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Cowboys’ recent signing suffers season-ending injury in practice: report

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The Dallas Cowboys have already lost a man as unfortunate injury news pours out of teams’ OTAs.

Dallas is preparing for its minicamp and the rest of the off-season training schedule, but started with its introductory OTAs, which are primarily focused on introducing new players to the team and working on the fundamentals.

At some point on their job, linebacker Devante Bond injured his knee, according to ESPN reporter Todd Archer.

“Linebacker Devante Bond, who spent time on the practice team last year, suffered a serious knee injury in the earlier OTAs and will miss the season following surgery, according to multiple sources.” Archer wrote on 9th.

Bond is labeled as a starting weakside linebacker on the ESPN depth chart, which is somewhat misleading given that Bond hasn’t played an NFL snap since 2020. Plus, he’s still a relatively new signing as Bond was added to the roster from Dallas on December 31. 2021

However, Bond had a strong shot at the final 53-man roster for the upcoming season, and the Cowboys now have another reason to consider making the linebacker squad.

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A native of Oklahoma, Bond was selected in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was primarily used as a special team piece. As an active player during his two and a half seasons at Tampa, Bond played over 50% of special teams for the Buccaneers per PFR.

Bond was actually banned for four games in 2019 for using PEDs, leading to his mid-season release. After the suspension, the Chicago Bears signed Bond.

The former Oklahoma Sooner’s time at Chicago was even less eventful than his time with the Buccaneers, as Bond played five games total in 2019 and 2020 and bounced back and forth on the practice team.

Dallas decided last December to give the now 28-year-old linebacker a chance after Bond went through the 2021 season without a team. However, he didn’t play in Dallas’ final two games of the season and it now looks like he won’t be able to take the field until 2023.

Before Bond’s injury, Dallas was already seen as a landing ground for players like former Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr. The Cowboys brought back veteran LB Leighton Vander Esch and have talented young players like Micah Parsons and Jabril Cox, but it still feels lacking.

Barr would be a great addition as the four-time Pro Bowler has long been considered one of the best all-around linebackers in the league. Fort-Worth Star Telegram’s Clarence HIll says there’s “definitely” interest in Barr from Dallas.

“Free-agent linebacker Anthony Barr is a free-agent option for the Cowboys if the price is right, per source.” Hill wrote on May 14, 2022. “There’s definitely interest.”

There is a difference between interest and an actual move, but losing an important part of a position group can definitely close the gap. Now more than ever, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys need to pull off a linebacker move.

There is a difference between interest and an actual move, but losing an important part of a position group can definitely close the gap. Now more than ever, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys need to pull off a linebacker move.



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