Cowboys suffer another blow on defense


DeVonte Holloman (at left) is giving up football. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Things aren’t improving for the Dallas Cowboys defense.

In the latest blow, linebacker DeVonte Holloman suffered a neck injury that will likely end his career, Coach Jason Garrett told reporters Thursday.

“I don’t know anything medical about it. I don’t know that much about it, specific things in regards to that. But it has to do with his neck and he had that injury last year, and dealt with it again this year,” Garrett said (via DallasNews.com). “And it’s a very challenging, difficult thing for a young man who has dreams of being an NFL football player, achieves those dreams. And I told him this morning, I said, ‘You’re a 10-year player in my mind, you were gonna play for a long, long time.'”

Holloman, a sixth-round pick in 2013, missed seven games last season because of a spinal contusion. An option to replace Sean Lee, who was lost for the season on the first day of organized team activities, Holloman was injured in the preseason game against Baltimore. At 23, Holloman will walk away from the game.

“This becomes an easy decision for him and his family,” Garrett said, “when you’re dealing with that kind of an injury.”

DeMarcus Lawrence, the rookie defensive end the Cowboys moved up to draft 34th overall, will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot in practice. The team released Ware, their all-time sacks leader, in a salary-cap move in March. He was snapped up by the Denver Broncos.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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