Cowboys Shake Up Offense With Practice Squad and Injured Reserve Moves

With the offense struggling, the Dallas Cowboys are making moves ahead of their game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
October 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy watches warm-ups.
October 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy watches warm-ups. / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys' offense must get back on track to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6. After having one of the most talented offenses on paper during the offseason, the Cowboys have been held to 16 or fewer points twice in the last three weeks.

In an effort to find better results this weekend, the Cowboys made a handful of roster moves on Thursday — including one that shakes up the offense.

Dallas Cowboys Roster Moves

Dallas Morning News' Michael Gehlken reports that the Cowboys created an open roster spot by placing tight end Peyton Hendershot on the injured reserve. The 24-year-old hasn't played since Week 3 due to an ankle injury and will miss at least the next four games.

With Hendershot on the IR, Gehlken adds that the Cowboys have signed TE Sean McKeon to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. McKeon joined the Cowboys as an undrafted rookie out of Michigan in 2020.

He was a solid player over four seasons with the Wolverines, hauling in 60 catches for 668 receiving yards and six TDs. Having said that, his NFL opportunities have been limited, playing to a 6-38-1 stat line across 38 games (3 starts) over the last four seasons.

McKeon's addition to the 53-man roster means a practice squad spot has been opened for Rashaan Evans. The Cowboys worked out the veteran linebacker earlier this week with Leighton Vander Esch needing to be placed on the IR due to a neck injury.

Evans has suited up in 76 regular season games between the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons, recording 476 total tackles, five sacks, 12 defended passes, five fumbles recoveries, and an interception.

Time will dictate whether McKeon's promotion (and Evans' addition to the practice squad) is enough to get the Cowboys on track. Monday's clash with the Chargers is projected to be a shootout with most sportsbooks favoring Dallas to win by a field goal on the road.

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