Injuries leave Cowboys looking at backup OLB options

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With starting outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware ailing, and backup Victor Butler slowed by a groin strain, the Cowboys are developing contingency plans.

According to Todd Archer of, the Cowboys worked out veteran Matt Roth Wednesday, though they didn’t sign him immediately.

The 30-year-old Roth had 3.5 sacks for the Jaguars last year before he was placed on injured reserve with a concussion. He worked out with the Bengals last offseason but didn’t sign. He wasn’t in camp with a team this summer, but has some background with the Cowboys coaching staff.

He had 7.5 sacks in two seasons with the Browns, playing under current Cowboys coordinator Rob Ryan.

Neither Ware nor Butler practiced Wednesday, but both are expected to play in Sunday’s win-or-else game against the Redskins.