Dallas Cowboys: Ike Igbinosun

Cowboys' DL moves since May

November, 6, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- Since May 16, the Dallas Cowboys have signed, traded, acquired, put on injured reserve or released 28 defensive linemen. They saw another, Josh Brent, retire on July 18.

Everett Dawkins and Hall Davis are the latest additions. Dawkins was signed off the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad to the active roster, and Davis filled the final practice-squad vacancy.

There has been an incredible amount of movement on the Cowboys' defensive line. If you remember the Travis Chappelear era consider yourself fortunate.

Check out these transactions by date involving only the defensive line:

May 16 – Signed Anthony Hargrove
June 5 – Waived/injured Robert Callaway
June 11 – Signed Jeris Pendleton
June 20 – Cut Hargrove
June 25 – Signed Jerome Long
July 18 – Josh Brent retired
July 26 – Signed George Selvie and Landon Cohen
July 31 – Cut Ike Igbinosun, signed Toby Jackson
Aug. 1 – Waived/injured Cameron Sheffield
Aug. 6 – Waived Monte Taylor, signed Jabari Fletcher
Aug. 12 – Signed Travis Chappelear
Aug. 13 – Claimed Thaddeus Gibson
Aug. 19 – Waived Chappelear, Jackson
Aug. 21 – Signed Jason Vega
Aug. 26 - Cut Pendleton
Aug. 27 – Placed Tyrone Crawford on injured reserve, Jay Ratliff on reserve/PUP
Aug. 31 – Cut Fletcher, Gibson, Long, Vega; acquired Edgar Jones from Kansas City
Sept. 1 – Traded Sean Lissemore to San Diego
Sept. 2 – Signed Vega to practice squad
Sept. 3 – Acquired Caesar Rayford from Indianapolis
Sept. 5 – Chappelear waived off injured reserve
Sept. 7 – Placed Ben Bass on injured reserve; re-signed Long
Sept. 17 – Cut Cohen, signed David Carter
Sept. 24 – Cut Long, signed Drake Nevis
Sept. 25 – Placed Anthony Spencer on injured reserve
Oct. 15 – Cut Carter, Signed Jarius Wynn
Oct. 16 – Released Ratliff off reserve/PUP
Oct. 18 – Signed Vega off practice squad; placed Jones on IR to return list
Oct. 21 – Signed Marvin Austin
Oct. 29 – Released Vega; signed Everette Brown
Oct. 31 – Signed Vega to practice squad
Nov. 5 – Cut Austin
Nov. 6 – Signed Everett Dawkins off Minnesota practice squad; signed Hall Davis to practice squad

W2W4: Cowboys practice Day 6

July, 26, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. - After an day off, the Cowboys return to work Friday.

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Back in pads: The Cowboys will conduct practice in full pads Friday afternoon. It's the third padded practice for the team since training camp started last Sunday. Several players are still adjusting to wearing thigh, knee and hip pads. Players were seen on the practice fields messing with their uniform pants trying to make sure everything was comfortable.

Will any injured players return?: Jason Garrett said defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (hamstring) won't be around for a while -- at least practicing -- but there are several other players that have missed practice time. The return of the following players are in question: Ike Igbinosun, Ronald Leary, Nate Livings, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Demetress Bell, Jermey Parnell, Danny Coale, James Hanna and L.P. Ladouceur. Livings, Leary and Bernadeau are doing sprints during practices, signaling a return could be near. However, Coale's swollen knee hasn't subsided enough for him to practice. Bell isn't in shape and Parnell and Hanna have mild hamstring strains that need healing. Ladouceur (calf) is working on the resistance bands.

Will we see offensive line changes?: The backup interior offensive linemen, Kevin Kowalski and David Arkin, have struggled in camp. Will the Cowboys make some changes in the interior? One possibility could be moving center Ryan Cook, who is getting looks at guard on the second team, to the first team. The Cowboys want their best linemen on the practice fields right now, and Cook, who just returned to practice after failing the conditioning test, might perform better than Kowalski and Arkin.

Backup wide receivers looking better: Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams had their best practices of camp on Wednesday. Eric Rogers and Jared Green are off to fast starts, and if the Cowboys keep five receivers it will be interesting to see where Rogers and Green end up.

