By Mike Fisher | @FishSports

IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) — The promising football career of young linebacker DeVonte Holloman is over, the result of a neck-related problem that has plagued him this summer and maybe last season, too, when he missed seven Cowboys games due to injury.

“DeVonte got information back from the doctors,” coach Jason Garrett announced Thursday, “and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to play football any more. This becomes an easy decision for him and his family when you’re dealing with that kind of an injury.

“He’s going to go forward and live a happy, healthy life.”

Holloman, 23, was a sixth-round pick in 2013 who sustained a spinal contusion a year ago but otherwise excelled as a special-teamer and linebacker prospect. He started the last two games at middle linebacker for the ’13 Cowboys, recording two sacks and leading the team with 11 tackles in the season finale against the Eagles.

“It’s a very challenging, difficult thing for a young man who has dreams of being an NFL football player (and) achieves those dreams,” said Garrett, who has invited Holloman to remain with the club in some capacity. “I told him this morning, ‘You’re a 10-year player in my mind. You’ll be for a long, long time.’ He just has everything you want. He has physical ability, he’s tough and has good feel for the game.”

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