IRVING, Texas – The injury sustained today by defensive lineman Ben Bass is likely going to sideline him for at least a few weeks.
Bass dislocated his left shoulder during Thursday’s practice, and he will undergo an MRI on Friday. The early prognosis is that Bass will miss anywhere from two to four weeks.
This puts even more pressure on an already thin group of defensive tackles. Bass and Jay Ratliff are currently injured, and the Cowboys traded Sean Lissemore to San Diego on Sunday. That leaves Landon Cohen as the only reserve defensive tackle on the current roster, behind starters Jason Hatcher and Nick Hayden.
Ratliff is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list nursing an injury, which makes him unavailable until at least Week 7.
Bass finished the 2012 season on the injured reserve with an ankle injury. He was on the Cowboys’ practice squad for the first 10 weeks of the season, and he saw playing time in two games. The former Texas A&M standout signed with the Cowboys after a three-day tryout during the team’s rookie minicamp in May 2012.
Bass is one of two current Cowboys from nearby Plano West High School, along with newly-acquired linebacker Kyle Bosworth.