The Dallas Cowboys acted quickly in making a move to ease their problems at cornerback by trading defensive tackle Ben Bass to New England Patriots for cornerback Justin Green.
It helps bolster a position that is reeling from the loss of cornerback Orlando Scandrick, who has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 for using a banned substance.
Green, who played in college at Illinois, was a member of the Patriots practice squad for much of last season after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. He was active for two games in 2013.
He comes to Dallas to compete with Sterling Moore, B.W. Webb and Terrance Mitchell for a spot on the Cowboys roster for the first four games behind starters Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr.
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Bass has been sidelined with hamstring issues for much of camp this season and was fading on the depth charter. He signed with the Cowboys in 2012 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Texas A&M.
Bass was cut in camp, but spent much of the season on the practice before being called up to the active roster for two games in November.
He spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve.