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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Cowboys place Justin Durant on IR

By Calvin Watkins

The Cowboys placed linebacker Justin Durant on injured reserve on Tuesday because of a hamstring injury.

Durant is the 10th different Cowboys player to deal with a hamstring injury, but the first to be lost for the season because of it. Durant was signed in the offseason as a veteran linebacker who could help on the strong side in the 4-3 defense. Durant's health became an issue early in the season when he suffered a groin injury in a loss at San Diego on Sept. 29.

Durant missed only one game, but then he suffered a hamstring injury Nov. 10 at New Orleans, which cost him three more games. Durant returned for the Green Bay game on Sunday but reinjured his hamstring.

He finished the season with 24 tackles and two tackles for loss.

Also, the team released linebacker Kyle Bosworth and defensive tackle Drake Nevis (as well as running back George Winn from the practice squad).

Linebacker Orie Lemon, who was released last week, was re-signed to the active roster to replace Durant. The Cowboys have two open spots on the active roster and one on the practice squad.

On the season, the Cowboys have placed eight players on injured reserve, which includes three individuals who either started a game or were projected starters.