Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys guard Nate Livings (71) on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Livings Released By Cowboys; But The Door Is Still Open

The Dallas Cowboys made several moves over the weekend. One of those moves was to place guard Nate Livings on the season-ending IR list. On Thursday, the Cowboys amended that agreement by releasing Livings from IR, paying him an injury settlement and releasing him from the team entirely. But that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the end of Livings.

As per the terms of his injury settlement, Livings can return the the Cowboys in early November if the team needs him. If he joins another team in that time, Dallas doesn’t have to pay him as much. Livings signed a five year, $19 million deal as a free agent from in 2012 from the Cincinnati Bengals. Last month, it was revealed he had a degenerative knee issue as he has had two related knee surgeries this year alone.

With the signing of All-Pro guard Brian Waters, Livings became expendable. Guards MacKenzy Bernadeau and Ron Leary are expect to compete for that other starting guard position. With this move, the Cowboys have insurance in case any other guard is lost to injury. At the very least, if Livings signs elsewhere, they should have enough cap room to sign another quality player.

Also released to day was defensive end Travis Chappelear. He was also on the team’s IR list with a seas0n-ending injury which he suffered in the preseason.

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