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Cowboys Awarded OG Hawkins; Set To Add LB Toomer


IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys whittled down the roster to 53 players, but that's far from final.

They kept making moves Sunday and were awarded guard Donald Hawkins off waivers, cutting tackle John Wetzel to make room on the roster. The Cowboys are also going to add former Seahawks linebacker Korey Toomer.

Hawkins came from the Browns but also spent time with the Eagles in the preseason. He was a two-year starter at the University of Texas who played in two preseason games for the Eagles and one for the Browns this year.

Wetzel, who was on the Cowboys' practice squad last year, had earned his way onto the initial 53-man roster with a productive training camp in 2014 before getting cut for Hawkins. 

At 6-5, 310 pounds, Hawkins, who went undrafted this year, provides size, youth and depth on the interior.

Ronald Leary, Zack Martin and Mackenzy Bernadeau were the only true guards on the roster before adding Hawkins. The Cowboys already had four other tackles on the 53-man roster in Tyron Smith, Doug Free, Jermey Parnell and Darrion Weems before the release of Wetzel.

Toomer cleared waivers before the Cowboys decided to bring him on. They still need to make a corresponding move, as he would be the 54th player on the roster. One option is to wait to make it official until Tuesday, when they can put DeMarcus Lawrence on injured reserve/designated to return.

The former Seattle linebacker was a fifth-round pick in 2012 who hasn't played in a regular season game, largely because of injuries. Toomer, one of the Seahawks' final cuts, made Seattle's practice squad his rookie year.  

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