IRVING, Texas – As has been hinted at all week, Micah Pellerin has been added to the 53-man roster ahead of the Cowboys' trip to New York this weekend.
Pellerin has been on the practice squad since the end of training camp after going through the preseason with the Titans. He'll be called upon to fill the void left by Tyler Patmon as the Cowboys' No. 4 cornerback.
Rookie defensive tackle Davon Coleman was waived to make room on the roster.
"This being my third year, last year I was able to get some experience and stuff like this, but this go-around you have a new appreciation for the opportunities that you get," Pellerin said. "Going into this game, I'm just excited and prepared and just ready to execute the assignment and whatever they ask me to do."
Patmon is expected to miss another week or two with the knee and ankle injuries he suffered against Jacksonville, but Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the rookie will not be placed on injured reserve. Even with Patmon expected to return, it will serve as an opportunity for Pellerin to showcase his progress.
"I feel like I have a much better football IQ now than I did, say, just last year," Pellerin said. "I think that helps me – it just helps me in general."
This is the second-straight season the Cowboys have called Pellerin up from the practice squad. Injuries in the secondary last year pressed him into service for the team's Week 9 win against Minnesota in 2013, as well as the Week 10 loss to New Orleans.
Following that loss to the Saints, Pellerin was released to free up room for a linebacker signing. He spent the rest of 2013 with Tennessee, where he appeared in three games and recorded one tackle. He remained with the Titans through the end of this year's preseason.
The Cowboys clearly like what they've seen from Coleman this season, considering he remained on the roster into November – despite the fact that he hasn't played a game since Sept. 14. He started the season opener at defensive tackle and made two tackles in the Week 2 win against Tennessee.
Prior to the Week 3 trip to St. Louis, however, he injured his knee in a weight room accident and has been inactive ever since. The Cowboys had 11 defensive linemen on the active roster as of Friday, making Coleman a logical cut to make room for another defensive back.