Cowboys to work out running backs, defensive tackles

Isaiah Pead, a late preseason cut by the Rams, will get a long look from the Cowboys. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

IRVING, Texas – As the Dallas Cowboys ponder moves at other positions besides quarterback, they are using the bye week to work out some players, including two running backs selected in the second round of the 2012 draft.

LaMichael James, who was most recently with the Miami Dolphins, and Isaiah Pead, who was with the St. Louis Rams, will be at the team’s Valley Ranch facility Wednesday for workouts. James was a second-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers, while the Rams took Pead in the second round. Neither lived up to the expectations with just 271 yards rushing combined in their careers.

But they could bring some help in the return game to the Cowboys if not the running game.

The Cowboys also have four defensive tackles working out: Da’Quan Bowers, Kendrick Ellis, Casey Walker and Chuka Ndulue.

Bowers was among the Tampa Bay Buccaneers final cuts and has seven career sacks. Ellis spent the first four years of his career with the New York Jets before joining the Giants in the offseason. He was cut by the Giants on Oct. 3.

Walker was most recently with the New England Patriots and has spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers. Ndulue was cut last month off the Denver Broncos’ practice squad.