IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys' 2009 draft class might go down as one of the worst in recent memory.
Stephen Hodge, a sixth-round pick from that class, who missed the 2009 season when he underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee, had the same procedure done on his right knee on Thursday.
The Cowboys and Hodge were hoping he would be able to do something this season, but the TCU product's knees haven't cooperated.
It's expected that Hodge will need another year away from football to rehab. This is a sad story for a good guy who is always playful with his teammates and reporters. He's always working out on the side with the rehab guys and still attends meetings and games.
"I'm really disappointed for [him]," coach Wade Phillips said. "He had the microfracture surgery and was out a long, long time. We saw a lot of good things in him, held him around in PUP and hoped he would come back and now he had the microfracture surgery on the other leg. Just tough, tough time for him injury-wise."
The Cowboys wanted Hodge to play special teams and possibly be a linebacker/safety in the dime package. It's never happened.
"Guys can come back," Phillips said. "The medical things they do now can get them back. So [Holecek] ended up having a productive career. It can happen but it's certainly unfortunate for a guy who hadn't played at all in the NFL."