IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys don’t have to officially turn in their 22 roster cuts until Saturday’s 5 p.m. deadline.
However, some of the players being released have already been informed by the team.
According to reports, veteran wide receiver Anthony Armstrong has been let go by the Cowboys. However, the club might not make all of the moves official until Saturday.
Armstrong had a good training camp, showcasing his experience and blazing speed.
But with the club likely keeping four tight ends, it appears only five receivers will be kept. Armstrong, who turned 30 last March, has four years of NFL experience under his belt. If on the Week 1 roster, Armstrong’s salary for 2013 would be fully guaranteed.
That means it’s possible the Cowboys could bring back Armstrong at some point after Week 1. Last year, they signed Armstrong on Nov. 26 and then cut him on Dec. 22 to add Ron Leary to the roster from the practice squad. Armstrong was then signed on Jan. 7, cut on March 27 for salary-cap reasons and then re-signed on April 9.
So the veteran knows a thing or two about the business side of the NFL. But it’s not a guarantee Armstrong isn’t claimed by another team.
In five preseason games, Armstrong had just four catches for 47 yards. He played on just about every special teams unit as well.
For now, it’s likely the Cowboys will keep five receivers: Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Terrance Williams, Dwayne Harris, and Cole Beasley.
Armstrong does not have practice-squad eligibility. If the Cowboys keep any receivers on the practice squad, the candidates would likely be Tim Benford, Eric Rogers, and Danny Coale.
Also, rookie linebacker Taylor Reed, an undrafted free agent from SMU, announced via twitter he was also waived by the Cowboys Friday.