Former TCU standout Stephen Hodge's dream of playing for the Cowboys has been permanently deferred.
The Cowboys are releasing him and are currently working on an injury settlement with his agent.
Hodge never even got a chance to get on the field because of injuries.
He played linebacker at TCU but was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 draft by the Cowboys and moved to safety in hopes of becoming an outstanding special teams player.
But he missed his rookie season, after playing in only one preseason contest, after undergoing complicated microfracture surgery on his left knee. A comeback this year was derailed in October when it was revealed he needed to undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee.
The Cowboys have decided its time to move on _ considering that this latest setback could be career ending. The Cowboys had hoped Hodge could be an impact special teams player because he excelled on coverage units at TCU.
If does and is able to make it back to the league, he will do so with another team.
The move is another example of the team's horrible draft class of 2009.
Of the 12 players drafted that year, only four remain on the active roster _ kicker David Buehler, quarterback Stephen McGee and linebackers Brandon Williams and Victor Butler. Tight end John Phillips injured his knee in the preseason and is on injured reserve. Four players, including Hodge, were cut from the team in the past two months, including safety Mike Hamlin, linebacker Jason Williams and guard Robert Brewster.
Brewster has since been signed back to the practice squad.
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