FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys are recalling cornerback C.J. Goodwin from injured reserve heading into Week 17.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett spoke to reporters on Monday and confirmed the news. The team signed Goodwin in October for his ability on special teams, but he played in just two games before breaking his forearm.
To make room on the active roster, the Cowboys are releasing wide receiver Lance Lenoir. The second-year wide out was promoted from the practice squad back in November, but the potential return of Tavon Austin has lessened the need at the position.
"Particularly if Tavon is able to come back this week, we'll need less receivers," Garrett said.
The front office is hoping to put Lenoir back on the practice squad, assuming he clears waivers. There is currently one practice squad vacancy after Darius Jackson was promoted to the active roster over the weekend.
Goodwin excels as a gunner on special teams, but he can also improve the Cowboys' cornerback depth – especially if Anthony Brown needs to miss more time with his back injury.
This marks the second time the Cowboys have brought a player back from injured reserve, after they returned Noah Brown in November. That means they have no more injured reserve moves remaining this season – which consequently means that the season is officially over for injured veterans like Datone Jones, Travis Frederick and Terrance Williams.