Sport Jason Garrett explains Cowboys starting NT Stephen Paea’s abrupt retirement

15:56  13 october  2017
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Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett addressed the media on Thursday during the team’ s bye week and addressed questions over the sudden retirement of defensive tackle Stephen Paea .

The Cowboys are down a defensive starter after Stephen Paea ' s surprising decision to retire . Paea went into Jason Garrett 's office on Tuesday and informed the Cowboys coach that he would be hanging up his cleats for "We had a good conversation [on Tuesday] and he explained all that to me.

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Though the Cowboys are idle this weekend, there are no bye weeks for America's Team. The news keeps coming and coming … and coming.

And almost lost among Jerry Jones' national anthem thoughts and Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension is that starting defensive lineman Stephen Paea, 29, abruptly retired this week.

“He came in here and he had a knee injury that was preventing him from practicing and playing at the level that he felt like was up to his standard throughout his career,” coach Jason Garrett told reporters Thursday (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram). “We had a good conversation yesterday and he explained all that to me. He was working through it for the last few weeks trying to get himself back but simply wasn’t able to do that.”

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e Cowboys defense will also be without starting nose tackle Stephen Paea , who has mana Fantasy football sit/ start advice, Week 5: Jason Witten.

Paea, a seven-year NFL veteran in his first season in Dallas, started the Cowboys' first four games at nose tackle, registering seven tackles and three quarterback pressures but was inactive against the Packers because of his knee problem.

According to the Star-Telegram, Paea's abrupt retirement leaves the Cowboys, 2-3 and chasing the 5-1 Eagles in the NFC East, with Maliek Collins and Brian Price as the only true interior defensive linemen on the roster. David Irving, at 6-foot-7 more of an end, got several plays at nose tackle against the Packers, showing his versatility, but the Cowboys likely will be looking to add DT depth, with practice squad players Lewis Neal and Richard Ash potential internal candidates.

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