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Hodge Practices, But Frustration Remains

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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)

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Earlier this week, rookie linebacker Stephen Hodge expressed the frustration of being drafted only to struggle with injury in his rookie year of camp. Hodge, who has been struggling to recover from off-season knee surgery, was thought of as a guy who could make an immediate impact on special teams; but, as seems to be the case with every rookie this year, the unforeseen has thrown a wrench into those plans.

"This is the worst timing possible that you can ever imagine," Hodge said. "The fact that you're working your dream and then you get here and then you get injured. When you've never been injured, it's hard to adjust to. It's real frustrating, super frustrating."

According to Tim MacMahon over at the Dallas Morning News though, it's about to get even more frustrating for Hodge, who was selected in the sixth round out of TCU.

MacMahon cited the comments of Wade Phillips in his post-practice press conference in suggesting that Hodge may be headed for the IR, joining fellow rookie linebacker Brandon Williams.

"It depends on what our doctors and trainers think as far as what his prognosis is," Phillips said, in response to a question about the possibility. "I just don't get a good (feeling). They thought it was good, but it doesn't look good right now."

Hodge did suit up for practice today for his second consecutive day. But the activities in which he was able to participate were reportedly limited, at best.

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