Cowboys add linebacker Elliott from Packers amidst injury woes

Josh Challies
Josh Challies
Josh Challies
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The Dallas Cowboys are under pressure ahead of the new NFL season, as the franchise are plagued with suspension and injury issues with their up-and-coming tie against the Houston Texans this weekend.

Anthony Hitchens is listed as the Cowboys starter in the middle linebacker position this season as well as the back-up to Sean Lee but he’s expected to be absent due to injury for around a month, so they need more depth to prevent themselves for enduring a defensive disaster.

The capture of linebacker Jay Elliott gives the Cowboys the depth they’re looking for and the NFL stated he’s moved in a trade that sees an undisclosed 2018 draft pick handed to the Green Bay Packers in return, in what is a significant move.

Elliott has appeared in 38 games over the course of the past three seasons and was back-up to Clay Matthews Jr in Green Bay, where he mostly played in Dime and Nickel set-ups whilst also appearing on special teams for kick-off.

Boasting 57 tackles, four sacks, one interception and one forced fumble over that span of games, Elliott certainly has the ability to be a strong defensive asset for the Cowboys when called upon this season and gives the play-off hopefuls significant depth.

His versatility also means he can be utilised in a defensive end role, which could be crucial due to the amount of suspensions usually issued in that position over the course of the season and fans can expect to see him play in a variety of areas this campaign.

It follows a busy weekend for the Cowboys as they finalised their 53-man squad for the new season, with stand-out pieces of business including the cut of quarter-back Kellen Moore; who’s expected to re-sign once tight end Rico Gathers moves to an injured reserve position.