The Dallas Cowboys wince as offensive tackle Brandon Knight is carted off the field with an unknown injury. The scene occurred at the team’s training camp session in Oxnard, CA on Thursday.
Dallas News’ Calvin Watkins reports of Knight’s injury on Twitter:
An update to Knight’s injury should be provided within the next day or two.
A great example of the Cowboys’ offensive depth to cover Martin and Knight’s absences, Joe Looney. He admirably stepped in during the injury-plagued 2018 season. He will likely have to continue that trend early in the preseason. He was resigned before this season to potentially play all three offensive line positions, which his skillset provides. The team is also hopeful they will see Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick for the season opener against the New York Giants. The reps Looney gains will help him and the team in the long run.
Knight has the ability to play guard and tackle and had a lot of opportunity to see playing time in the preseason. When he was carted off the field Thursday, Knight saw a huge blow to his chances. He brought depth to the offensive line position.
Knight was undrafted this year due to his absence from the NFL Combine in February. He went home-state Indiana where he made a big name for himself. He played 41 games for the Hoosiers and started in 26 of those games. After his senior season, he was named All-Big Ten honorable mention. He only allowed three sacks in over 900 snaps at the right guard position that season.
Offensive Line Injuries for Cowboys
The team has been dealing with the lingering back injury to offensive guard Zack Martin. He has missed practice since sustaining the injury early in training camp at Oxnard, CA. Injuries to Martin and Knight opens up opportunities to other offensive lineman to step up in both training camp and the preseason. The Cowboys take on the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday in its first preseason game of 2019. They will be shorthanded early in the preseason and the depth will be tested. That will only help the team down the line as players inevitably come back from injury and have the ability to carry their full workload.
Amari Cooper Injury
Wide receiver Amari Cooper has not practiced for five-straight days due to a heel injury he suffered in practice last week. It was believed to be just a bruise, but it seems the injury is a bit more serious than expected. The team might be taking the cautious route in order to keep their superstar receiver healthy in time for the regular season.
Cooper will likely miss the teams first preseason game against the 49ers. His status for upcoming practices and games are up in the air at this point.
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