IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys kept four undrafted rookies on their initial 53-man roster Saturday. Maybe having so many young finds made it easier for owner Jerry Jones to swallow the nearly $1.8 million salary due to backup wide receiver Sam Hurd.
Hurd is at the back end of a Dallas receiving group led by starters Miles Austin and Roy Williams and first-round pick Dez Bryant. The Cowboys also are high on Kevin Ogletree, a second-year pro. That's it, though, as Jesse Holley and Manny Johnson were among 20 players released Saturday to reach the league-mandated deadline to set the 53-man roster.
Nose tackle Junior Siavii, cornerback Cletis Gordon and linebackers Steve Octavien and Curtis Johnson are guys who played last season but aren't coming back.
Things could still change, though, even with Hurd, as the Cowboys look over the list of players cut by other teams.
The Cowboys also have their eight-man practice squad to fill. Many of those spots will go to young guys the team just cut, if they clear waivers.
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