One day into training camp, the Dallas Cowboys took a risk-free look at rookie tailback Ed Wesley.
On the last day of camp, they had seen enough. It didn’t help matters that Wesley showed up about 15 minutes late to the morning walkthrough, which likely only helped the Cowboys’ decision to waive Wesley on Friday. The team made the move not long before the team departed for San Diego for Saturday’s second preseason game.
Wesley did not play in last Monday’s game with the Raiders, a somewhat surprising move considering the Cowboys have injury issues already at tailback with Phillip Tanner (broken hand) and Lance Dunbar (hamstring) out for the last two weeks. Both players did not play Monday and likely won’t play against San Diego.
But the Cowboys leaned more on rookie Jamize Olawale, a converted fullback who has received tailback reps as well. Also, first-year pro Javarris Williams, who was added in camp, has given the club a boost with a more physical presence.
Wesley went undrafted in the NFL Supplemental Draft back in July. The former TCU tailback and Irving, Texas native tried out for 16 teams from in June and July, including the Cowboys.
The Dallas Cowboys hoped that Bill Nagy, who was waived/injured earlier in the week, would pass through unclaimed so they could re-sign him and put the guard/center on injured reserve.
That won’t happen.
The Detroit Lions claimed Nagy, who will miss the 2012 season after having ankle surgery last week.
Nagy, a seventh-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2011, started at guard for the Cowboys last season before he broke the same ankle (right) he injured on the first day of practice. He was working at center.
IRVING, Texas — The Cowboys added a fourth quarterback to the training camp roster — and familiar competition for third-stringer Stephen McGee — by claiming Rudy Carpenter off waivers from the Buccaneers.
This will be Carpenter’s second stint with Dallas. He went to camp with the Cowboys as a rookie free agent in 2009 and spent half the season on the practice squad before the Buccaneers signed him to their active roster.
Carpenter has alternated between Tampa Bay’s active roster and practice squad over the last three seasons, making one regular-season appearance.
In his lone 2009 preseason action with the Cowboys, he completed 12 of 18 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. It wasn’t enough to beat out McGee, then one of two fourth-round draft picks.
Now it appears both — and perhaps more by training camp — will vie for a job behind starter Tony Romo and newly-signed backup Kyle Orton. McGee is entering the final year of his rookie contract.