IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – Up-to-the-second whispers from Valley Ranch on the Dallas Cowboys’ moves to trim their roster to 53 by the Friday evening deadline:
Team sources tell me QB Steven McGee is “probably out.’’ The same status applies to the defensive standout of the final preseason game against Miami, LB Orie Lemon, though he can return to the team as a practice-squadder.
QB Rudy Carpenter is also out and is also practice-squad eligible.
Sources tell me other players to be cut include DL Clifton Geathers and Ben Bass; OL Pat McQuistan, Daniel Loper, Ron Leary, Harland Gunn and Jeff Adams; FB Shaun Chappas; WRs Danny Coale and Tim Benford; and LB Adrian Hamilton.
RB Lance Dunbar, the offensive star of that final exhibition game, was working at Valley Ranch on Thursday but that does not necessarily indicate his status.
Notable keeps: S Matt Johnson, despite his injuries; and WRs Cole Beasley and Andre Holmes, a possible candidate to be the sixth guy at the position.
Notable trade stuff: OL Ryan Cook comes from the Dolphins for a reported seventh-round pick. The Dallas personnel dept. is arguing hard to keep OL David Arkin, though Cook’s veteran versatility threatens Arkin’s spot as the backup center.
Also, I’m told the Cowboys have spurned Detroit calls regarding a trade for RB Felix Jones, and that Dallas is dangling veteran DLs in trade, with no takers yet.
Injury update: By Saturday, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin should be a go to line up with the first team at WR … CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder) has medical clearance to be on the field .. NT Jay Ratliff (ankle) and TE Jason Witten (spleen) are pushing to join them.
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