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By SI Wire
December 30, 2014

The Dallas Cowboys have placed defensive tackle Henry Melton on injured reserve with a bruised knee, the team announced Tuesday.

Melton was injured in Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins.  

Melton appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys this season and made three starts. He had five sacks and recovered two fumbles.

Melton is listed on the team's depth chart as a starter alongside Nick Hayden. Terrell McClain and Tyrone Crawford are listed on the second string. 

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The Cowboys signed veteran linebacker James Anderson to take Melton's spot on the roster. Anderson was released by the New England Patriots before the season and picked up by the Atlanta Falcons, who cut him before Week 17. 

The Cowboys play the Detroit Lions on Sunday in the NFC Wild Card round. Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh had his one-game suspension overturned on Tuesday

- Dan Gartland

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