Rico Gathers could stay on IR all year

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The Cowboys have said little about the status of tight end Rico Gathers, who remains on injured reserve despite being eligible to return.

“Yeah, he’s missed a lot of time,” owner Jerry Jones said after Sunday’s victory over the Chiefs, “and that’s all I can say.”

Gathers was diagnosed with a concussion during a training camp practice Aug. 15. The Cowboys kept him on their original 53-player roster Sept. 3 before placing him on injured reserve the following day, giving them the option of bringing him back this season.

But, with Gathers still apparently not ready to return to practice, it appears more likely Gathers spends the rest of the season on IR.

Gathers stayed away from the team facility for a month, returning Oct. 5 to weigh in, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. He has worked out recently under the direction of the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Mike Woicik.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has offered little information on Gathers, other than to say Gathers is progressing.

Gathers, who played basketball at Baylor before the Cowboys took a flier on him in the 2016 draft, spent last season on the team’s practice squad. He caught seven passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns this preseason before his head injury.

4 responses to “Rico Gathers could stay on IR all year

  1. Let’s just call this what it is. I’m a Cowboys fan, and even I am willing to admit this: They don’t think Gathers is ready to play, and they can save his roster spot if he’s on IR all year AND he can still work out, attend practice, etc.

    Because they’re using the concussion excuse, nobody is going to question it or suggest he needs to be active. That’s why they’ve said nothing about it. Don’t ask, don’t tell.

    Gathers will be in training camp next year ready to play.

  2. XaqFields says:
    November 7, 2017 at 5:03 pm
    Let’s just call this what it is. I’m a Cowboys fan, and even I am willing to admit this: They don’t think Gathers is ready to play, and they can save his roster spot if he’s on IR all year AND he can still work out, attend practice, etc.

    Because they’re using the concussion excuse, nobody is going to question it or suggest he needs to be active. That’s why they’ve said nothing about it. Don’t ask, don’t tell.

    Gathers will be in training camp next year ready to play.
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    I dunno. He was getting a lot of first team reps in camp and in preseason, and he certainly looked both ready to play and like a guy who could dominate in the red zone. I think this might be more of a LaDarius Green type situation.

  3. As long as he’s healthy (or will be) this is a non-story. You’ve got Witten still playing at a high level, (watch his blocking from the Chiefs game, absolute work of art) and a healthy Geoff Swaim and James Hanna. Rico doesn’t need to be out there yet.

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