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Ex-Cowboy Carver To Play in CFL

May 26, 2000 GMT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Shante Carver, a former first-round pick of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, will attempt to return to professional football this season with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end, who started for Dallas’ 1996 Super Bowl squad and had five tackles in the 27-17 victory over Pittsburgh, signed with the CFL club Friday.

Carver, 29, was Dallas’ first-round draft pick in 1994, and the first pick made by owner Jerry Jones after he fired coach Jimmy Johnson.

Carver never lived up to expectations and in 1996, he was suspended for the first six games of the season after a second violation of the NFL’s substance abuse program. He was released by the Cowboys after the 1997 season and has been out of football the past two seasons.

``It’s a little bit of a roll of the dice but Shante is in shape and he is hungry,″ said Greg Mohns, the Lions’ head coach. ``Obviously his desire is to get back to the NFL, which I don’t have a problem with.

``When you have a player with that kind of motivating factor, he could end up being a difference maker.″