It's been a frustrating first two seasons for former TCU safety Stephen Hodge. The Cowboys linebacker has hardly practiced since the Cowboys made him a sixth-round pick in 2009. He has never played in a game -- preseason or regular season.
Hodge injured his knee before training camp last year, tried to practice in training camp and eventually needed microfracture surgery on his left knee. Microfracture is a year-long rehab, and Hodge hasn't hit the year mark yet. On Tuesday, the Cowboys placed him on the physically unable to perform list. It means he will miss at least the first six games of the regular season. They eventually could decide to place him on injured reserve again, or they could waive him.
It was obvious Tuesday that Hodge is tired of being asked when he will return. He's not sure himself.
"I'm beyond frustrated," he said. "But I've learned to handle it better."
He's had a lot of practice handling his frustration.
Hodge had never been seriously injured before last season.
-- Charean Williams