Cowboys staying with young defensive linemen

July, 22, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys have a shortage of defensive linemen with the loss of defensive end Tyrone Crawford (torn Achilles) for the season and with the uncertain return of defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (hamstring) to training camp.

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Cowboys officials have one roster spot to fill and will try to find a defensive lineman, but not a veteran.

Anthony Hargrove was on the roster during the offseason workouts before the Cowboys released him, but a team source said the team isn't interested in bringing him back.

For now, the Cowboys will use Monte Taylor, Cameron Sheffield, Ben Bass and Nick Hayden on the second-and-third teams. Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said he's not ready to mix and match defensive ends and tackles because it's too early in camp for that and he's still trying to install his scheme.

"We could move some people around like the Packers," Kiffin said after Monday's morning walkthrough. "Let them come back and play where they were in the spring. Let's see if we got better over the summer."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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