Cyclones in the NFL: Dallas Cowboys activate Josh Brent, cut Tim Dobbins


Just weeks after signing former Iowa State linebacker Tim Dobbins, the Dallas Cowboys have waived the player while activating defensive tackle Josh Brent.

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Multiple reports (such as CBS Sports) confirmed the announcement by the Cowboys on Tuesday.

"The Cowboys announced Tuesday they activated defensive tackle Josh Brent from the reserve/suspended list. To clear a roster spot, the Cowboys waived linebacker Tim Dobbins."

Dobbins was signed by the Cowboys on October 29th after the team lost Justin Durant for the year. It was only for emergency purposes as they were expecting to bring in Brent later on. Originally, head coach Jason Garrett was waiting for Brent to get back into shape after getting reinstated by the league, and now it looks like it’s close for him to return.

Brent has finished a 10-game suspension after he killed teammate Jerry Brown, Jr. back in 2012. The defensive tackle was charged with intoxication manslaughter back in January. There is no exact timetable for when Brent will be ushered back out onto the field.

No stats were logged for Dobbins, who hasn’t played in a regular season NFL game since 2012 with the Houston Texans. Dobbins was signed by the Atlanta Falcons back on June 18th and did play in preseason action, but didn’t make the cut.

Dobbins was released by the Falcons on August 31st to make room for their waiver pickup, Nate Stupar, which was a higher value in their eyes. Dobbins still sits with career stats of 253 tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions.

At 31 years old and being almost two full years out of the league (not including preseason), we could be seeing the end of the former Cyclones linebacker’s career. Hopefully he’ll still get another shot in the near future.