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Williams to IR; Cowboys Add Versatile Guard


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys have added some veteran experience to the guard position, signing journeyman Caleb Benenoch, a fourth-year pro with 22 career starts. 

Benenoch spent the first three full years of his career with the Bucs, and even the first game of the season in 2019 with Tampa Bay before being released. He has spent two weeks each with New England and Carolina but was a free agent when the Cowboys signed him this week. 

He will fill the open roster spot created when Connor Williams was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Williams missed just one game after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery but then returned for two games, including Thursday's loss to the Bills. In that game, Williams suffered the latest knee injury that will not only end his season, but have him rehabbing the injury for most of the offseason. 

As for the rest of the season, it's likely the Cowboys will turn to veteran Xavier Su'a-Filo, who started one game this year against Detroit. He filled in for Williams on Thursday but struggled in relief, giving up a sack and fumble on his second play in the game. 

Coincidentally, Su'a-Filo and Benenoch were college teammates at UCLA. Benenoch will likely serve as a backup at several positions. He has played both tackle and guard and head coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys covet his position flex and said he will likely do both with the Cowboys. 

Other backups on the offensive line include tackles Cameron Fleming and Brandon Knight, who has some experience at guard as well.