Dallas Cowboys sign two players ahead matchup vs Chargers

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The Dallas Cowboys have signed two players ahead of Sunday’s matchup against The Los Angeles Chargers, according to Michael Gehlken. The Cowboys signed kicker Lirim Hajrullahu and wide receiver Robert Foster to the practice squad. They will be replacing safety Darian Thompson and cornerback Deante Burton. Both are expected to miss some time with hamstring injuries.

The Cowboys adding depth

Hajrullahu was with the Cowboys during the preseason. He signed with the team on Aug. 18 to fill in for Greg Zuerlein, who was injured at the time. He was released just a week later, when Zuerlein returned from the injury. According to Gehlken, Hajrullahu had planned a workout with the New York Giants, but instead, he elected to sign to the Cowboys practice squad.

Zuerlein had a shaky start to the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, going 3-5 on field goals and missed an extra point attempt. One of the field goals he missed was a 31-yard attempt that he hooked left. Owner Jerry Jones and the Cowboys are still committed to their kicker going forward and have confidence that he will return to his Pro Bowl form. The signing of Hajrullahu is viewed as additional depth for the kicker position.

More wideouts needed

Robert Foster’s signing comes after the Cowboys lost another receiver in the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One of the Cowboys trio of receivers, Michael Gallup, left the game early with a calf injury. On Monday Dallas placed Gallup on short-term injured reserve since he is expected to miss three to five weeks with the injury. Last week, the Dallas Cowboys put third-year receiver Malik Turner on the injured reserve list with a foot injury. And before the season started rookie receiver TJ Vasher was reverted to the reserve non-football injury list due to a knee injury. So as of right now Dallas currently has five healthy receivers listed on their depth chart.

Foster was an undrafted free agent in 2018 of the Buffalo Bills. The Alabama Crimson Tide product spent two seasons with the Bills. In 2020 he signed with the Washington Football Team off of the Green Bay Packers practice squad. This season he signed with the Miami Dolphins, but after an injury in the preseason, he was waived by the Dolphins as a part of the 53-man roster cut.

The Dallas Cowboys will face off against the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. EST. The game will take place at Sofi stadium, home of the Chargers and Rams.