Tuesday is a key day in the NFL. Teams have to reduce their roster, from 80 to 53 players, so many dreams of making it in the league come to an end.
One of the players who were in limbo is Mexico’s, Isaac Alarcon. The offensive lineman is in his third season with the Dallas Cowboys, a team to which he was assigned after arriving via the international program in 2020, and once again he is left out of the 53-man roster after being cut.
Alarcón was not on the active roster in his first two seasons in the league, but thanks to the fact that the NFL gives an exception to players who arrive in the International Player Pathway Program, who do not count against the total number of players on the practice squad, the Mexican player remained in Dallas and the formula would be repeated in 2022. Twitter Link
This season, the Cowboys have multiple losses on the offensive line. In free agency, La’el Collins and Connor Williams left, and Tyron Smith was injured and would return until December. That opened the door for the Mexican, who started the preseason in the third team and was the starter in the last preseason game against the Seahawks, playing 33 snaps, although he allowed one catch and committed two penalties before leaving with an ankle injury.
The Cowboys left Tyron Smith, Tyler Smith, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, Terence Steele, Connor McGovern, Josh Ball, Matt Farniok and Matt Waletzko as the nine linemen for the season roster, although Tyron is injured.
The Cowboys hope to add the Mexican national to the practice squad for a third year, although because he has the international player tag, he would not be eligible to enter the active roster at any point during the season.
Alfredo Gutiérrez is also cut by the 49ers.
The other Mexican player in the international program, Alfredo Gutiérrez, was also cut by his team, the 49ers, who would repeat last year’s formula and add him to the practice squad.