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Report: Cowboys expected to sign Ernie Sims

Jacob Lacey,  Ernie Sims,  Jake Scott AP

The news that the Cowboys will be without inside linebacker Sean Lee for the rest of the season has spurred the team to move quickly to find another body at the position.

Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports that veteran linebacker Ernie Sims will visit with the team on Wednesday with the expectation that he will sign with the team. Sims was the ninth overall pick of the 2006 draft for the Lions, but his stays in Detroit, Philadelphia and Indianapolis have not produced play that measures up to that lofty draft status. The fact that Sims went unsigned throughout the offseason and the first seven weeks of the regular speaks volumes about how little his efforts have impressed NFL decision makers.

Sims started four games for a bad Colts defense in 2011, but will take on a reserve role in Dallas. Dan Connor and Bruce Carter will now start at inside linebacker and the team only has undrafted rookie Orie Lemon currently on the roster behind them. Sims’ arrival won’t do much to ease the pain of losing Lee, but it will leave the Cowboys a bit better equipped the rest of the way.

Lee is set to have surgery on his toe next week, ending another promising season earlier than expected because of injury. The loss will put a lot of pressure on the Cowboys defense to maintain their performance through this point in the season since Lee was a linchpin of their work against both the pass and run this season.

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14 Responses to “Report: Cowboys expected to sign Ernie Sims”
  1. kev86 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:26 AM

    David Wilson is happy.

  2. t16rich says: Oct 24, 2012 10:30 AM

    This guy is a beauty when it comes to missing tackles.

  3. daysend564 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:43 AM

    David Wilson will still fumble

  4. johnnycash19 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:43 AM

    This guy was suppose to be the next Derrick Brook according to Rod Marinelli. Yeah…that worked out.

  5. freebird2011 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:51 AM

    Can’t cover well. Overruns the play constantly.

    Cowboys fans will love him about as much as another former Detroit Lion–Roy Williams.

  6. seanje says: Oct 24, 2012 11:23 AM

    Ernie Sims is a complete liability on defense (I was expecting a “Cowboys to (over)pursue Ernie Sims”-like title here), but he always has had the profile of a good ST guy, if he ever decides to buy in there.

  7. brmorgen82 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:23 AM

    Stick a fork in em.

  8. daysend564 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:30 AM

    It isn’t like the guy is going to play. That’s why they brought in Connor. He and Carter will start with Lemon backing them up. If Sims sees the field, it will be on ST.

  9. romoscollarbone says: Oct 24, 2012 11:33 AM

    Without Lee, playoff chances are cooked. So disappointing, he’s a gamer, but gets nicked with those stupid injuries. Like a big toe ligament, and the wrist last year.

    I’m just so down and out feeling with this team. For years they score 30pts like it’s nothing, finally get a nice Defense, and we can’t find the endzone. Maybe I’m wrong and Bruce Carter will step up, but Lee is just a PSU LB thru and thru and will be sorely missed.

  10. exibitsman says: Oct 24, 2012 12:07 PM

    He was supposed to be the next ray Lewis
    comming out of FSU in 2006 I had him rated
    as a 4th or 5th sepcial team’s type of player.

  11. jimmylions says: Oct 24, 2012 12:20 PM

    Another fine first round draft choice from Matt Millen. I hope this opportunity works out for him, because the next stop is either Canada or the arena leagues.

  12. raoool says: Oct 24, 2012 1:59 PM

    Sims hits hard – so long as it’s practice and his teammates are the target

  13. bluebagz says: Oct 24, 2012 3:10 PM

    I thought Jerry Jones learned his lesson from picking up Washed up Detroit players.

  14. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 26, 2012 10:10 PM

    No replacing Lee but Orie Lemon had a nice preseason and is the better choice IMO. Connor has been solid against the run but couldn’t cover Rob Ryan on a pass route.

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