ARLINGTON, Texas – The competition for the Cowboys' No. 3 cornerback job appears to be fierce, given the team's recent roster activity at the position.
The Cowboys released their gamedays inactives Sunday evening, reducing their roster to the NFL-mandated number of 46. Among those seven inactives was Corey White, who had handled slot corner duties the past two weeks.
White was the headline name of the group – which also included Kellen Moore, Brice Butler, Trey Williams, Ron Leary, Geoff Swaim and Ryan Russell.
In White's place will be Tyler Patmon, who handled slot corner duties for the first five weeks of the season before being demoted – and deactivated – for the last two games. Patmon has six tackles and four passes defensed in those five appearances.
The decision to sit Butler may come as a surprise, given the struggles of the Cowboys' receivers this season. That said, the speedy receiver is still coping with a hamstring injury, as he was held out of Friday afternoon's practice and listed as "questionable" on the team's injury report.
The Cowboys will be hoping that Dez Bryant can offset that injury in his second game back from a broken foot. Bryant recorded just two catches for 12 yards last week against Seattle, and he did not practice fully this week.
Williams was just signed to the roster this past week, coming over from the Washington Redskins' practice squad. He practiced all thre days during the buildup to the weekend, but he was always likely to be an inactive with three other running backs in front of him on the depth chart.
The rest of the inactives should be familiar by this point in the season. Moore will once again sit as the team's third quarterback, while Leary was designated inactive behind starter La'el Collins. Russell and Swaim have both been inactive for the majority of the season.