IRVING, Texas -- With Sean Lee and Justin Durant out at least two more games because of hamstring strains, the Dallas Cowboys took a look at two veteran free agent linebackers on Monday.
Jamar Chaney, who was cut by the Atlanta Falcons last month, and Jonathan Goff, who has not played since 2010, worked out for the Cowboys at Valley Ranch. Chaney spent three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before his release over the summer. He was cut by Atlanta last month.
Goff had his 2011 and ’12 seasons ended after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament twice. In 2011 he was with the New York Giants. In 2012 he was with the Washington Redskins.
With three division games left in the final six weeks, it can’t be a coincidence that both players have NFC East ties.
The Cowboys added linebacker Taylor Reed to the practice squad to provide some depth in case of emergency. He was among the Cowboys' final cuts over the summer.
Coach Jason Garrett would not rule out Lee from Sunday’s game against the Giants, but that’s more because of how he deals with injuries than a significant improvement by Lee. Garrett acknowledged that Ernie Sims would play inside linebacker in Lee’s absence.
“He had a productive weekend,” Garrett said of Lee. “When everyone else was on a bye, he was working hard to get himself back. He was in good spirits today. We will see how he does as the week goes on.”