IRVING, TX - MAY 01: Linebacker Stephen Hodge #55 and Brandon Williams #59 of the Dallas Cowboys during rookie mini camp on May 1, 2009 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Dallas Cowboys’ 2009 draft class has suffered yet another casualty.
The team reached an injury settlement with linebacker, and TCU product, Stephen Hodge on Thursday, and then released him. Hodge, who has now had microfracture surgery on both knees, appeared in just one preseason game for the team in his ultimately brief time with the Cowboys.
As David Moore of the Dallas Morning News points out, this particular draft class is left with little representation in the locker room at Valley Ranch, just a year and a half (give or take) after being selected by Dallas. Only four of the team's 12 draft picks from 2009--David Buehler, Victor Butler, Stephen McGee and Brandon Williams--remain on the active roster.
Manuel Johnson and Robert Brewster are both on the practice squad, and tight end John Phillips is currently on injured reserve.
All of which is to say, the 2009 draft was a monumental failure for the Cowboys. You (probably) already knew that, but, with the release of Hodge yesterday afternoon, we thought a reminder was in order.
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