What to watch for today: Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox has been hitting everybody. Newly-signed defensive linemen Landon Cohen and George Selvie impressed the scouts and coaches during Wednesday's practice in their first workout of the summer. Let's see if they can do it again. Ben Bass is the new first-team defensive end, but instead of watching him, check out Kyle Wilber and see how he responds to his demotion. B.W. Webb picked up the first interception of camp from the cornerback position on Wednesday. Will the rest of the corners follow his lead?
OXNARD, Calif. - The injury report got a little longer Wednesday. Cornerback Morris Claiborne dislocated his left pinkie during an one-on-one drill. He was in some pain for a few moments and had head athletic trainer Jim Maurer pop the finger back in and tape two fingers together so he could return to the field.

Other injury notes:

  • Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher left practice because a ball hit him in the calf. He said he was fine.

  • Ike Igbinosun (lower leg), Jay Ratliff (hamstring), Anthony Spencer (knee), Tyrone Crawford (Achilles), Ronald Leary (calf), Nate Livings (calf), Mackenzy Bernadeau (hamstring), Jermey Parnell (hamstring), Danny Coale (knee), James Hanna (hamstring) and L.P. Ladouceur (calf) missed practice as expected.

  • Spencer is scheduled to undergo surgery for his knee Thursday, but he did attend Wednesday's practices. Leary, Livings and Bernadeau ran sprints. Ladouceur worked on the resistance bands.
  • George Selvie makes positive impression

    July, 24, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. – At 3 a.m. PT, George Selvie was boarding a plane in Pensacola, Fla. By 4 p.m. PT, he was in a Cowboys jersey ready for practice.

    “I landed, got a physical, signed a contract and was ready to work,” Selvie said. “I’ve been sitting too long, so it’s time to get at it.”

    The Cowboys signed Selvie because of injuries to defensive linemen Anthony Spencer, Tyrone Crawford and Ike Igbinosun. Selvie was cut by Tampa Bay in May and has been waiting for a call ever since. He had 10 tackles and a sack in nine games for Jacksonville last year.

    How long he stays will depend on how well he plays. Spencer is out 2-4 weeks with upcoming knee surgery and Crawford is out for the year. Igbinosun hurt his ankle and is in a boot.

    He was in on a number of plays, despite only knowing the rudimentary basics of the defense.

    “I’ve been playing a 4-3,” Selvie said. “I played in a similar defensive line that’s coach Rod (Marinelli’s) style.”

    Camp observations: Defense dominates day

    July, 23, 2013
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    OXNARD, Calif. – If you want to measure the daily success of each unit during training camp, then Day 2 belonged to the Cowboys’ defense.

    You’ll soon see why in the Camp Observations:

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  • LB Sean Lee met RB Phillip Tanner in the hole during the team-run period, which started a run of four straight plays in which the defense did not allow a carry to go more than a few yards. DE Monte Taylor stopped DeMarco Murray after TE Gavin Escobar was late off the ball, and Cameron Sheffield ate up Tanner on a run wide to the left. The No. 2 defense saw DT Nick Hayden and Ernie Sims come up with a tackle for loss and a no gain.

  • Over the last few years, coach Jason Garrett has had individual players pulled for a snap when they make a pre-snap mistake. On Monday he replaced the entire offense. When the entire first-team offense moved and C Travis Frederick didn’t snap the ball, the No. 2 offense came in for two snaps. When a shotgun snap from C Phil Costa was off to QB Kyle Orton, Garrett had the No. 3 offense come in for a snap. Garrett has been much more vocal with his displeasure in practice so far early in camp than he has been in previous camps.

  • A good offensive moment: On a swing pass from Romo, Tanner was able to outrun LB Bruce Carter to the edge for a nice gain. It was something Tanner would not have been able to do a year ago. He appears to be in better shape and sharper with his running.

  • OT Jermey Parnell is not off to the best of starts in camp, which might be why he is not rotating with Doug Free. In team take-off drills with no defense, he drew Garrett’s ire for flinching before the snap. The offense had to repeat the play.

  • In the “blue” practice with rookies and selected vets, Hayden tipped a Nick Stephens pass in the air and was able to make the interception.

  • Also in the “blue” practice, OT Darrion Weems gave up sacks to LB Kyle Wilber and Ike Igbinosun at right tackle and left tackle.

  • The special-teams portion of practice focused on kickoff coverage and returns. Dwayne Harris, Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle, Anthony Amos and Cole Beasley all handled some returns.

