The Cowboys have received an unfortunate update on the injury front. Linebacker Devante Bond suffered a knee injury in OTAs which will require season-ending surgery, per ESPN’s Todd Archer (Twitter link).
Bond, 28, spent time last year on Dallas’ practice squad. He would have been in competition to land on the backend of the Cowboys’ roster, which has seen plenty of changes in the edge rush department. Most notably, the team is looking to replace Randy Gregory, who backed out of an extension to sign in Denver. The team has added Dante Fowler in free agency, and drafted Sam Williams in the second round to try and offset the loss.
A sixth-round pick in 2016, Bond began his career in Tampa Bay. He started six of 29 contests with the Buccaneers, after losing his entire rookie campaign due to a hamstring injury. In 2019, he was released days before it came out that he was being suspended for PED usage. He finished out the season in Chicago.
That offseason, the Bears re-signed him, though it didn’t lead to much in the way of playing time. Bond saw the field for just nine special teams snaps. Over the course of his career, he has totaled 39 tackles and has yet to register a sack. While today’s news leaves a vacancy on the Cowboys’ roster, it may therefore also leave his NFL future in doubt.