Early on Wednesday there were reports out of Dallas that the Cowboys were going to shuffle their roster before the game against the Giants.
Running back Lance Dunbar was reportedly going to be activated from the practice squad while tight end Colin Cochart, claimed off waivers from the Bengals a few days ago, would be waived after the team declined to bring him to New Jersey. Dunbar did travel with the team and was ticketed for a special teams role against the defending champs.
That ticket’s been revoked. The team had until 3 p.m. ET to make the move, but Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that they changed course and decided not to activate Dunbar. It had been their plan to make the movie, per Mendez’s report, but they opted to go with 52 men for the game.
Naturally, that leads us to wonder if Dunbar was left on the practice squad because the Cowboys might have a player in mind for his spot on the 46-man roster for Wednesday’s game. Someone like tight end Jason Witten, for example.
Witten’s status remains up in the air with just a few hours left before the game and the season get underway. He has reportedly offered to sign a waiver absolving the team of liability if he got hurt against the Giants, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out if he’s going to be on the field.