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August 31, 2012

Jerry Jones says Cowboys acquired Ryan Cook for offensive line depth but hopes 'you see him in a lot of games'

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team traded for Ryan Cook to boost the depth in the offensive line, but then again, “Hopefully, you see him in a lot of games this year.”

The Cowboys have not announced the trade, but it is believed they are sending a seventh-round pick to Miami for the seventh-year veteran.

“He’s been a starter. He’s got some length about him. He’s about 6-5, has some good, long arms, and all of that is a positive for him,” Jones said Friday on his radio show on KRLD 105.3 FM The Fan. “He plays center and can play guard and has played both. That’s a good positive for him.”

Cook, 29, was a second-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. He started three games at center as a rookie and started 30 games over the next two years at left tackle. He moved to guard after that, but started only seven games.

The Dolphins acquired him on waivers in 2011, and he appeared in six games.

“We saw him the other night play, get some snaps,” Jones said. “We knew that there was a possibility here. We really evaluated him during the ballgame.”

Jones said the Cowboys had to shore up the offensive line depth because second-year guard Kevin Kowalski (ankle) is not close to a return. Also, the team waived second-year guard Bill Nagy, who had ankle surgery.

“This, really, in my mind, is done and was done for our depth,” Jones said. “Plus, he’s very capable because he’s started in several games in the NFL. He is very capable of competing. Hopefully, you’ll see him in a lot of games this year.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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