FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys were undoubtedly hoping Darius Jackson would clear waivers one day after being released, but that wasn't the case.
Jackson, a promising rookie running back, was claimed off waivers on Wednesday by the winless Cleveland Browns – the first team in the waiver order. That means he'll move to Cleveland's active roster, and the Cowboys will be unable to move him to their practice squad.
That has to be disappointing for the Cowboys, as they liked Jackson enough to draft him in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft last spring. The Eastern Michigan standout showed flashes during training camp and the preseason, but he has been inactive every week of the regular season.
The club released the rookie on Tuesday to make room for Darren McFadden on the 53-man roster. McFadden rushed for 1,089 yards last season, but he has been absent throughout 2016 with an elbow injury.