LBs from scrap heap could prove vital for Cowboys
Ernie Sims and Brady Poppinga joined the Dallas Cowboys from the NFL scrap heap. They could end up playing important parts in trying to salvage a season.
Both times the Cowboys lost the play-calling linebacker in the middle of their defense to a season-ending injury, they turned to a veteran to fill the roster spot.
First it was Sims after Sean Lee badly damaged a toe Oct. 21 against Carolina. This week it was Poppinga after Bruce Carter dislocated his left elbow in the Thanksgiving loss to Washington.
Now Sims is a starter heading into Sunday's game against Philadelphia (3-8). Poppinga is the only backup listed at both inside linebacker spots for the Cowboys (5-6).
Dan Connor, a free agent pickup in the offseason, is the other starter.
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