The Cowboys drafted Stephen Hodge to become a linebacker in their sub-packages and a big special teams contributor. Hodge, though, hardly got on the practice field in his 1 1/2 seasons in Dallas. The Cowboys released him Thursday.
Hodge, a sixth-round pick in 2009, had microfracture surgery on both knees while with the club. The last one came a month ago. The Cowboys weren't willing to wait out another year of rehab for Hodge to try to come back, so they reached an injury settlement with the former TCU standout.
-- Charean Williams