For two straight days, it looked as if wide receiver Andre Holmes was finally going to get that shot to be on the 53-man roster.
The practice squad receiver worked with the special teams units on Wednesday and Thursday, a good indication he would be called up since he's in the game plan for this week. But near the end of Thursday's practice, Holmes suffered a strained hamstring that will likely keep him out of action for a few weeks.
It's actually the second time this year Holmes has injured his hamstring on the week the Cowboys were considering signing him to the roster.
"It's pretty frustrating," said an obviously dejected Holmes. "It's the same hamstring as a few weeks ago. I felt like I was going to get my chance. It might be a couple of weeks."
A rookie from Hillsdale College, Holmes went to training camp with the Vikings and was released before the start of the season. He immediately signed to the Cowboys' practice squad. At 6-5, 208, Holmes is obviously the tallest of the receivers, with Jesse Holley, Laurent Robinson, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin all listed at 6-2.
Earlier this year before the Lions game, Holmes simulated Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson on the scout-team offense.
The Cowboys likely wanted Holmes on the roster with Laurent Robinson being out the last two days with a shoulder injury and Miles Austin still limited in practice with the hamstring injury that has kept him out for four straight games.
The club does have two other receivers on the roster in Teddy Williams and Dwayne Harris, who has played in five games this year.