FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys signed former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith on Tuesday to bolster a depleted linebacker group that lost rookie Luke Gifford to a broken arm.
Gifford was injured in the first half of a 44-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Gifford, who missed the early part of the season after breaking an ankle in a preseason game, was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
The Cowboys have already been without second-year linebacker Leighton Vander Esch because of a neck injury. It’s unclear whether he will play again this season. Veteran Joe Thomas injured a knee against the Rams.
Smith was the MVP of the 2014 Super Bowl with Seattle, returning an interception 69 yards for a touchdown and recovering a fumble in the Seahawks’ 43-8 rout of Denver.
The 30-year-old Smith was never a full-time starter in Seattle before starting 30 of 31 games in two seasons with Oakland.