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UT ex Chris Whaley will miss another season after tearing Achilles

Defensive tackle Chris Whaley (64) tore his Achilles during Monday’s practice.
Defensive tackle Chris Whaley (64) tore his Achilles during Monday’s practice. Dallas Morning News

If Chris Whaley didn’t have bad luck, he wouldn’t have any luck.

The Cowboys defensive tackle tore his left Achilles’ tendon in practice Monday, according to a source. He will miss the season.

Whaley was carted off near the end of practice, and team doctors feared the worst. Tests confirmed the bad news.

The former University of Texas standout spent last season on injured reserve rehabbing after tearing three ligaments in his left knee and dislocating his kneecap during the West Virginia game as a senior.

The Cowboys will likely replace Whaley’s roster spot with a running back after Joseph Randle departed practice Monday with a strained oblique. Dallas worked out running backs Tim Cornett (UNLV) and Demetrius Bronson (Eastern Washington) last week. Former Texas A&M running back Ben Malena, who worked out for the Texans last week, also is a possibility since he knows the team’s offense.

Malena signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent a year ago. But he injured his quadriceps in the Cowboys’ first preseason game against the Chargers, and he was waived/injured.

The Cowboys, though, also are thin at defensive tackle, with Terrell McClain (bone bruise, hamstring) and Nick Hayden (ribs)out.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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