FRISCO, TEXAS – The Cowboys waived rookie wide receiver Dennis Houston on Tuesday, creating a vacancy on the 53-man roster heading into Week 3.
Houston made the team an undrafted rookie out of Western Illinois after an impressive training camp. With Cowboys Michael Gallup (knee) and James Washington (injured reserve/leg) out for the season, Houston played 60 snaps in the first two games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals, catching two passes for 16 yards.
Gallup could make his season opener Monday night against the New York Giants, depending on how he goes during the week of practice. His participation has been limited so far, but the Cowboys hope he can continue to step up his workload. Leaving Houston creates a way for third-round draft pick Jalen Tolbert to be active for the first time in his career, possibly as early as Week 3.
The move gives the Cowboys some flexibility for the week. The team gets two regular practice highs each week, but now there is an open roster spot if another player needs to be added before the Giants game. Cooper Rush is expected to be called up again as a backup to fill in for backup quarterback Will Grier, and center Alec Lindstrom also stepped up for offensive line depth last week after Connor McGovern (high ankle sprain) was injured. Veteran offensive tackle Jason Peters continues to ramp up his practice, and tight end Sean McCain could also be an option, with rookie Dalton Schultz (knee strain) likely to play this week. It counts day by day.
If Houston clears the offense, he will be eligible to be signed to the practice squad.