  • Lee gave one of the officials an incredulous look for spotting a ball for a first down after a dump pass to Murray from Romo. Lee and S Barry Church closed fast on Murray and it may have been close, but the spot definitely favored the offense.

  • Free made a nice block on Carter on a bubble screen to free Harris for a good pickup.

  • TE Jason Witten put a nice stiff-arm on S Matt Johnson down the field to pick up extra yards. Johnson also did a nice job of picking up WR Dez Bryant on a hot read that would’ve led to a short gain for the offense.

  • DeMarcus Ware had three sacks. Tank Reed had a sack. Jeris Pendleton had a sack. Ben Bass had a sack. It was that kind of day for the offense. But the defense normally gets the better of the offense early in camp.
  • IRVING, Texas – When the Cowboys hold their rookie mini-camp next week at Valley Ranch, there will be a small group of veterans on hand as well.

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    Guard Ronald Leary, who quickly became a Jerry Jones’ favorite last year at this time for more than just the $214,000 he was guaranteed as an undrafted free agent, is among the first-year players to be on the field. Leary spent most of last year on the practice squad before getting called up to the active roster with two games to play. He will have a chance to win a starting job this summer and the early rookie camp work will give him some extra work.

    Wide receiver Tim Benford, guard Charlie Bryant, tackle Aderious Simmons, wide receiver Jared Green, quarterback Nick Stephens, long snapper Charley Hughlett, defensive tackle Monte Taylor, defensive end Ikponwmosa Igbinosun and safety Micah Pellerin are also expected to practice next week. This group either finished the year on the practice squad or was signed to futures contracts after the season ended.

    Wide receiver Danny Coale, a fifth-round pick last year, is also eligible to practice but will sit out as he continues his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered late last season. He should be able to take part in the organized team activities and full-team mini-camp in June.

    The vets will be joined by the Cowboys’ seven draft picks, 15 undrafted free agents and a handful of tryout players at the three-day camp.

    Cowboys take chance on Brian Price

    December, 31, 2012
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    IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys have signed 10 players to futures contracts, including former second-round pick Brian Price, who was out of football this year.

    Price, a defensive tackle, was the 35th overall pick by Tampa Bay in 2010 but his career has been stalled by injury and misfortune. He needed radical pelvis surgeries after his rookie year to keep his hamstrings attached to his pelvis. His sister died last spring in a car accident, and he also reportedly had an incident with Mark Barron in a meeting room.

    He started 14 games in 2011 and had three sacks. He was traded to Chicago last summer but was among the Bears’ final cuts and did not sign with another team during the year.

    Price is an intriguing signing because he is still young and the Cowboys have defensive line issues going forward with Jay Ratliff’s health and Josh Brent’s intoxication manslaughter charge.

    The Cowboys also signed practice squad players cornerback Vince Agnew, wide receiver Tim Benford, defensive end Ike Igbinosun, cornerback Micah Pellerin, linebacker Brashton Satele, tight end Andre Smith and linebacker Monte Taylor to future deals. Wide receiver Danny Coale, a fifth-round pick this year, was also re-signed. He is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

    The Cowboys also signed quarterback Nick Stephens, a Flower Mound native. He started his career at Tennessee before transferring to Tarleton State.

    The only practice squad player not to re-sign yet is wide receiver Andre Holmes

    Jason Hatcher: Who are these guys?

    December, 19, 2012
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    IRVING, Texas – Since the regular season started, the Cowboys have made 58 roster moves. Twenty of them have come in the first 19 days of December.

    On Wednesday they officially welcomed defensive linemen Ike Igbinosun to the practice squad.

    Jason Hatcher, a Cowboy since 2006, looks around the locker room and is not sure who’s who anymore.

    “Those guys man like I said I don’t know half of them but they’re playing their butt off right now,” Hatcher said. “I’m learning their names, but they doing a great job coming off the street doing what they do.”

    The defense has seen the addition of Brady Poppinga, Sterling Moore, Michael Coe and Brian Schaefering since Nov. 26 and all four have made contributions.

    “I learned I think Coe’s name today,” Hatcher said. “That’s probably one. Sterling No. 30, I learned his name today. There’s a few more I’ve got to learn by they’ve been balling.”

    Wait, Moore has been here three weeks and you’re just learning his name?

    “Really?” Hatcher said. “Shoot, I didn’t know that one. I feel bad. My bad, Sterling.”

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