The Cowboys released cornerback Corey White and running back Christine Michael last week in part because they did not wear a required suit on the road game to Tampa Bay, per sources.
White confirmed as much to TMZ Sports.
Coach Jason Garrett declined to deny that suit infraction played a role in the decision to move on from both players.
“We evaluate our players every minute of every day,” Garrett said. “We evaluate our players in meetings, in walk throughs, on the practice field, the opportunity to get in games, how they interact with their teammates. The body of work of each of those guys. We evaluate all of it. At some point you say we feel like we like we should give someone else the opportunity to have this privilege to be a Dallas Cowboy. That is what we did in both of those cases. The decisions were made in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys.”
Michael, who was acquired in a trade with Seattle the opening week of the season, had trouble learning the playbook and getting on the field. He had only 51 yards on 15 carries in five games played. White, who was signed in free agency in March, had only six tackles in seven games.
Michael, a former Texas A&M star, was claimed off waivers by the Washington Redskins.
Certainly, their lack of production and limited roles were the biggest factors. But their lack of awareness about their place on the team in light of their limited roles contributed to them being cut over not wearing a suit.
“We evaluate our players every minute of every day,” Garrett said to a follow up question about the suits.