TE Cochart Claimed Off Waivers; Eight-Man Practice Squad Set

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IRVING, Texas – Nothing is ever final when it comes to the roster.

After cutting 23 players to get down to the 53-man limit Saturday night, the Cowboys made more moves Saturday, just before their first regular-season practice in preparation for the Giants.

The Cowboys have claimed tight end Collin Cochart (6-4, 260) off waivers from the Bengals. In doing so, they have officially waived quarterback Stephen McGee, who initially survived Friday night's cuts.

Minutes earlier, coach Jason Garrett was asked in his Saturday morning press conference about keeping three quarterbacks on the roster. He said they valued the position and McGee, but Garrett also hinted that it's the time of year to make tough decisions.

The addition of Cochart could be an indicator of Jason Witten's availability for Wednesday's game with the Giants. Witten is expected to practice Saturday for the first time since suffering the lacerated spleen injury.

Cochart played in10 games last year as a rookie in Cincinnati, including three starts. Considered more of a blocker, Cochart caught five passes for 44 yards and one touchdown in 2011.

The Cowboys have also re-signed eight players to the practice squad, virtually getting everyone back they wanted.

The squad will include: RB Lance Dunbar, RB Jamize Olawale, DT Robert Calloway, WR Danny Coale, LB Orie Lemon, DE Ben Bass, WR Tim Benford and G Ron Leary. Five of the eight players were undrafted rookies.

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