Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett made it a point of emphasis to mention to reporters at the NFL Meetings that re-signing defensive lineman Nick Hayden was important, reports the Dallas Morning News. "Well, we're always trying to get better and we have to get better,'' Garrett said. "We have to bring some impact players into our defense. But Nick has been such a good player for us as a leader of that defensive line and he's a really productive player. There's a lot of the dirty work but he's one of those guys who makes a lot of hits on the ball, is around the football a lot and simply makes a lot of plays. "That was an important signing for us.'' Hayden has started all 16 games with the Cowboys for two consecutive seasons. Over his seven-year career, he has 135 total tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.
Defensive tackle Nick Hayden has signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys, per ESPN. Hayden, 29, is entering his eighth season in the NFL, totaling 135 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. He has started all 16 games for two consecutive years for the Cowboys.
Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle), linebacker Rolando McClain (knee, concussion), defensive end Jeremy Mincey (concussion), linebacker Bruce Carter (knee), tight James Hanna (knee), defensive tackle Nick Hayden (shoulder), safety Jeff Heath (thumb), guard Zack Martin (ankle), running back DeMarco Murray (hand) and quarterback Tony Romo (back) were cleared to play for Sunday's divisional playoff game at Green Bay. Hitchens, McClain and Mincey were listed as questionable, while the remaining players were all considered probable.
The Cowboys listed a lengthy injury report that included four defenders listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Packers. Those included outside linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle), middle linebacker Rolando McClain (knee, concussion), defensive tackle Terrell McClain (ankle) and defensive end Jeremy Mincey (concussion). Tackle Doug Free (ankle) was the only player deemed doubtful for the game. Meanwhile, the following players were labeled probable: Outside linebacker Bruce Carter (knee), tight end James Hanna (knee), guard Zack Martin (ankle), running back DeMarco Murray (hand), quarterback Tony Romo (back), defensive tackle Nick Hayden (shoulder) and safety Jeff Heath (thumb).
Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle) and defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (illness) are active for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Lions after both players were listed as questionable to play. Hitchens has been dealing with a right high ankle sprain, while Crawford suffered an allergic reaction, putting his status in doubt Sunday. The team had nine players listed as probable for the first-round playoff matchup, and all are active, including quarterback Tony Romo (back), running back DeMarco Murray (hand), guard Zack Martin (ankle), defensive tackles Josh Brent (calf) and Nick Hayden (shoulder), linebackers Bruce Carter (knee) and Rolando McClain (knee, illness) and safeties Jeff Heath (thumb) and C.J. Spillman (groin). Dallas is a 6-point favorite at home against Detroit.