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Sooner than halftime in their season opener in Los Angeles, the Cowboys misplaced two key starters to long-term accidents.

Tight finish Blake Jarwin will pass over the rest of the season and linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is anticipated to move to injured reserve for 6-Eight weeks. Each avid gamers will go through surgical procedure this week.

Jarwin, anticipated to threaten vertically in Mike McCarthy and Kellen Moore’s offense, tore his ACL in the second one quarter of the Cowboys’ 20-17 loss after he stuck a 12-yard move from Dak Prescott. A Monday MRI showed the tear the crew had feared, Cowboys government vice chairman Stephen Jones showed on Dallas radio station 105.three The Fan.

The Cowboys opted to not retain veteran Jason Witten in loose company, as a substitute extending the fourth-year professional in March, enthusiastic about his pass-catching possible. Tight ends Dalton Schultz and Sean McKeon also are on Dallas’ roster. Schultz is a forged blocker and continues to develop within the passing recreation.

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Vander Esch used to be dominated out briefly after breaking his collarbone within the first quarter of the opener. Dallas’ 2018 first-round draft variety overlooked seven video games closing season because of a spinal damage that required surgical procedure. He’d rehabbed eagerly since January, taking a look bodily contemporary in coaching camp along with shouldering extra management duties on protection.

Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan had swapped Vander Esch to center linebacker and Jaylon Smith to weakside linebacker, hoping the transfer would supplement smartly Smith’s skill in area and Vander Esch’s management possible as de facto defensive quarterback.

Smith used to be given the headset after Vander Esch left. Joe Thomas entered the lineup in Vander Esch’s position. 

The Cowboys positioned veteran Sean Lee on injured reserve to start out the season as Lee rehabs a sports activities hernia that sidelined him everything of coaching camp. Underneath 2020 league laws, Lee is eligible to go back as early as Week four.

Cowboys offensive take on Cam Erving, anticipated to start out at proper take on for L. a.’el Collins (injured reserve—hip/conditioning), will pass over time after struggling a knee damage whilst protective on a box objective strive.

The Cowboys host the Falcons at 1 ET for his or her house opener subsequent Sunday.

Observe USA TODAY Sports activities’ Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein.


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