The Dallas Cowboys waived cornerback Corey White on Tuesday, in a move that would have seemed less curious if starter Morris Claiborne hadn’t just been hurt.
Claiborne suffered a hamstring injury in the first half of the loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, forcing him to miss the second half. He was replaced by rookie Byron Jones, who moved in from safety and was replaced there by JJ Wilcox and Jeff Heath.
So at a time when it seemed the Cowboys could use as much depth at that position as they could get, they up and cut ties with White. While the timing is a little weird, it’s a sign that Tyler Patmon has earned a good deal of confidence from the staff. He was in competition with White earlier this year for snaps, but in the last two weeks, Patmon was active while White wasn’t.
"The guys that are stepping in are guys that have been in the fire before," said fellow cornerback Brandon Carr, per Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News.
Patmon said he planned on reaching out to White, who was signed off waivers from the Saints in March.
"It's part of the business," Patmon said. "If he ever needs anything, he's still our brother. Of course, I'm still going to talk to him and make sure he's OK."