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October 12, 2012

Three punters, six safeties among 16 players worked out by Cowboys; Charlie Peprah is biggest name

Three punters and six safeties were among 16 players worked out by the Cowboys on Friday in effort to manage injuries for Sunday’s game against the Ravens as well as to look at future options, owner Jerry Jones said.

With punters Brian Moorman (groin) and Chris Jones (knee) hobbled by injuries, the Cowboys might add a punter for Sunday’s game. Moorman is likely out but Jones did some work in practice Friday.

The Cowboys are trying to determine if Jones can move well enough to tackle on special teams as well as punt before deciding to sign another punter for the game.

They worked out punters Daniel Sepulveda, Chas Henry and T.J. Conley.

The other players in attendance for the mass workout were: quarterback Nick Stephens, receiver John Haggerty, guard Robert Griffin, tight end Fendi Onubun, safety Charlie Peprah, safety Gerald Alexander, safety Larry Asante, safety Mikail Baker, safety Vince Agnew, safety Rod Issac, cornerback Reggie Jones, cornerback Morgan Trent and cornerback Kevin Thomas.

“This is a good time in the season to see where some of these potential guys are and see a guy who might have some size and length we could work with, whether it be for the practice squad or the roster and maybe try to develop us a defensive back,” Jones said.

The Cowboys are compromised at safety because of the season-ending injury to strong safety Barry Church. Danny McCray has done a solid job filling in but fourth-round pick Matt Johnson has yet to play this season because of a back injury and lingering hamstring issues.

The Cowboys have had to use cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Mike Jenkins at safety in sub packages to make do.

Pephah is a six-year veteran who played the last five years with the Packers, starting 14 games last season. Asante has played the last two years in Tampa Bay.

-- Clarence Hill  

 

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