Now that the preseason is over, the Cowboys must turn their attention to finalizing the roster for the regular season.
They must trim the roster from 75 to 53 by Saturday, though there will likely be a lot of action involving players from other teams before or after final cuts via trades or waiver wire claims.
So the 21-14 victory against the Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium was a bittersweet moment for a lot of Cowboys.
Coach Jason Garrett said the next two days will be tough for the players and the coaches.
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“Well, it’s challenging,” Garrett said. “It’s the worst part of our job. There’s a lot of guys whose dreams and aspirations of being a pro football player are going to be cut short or at least detoured for now. That’s not easy.
"We have to do what’s in the best interests of the Dallas Cowboys. We’ll have some hard decisions to make. We’ll have some really good discussions. But we appreciate the effort of all these guys. They certainly practiced hard over the course of training camp and played hard through these pre-season games.”
The Cowboys will be looking for help at running back, receiver, tackle and possibly third quarterback via trade or the waiver wire over the next two days.