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The Press Box: 'Fish Tacos To Go' As The Cowboys Face Dolphins

By INIGO 'NAUGHTY' ZENICAZELAYA

IT has been a crazy week at the ranch as the Cowboys prepare to play the rancid Dolphins on Sunday.

Here are the latest rumblings from around the ranch with some Cowboys coming and others going.

FISH TACOS TO GO

The Cowboys finally released defensive end Taco Charlton, after less than three years with the team on Wednesday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported the news.

Long considered a first round ‘bust’, Dallas had been discussing trades involving the 2017 first-round pick prior to Week 2, but the squad was clearly unable to find a reasonable deal.

Jane Slater of NFL Network noted that Charlton also requested a trade and “both sides want a fresh start.”

Charlton was a healthy scratch in each of his team’s first two games this season, struggling to get onto the field despite starting DE Robert Quinn serving a suspension.

And now to add fuel to the fire, Charlton wasn’t on the waiver wire for long as he was claimed by the Miami Dolphins, who just so happen to be playing the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday.

Charlton, a first-round draft pick of the Cowboys in 2017, will be facing his former team Sunday, my what an interesting turn of events.

THE RETURN OF THE

MIGHTY QUINN

Speaking of Cowboys DE Robert Quinn, who was stunned by his positive drug tests released the day he was undergoing surgery on a fractured hand.

However, the Cowboys have stuck with him and didn’t believe his failed result was anything malicious.

The wait is over now as Quinn was moved from the reserve/exempt list to the active roster when the Cowboys released Charlton on Wednesday.

What the Cowboys gain is a man with 69 sacks in 111 career games and someone who takes pressure off star defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

With Quinn and Lawrence on the field, it appears the Cowboys will have a stronger pass rush than what we’ve seen in the first two weeks. Dallas has just two sacks through two games, 29th in the NFL, and its nine quarterback hits, according to Sports Radar, is the 11th fewest in the NFL.

GALLUP OUT

Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup underwent tests on Monday to determine the extent of his knee injury -- suffered after taking a helmet to the knee on a catch-and-run against the Redskins. Results of the aforementioned tests showed Gallup will require arthroscopic surgery -- per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network -- that could sideline him for nearly a month.

WHO REPLACES

GALLUP?

Devin Smith that’s who!

The former Jets second-round draft pick made his first catch as a Dallas Cowboy, and it made an impression. Smith’s teammates universally praised his efforts during the offseason and preseason and lauded his knack for making the most of his opportunities after a pair of ACL injuries cut short his tenure with the Jets. Smith sparked Sunday’s 31-21 win over Washington with his 51-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.

XAVIER WOODS

ALSO INJURED

The Cowboys’ starting safety Xavier Woods, who has logged all but three defensive snaps for Dallas through the first two games of the season, is now expected to miss the Cowboys against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Woods suffered a high ankle sprain against Washington and could be out several weeks.

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