Jones: Signing A Veteran WR Unlikely

IRVING, Texas --The Cowboys could sign a receiver for depth this week  with Miles Austin (right hamstring injury) possibly out through Thanksgiving, but team owner/GM Jerry Jones doesn't expect to pursue a veteran. That means any move would come in-house.

"We've got (Dwayne) Harris on the practice squad," Jones said on KRLD-FM. "That'll be where we limit it to. It won't be away from the roster."

Harris, the team's sixth-round pick, was active for the first five games as the primary punt returner, returning 11 for 73 yards (6.6 avg) along with three kickoff returns for 74 yards (24.7 avg). The Cowboys waived him Oct. 18 and placed him on the practice squad.

Elevating Harris would make sense if Austin's injury forced the Cowboys to re-think using Dez Bryant on punt returns. With Austin likely out at least a couple of weeks, they can't afford to lose another starting receiver.

Laurent Robinson is expected to start opposite Bryant. Behind them are Kevin Ogletree and Jesse Holley.

The Cowboys have four receivers on the practice squad: Harris, Andre Holmes, Teddy Williams and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.

No move has to be made immediately. If a receiver is elevated, the logical swap would be rookie punter Chris Jones, who replaced injured Pro Bowler Mat McBriar (foot) against the Seahawks. But the Cowboys likely must see how McBriar's injury responds this week before making a decision on his status for Buffalo this Sunday.

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