IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys added some depth to the defensive line by churning that bottom of the roster once again.
The club signed former Colts defensive tackle Drake Nevis (6-1, 297) on Tuesday and waived Jerome Long.
Nevis, who worked out with the Cowboys last week, was a third-round pick of Indianapolis in 2011. He played in 14 games for the Colts the last two years, even started three games in 2012. The former LSU standout finished both of his first two seasons in the league on IR, with hand and back injuries the last two years.
Nevis was released at the end of this past training camp. He was claimed off waivers by the Chargers but released shortly after.
At LSU, Nevis started 18 games and was a first-team All-American in 2010. Nevis joins a Cowboys locker room that has former LSU teammates Morris Claiborne and Danny McCray. Nevis was also a teammate of Caesar Rayford, who came over from Indianapolis.
Long, who spent training camp with the Cowboys in Oxnard, was cut at the end of the preseason but then re-signed just before the first game against the Giants. Long has played the last three games for the Cowboys but has been more of a rotational player.
The Dallas Cowboys put Ben Bass on injured reserve moments ago.
He suffered a dislocated shoulder in practice on Thursday, and coach Jason Garrett initially said the team did not believe it was season-ending.
But a separated shoulder, if it requires surgery, can mean six months of recovery.
Bass is the second Cowboys defensive end lost for the season. They lost Tyrone Crawford to an Achilles injury in the first practice of training camp. Since then, they have placed defensive tackle Jay Ratliff on the physically unable to perform list, meaning he will miss at least the first six weeks.
The Dallas Cowboys acquired two defensive ends in the past week. Edgar Jones of Kansas City and Caesar Rayford of Indianapolis. Additionally, they will bring back defensive end Jerome Long (article below), who was released at the end of training camp.
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The Dallas Cowboys will bring back Jerome Long for defensive line help this week, and veteran Jason Hatcher is looking forward to it.
The Cowboys can use reinforcements with another injury this week, following a shoulder separation for Ben Bass.
“Yeah, you really don’t think about getting tired, for the most part. You’re just trying to get to the football,” Hatcher said. “It’s going to be a very tough for me, but I’m built for it. I’m in the best shape of my life. I’ve just got to go out there and take it one snap at a time. When I get tired, I trust the guys who are coming in that they’re going to do the job just like I left.”
Hatcher said Long was a solid contributor in training camp, and that Landon Cohen, who made the team, will also help.
“He understands the scheme better than anybody,” Hatcher said of Long. “He’s just one of those guys who got caught up in the numbers game. I thought he did a great job. … He can come in and spare me a lot. And you’ve got Cohen. He can play 3-technique and nose tackle. So we’re really not worried about the game at all.”
Long was a seventh-round pick of Kansas City in 2012 who spent the year with the Chiefs on the practice squad, was signed by Jacksonville at the end of the season and released in April. The Cowboys signed him in June and brought him to training camp.
Hatcher said defensive line depth matters in the NFL these days.
“It’s called red ball. They just attack you,” Hatcher said of today’s NFL offenses after he watched the Thursday night game between Denver and Baltimore. “If they know you’re a good defense and you can really get to the quarterback, they try to wear you down early in the game so you won’t have nothing left in the fourth quarter. So we’ve got to do a good job of just rotating guys, and we’ll be OK.”