IRVING, Texas - The first wave of roster cuts are already underway for the Cowboys, who return to the practice field Monday and have to trim the roster down from 90 to 75 players by Tuesday.
Among the first to go include defensive end Martez Wilson, who was with the Cowboys last year and got significant snaps in training and this preseason. A three-year veteran who spent two seasons with the Saints before heading to Oakland for a brief spot last year, Wilson played in two games last season with the Cowboys.
In the preseason, Wilson had eight tackles and two sacks, including one in Saturday's 25-20 loss to the Dolphins.
Another player the Cowboys parted ways with is rookie fullback J.C. Copeland, an undrafted free agent from LSU. Copeland was battling for a spot with Tyler Clutts, who has received the bulk of snaps at fullback and on special teams.
A physical blocker, Copeland missed some early in camp due to injury and never got back into the rotation long enough to make a better impression.
The Cowboys will likely make more moves throughout both Monday and Tuesday to get to 75 players. Some of these moves will also be injury-related. Rookie tight end Jordan Najvar will have surgery on his torn Achilles Tuesday and will go to an injury list.