The Cowboys didn't have a fullback on their roster in the season opener. They had one Sunday but used him only sparingly as he learns the offense.
Dallas cut four fullbacks after the preseason, unimpressed with Chris Gronkowski, Shaun Chapas, Jason Pociask or Isaiah Greenhouse. They claimed Tony Fiammetta off waivers from the Panthers but kept him only two days before releasing him, only to re-sign him Sept. 13.
The Cowboys mostly used tight end John Phillips as their fullback when they needed one against the Jets. Nose tackle Josh Brent also had one goal-line play where he lined up at fullback.
Fiammetta, a fourth-round pick of the Panthers in 2009, was active Sunday against the 49ers, but he didn't play much.
"He played eight plays on offense, and he showed up on special teams, so not a ton of work for him," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "But we like how he plays. He’s a smart guy; he’s an experienced guy; he tries to finish plays; he plays with the right kind of aggressiveness for his position. So we like the things that he did, and hopefully he’ll have an expanded role as we get going."
-- Charean Williams