Well, 2020 continues to be terrible.
At Monday morning’s practice, Cowboys’ defensive lineman Gerald McCoy went down with an apparent leg injury which was feared to be a torn ACL.
The MRI indicated that McCoy had ruptured his quadriceps tendon in his knee and just like that McCoy’s season came to an end before it began.
Based on what we saw during the first week of training camp, McCoy was going to start on the defensive line alongside DeMarcus Lawrence, recently reinstated Aldon Smith, and fellow free agency signee Dontari Poe.
Now considering McCoy’s injury, the Cowboys will have to move some guys around.
Last week, Dallas signed one of the top remaining free agents, Everson Griffen. Griffen will presumably start across from Lawrence meaning Aldon Smith will likely come off the bench. But now, with Gerald McCoy down, we could see some different looks on the line.
There are plenty of options for Dallas to consider. Tyrone Crawford is often the forgotten Cowboy. He has been apart of the defensive line for years, and he has been solid. He is the leader for taking over McCoy’s spot. But Neville Gallimore, Dallas’ third-round pick is another option.
The big-bodied rookie will have a good opportunity to see playing time this year, and playing on Dallas’ loaded defensive line could be beneficial for him. With the focus on Lawrence and Griffen, Poe, Crawford, and Gallimore could all be productive.
The moral of the story is, while this injury is not ideal, it will not destroy the team.
The Cowboys defense will not be as good as it could have been, but it will still be productive, and it will give the younger guys some opportunities.
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