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NFL Cuts 2011, Cowboys Roster Thins: Olshansky, Gronkowski, Williams Released

Every NFL team needs to trim their roster down to 53 players by 6 p.m. today, The Dallas Cowboys are already hard at work with trimming their roster down on Saturday. Igor Olshansky, Chris Gronkowski and Teddy Williams have all been released by the Cowboys, per Calvin Watkins.

Olshansky, who signed with the Cowboys in 2009 after opening his career with the Chargers, is the most surprising of the first three cuts. Olshansky had been a starter for the Cowboys in his two years in Dallas – playing in all 16 games in both seasons. Rob Ryan moved Olshansky to left end this training camp, and the Ukrainian struggled with it in Ryan’s scheme, leading to his departure. 

Gronkowski’s release isn’t terribly surprising. The undrafted free agent who signed with the Cowboys last year played in 14 games in 2010 with Dallas as a fullback.

Wide receiver Teddy Williams was released as well, but per his agent, the Cowboys are going to sign him to the practice squad – should he clear waivers. 

More cuts are expected throughout Saturday afternoon.

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