CBS SPORTS) – On Friday, Dallas 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. “(After Beasley delivered the news) we sat down, and we just had a little visit,” Garrett said Saturday. “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.
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