A pair of linebackers are at Valley Ranch this week to audition for a spot on the Cowboys’ roster and bolster the inside linebacker position, which has been hit by the injury bug of late.
To recap: Inside linebacker Sean Lee was lost for the season with a toe injury in the victory over the Panthers. Then, starting in Lee’s place against the Giants, Dan Connor suffered a stinger. The injury forced Connor to sit out of the loss to the Falcons on Sunday night, and starting in his place was Ernie Sims, the veteran who, less than two weeks before, was out of the league completely.
Gary Guyton and Brady Poppinga (pictured) are the two candidates seen on the field at Valley Ranch on Monday. Guyton spent four seasons, between 2008 and 2011, with New England, and went to camp this year with the Miami Dolphins. Poppinga is an eight-year veteran of the league, having played in Green Bay and St. Louis.
Reports have both Connor and reserve linebacker Orie Lemon as questionable for this week’s matchup with Philadelphia, meaning that Dallas will likely rely on Ernie Sims once again, as well as Alex Albright and, perhaps, Guyton or Poppinga.
“We absolutely have to work around (the injuries),” head coach Jason Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “Albright is a good candidate because he’s a smart guy and he can play both inside and outside. But we will be thin there if both those guys are hurt.”
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