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Cowboys LB Group Gets Even Thinner w/ Devante Bond’s Injury

The Cowboys aren't exactly flush with depth right now at . With the position already thin due to existing health concerns from other players, Dallas has now lost veteran for the season after a major knee in last week's practices.

Bond was a 6th-Round pick by Tampa Bay in 2016. He spent four seasons bouncing between the Bucs' roster and , appearing in 29 games and starting six. He also spent some time with the from 2019-2020.

The Cowboys signed Devante to their practice squad last December as they closed the season and prepared for the . He was re-signed in January to return and compete for a job.

Given his experience, Bond had a decent chance of making the team for at least the start of 2022. Right now your only locks to be on the active roster in Week One are , , and .

is expected back, having just recently declared that he should be healthy for the start of training camp. The Cowboys' exciting LB prospect suffered his own season-ending knee injury last October.

Until Cox does return and prove he's ready, though, Dallas has to think about other potential options. They also know that rookie , a 5th-Round pick last April, may not play at all in 2022 follow spine surgery. His best-case scenario is to be activated sometime late in the year and get some limited experience.

Devante Bond was the only other experienced option currently on the roster. The other hopefuls are all rookies; 6th-Round pick and undrafted and Storey Jackson.

One mitigating factor here is the Cowboys' use of safeties in a hybrid role. saw time last year from a traditional linebacker spot and UDFA is also reportedly getting similar reps there. That flexibility will reduce the workload on the actual linebackers.

If Parsons, Vander Esch, Cox, and Gifford are all healthy for Week One then Dallas should be able to get by. But if they take anymore losses at the position, and especially to one of those four, then the Cowboys will likely be in the market for some additional talent.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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lonewolfz28

No surprise there. Bond is hurt just about as often as he’s healthy. Even when healthy, he’s not all that impressive.

Maybe time to give some down roster Safeties (Tyler Coyle, Juanyeh Thomas, and/or Israel Mukuamu) some extra snaps at LB?

VAM

Wow, just think if one of those two coveted CBs were available to them in that draft, and MP would be with another team now. This defense without Parsons? OUCH!

THEY GOT VERY LUCKY.

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