Cowboys defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was injured in Monday’s practice with a leg injury. COO Stephen Jones told reporters that McCoy’s MRI showed a ruptured quad tendon and the 32-year-old is out for the season.
#Cowboys COO Stephen Jones tells reporters that DT Gerald McCoy’s MRI showed a ruptured quad tendon and he’s out for the season. Initial fear had been an ACL, but the MRI delivers bad news, regardless. A major blow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 17, 2020
As ESPN’s Todd Archer explained, McCoy was helped off the field, the DT attempted to take a few steps on his own and struggled in his attempts.
McCoy, who inked a three-year $18MM deal with Dallas this offseason, is one of several free-agent additions on the defensive line. Dallas brought in NT Dontari Poe (who is still rehabbing) and DE Aldon Smith earlier in the offseason. More recently, the club signed DE Everson Griffen.
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The Cowboys ranked 19th on defense last season, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA, though this unit will look different in 2020. The club lost stud cornerback Byron Jones and reliable lineman Robert Quinn in free agency but reloaded with some shrewd signings on the D-Line and added Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs in the second round of the draft.
Dallas is currently +1700 to win Super Bowl 55, behind only the 49ers, Saints, and Buccaneers in the NFC (Fan Duel).
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