Travis Frederick doesn’t know when he will return but remains hopeful

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Cowboys center Travis Frederick doesn’t know when he will play again, but he remains hopeful even as he continues treatments for Guillan-Barre syndrome.

The Cowboys kept the Pro Bowler on the 53-player roster despite the unknown.

“Right now, my focus is getting back to being here and being able to play again,” Frederick said Thursday, speaking for the first time since his diagnosis two weeks ago. “It’s a matter of time for that to happen, and unfortunately, I don’t know what that time is. I think as long as I continue to keep my eyes forward and continue to work toward that, we’re going to be in good shape.”

Frederick initially believed he had stingers. He visited Dr. Robert Watkins III in Los Angeles, and the orthopedic spine surgery specialist ruled out any spine issues. But when the numbness in his hands, feet and into one arm continued, Frederick began searching elsewhere for answers.

Guillan-Barre is an auto immune disease that weakens the muscles and attacks the peripheral nervous system.

Frederick said he still has numbness in both his feet and both his hands, but if he “had a desk job or was just a normal person, I feel like I could exist in life just fine.”

Despite the unknowns in his return, Frederick is relieved to have a diagnosis and be on the road to recovery.

“Everyone’s case is very different,” Frederick said. “There are a lot of different levels of this. Mine was a very slow-moving case to start and sort of ramping up there at the end. In its slow-moving process, I caught it early and by catching it early we cut off what would be the bottom end of this – paralysis and trouble with breathing and body control.”

Doctors cleared him to begin working with free weights this week.

“Previous to that, it’s been very light, circuit-type training, just to get my body back to doing some of those movements,” Frederick said. “In the worst cases of this, you suffer paralysis and things like that, and you have to retrain your body to walk. At this point, we’re sort of retraining the body to make sure I can do the movements that I previously have been able to do.”

14 responses to “Travis Frederick doesn’t know when he will return but remains hopeful

  1. Free weights already? Wow…He’ll be back on the field by week 4, I predict. If there was any chance of nerve malfunction they wouldn’t clear him for free weights…arm stops working and you drop 225 on your chest would be bad news. This is extremely good news! Good luck and good health, Bearded Wonder!

  2. Gods speed in returning a better man & player
    Not to mention the extremely warm heart of a true humanitarian you already are

    Not that Jaylon was the first, nor will you be the last to overcome medical odds,
    But
    Welcome to the Club of Faith that defys the adversary Travis

    Continue to heal :
    Mind
    Body &
    Soul

  3. I’m a Redskins fan, and I hope this kid comes back because he’s one of the better linemen in the league, hopefully hitting the weights will give a sense of where his body is at as that might inflame those nerves. Hopefully he gets back to normal though, that’s more important than football…

  4. The League needs a new’Injury’ list. We all know the others.

    This one should be relegated to those who are sick and have absolutely zero choice in it. Not someone who got hammered, got food poisoning or even JPP who made a CHOICE. Frederick had no choice. Wasn’t driving, hunting, playing, working out etc. He has an illness/disease .For these guys, there should be a roster exemption. No timetable.

    I’m an alcoholic and I will go to my grave telling people I MADE the choice to start and I MADE the choice to stop. It may be a disease (may not, don’t care) but you can beat it by just wanting to. Frederick can’t. I wouldn’t deserve an exemption and I know this would be a sticky issue but then again, who knows it might save a life. Just hate to see it abused.

    Not fair that he probably feels bad enough but he has the added burden of guilt by ‘burning’ a roster spot. I’m a Giants’ fan and can’t stand the Cowboys. But it’s just laundry (as they say). I want the best on the field and for it to fair to all. Even the Cowboys and especially a grinder.

    JPP deserved IR. Frederick deserves a roster exemption. It would make him feel better and the playing field even, for the Cowboys.

  5. best wishes and a speedy recovery to you Travis, and for the lonely turd who is putting the thumbs down to all the well wishes you need help man, have a heart!

  6. j0nny13 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 3:56 pm
    Free weights already? Wow…He’ll be back on the field by week 4, I predict. If there was any chance of nerve malfunction they wouldn’t clear him for free weights…arm stops working and you drop 225 on your chest would be bad news. This is extremely good news! Good luck and good health, Bearded Wonder!

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    225 LB is nothing . Dropping that amounbt wont really do anything unless you are really unlucky. 225 is easy enough to just roll off ya . You got above 300 lbs then Id say yes. BTW already working out means little … he is a guy thats been a gym rat since he was a teen. Well I had 2 back surgeries and went back quick. 1st one was after a month , 2nd a week . Atheletes bodies are not the same as average joe

  7. My dad had/has it and it completely disabled him. Forget even working a “regular job.” He ended up going through long rehabilitation and spending time in a nursing home but he finally got up to the point of getting around OK and living on his own at his house again. If Frederick thinks he could work a desk job fine it might not be “that” bad for him, but playing NFL level football is another thing entirely. Good luck to him.

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