With DE Tyrone Crawford out for the season with a torn achilles, defensive tackle Jay Ratliff on the physically unable to perform list because a strained hamstring and defensive Anthony Spencer day to day with a bone bruise, the Cowboys acknowledge a need for help and added numbers on the defensive line.
The Cowboys will scan the waiver wire for possible additions for depth purposes but they will look to the current players on the roster to step up and help fill the void. If they need to add a veteran like John Abraham or Richard Seymour, it will be at the end of the preseason, a source said.
"Injuries provide opportunity," coach Jason Garrett said. "We have a lot of young guys who we like. Guys we want to see more of. This gives them a chance to show us what they can do."
The Cowboys will look to guys like Cameron Sheffield to step up at end behind Spencer, DeMarcus Ware and Kyle Wilber and former Texas A&M tackle Ben Bass to fill the void inside. There is a chance Bass could get a look at end but the Cowboys are holding off on that right now.
"Right now we’re just staying where we’re at right now," defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said. "We might do some of that, but not yet. We’ve just got to get it down. We don’t have guys playing double positions right now and stuff. Not yet."