Amobi Okoye to NFI, Ben Gardner to IR as Cowboys get to 75

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The Cowboys had so many injured players at training camp this year that it isn’t much of a surprise that they made several procedural moves involving them to get to the 75-man limit.

Seventh-round defensive end Ben Gardner was placed on injured reserve after having surgery to repair torn ligaments in his shoulder. Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye’s attempt to make a remarkable comeback from a life-threatening illness, meanwhile, will continue on the non-football injury.

The team waived-injured linebacker DeVonte Holloman, who has been advised to stop playing football because of a neck injury, and safety Matt Johnson, whose back injury might have been the final straw in a series of injuries that halted the 2012 fourth-round pick’s career before it really started. Tight end Jordan Navjar, cornerback Justin Green and cornerback Johnny Thomas were also waived-injured on Tuesday.

Not every move involved an injured player, however. Wide receiver Chris Boyd, punter Tom Hornsey, long snapper Casey Kreiter, defensive end Adewale Ojomo and guard Wayne Tribue were all waived and quarterback Caleb Hanie has been released.

6 responses to “Amobi Okoye to NFI, Ben Gardner to IR as Cowboys get to 75

  1. This gives Okoye time to continue to recover while earning an NFL paycheck. Nice move Jerrah. Holloman will get a nice injury settlement and healthcare while he recovers.

    Matt Johnson finally got a visit from the Turk: 2 years overdue if you ask me. Sorry he got hurt (again), but when you can’t even make it to the field, you’re taking up a roster spot.

  2. I’m not a Cowboys fan, but I am pulling for Okoye to overcome his health issues for good and salvage what initially looked like a very promising career. He was drafted extremely young — 19 if I recall correctly — so he may still have time.

  3. Matt Johnson will probably come back to the Practice Squad but he’ll most likely pull a hamstring getting out of his car coming to practice. He’ll be gone for half a season till Dallas calls him again for the practice squad but won’t be able to make it in cause he pulled his shoulder fist pumping in the air when he got excited about the call. Do the right thing Dallas, let him keep the helmet. He’ll need it at home.

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