The reeling Dallas Cowboys opened up two more roster spots for the stretch run with the release of running back Christine Michael and cornerback Corey White on Tuesday.
The Cowboys released quarterback Brandon Weeden earlier in the day. They cut linebacker Keith Smith on Monday.
One of the spots will be used to activate quarterback Tony Romo, who will play against the Miami Dolphins after missing the previous seven games with a fractured collarbone.
White’s release comes a curious time, considering cornerback Morris Claiborne is questionable for the Dolphins game with a hamstring injury.
White, who was claimed off waivers from New Orleans, played in each of the first seven games. But he was made inactive the past two games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He recorded just seven tackles in 2015.
Michael, a former Texas A&M star, was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 6.
He was inactive for the first three games because he was slow to learn the offense. He made little impact when he did play, rushing 15 times for 51 yards.
Michael’s release might mean a bigger role for Rod Smith, a waiver-wire claim from Seattle last month, and Trey Williams, another former Texas A&M star who has yet to play since joining to team off waivers from the Washington Redskins on Nov. 4.
Smith has played in three games, but has yet to get a carry. But he feels ready for the opportunity after spending hours studying the playbook with running backs coach Gary Brown, as well as learning under veteran Darren McFadden.
“I’m extremely comfortable with the offense now,” Smith said. “You just have to be a pro and put your time in. When your time comes, you’ll be ready to execute.”
Williams said he feels “very comfortable with” the Cowboys offense in his short time, as well. He also said he’s going to keep his same approach with more reps going his way.
“Just keep studying, going hard, giving my all,” Williams said.