WR Brian Brown to return to Cowboys practice squad

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Brian Brown did not do enough to secure a spot on the Dallas Cowboys’ active roster after the preseason, but the rookie wide receiver has shown a sufficient amount of potential to stick with the team’s practice squad.

The Cowboys plan to re-sign Brown to their 10-man practice squad on Tuesday, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports, making it the second time that’s occurred in barely a week.

Dallas initially added the former Richmond pass-catcher to its taxi squad after cutdown day but released Brown from that unit a few days later to make room for linebacker Mark Nzeocha. But Brown’s back ahead of Week 2.

To make room on the practice squad, the Cowboys plan to release safety Jameill Showers.

The 6-foot-2 Brown joins fellow Division I-FCS alum Lance Lenoir (Western Illinois) on Dallas’ practice squad. The duo will vie for the first in-case-of-emergency spot if one of the Cowboys’ six active-roster receivers — Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Brice Butler and Noah Brown — suffers an injury.

Brown turned in multiple prolific seasons at Richmond, twice recording more than 1,400 receiving yards — topping his Spiders run with 81 catches, 1,485-yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior in 2016. Brown served as a deep threat for the Spiders, averaging more than 18 yards per reception in each of his final two college seasons.

Showers switched positions while with Dallas, converting from quarterback to safety and earned a spot on the active roster last season. The UTEP product spent his rookie season, 2015, as a quarterback with the Cowboys. He went to three Cowboys training camps but failed to make the active roster.

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