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CB Coe Claimed Off Waivers; Claiborne’s Injury Could Factor In

Posted Dec 11, 2012

IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys added veteran cornerback Michael Coe to the 53-man roster by claiming him off waivers from the Dolphins.

Coe has spent the majority of this season with the Giants, including two games against the Cowboys. In fact, because of injuries to New York’s secondary, Coe started the regular-season opener against the Cowboys.

To make room on the roster, Dallas waived cornerback Vince Agnew, who played four games this season.

Coe (6-1, 190) joins the fifth team of his five-year career. Along with the Dolphins and Giants, he has also played with the Buccaneers and Colts, who drafted him in the fifth round in 2007 out of Alabama State. Coe spent most of his collegiate career at Arkansas. 

The addition of Coe, who has plenty of special teams ability, is likely a strong upgrade from Agnew, but could give the Cowboys more experience at cornerback, especially if rookie Morris Claiborne isn’t ready to play Sunday against the Steelers.

Claiborne suffered lacerations to his face on a sideline hit that left him motionless for a few moments before he was able to walk off the field and straight to the locker room while holding a towel to his face to contain the bleeding. There is a possibility that Claiborne also suffered a concussion, although head coach Jason Garrett said Monday he was unsure if the cornerback was indeed diagnosed with a concussion or any other head injury.

Coe might give the Cowboys another player who could help in the slot, a position vacated when Orlando Scandrick went down with a broken hand. Scandrick was placed on IR this past week.

With the addition of Coe and subtraction of Agnew, the Cowboys now also have Claiborne, Brandon Carr, Mike Jenkins and Sterling Moore on the active roster at the cornerback position.

Practice Squad Moves

The Cowboys have also had to make a few changes to the practice squad. The club waived tight end Chase Ford and cornerback Reggie Jones from the practice squad, while also adding defensive back Micah Pellerin.

With the tragic death of Jerry Brown, and the signing of Robert Callaway to the 53-man roster, it left the Cowboys with six practice squad players on Monday. Then, linebacker Jerry Franklin was signed to the Bears’ 53-man roster on Tuesday, before the Cowboys released two more players.

With the addition of Pellerin, the Cowboys now have four practice squad players, along with wide receivers Tim Benford and Andre Holmes, and guard Ron Leary.

The Cowboys are in the process of filling the other four roster spots, which could include Agnew, who is still eligible for the practice squad.

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