The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran linebacker Gary Guyton on Tuesday, just a few hours after Guyton and fellow veteran linebacker Brady Poppinga worked out for the team at Valley Ranch. In order to make room for Guyton, Orie Lemon--one of the many Cowboy linebackers dealing with an injury--was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
Guyton went to camp with the Miami Dolphins this season, but failed to catch on. Prior to that, the 26-year-old had spent four seasons with the New England Patriots, from 2008-2011, where he started 32 games.
In the wake of Sean Lee’s season-ending toe injury a few weeks ago, the Cowboys signed former Lion, Eagle and Colt, Ernie Sims. Sims has since stepped into a starting job opposite Bruce Carter, thanks to a neck injury suffered by Lee’s original replacement, Dan Connor.
What Guyton’s role with Dallas will look like, among a thinning group of linebackers, remains unclear. Head coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that the team is hopeful that Connor will be able to go against the Eagles this Sunday.
“We’re hoping that Dan Connor will be back,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We’ll see what he does in practice today.”
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