Cowboys' options for Durant's absence

With Justin Durant looking at a three-to-four week absence because of a groin injury, the Dallas Cowboys have to decide whether they want to make two moves for one spot.

If they do, then Bruce Carter would slide back to weak-side linebacker with Kyle Wilber taking over on the strong side. If they don’t, then Anthony Hitchens would replace Durant.

During the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday, Hitchens worked with the starters with Carter on the strong side and Rolando McClain in the middle.

“We’ll look at all options, we really will,” coach Jason Garrett said.

Hitchens worked most of the spring at middle linebacker as the Cowboys looked for a replacement for Sean Lee, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in May. In training camp he worked mostly at weak-side linebacker.

Hitchens played five snaps in Sunday’s season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. Wilber played only four.

“Those guys need to have some position flex,” Garrett said. “You never know what happens during the game. You need to be able to put him in a couple different spots. You really hamstring yourself if a backup linebacker can only play this particular spot, so he’s been training at both those spots.”

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