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August 31, 2013

Cowboys keep five tight ends, five linebackers, four corners

The Cowboys went heavy at safety and heavy at tight end. They are light at linebacker and cornerback right now, though, and they again kept only two quarterbacks.

Dallas likely isn't finished churning the bottom of the roster, but their current 53 has a few surprises.

Jeff Heath came from nowhere to make the roster. He is one of six safeties on the team. The Cowboys kept both Danny McCray, after he agreed to a paycut, and Eric Frampton, who is rehabbing a groin injury.

They have only four corners, though.

The Cowboys, who do not have a fullback, kept five tight ends with Dante Rosario and Andre Smith joining Jason Witten, James Hanna and second-round pick Gavin Escobar.

But the Cowboys have only Ernie Sims and DeVonte Holloman backing up the three starting linebackers.

Third quarterback Alex Tanney was waived as expected, leaving the Cowboys with only Tony Romo and Kyle Orton for a second consecutive season. Tanney could be re-signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Guard David Arkin and tackle Darrion Weems both made the roster as the Cowboys chose to keep 10 offensive linemen. They also chose to keep veteran Nate Livings.

They also kept backup defensive tackles Landon Cohen and Sean Lissemore as well as Ben Bass. Nick Hayden, George Selvie and Kyle Wilber are the other defensive linemen on the roster to go with Anthony Spencer, DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher. Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff will start the season on PUP, meaning he will miss the first six games.

-- Charean Williams



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