The Cowboys have parted ways with Tashard Choice, releasing the veteran running back Saturday morning. Dallas needed the roster spot to activate linebacker Bruce Carter from the non-football injury list. Carter, a second-round draft pick who had been rehabbing a knee injury, will make his NFL debut Sunday against the Eagles.
Choice became the odd-man out despite the Cowboys having only two healthy running backs. Felix Jones will miss his second consecutive game with a high left ankle sprain, leaving rookies DeMarco Murray and Phillip Tanner to carry the load against the Eagles.
Choice subluxed his shoulder on a third-quarter fumble against the Rams last week. It was his second fumble in two weeks and likely sealed his fate with the team. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday with the shoulder injury before missing practice Friday with a hamstring injury.
The Cowboys will have to reach an injury settlement with Choice if he clears waivers.
Choice tweeted his good-bye: "I just want to say thanks to all the great dallas cowboy fans. My time in Dallas has come to an end and the best is yet come. God bless."
Choice, who made four starts in four seasons, rushed for 1,139 yards and scored eight touchdowns on 250 carries. His name had been mentioned in trade rumors, and he was in the final year of his contract anyway, so this figured to be his last season in Dallas.
-- Charean Williams