A key Dallas Cowboys player will be sidelined for a long time.
Hours after James Washington sustained a foot injury that resulted in him having to leave the training field on Monday, August 1, his fixture schedule has been revealed. Based on Todd Archer of ESPN, Washington will be out of action for 6 to 10 weeks because of a fracture in his right foot. The wound will require surgery.
“The Cowboys will be without WR James Washington for 6-10 weeks because of a broken right foot on Monday, according to multiple sources,” Archer said. “He is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday in Dallas.”
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Report: Washington to avoid injury reserve
Washington was traumatized during the Cowboys’ first practical Apparition training. The veteran receiver was running a route against Trevon Diggs at the corner when it appeared his right foot was stuck underneath Diggs. As noted by Archer, the fracture was in his fifth ankle.
Archer said: “Washington was taken to the dressing room and examined further which discovered a fracture in his fifth ankle.
Like Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News note, Washington is expected to avoid the injured reserve and will come up with a 53-man roster despite his injury. Gehlken explained that if Washington were to be placed on the injured reserve now, he would not be eligible for the mid-season trigger.
“Cowboys WR James Washington is scheduled to make an initial list of 53 on August 30,” Gehlken said. “He will be four weeks after surgery. The team can then decide whether to place Washington in the wounded reserve. If he continues IR now, he will not be eligible for mid-season activation (minimum 4 games). “
Cowboys Depth at Wide Receiver Is Thin
The injury was a big blow for the Cowboys due to their reduced depth at the wide receiver. Washington is vying to start facing CeeDee Lamb to start the 2022 season as Michael Gallup recovers from a serious injury. Gallup is still recovering from a torn ACL at the end of last season and removed himself from the team’s season opener.
Washington previously missed a good portion of the offseason team activities due to a left foot injury.
With Washington now sidelined, Lamb and Noah Brown were the only wide receivers in the training camp to have caught a pass from Dak Prescott. Rookie third-round draft pick Jalen Tolbert now has an inside spot for the No 2 recipient in the season opener.
The 26-year-old recipient signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys during the off-season. He began his career as a second-round draft pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, Washington failed to make his payments after an impressive college career when he was named an All-American and winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award.
In four seasons with the Steelers, Washington caught 114 passes, 1,629 yards and 11 touchdowns. After scoring more than 700 yards in his second season, he scored just 392 yards in the 2020 season and dropped to 285 yards in the 2021 season.
Considering the Cowboys are short of experienced receivers beyond Lamb, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Dallas sign a free agent.
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