The Dallas Cowboys have signed offensive tackle Emmett Cleary, a move made after placing rookie defensive end Charles Tapper on the injured reserve list.
Tapper, a fourth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma, injured his back during the second week of training camp and had a setback with the injury last week.
Diagnosed with a Pars Defect,a stress fracture in the pars interarticularis of the lower lumbar vertebrae (L5), Tapper will likely miss the remainder of the season. Players on IR must miss at least eight weeks before returning.
Dallas plays San Francisco on Sunday at 4:25 p.m.
— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) September 28, 2016
Dallas took Tapper in the draft in hopes of adding a vicious pass rush to its arsenal. The defensive unit has four sacks through the first three games, tied for 21st in the league with seven other teams.
The 6-foot-3, 276-pound defensive end was highly touted out of college. He helped the Sooners contend for a national title and was described as having “effective bull-rush potential.”