All 32 NFL teams have until 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Saturday to make their final roster cuts to get to the 53-man limit, but many have already made some cuts. The Dallas Cowboys have only made on official cut: wide receiver Anthony Armstrong. However, rumor has it the veteran may be brought back during the regular season in somewhat of a business move.
The Cowboys’ official website mentioned that possibility and cited the fact Armstrong has been cut and signed again three times already during his “tenure” with Dallas. Had he remained on the roster through Week 1, Armstrong’s 2013 salary would have been fully guaranteed, so the Cowboys might just be sending him on a vacation until after Week 1, at which time they could easily bring him back, assuming he’s still available.
The fact Armstrong had only four catches for 47 yards and has bounced around so much leads one to believe he will still be available if/when the Cowboys want/need him, assuming there are no critical injuries to any starting receivers in Week 1. Dallas is clearly not concerned about its receiver situation with Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Terrance Williams, Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley all but guaranteed to make the final roster, so Armstrong’s status shouldn’t be too heavily pondered. Still, the thought of him returning after Week 1 is intriguing.
Armstrong didn’t put up a ton of numbers this preseason, but he also didn’t get much work with the first-team offense. When (not if) Bryant and/or Austin gets hurt this year, Armstrong would be a great roster fill-in for the time missed by the starter(s). Again, this is just speculation at this point, but it appears the Cowboys are confident Armstrong will be available if needed at any point during the upcoming season.