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Cowboys Sign RB Sammy Morris: Place DeMarco Murray on IR

The Dallas Cowboys needed help at running back. They got it in the form of Sammy Morris, the former New England Patriot running back. The Cowboys signed the 12 year veteran on Tuesday morning.

Dallas was in dire need of running back depth after losing DeMarco Murray to a broken right ankle in the first quarter of Sunday night’s game against the New York Giants. With the  release of Tashard Choice and a season ending injury to rookie Phillip Tanner a few weeks ago, Felix Jones was the  only remaining  running back on the active roster.

Morris was a 5th round selection by the Buffalo Bills back in 2000. The former Texas Tech Red Raider has played for the Bills, Dolphins and Patriots. His best year was with New England during the 2008-09 season when he recorded 727 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. The 34 year old Morris was released by the Patriots earlier this year during training camp.

Dallas also placed safety Barry Church on IR. Church played with a shoulder injury on Sunday but it now appears he will need season-ending surgery. The Cowboys signed safety Mana Silva to replace him. Silva is an undrafted rookie who was an All-Western Athletic Conference selection at Hawaii last season after recording 76 tackles and 14 pass deflections. While at Hawaii, he set a school record with 14 career interceptions. Silva attended the Baltimore Raven’s training camp earlier this year and was placed on their practice squad until November. He was then picked up by the Buffalo Bills and placed on their practice squad before signing with Dallas Tuesday morning.

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