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Flowers Among 5 Cut by Cowboys

August 20, 2002

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Richmond Flowers, the singing receiver prominently featured on HBO’s series about the Dallas Cowboys training camp, was one of five players cut by the team Monday.

Defensive end Dwayne Missouri, safety Travis Ortega, cornerback Shad Criss and wide receiver Bashir Yamini also were cut. The Cowboys also reached an injury settlement with linebacker Paris Johnson (broken right hand).

Flowers was on the Cowboys practice squad most of last season. He played in NFL Europe last spring for the Barcelona Dragons, where he had 34 catches for 508 yards and six touchdowns.

During the first three episodes of HBO’s ``Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Dallas Cowboys,″ Flowers was a top story line. His long shot bid to make the team was featured, as was his passion for singing and his family history.

Flowers’ father, Richmond Flowers II, was a Cowboys safety from 1969-71. His grandfather was the Alabama state attorney general during the civil rights struggles in the early 1960s and was one of the few southerners then to take a stand against segregation.

Missouri was cut by Baltimore at the end of training camp last year. He then was on the Ravens’ practice squad before signing with Dallas and playing two games for the Cowboys at the end of last season.

Yamini spent last season on injured reserve after tearing knee ligaments in training camp. He had been hampered by a right quad strain this year.

Ortega, Criss and Johnson were free agents signed by the Cowboys.

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