Cowboys could go without fullback on roster

ARLINGTON, Texas -- When the Dallas Cowboys released fullback Lawrence Vickers, it saved $1.2 million against the salary cap and gave the team approximately $10 million in cap space.

The Cowboys have three available spots on the 90-man training camp roster, so adding a fullback before Sunday's first training camp practice is a possibility. Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the team most likely will sign a quarterback to fill one of the spots.

But getting rid of Vickers means the Cowboys could devote four roster spots to tight ends and four more to running backs for the 53-man roster.

"That's the way we operated throughout the offseason," coach Jason Garrett said. "Lawrence wasn't available to us because of injury and we liked how it looked and how it felt. There's no guarantee we'll continue in that mode, but we feel good about the four, five, six tight ends we have on our roster right now and how they'll compete and how the whole thing looked. We'll play that out through training camp and make the best decision for our team."

The projected roster spots at tight end go to Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar, James Hanna and Dante Rosario.

The projected roster spots for running back are DeMarco Murray, Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner.