Today the Dallas Cowboys signed free agent saftey Charlie Peprah, a six-year veteran who worked out for the Cowboys two weeks ago. Peprah began his career with the Green Bay Packers in 2006 and was released by the team in July because of a knee injury.
The signing of Peprah could mean the Cowboys will no longer hold a roster spot for often injured rookie Matt Johnson who was ready to make his NFL debut against the Carolina Panthers last week, only to be sidelined by another hamstring injury. The Cowboys were excited to see Johnson on the field but may now put the safety on injured reserve to let his injuries heal fully.
The Cowboys say the decision has not been made on Johnson yet but it’s hard to see a scenario where he can help the team this year, so it maybe the best course of action.
Peprah joins a safety position decimated by injuries. Barry Church is out for the season, Gerald Sensabaugh has been banged up and Danny McCray also had to leave Sunday’s game with and injury forcing Eric Frampton to play safety. It appears even when the Cowboys have another answer at safety, another injury occurs at a position the team continues to struggle solidifying.
No matter what the decision is on Johnson, the Cowboys must release a player to get to the 53-roster max. They could also release one of the two punters currently holding a spot.
Either way, the signing of Peprah shows the Cowboys are still worried about their depth at safety and they can use all the help they can get.
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