Dallas Cowboys cut five to get to 85-player limit ahead of Tuesday deadline

The Tuesday roster deadline was fast approaching, so the Dallas Cowboys set about finalizing their 85-player roster. To get there, they cut five players Monday.

Dallas has cut fullback Ryan Nall and cornerback Kyron brown, tight end Ian Bunting and defensive tackle Austin Faoliu, as well as wide receiver Ty Fryfogle. This brings the total to 85 players. All were given injury designations by Pro Football Talk.

Before signing with Dallas, Nall spent the past four years with Chicago Bears. Brown was part of the Cowboys’ practice team last year alongside Faoliu, Bunting and others. Bunting also spent time with both the Arizona Cardinals (and the Seattle Seahawks) practice squads.

Fryfogle, a Indiana undrafted free agent, signed with the Cowboys. Fryfogle had a good year with the Hoosiers. He totaled 512 receiving yards, and a touchdown, as IU struggled for a 2-10 record.

Next week, the NFL teams must reduce their roster to 80 players. The deadline for the 53-man roster is Aug. 30, as the preseason continues. Dallas lost its first preseason match to the Denver Broncos and is now preparing to face the Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 20.

Cowboys linebacker Anthony Barr will make his debut Wednesday at training camp, Coach Mike McCarthy confirmed. This news comes just a week after Dallas put Barr on the PUP list.

“Cowboys LB Anthony Barr will make his practice debut with team this week, participating in individual drills Wednesday and building from there, Mike McCarthy said,” the Dallas Morning News’ Michael Gehlken tweeted.

Barr signed a $3 million one-year contract with the Cowboys this month. Barr was a first round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is a veteran presence, having spent eight years with the Minnesota Vikings. He was named to the Pro Bowl four years running, recording 495 tackles, 17.5sacks, and five interceptions in his eight-year career.

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