Less than two weeks ago, Ernie Sims was beginning to think his NFL career was over.
After spending his sixth NFL season with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011, Sims wasn’t able to find any takers throughout the offseason and the first seven weeks of 2012. But after a season-ending injury to Sean Lee in the Dallas Cowboys’ victory over the Panthers, “America’s Team” found themselves in need of a linebacker, and just like that, Sims’ phone finally rang.
Fast-forward to Friday, and the Cowboys have confirmed that Sims will get the start against the Falcons in Atlanta this Sunday night, replacing Lee’s replacement, Dan Connor, who suffered a stinger in the loss to the Giants last week. (Sims played a good amount in the loss as well, his first game as a Cowboy, despite the fact that he only joined the team on the Wednesday before.)
To say it’s been a wild couple weeks for Sims might be an understatement.
“Sitting at home a couple of weeks I was kind of baffled I wasn’t on an NFL team from the get go,” Sims said, per ESPN Dallas. “But now that I’m on a team I did whatever I can to get back on the field and help my team out whichever way I can last week to get a win.
“The coaches was impressed with what I did last week and they decided to give me a start this week. Just like last week, I’m going out there to do my job and help this team. I’m excited. Just being part of the Dallas Cowboys, back in the NFL and seeing Sims on the back of my jersey is a blessing. I’m excited. I can’t wait.”
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