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Cowboys lose QB Alex Tanney to Browns

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys lost practice squad quarterback Alex Tanney, who was signed to the Cleveland Browns' active roster on Tuesday. Tanney was signed by Dallas just prior to training camp and impressed the Cowboys with his arm strength and command of the offense.

In five preseason games, Tanney completed 54.8 percent of his passes with one touchdown and two interceptions.

"He's done a really nice job for us," coach Jason Garrett said. "I think we got a chance to see him in training camp do some positive things. He played in the preseason and did some positive things and he's really approached well once the season had started to take charge of that scout team and do a good job with that. He seemed to get better and better and it seems like a good opportunity for him."

Garrett said there was a thought of keeping Tanney on the active roster, but with the health issues to the defense the Cowboys elected to let him go.

The Cowboys most likely will add a quarterback to the practice squad, but won't do so right now.

No. 2 quarterback Kyle Orton, who split scout-team snaps with Tanney, will take all the reps the rest of this week.

Also, the Cowboys released defensive tackle Everett Dawkins. He was signed Nov. 16 and played in one game, recording one tackle.

Linebacker Martez Wilson was signed to replace Dawkins on the active roster. Wilson was a third-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 draft. He played two seasons for the Saints before he was released on Oct. 22. He was picked up off waivers by the Oakland Raiders the next day and played in three games before he was cut on Nov. 19.