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Justin Durant | Linebacker

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 228
College: Hampton
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ESPN Dallas expects the Cowboys to release LB Justin Durant this offseason.
The move would save Dallas $1.25 million in cap room. Durant appeared in 10 games (six starts) this season, finishing with just 24 tackles. He also struggled with a hamstring issue and was placed on injured reserve in Week 15. The Cowboys are expected to go with converted DE Kyle Wilber as an in-house replacement for Durant. Jan 10 - 5:40 PM
Source: ESPN Dallas

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Cowboys placed LB Justin Durant on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

Sidelined from Weeks 11-14, Durant managed just nine snaps in Sunday's loss to the Packers before re-injuring his hamstring. It's a terribly timed blow for the Cowboys, who could be without ILB Sean Lee (neck) for the rest of the season. Durant finishes with 10 appearances, including six starts. Playing on a two-year deal, the former Lion tallied 24 tackles, and was generally ineffective against the run. Durant's affordable 2014 salary ($1.25 million) likely means he'll be back in Big D.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 04:36:00 PM

Cowboys LB Justin Durant was forced from Dallas' Week 15 game against the Packers with a hamstring injury, and will not return.

It's terrible news for the Cowboys' linebacker corps, as Durant was returning from a three-game absence. Eddie Lacy is going to have a big second half.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 06:15:00 PM

Cowboys LB Justin Durant (hamstring) will be out 3-4 weeks.

It's awful timing for Durant as he would have seen an increased roll thanks to Sean Lee's hamstring injury. Instead, the Cowboys will have to lean on Ernie Sims and Kyle Bosworth next to Bruce Carter.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 09:47:00 AM

Cowboys LB Justin Durant left Sunday night's Week 10 game against the Saints with a hamstring injury.

He's been ruled out for the rest of the game. It's the second starting linebacker the Cowboys have lost on Sunday night, with Sean Lee also out with a hamstring injury. Ernie Sims and Kyle Bosworth will see the majority of snaps next to Bruce Carter.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 10:51:00 PM

Cowboys SLB Justin Durant returned to practice on Thursday.

Durant hadn't practiced since signing with the club because of a minor hamstring tweak. He was immediately inserted as the first-team SAM linebacker, where he projects to start next to Sean Lee and Bruce Carter in the Cowboys' new 4-3 defense.
Thu, May 30, 2013 02:47:00 PM

Cowboys agreed to terms with LB Justin Durant, formerly of the Lions, on a two-year contract.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal won't become official until the Cowboys can clear some more cap space. Recent estimates have had Big D barely $100,000 below the cap. Coming off a 103-tackle campaign for the Lions, Durant will book-end Bruce Carter on the outside, leaving Sean Lee to man the middle. Durant graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 18 4-3 outside linebacker last season. It's a cost-efficient, if low-impact signing for the cap-strapped Cowboys.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 01:25:00 PM

Free agents SLB Justin Durant and S Will Allen took physicals for the Cowboys on Monday.

Free agent FS Michael Huff was also in town, but he didn't undergo a medical screening. The Cowboys have zero wiggle room under the salary cap, so a deal for either player is unlikely to happen right now.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 08:13:00 PM

MLive.com expects the Lions to "move on" from free agent SLB Justin Durant.

The sides originally had mutual interest in a new deal, but Detroit has since re-signed DeAndre Levy and begun talking up other players. Durant is visiting the Cowboys on Monday, which will be his first visit of free agency.
Source: MLive.com
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 09:49:00 AM

Free agents SLB Justin Durant and S Will Allen will visit the Cowboys on Monday.

The Cowboys are starting to get in on the action a little bit now that it's dumpster-diving season on the free-agent market. Durant, 28, started 14 games for the Lions last season and racked up 103 tackles. Allen, 31 in June, started seven games for the Steelers and registered 34 tackles and three pass breakups.
Sun, Mar 24, 2013 01:13:00 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger reports the Giants have expressed interest in free agent LB Justin Durant.

New York is intent on overhauling its linebacker corps. In addition to Durant, they've shown interest in free agents Rey Maualuga and Jasper Brinkley. Durant played strong-side 'backer in Detroit for the past two seasons. If signed, Mathias Kiwanuka could move back down to defensive end.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 02:36:00 PM

Free agent SLB Justin Durant reiterated his desire to re-sign with the Lions.

"I definitely want to come back to the Lions and I hope we’ll be able to get something going," he said. This is Durant's third time through free agency. Since joining the Lions in 2011, Durant has started 26-of-29 games played.
Sat, Mar 2, 2013 12:33:00 PM

Lions impending free agent SLB Justin Durant wants to re-sign with the team.

"Hopefully we get something worked out to where I'm back in Detroit. I love the city, I love the fans, love playing there," said Durant. At 27 years old, Durant is coming off the best season of his career which saw him register 103 tackles. He is also one of 12 free agents on defense for the Lions.
Sun, Jan 27, 2013 10:01:00 AM

The Detroit News believes the Lions will be unable to re-sign both SLB Justin Durant and WLB DeAndre Levy this offseason.

Both linebackers are among the eight Lions starters slated to hit unrestricted free agency. Travis Lewis and Tahir Whitehead, both selected late in the 2012 draft, are viewed as potential replacements in the starting lineup.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 03:52:00 PM

Lions SLB Justin Durant played sparingly in Sunday's win due to a pulled hamstring.

Durant did not record a tackle as Bobby Carpenter filled in for the majority of the game. The severity of Durant's pull is unknown.
Mon, Dec 12, 2011 10:28:00 AM

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