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Dallas Cowboys Cut Wiley, Nix

August 25, 2003

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Running back Michael Wiley and defensive tackle John Nix were cut Monday by the Dallas Cowboys.

Wiley had been an all-purpose player and primarily a third-down back in his three seasons with the Cowboys. He was hampered this preseason by a rotator cuff injury and missed valuable time to show new coach Bill Parcells what he could do.

Nix played in 30 games as a reserve the past two seasons and made 43 tackles.

The cuts left the Cowboys with 67 players. They will have to make at least one more move by Tuesday, and Parcells said it would probably involve an injured player.

Rookie center Al Johnson, the team’s second-round pick and a projected starter, had surgery Aug. 8 to repair cartilage in his right knee. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound lineman had been hurt in practice a week earlier.

Parcells has said that the Cowboys would put Johnson on injured reserve, which means he would miss the entire season.

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