Report: Tony Pollard fractures fibula, will require surgery

NFL: JAN 22 NFC Divisional Playoffs - Cowboys at 49ers
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Cowboys running back Tony Pollard fractured his left fibula late in the second quarter, Todd Archer of ESPN reports. The injury will require surgery.

The normal recovery timeline is 3-4 months, and Pollard is scheduled to hit free agency in March.

The Cowboys missed the Pro Bowler when he left after catching an 8-yard pass from Dak Prescott with 1:24 remaining in the first half. 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward rolled onto Pollard‘s left ankle while making the tackle.

Pollard also was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain, which is what FOX initially reported would keep the running back sidelined for the second half.

Pollard had an air cast on his lower left leg when was carted off the sideline to the training room, and he was on crutches and in a boot after the 19-12 loss to the 49ers.

He had six carries for 22 yards and two catches for 11 yards before leaving.

37 responses to “Report: Tony Pollard fractures fibula, will require surgery

  1. Hope he heals up 100% and get a good contact. Running backs mostly get screwed these days financially, especially those not drafted in the 1st round.

  2. Tony’s a class act all the way. Hope the surgery goes well and that he makes a full recovery. I also hope he gets the contract he deserves, preferably from the Cowboys. Jerry’s not perfect but he does usually stick by his players through difficult times, more so than most owners do.
    Get well Tony!

  3. Odd that the guy who is paid all that money to run just skates by so he can grow his hair more in a nasty look while the one who actually produces on the field is injured.

  4. Adding injury to insult. Cowboys were set to move from Elliott and focus running game around Pollard. Now, he will likely never be the same — so there’s another position Jerry will have to address this off-season. Can see Dallas battling Washington for the NFC East basement next season.

  5. Oh snap! I’m sorry to hear that. I hate Dallas but damn, I don’t ever wanna see things like this happen to anyone. Best of luck kid, keep your head up

  6. Right? I turned away immediately. I had a pretty nasty high ankle sprain, it sounded like a balloon popping when I landed on it (I had jumped for a lob playing playing tennis) and when I saw his ankle in that position, I could hear mine popping again. Ugh, I hope the kid gets better and this doesn’t mentally ruin his offseason as well as physically

    omniscient48 says:
    January 22, 2023 at 11:16 pm
    That looked brutal and my ankle was in pain in my living room.

  7. Sad!!!! Great player and I’m not a Cowboys fan….respect him 100. I hate he got hurt and I hate his entire offseason is going to be rehab and a ton of pain rather than relaxation and chilling with his family having fun as a rare NFL player.
    Wishing you the best

  8. Dak massive contract will eat up a lot of the salary cap pie. The Cowboys will have to restructure a lot of contracts this off season to keep the core. Elliott is a shell of himself. Michael Gallup was bad resign he disappeared when the 49ers started double Lamb.

    If Dak doesn’t meet the expectations of getting the Cowboys to the promise land in 2024. The Cowboys will have to make some serious of of blowing up the roster and starting over in 2025 and drafting a 1st round talented quarterback in 2027.

  9. A proven asset. He should do well in free agency. Defense copying the jags technique of rolling over Mahomes ankle. Refs have to start calling that, its dangerous, dirty play.

  10. thos77 says:
    January 22, 2023 at 11:16 pm
    Hope he heals up 100% and get a good contact. Running backs mostly get screwed these days financially, especially those not drafted in the 1st round.

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    Actually, Zeke has screwed the Cowboys fans

  11. That really hurt the Boy’s offense…heal well Tony.

    PS – How much is Jerruh paying Zeke again?

  12. For those saying he’ll never be the same, a single fracture is one of the easiest to recover from. Compound or spiral fracture I’d agree with.

  13. Those saying “never be the same” obviously haven’t been in athletics and haven’t been injured.

    Hate any injury especially something like this. But as a back, this is a “better” injury vs a “worse” one.

    He should be back and as good as he was (or close enough you won’t notice).

    Too bad he got hurt. Don’t know if he would have made the difference but he would have helped.

  14. Pollard seems like a class act. He just goes out there and produces, doesn’t seek extra attention. Completely contrary to the other running back on the cowboys.

  15. It would cost $16 million to franchise Pollard and cut Zeke. Then, you would still have more dead cap next year and a big contract for Pollard after a franchise tag. Parsons and Diggs have yet to get paid, so they have got to look at how much they are willing to commit to the rb room. Cost $24 mill to keep both Zeke and franchise Pollard. Parsons will be the highest paid defensive player ever in a few yrs, and Diggs won’t be cheap either.

  16. Pollard will be fine. It’s a fracture,.. not a full break. I don’t anticipate it affecting his potential free agency.

  17. Tony Awesome says:
    January 23, 2023 at 11:51 am

    Pollard will be fine. It’s a fracture,.. not a full break. I don’t anticipate it affecting his potential free agency

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    Not sure what you are trying to communicate there Tony, but Bone fractures and broken bones are the same injury and mean the same thing.

    There are several TYPES of fractures, but in medical terminology “Break” and “Fracture” are synonymous.

    If you are trying to say it was “incomplete” or “partial” or something like that… I can only say that it did not LOOK like that….

  18. The replay was gruesome. Knew immediately it was bad. Hope he fully recovers. One of their most exciting players for sure.

  19. “danceformemarionetteboy says:
    January 23, 2023 at 8:22 am
    Those saying “never be the same” obviously haven’t been in athletics and haven’t been injured.

    Hate any injury especially something like this. But as a back, this is a “better” injury vs a “worse” one.

    He should be back and as good as he was (or close enough you won’t notice).

    Too bad he got hurt. Don’t know if he would have made the difference but he would have helped.”

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    Tell that to Trey Lance. I fractured my fibula the day before the Superbowl in 2022 – a few months before Trey broke his. It sounded like a two-by-four snapping in half, and I’ve had more than a few doctors turn green in the face when they watch (hear) the video of my trampoline inflicted injury. Just like my experience, Trey had to have a second surgery to have hardware taken out due to irritation. I haven’t read anywhere that’s said exactly what Trey got taken out – one or two screws or the whole kit-and-kaboodle – but if he’s going through what I am he will never play again, especially relying on being a mobile QB.

    From all accounts it seems like Pollard is a genuinely good player and person, but it’s going to be a long road to recovery for him. Unlike the tibia which is a structural bone, the fibula is a little trickier because it needs to flex in the body to turn and rotate the foot. If he gets a plate put in he’s going to have a LOT of difficulty cutting and moving laterally.

    I hate injuries and am wishing him the best, but it’s going to be an uphill battle for Tony. As far as all the armchair gladiators saying it’s “just a broken ankle”, you have ZERO idea what you’re speaking of.

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