The Cowboys are trolling the waiver wire with plans to bring in a free agent to take the roster spot of starter Barry Church, who is headed to the injured reserve list after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury in Sunday’s 16-10 victory over Tampa Bay. According to a source, the Cowboys will look at five different players for the vacancy: Antwaun Molden, Don Carey, Aaron Rouse, Eric Frampton and Tyrone Culver.
McCray shared snaps Sunday with Church at strong safety. Cornerback Brandon Carr handled most of the snaps at free safety while starter Gerald Sensabaugh sat out with a calf injury.
Sensabaugh is considered day-to-day at this juncture, said coach Jason Garrett, but there is no official word on his availability for the Bears’ game. Also, rookie safety Matt Johnson – a fourth-round pick – remains sidelined with hamstring and back ailments and is not expected to play against the Bears.
That means McCray would work in tandem with Sensabaugh, Carr or some soon-to-be claimed free agent in the Chicago game.
“Who’s ever in there on Wednesday when we start (practice), we just have to act like that’s going to be the group that’s going in there on Monday night. And just take it from there,” said McCray, who envisions being able to play at either safety spot against the Bears.
Among the free-agent safety possibilities, Molden spent last season with New England after being drafted by Houston in 2008. Molden played in all 16 games last season, with two starts, and made two interceptions.
_ Jimmy Burch