The Cowboys are bringing in three free agents for look-sees today. Offensive guard/center Jeff Baca, linebacker Tim Dobbins and linebacker Will Smith will undergo physicals, could work out, and are possibilities for the Cowboys to sign, according to a source.
The Cowboys have obvious needs at offensive guard and at linebacker with injuries to starting left guard Ron Leary and starting weakside linebacker Justin Durant.
Durant has a torn biceps and likely is out for the season, and Leary has a groin strain.
Smith was a seventh-round pick of the Cowboys this season. He was released before the season and lasted four days on the practice squad.
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Dobbins, 31, has played for the Chargers, Dolphins and Texans in 10 previous NFL seasons. He has 14 career starts.
The Cowboys have six linebackers on their roster besides Durant, including two rookies and Cameron Lawrence, who has played only three defensive snaps.
“We’re still involved in that process and gathering the information about where [Durant] is, how severe the injury is and what the timetable is for the injury,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday. “Obviously all hands on deck at the linebacker position when he goes down and one of our practice squad players is dealing with an injury as well, so we need to get some bodies in here and figure out what their roles are based on how capable they are.”
Baca, who started 45 games at UCLA, including 25 at guard, was a sixth-round pick of the Vikings in 2013. He played in four games for Minnesota last season. The Bengals released Baca from their practice squad earlier this month.
Mackenzy Bernadeau, who replaced Leary on Monday night, has started 27 games for the Cowboys the past two seasons. But with only Bernadeau and Zack Martin healthy at the guard position, though Garrett said tackle Tony Hills is capable of playing guard.