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Cowboys Not Scared of Prospects With Health Issues

Dallas has a history of drafting players with loads of talent but a history of injuries

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    When it comes to potential draft target, former University of Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley, don’t expect those two torn ACLs he suffered in college to scare the Cowboys away.

    Easley is coming off the second of those two tears right now--he suffered the first, in his left knee, in 2011--but reports of late have his rehab going well, and he’s still widely viewed as a first round talent who will likely slip to the second or later. If that sounds familiar, it’s because that was the talk surrounding linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter when they came out of college in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

    Both have dealt with injury issues in the NFL, but Carter has shown flashes of brilliance and Lee is the leader of the defense and (when healthy) rounding into a Pro Bowl-caliber player.

    “I think you have to always measure the value that you’re getting, but at the same time I think one of issues at the top of the list the last couple of years have been injuries,” said Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, per ESPN Dallas. “That was brought up in the draft room and we have to be cognizant of that injuries have been a little bit of what’s put us behind the eight ball a little bit. We’ll certainly have to take a long, hard look at that before we pull that trigger but that doesn’t mean we won’t do it. I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question.”

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