The Dallas Cowboys continue to get hit with the injury bug at linebacker and they keep on signing players to bolster the position. Yesterday they signed former New England Patriots linebacker Gary Guyton to a deal.
The Cowboys problems at the position began a few weeks ago when defensive leader Sean Lee went down with a toe injury and continued the next week when Lee’s fill-ins Dan Connor and Orie Lemon also got hurt against the New York Giants. Connor hurt is neck and Lemon tweaked a hamstring. Dallas brought in Ernie Sims a few weeks ago to help out and the team is hoping Guyton will be the last move they have to make at inside linebacker.
Guyton is in his fifth season and has experience in the 3-4 alignment, spending playing all of his playing days with the Patriots. He signed with the Miami Dolphins in the off-season but never played a down for them. In his career, Guyton has totaled 229 tackles and will likely contribute on the special teams units as well.
Going into the season I felt the Cowboys had the best group of linebackers in the league. I thought Sean Lee was going to become a superstar and that Bruce Carter was going to take the step Lee took last year into stardom and I have not been disappointed. Lee was having an All-Pro year and I think we all now know that Carter is indeed a star.
I also was impressed with the Cowboys depth at linebacker and while the outside linebackers have been relatively healthy, the inside linebackers depth has been crushed by injury. Signing Sims and Guyton are an example of the decimation at the position.
The Cowboys will have to make room for Guyton by releasing someone today to get down to the 53-man roster.
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