SAN ANTONIO -- The Cowboys, with a shortage of healthy defensive linemen, signed Jimmy Saddler-McQueen from Texas A&M Kingsville on Thursday morning.
To make room for Saddler-McQueen the Cowboys released lineman Lorenzo Washington, who battled hamstring injuries the last few days of training camp.
Saddler-McQueen is 6-3, 296 pounds and had a 5.07 40-yard dash time at his pro day.
The Houston native signed with the Chicago Bears but was released this spring.
In his senior season at Kingsville, Saddler-McQueen battled injuries leading to just 30 tackles including six for loss. As a junior, Saddler-McQueen was the Lone Star Conference co-defensive lineman of the year.
The Cowboys have 10 defensive linemen on the roster, yet there are injuries to Sean Lissemore (groin), Josh Brent (hand) and Jason Hatcher (elbow) that has forced coach Wade Phillips to juggle some snap counts for several players.
Hatcher and Brent could return this weekend from their injuries.