The Dallas Cowboys will be without a couple of recognizable names, at least for a little while.
Among the team’s roster moves after the final cutdown was offensive lineman La’el Collins and linebacker Sean Lee headed to injured reserve. Collins is dealing with a hip injury and Lee has a pelvis injury and hadn’t practiced much during training camp.
The Cowboys also placed wide receiver Ventell Bryant on IR, and signed linebackers Joe Thomas and Justin March, and cornerback C.J. Goodwin to fill the empty spots.
The good news for the Cowboys is that with the special 2020 injured reserve rules, those players can return after three weeks.
La’el Collins dealing with hip injury
Even though the absences will be short, they are significant, especially in Collins’ case.
Collins had returned to practice after starting camp on the PUP list, but the Cowboys are being careful with their starting right tackle. Collins famously fell out of the draft in 2015 after he was questioned by police in a shooting death, though he was later cleared of any wrongdoing. Collins has since become a very good tackle for the Cowboys.
Lee is another familiar name, though Dallas isn’t relying on him as much as it is Collins.
Sean Lee out again
Lee’s career has been disrupted by injuries, but the two-time Pro Bowler is still on the Cowboys’ roster.
Lee wasn’t practicing much and Dallas “hopes he can be ready by the start of October,” according to the team’s site. At 34 years old, Lee is a situational player behind Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, but he’s still a valuable backup when healthy. Lee played all 16 games last season, starting 13.
The Cowboys won’t have a fully healthy roster to start the season. Perhaps it won’t take too deep into the season to get Lee and Collins back.
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