The Dallas Cowboys received some disappointing news on Monday. According to multiple reports, one of the team’s biggest offseason acquisitions, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, suffered quadriceps injury and is set to have season-ending surgery.
McCoy got injured while performing individual drills during Monday’s practice. After being unable to put weight on his right leg, the 32-year-old defensive tackle underwent an MRI, which unfortunately revealed a quadriceps tendon tear.
Jones told reporters that McCoy intends to rejoin Cowboys after the surgery, and try to help the team from the sidelines. The player himself later confirmed this via text sent to ESPN’s Ed Werder.
“I will remain the mentor I am to the young guys and do my part to make sure that this team goes where it needs to,” McCoy told Werder. “As far as my mindset people deal with real-life problems every day especially now with the state of our country.”
Gerald McCoy joined Dallas Cowboys on a three-year, $18 million deal in the offseason and was supposed to be a key piece in the team’s reworked defense. With McCoy out now, Dallas will have to get to the drawing board once again and explore their options. Rookie Neville Gallimore and 2019’s second-round pick Trysten Hill are currently poised to step in from McCoy.
McCoy spent the majority of his career with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making six Pro Bowls and three First-Team All-Pro selections between 2010 and 2018. His stats include 334 tackles, 59.5 sacks, and 23 pass deflections.