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Cowboys sign veteran linebacker Justin Durant

Linebacker Justin Durant (52) has reunited with the Cowboys, signing a one-year deal.
Linebacker Justin Durant (52) has reunited with the Cowboys, signing a one-year deal. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys signed veteran linebacker Justin Durant to a one-year contract Monday.

The team needed help at the position after the NFL suspended Rolando McClain for 10 games on June 30. Durant, who turns 31 in September, will compete for playing time with Anthony Hitchens and Andrew Gachkar, among others, at middle linebacker.

The Cowboys have not made a decision about McClain’s future, the Star-Telegram reported last week, though owner Jerry Jones remains supportive of McClain. The addition of Durant gives the team more depth at the position, possibly clearing the way for McClain’s release in the future.

Durant played two seasons in Dallas, starting 16 games, including at middle linebacker. He spent last season in Atlanta, but is a free agent after one season with the Falcons.

Durant’s health is a concern, though.

The Falcons cut Durant in February despite his 82 tackles in 13 games. He had nagging injuries last season, just as he did during his two seasons in Dallas.

Durant missed six games in 2013 with hamstring and groin injuries and 10 games in 2014 with calf, elbow and eventually a torn right biceps that landed him on injured reserve.

He finished his two-year career with the Cowboys with 73 tackles, five pass breakups and an interception.

The Cowboys waived defensive tackle Casey Walker to make room for Durant on the roster.

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