Roughly a week after Stephen Paea informed the Dallas Cowboys that he intended to retire because of a knee injury, the Cowboys have finally found their replacement on the defensive line.
The Cowboys announced on Saturday that they’d be elevating Richard Ash from the practice squad to the 53-man roster to take Paea’s vacated spot, according to a report from ESPN.com’s Todd Archer.
A Western Michigan product, Ash was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015 by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He made the Jaguars practice squad as a rookie and was activated for the final game of the season. In 2016, he made the practice squad again and was eventually elevated to their 53-man roster for a month before being relegated back to the practice squad.
The Cowboys signed him to their active roster off the Jaguars practice squad for the final week of the 2016 season. From there, he landed a futures deal and landed on the Cowboys practice squad, where he’s remained since September.
Ash has dressed in a total of three games and has now made 6 total tackles during his career. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound defensive tackle should provide depth behind David Irving and Maliek Collins.
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