DTs Blade, Stewart pleasant surprises for Cowboys

Updated: October 2, 2003, 4:16 PM ET

IRVING, Texas -- Coming into this season, Willie Blade and Daleroy Stewart had spent a combined four years drawing NFL paychecks without ever playing a down.

Now, they're quickly becoming mainstays at defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys.

Blade earned a starting spot during training camp, lost it to injury and has reclaimed it the last two weeks. Stewart has shined as a backup at both tackle spots. Together, they've shored up a position that began the season as La'Roi Glover and ...

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