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Posted: Tuesday June 2, 2009 4:54PM; Updated: Wednesday June 3, 2009 7:57AM

Cowboys release LB Ellis

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Dallas released LB Greg Ellis, ending his 11-year career with the club

Ellis recorded the eighth-most sacks in the franchise's history

The Cowboys bypassed Randy Moss to take Ellis in the 1998 draft

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IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys have released Greg Ellis, ending the linebacker's career after 11 seasons and the eighth-most sacks in club history.

Tuesday's announcement was no surprise. A week before, team owner Jerry Jones said the club was planning to cut Ellis if he couldn't be traded.

The Cowboys bypassed Randy Moss to take Ellis with the eighth overall pick in the 1998 draft. He had 77 sacks and 634 tackles over 162 games and led the team in sacks six times.

Ellis was a defensive end for most of that time, then moved to linebacker when Bill Parcells changed to a 3-4 defense. He grumbled at first, then tore his Achilles' tendon. He returned in 2007 and had his best season with 121/2 sacks in 13 games, earning NFL comeback player of the year honors.

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