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Brandon Reilly (89) pulls in a touchdown pass as Philadelphia's Mitchell White (41) defends during the second half of an NFL preseason game in August.

Former Nebraska standout Brandon Reilly remains on the cusp of making an NFL active roster.

If he doubts himself in that regard, he need only look to the locker right next to his.

It's Ezekiel Elliott's.

Reilly on Tuesday joined the Dallas Cowboys' 10-player practice squad after the team made a couple of roster moves to account for an injury to receiver Allen Hurns. The Cowboys elevated Lance Lenoir to the active roster, freeing a spot for Reilly, a Lincoln Southwest graduate.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Reilly, a speedster who made 21 catches for Nebraska in 2016 despite playing through injuries, had spent the past two weeks of the 2018-19 regular season on the Detroit Lions' practice squad.

"I had hurt my (leg) earlier in the season working out for the Saints," Reilly told the Journal Star on Tuesday night. "Then I got healthy and the Lions saw it. They offered me a futures contract, but I didn't sign it because I was thinking about playing in that new league." 

He referred to the Alliance of American Football, which begins its season next month.

"I was literally talking to a few teams and about to sign, then my agent called Sunday night saying the Cowboys wanted me," Reilly said. "So I flew out here (to Dallas) on Monday."

He becomes the fourth former Husker on the Cowboys, joining Maliek Collins, Randy Gregory and Brett Maher — all of whom are on the active roster.

Dallas will face the Los Angeles Rams in a playoff game Saturday.

Reilly went undrafted in 2017 but earned a spot on the Buffalo Bills' practice squad, eventually getting promoted to the active roster before the end of that season. He was cut by the Bills before the start of this season.

His immediate task is learning Dallas' playbook.

"It's completely different than anything I've ever had," he said. "It's more of a numbers system, and we never had that at Nebraska or Buffalo or Detroit. It shouldn't take me too long to figure it out."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraSip.

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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