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A year ago, there was no semblance of “D” with the Dallas Cowboys. No team in the NFL gave up more total yards in 2013.
So far this offseason, the same letter stands for devastating.
Owner/president/general manager Jerry Jones opted to slash veteran defender DeMarcus Ware from the team. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jason Hatcher is now with the Washington Redskins. And earlier this week, middle linebacker Sean Lee tore his left ACL in OTAs and is expected to miss all of 2014.
“Obviously, it’s a huge loss to our team, especially our defense, but at the same time, guys have got to step up,” stated outside linebacker Bruce Carter to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com. “It's kind of bad to say, but we’ve been in this situation before. Guys have got to step up and just play their role.”
Still, what role is in store for former Pro Bowler Anthony Spencer, who missed virtually all of this past season? The team re-signed the unrestricted free-agent defender to a one-year contract this offseason. As Rainer Sabin of The Dallas Morning News reported, the Cowboys may not be seeing the former first-round pick anytime soon.
Dallas used seven of its nine draft choices this year on defensive help, including defensive ends Demarcus Lawrence (second round) and Ben Gardner (seventh round) and defensive tackle Ken Bishop (seventh round).
Like Ware and Hatcher, Spencer's days may eventually be done with the Cowboys as well.