Stephen Hodge reaches injury settlement

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys have reached an injury settlement with safety Stephen Hodge, which ends his time with the organization.

Hodge, a TCU product, who was a sixth-round pick from the 2009 draft, hasn't played in a regular season game because of knee injuries.

Last year, Hodge was out for the season while undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee. He played in only one game, a preseason contest against Tennessee.

As Hodge was rehabbing from that injury this season, he suffered a setback when doctors discovered he needed to undergo knee surgery again, this time on the right knee. Hodge underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee in mid-October.

Recently fired coach Wade Phillips was fond of Hodge and hopeful he could become a force on special teams and on certain defensive packages.

However, it hasn't worked out.

When the team makes the Hodge decision official, it would mark the sixth player from the 2009 draft class that has been released. Only third rounder, tackle Robert Brewster was re-signed to the team.

The Cowboys drafted 12 players from the 2009 draft class and only five remain with the team as of today.