IRVING, Texas – Six weeks ago Ernie Sims was not on an NFL roster. On Sunday he should make his third start of the season for the Cowboys against Philadelphia.
Sims will take over for Bruce Carter at inside linebacker just as he took over for Dan Connor, who had been replacing Sean Lee, for two weeks. Connor and Sims will be the Cowboys’ newest inside linebacker pairing for the foreseeable future.
“I’m just embracing the opportunity,” said Sims, who has 20 tackles this season. “I’m excited. I just can’t wait to play.”
Sims started against the Eagles in the first meeting on Nov. 11 and had five tackles. While Jay Ratliff effectively ended Michael Vick’s night with a concussion, it was Sims’ pressure on a screen that sent Vick to the sideline for good.
“The good thing is that we’ve already played them and already beaten them, so we’ve seen their hand,” Sims said. “We just have to go out there and fly around and make plays.”
That Sims extended playing time will come against the Eagles is interesting. He started 15 games for Philadelphia in 2010 as part of that organization’s never-ending search for a middle linebacker. He made 68 tackles and had two sacks.
“I miss it, to be honest with you,” Sims said of Philadelphia. “I had fun in Philly. That’s one of my favorite places to play. I was with Detroit, with the Colts and now here and still writing this story. But in Philadelphia I had fun.”