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Cowboys Release CB Tyler Patmon; Move Suggests Claiborne Ready to Play?

IRVING, Texas– The Cowboys have decided to part ways with cornerback Tyler Patmon on Tuesday.

Head coach Jason Garrett had a much-abbreviated press conference with the Cowboys experienced a short week in preparation for Saturday's game with the Jets.

The Cowboys also waived linebacker Darius Eubanks from the practice squad.

While no official move was made, Garrett said newly-acquired cornerback Terrance Mitchell got some nickel reps on Tuesday and could be signed from the practice squad. Mitchell was a 2014 seventh-round pick of the Cowboys.

Patmon entered the season as the third corner once Orlando Scandrick went down with a season-ending ACL injury. He played in 11 games this year with two starts, but Patmon didn't exactly produce the results the coaching staff was hoping for.

"We felt like this was the move for our team right now," Garrett said after Tuesday's practice. "He's been a good player for us and he has a chance to be a good player in this league.

Garrett was asked if Patmon's release stemmed from anything off-the-field, such a rules violation, or even a lack of effort in the Packers game.

"Performance-related," Garrett said. "This is just an evaluation of the body of work and what we're asking our nickel to do. Over time, he's gotten a lot of opportunities and we feel like we're going to give someone else an opportunity to do that job right now."

[embeddedad0]As a rookie in 2014, Patmon had an interception for a touchdown against the Cardinals, but never had a turnover this season. He did have some chances to get the ball, including a dropped interception in New Orleans early in the game that could've been returned for a touchdown.

He was deactivated for two games in the middle of the season in favor of Corey White, who was later released.

Patmon made headlines at training camp, not only with his aggressive play in practices and the scrimmage against the Rams, but with his fistfight with Dez Bryant during a practice at Oxnard, Calif. Patmon also was in the middle of the brawl with the Rams a few days later.

So without Patmon, it should suggest the Cowboys are at least confident Morris Claiborne can play this week despite re-aggravating a hamstring injury. Claiborne said the reason he left the Packers game was more precautionary once the game was out of reach and knowing the Cowboys were on a short week to face the Jets.

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