Cowboys add SMU-ex Sterling Moore

IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys have signed cornerback Sterling Moore off New England’s practice squad, according to the player’s Dallas-based agent, Jordan Woy, bringing the SMU-ex back to Dallas.

The Cowboys will have to make a roster move Saturday before officially adding Moore to the 53-man roster.

The Cowboys could place cornerback Orlando Scandrick or defensive end Ben Bass on injured reserve.

Scandrick had hand surgery last week and is expected to need 6-8 weeks to recover. Bass suffered a high ankle sprain in practice this week and was ruled out of Sunday’s game vs. Philadelphia.

Moore (5-foot-10, 200 pounds) spent parts of the last two seasons with the Patriots. He had 12 tackles, one pass deflection, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery before he was cut in October. He started three games last year as an undrafted rookie, making a key breakup in the final seconds of the AFC Championship.

The Cowboys will add a year to Moore’s deal, signing him through 2013.

The Cowboys need Moore because of injuries to Scandrick and safety Charlie Peprah, who is expected to need 2-3 weeks to recover from a foot injury, according to a source. Moore can play both positions.