Latest Cowboys Cut is Painful 'What-If?' for Dallas Fans

The Cowboys' latest roster cut stings, to say the least.

The Dallas Cowboy's latest cut is a painful "what-if?" scenario for the fanbase.
The Dallas Cowboy's latest cut is a painful "what-if?" scenario for the fanbase. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday is a significant day around the NFL with the 53-man cut-down deadline looming at 4 p.m. ET. It's a painful day, to say the least, as players are forced to hear that their services are no longer needed and must look elsewhere to continue their dream careers.

It's also a tough day for fans who must say goodbye to players they love. That's exactly what the Dallas Cowboys faithful are experiencing following their team's latest release.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that the Cowboys are cutting linebacker Jabril Cox ahead of Tuesday afternoon's deadline.

Even though Garafolo adds that there's a chance Cox could be added to the practice squad if he survives waivers, there's no questioning that this move stings in the meantime.

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What makes Cox's release even more shocking is that it came just over a week after fellow LB DeMarvion Overshown tore his ACL. Given that Dallas was already somewhat thin at linebacker, many assumed the third-year defender would take Overshown's spot.

Cox became an instant fan favorite when he showed up as a rookie two years ago. The coaching staff immediately trusted him by using him on 62% of special teams snaps over seven games before he tore his ACL in a Week 8 tilt against the Minnesota Vikings.

Unfortunately, the ex-LSU Tiger couldn't find a way to return to form following the injury. He lacked confidence throughout 2022, preventing him from playing a bigger role on defense (only 6% of defensive snaps compared to 73% on special teams).

Even with that injury history, Cowboys fanatics hoped that we'd give Cox at least one more crack to see if he can live up to his potential. Instead, we may never know.

It's looking like safety-turned-linebacker Markquese Bell will take Cox's spot in the Dallas linebacker room after a strong training camp. The 2022 undrafted free agent suited up in three preseason games (two starts), tallying 15 tackles (eight solo) with a broken-up pass.

In the meantime, Cowboys fans will continue monitoring waivers to see if Cox clears. Even though Garafolo seems confident in his return, I could see a middling team taking a flyer on the 25-year-old if they're as high on him as the Dallas fanbase is.

With how easily injuries can pile up in the NFL, I hope the Cowboys don't regret making this cut a few weeks down the line.

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