It was certainly a steep fall for Hamlin.
A fifth-round pick last year out of Clemson, Hamlin entered the offseason competing with Alan Ball for the starting job at free safety.
Ball outshined Hamlin in minicamps and OTA workouts and went into training camp as the clear starter. Not only did Hamlin lose out to Ball, but he was surpassed by undrafted rookies Danny McCray and Barry Church in the pecking order at safety.
Hamlin hasn't played since giving up a touchdown against the Bears. He was inactive the past two games.
The Cowboys decided to make a move with Hamlin to clear a roster spot so they could possibly add a player at tight end or fullback, where they have injury issues.
Fullback Chris Gronkowski missed the Titans game Sunday with a groin injury. He may or may not return for the Vikings game.
Tight end Martellus Bennett aggravated a sprained ankle against the Titans and was in a walking boot Monday. He is questionable at best for the Vikings game.
But this is not just about the moves for this week. It's also about the team's decisions to emphasize special teams and backups in the 2009 draft.
The class has been a regrettable one from the beginning, starting with third-round picks Jason Williams and Robert Brewster. The Cowboys had no first-day picks because of the trade for Roy Williams.
Jason Williams has yet to have an impact at inside linebacker.
Brewster, a guard/tackle, missed his rookie year and has shown little for the future.
Fourth-rounder Victor Butler looks like a keeper as a third linebacker and pass rusher. The jury is still out on two other fourth-rounders, quarterback Stephen McGee and linebacker Brandon Williams.
The Cowboys had three fifth-round picks. Cornerback DeAngelo Smith was released as a rookie. Now Hamlin has been released. The only keeper is kicker David Buehler.
Stephen Hodge and John Phillips were picked in the sixth round. Hodge has yet to get on the field because of microfracture surgery. Phillips was good as a rookie but has been sidelined this season by a torn ACL.
The seventh-round picks were Mike Mickens and Manuel Johnson. Mickens was cut as a rookie. Johnson has been on the practice squad in 2009 and 2010.
"I never really thought of it like that," Davis said. "I feel like if I work hard and do the right things and do what it takes and I'm not there, then yeah, I would be (upset). But if I go out and do what I did (Sunday), then nah. I'm honest with myself. I'm honest with anyone else. I'm not going to feel like I'm something when I'm not or deserve something when I shouldn't."
"We needed to get Felix the ball more," coach Wade Phillips said. "We did that, and I thought it showed up well. We'll continue to evaluate what we need, but I thought it helped our running game."
"I thought he was very active," Phillips said. "He made some plays. I guarantee you he was in on plays. He had a good game, as a matter of fact."
After review of the coaches' tape, the Cowboys credited Brooking with one solo tackle and four assists.