The Dallas Cowboys made a series of cuts and roster adjustments on Tuesday to trim the active roster to the league mandated maximum of 75.
The Cowboys are wielding a credit card more than they are wielding a pair of scissors as they make salary adjustments to slice more than $20 million from the cap in order to slide under the NFL’s expected 2012 salary cap of $123 million.
The Cowboys have reworked the contracts of five starters, including DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten and Miles Austin, to save salary cap space.
Averaging 78.7 yards rushing per game — just 3.5 yards a carry — the Cowboys are on pace for their worst rushing season since the very first year of the franchise in 1960.
Ryan Cook was playing against the Cowboys in the preseason finale only a couple of weeks ago. Now, he is preparing to start in the middle of their restructured offensive front.