The Indianapolis Colts traded defensive end Caesar Rayford to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a conditional draft pick on Tuesday, as the Cowboys continue to shore up an area of weakness heading into Week 1.
Rayford was one of the stars of August for the Colts, with five sacks and two forced fumbles in four preseason games. Before signing with the Colts as a free agent this May, he spent three seasons with the Arena Football League's Utah Blaze, totaling 22.5 sacks. The University of Washington grad had previously played with the CFL's B.C. Lions
The Cowboys, who traded for defensive end Edgar Jones from the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, may be without Anthony Spencer for the Week 1 game against the New York Giants. Spencer, the starter at left defensive end, has yet to practice following his July 25 knee surgery.
In addition to dealing Rayford, the Colts added tight end Dominique Jones to the 53-man active roster from the practice squad. Jones played in four games for the Colts a year ago, starting once, and caught one pass for eight yards.
Tight end Justice Cunningham, a seventh-round pick for the Colts this offseason, was signed to replace Jones on the practice squad.