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Justin Durant | Linebacker

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 230
College: Hampton
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Cowboys declared SLB Justin Durant, DT Ken Bishop, OT Donald Hawkins, OT Darrion Weems, DE Anthony Spencer, DE Lavar Edwards and QB Dustin Vaughan inactive for Week 2 against the Titans.
Durant is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a groin injury. Rookie Anthony Hitchens is taking his place in the middle. Spencer remains week to week. Sep 14 - 11:42 AM

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Cowboys SLB Justin Durant is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a groin injury.

Durant played middle linebacker in the preseason and was named the defensive captain after MLB Sean Lee went down, but he shifted to the SAM spot in Week 1 with Rolando McClain ready to play a bigger role. The Cowboys' already thin linebacker corps takes another hit. Look for Kyle Wilber to fill in for Durant.
Sep 10 - 9:17 AM

The Cowboys may open the season with Justin Durant as their lone every-down linebacker.

The team is reportedly considering a committee approach at the two other positions. Whether Durant's position will be middle or weak-side linebacker also remains unsettled. Fourth-round rookie Anthony Hitchens, Rolando McClain, Kyle Wilber, and Bruce Carter are all competing for complementary snaps.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 29 - 3:41 PM

According to ESPN Dallas, the Cowboys are "unsure" about MLB Justin Durant's coverage ability.

This may be a nice way of saying they think Durant can't cover, though he did rate positively in Pro Football Focus' 2013 pass-coverage grades. Still, Dallas' Mike 'backer job is open to competition, and it's possible Durant will wind up as a two-down player. His IDP sleeper appeal hangs in the balance.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 16 - 9:11 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer says Justin Durant will "likely be the first-team middle linebacker" when Cowboys camp opens.

The Cowboys took a flier on former first-round pick Rolando McClain, but Archer believes it is a long-shot McClain is ready to go early in camp. Even though he is the de facto starter, Durant is not completely comfortable in the middle. When asked if the Mike linebacker spot was his strongest, Durant said, "Probably not, just because I’m not as familiar with middle as outside."
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 3 - 5:33 PM

ESPN Dallas expects Justin Durant to be the Cowboys' Week 1 starter at middle linebacker.

Durant was viewed as a possible cap casualty prior to Sean Lee (ACL) going down, but has been getting first-team reps over DeVonte Hollman and rookie Anthony Hitchens. He's the early favorite to start at MIKE. Durant doesn't even have a guaranteed roster spot, but should be treated as a deep IDP sleeper.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 6 - 7:15 PM

The Cowboys are giving Justin Durant first-team reps at middle linebacker during OTAs.

Dallas has little idea what it's going to do to replace Sean Lee (ACL tear), and is mixing and matching before training camp. Durant was tentatively expected to be released earlier this offseason, but he's needed now. He'll battle DeVonte Hollman and rookie Anthony Hitchens for starting Mike linebacker reps.
Jun 2 - 1:41 PM

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.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 10 - 5:40 PM

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

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