Durant was set to become a free agent after the season and had been a backup player for the Cowboys, so the team decided to cut the veteran loose in order to clear a spot for practice-squad linebacker Tre'Von Johnson. It's unlikely that Durant will sign elsewhere before the campaign concludes, so he'll get an early start on the offseason as he looks to find a new home in 2018.
Durant has missed the past three games since suffering a concussion against the Chargers on Thanksgiving Day. With Durant progressing through the protocol and opening the week with a full practice, he's seemingly on track to play Sunday against the Seahawks.
Durant was able to put in a pair of full practices this week, but it appears he failed to receive clearance from an independent neurologist, which would have enabled him to return to game action. Until Durant passes that final hurdle in the concussion protocol, he won't be eligible to appear in any contests.
Durant (concussion) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Giants, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
The absence will mark Durant's second straight. As a result, Justin March-Lillard and Kyle Wilber could see some extra snaps.
Durant (concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Redskins, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Durant sustained the concussion in the Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Chargers. With Sean Lee (hamstring) also ruled out Thursday, Anthony Hitchens (groin) will likely slide over to weakside linebacker, assuming Hitchens is ultimately cleared to play.
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