Veteran defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been ruled out for this upcoming NFL season due to a ruptured quadriceps tendon. The injury occurred during the Dallas Cowboys’ first full pads practice. McCoy sustained an injury during individual drills, which was then ruled a tear after an MRI.
McCoy signed a 3-year $18 million deal with the Cowboys this offseason after playing with the Carolina Panthers last year. Although he hasn’t played a game with the Cowboys, McCoy’s absence on the team will be missed. His addition to the already impressive Dallas defensive line would’ve brought a force that would’ve terrorized NFL offenses. McCoy throughout his career, has racked up 59.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. The recent addition of Everson Griffen coupled with DeMarcus Lawrence and the return of Tyrone Crawford would have created a complete line.
A few people had comments about the injury, including McCoy Himself. “To my teammates, coaches, y’all gonna get it. You’ve got a championship to go win,” Said McCoy via Instagram. “To all my family and friends, I love you guys. To all the fans, stay tuned. Keep smiling, Keep breathing, Keep loving. Here we go.” McCoy had surgery on Tuesday and is expected to stick around the team during the season.
Impact of McCoy’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Cowboy’s new Head Coach Mike McCarthy says that McCoy’s presence and personality means a lot to the team. He furthermore went to state that McCoy will overcome the injury due to his mindset. Dallas will have to rebuild the defensive line as they did not re-sign Robert Quinn and Maliek Collins. McCarthy stated that the younger players on the team will now have to step up and make their impact.
Trysten Hill and rookie Neville Gallimore will have to step up and fill McCoy’s shoes. Their performance will determine how the Cowboy’s will overcome this season-long loss.
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