The Dallas Cowboys were already shorthanded on the defensive line, but felt confident enough in Ben Bass to trade Sean Lissemore in the preseason. The team’s official website reported on Sept. 7 that the Cowboys placed Ben Bass on the Injured Reserve list, ending his season.
Bass dislocated his left shoulder two days ago and it looked like he would miss about a month of the season. Despite the chance of being a starter this year, Dallas chose to go ahead and place Bass on the IR list. It wasn’t because of the MRI from Friday that cost Bass his season, but because Dallas needed his roster spot right now to compete.
With Tyron Crawford already on the IR, and Jay Ratliff out for the first half of the season on the PUP, there is now a lot of question marks on that defensive line, especially with Anthony Spencer still out after his offseason knee surgery.
To cover for the loss of Ben Bass, Dallas signed defensive tackle Jerome Long, one of the last players that Dallas cut when they dropped down to 53 players. Long, is a 6-foot-4, 297-pound defensive tackle out of San Diego State.