La’el Collins will have toe surgery, headed to IR

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Cowboys guard La’el Collins opted not to have surgery immediately after injuring his big toe in September in hopes that resting it would make it possible to return to the field without having an operation.

Those hopes have gone unrealized. During an appearance on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that Collins will have the surgery and be placed on injured reserve as a result.

Jones said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, that “doctors thought it would be better long-term to have surgery,” which means that Collins will miss at least the next eight weeks and potentially the rest of the season as he recovers.

Ronald Leary has stepped back into the lineup at left guard in Collins’ place. The Cowboys have also played without left tackle Tyron Smith for the last two games as he deals with a bulging disk in his back.

5 responses to “La’el Collins will have toe surgery, headed to IR

  1. I love that the NFL has finally created (if only a little) something of a DL spot by allowing a player placed on IR to return after a period of time, and I hope that is expanded. But my one regret about the new rule (allowing teams to wait to decide which player is designated as the one to return) is how much it has reduced clarity regarding injuries. In the past, the moment a player was placed on IR we knew “the player is done for the year”. Now, for all but the most obvious year-ending injuries we still have to question whether there is a chance an IR player will return. Does players like Collins have a legit chance of returning this season, or he is definitely done? For now…who knows?

  2. And, the beat goes on 😦 I’m beginning to feel like, “Which starter is next?”!!! Injuries are abound all across the league….DLaw will return for us this week!!!!

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