FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys‘ fears Sunday night time have been confirmed Monday when an MRI confirmed proper deal with Terence Steele suffered tears to the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee, in response to a supply.
Steele was injured within the second quarter when a Houston Texans defender crashed into his leg whereas making a block. Steele had began each recreation this season and 40 of 45 video games in his profession after becoming a member of the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2020.
He’s the second starter the Cowboys have misplaced for the season in as many video games, with cornerback Anthony Brown struggling an Achilles tear in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13.
All-Professional proper guard Zack Martin didn’t know the severity of the damage after the Cowboys’ 27-23 victory over the Texans however mentioned Steele has been their greatest lineman.
“It is a large loss for us, and we have got to discover a option to rally and fill that spot for him as a result of — I mentioned it final 12 months and mentioned it this 12 months — he is been our bell cow. So, we have got to step up and discover a option to fill that gap.”
Josh Ball changed Steele instantly within the Houston recreation, nonetheless, after two poor performs led to a Dak Prescott fumble and interception, he was changed by Jason Peters on the profitable 98-yard drive. Peters had not performed proper deal with since early in his 18-year profession with the Buffalo Payments.
“I assumed Jason actually did a hell of a job getting into there and enjoying in that state of affairs,” coach Mike McCarthy mentioned Sunday. “Jason’s been in that two-minute state of affairs, you already know, for a pair a long time in comparison with Josh Ball. I feel simply the utilization of personnel was achieved very effectively.”
The Cowboys opened the 21-day follow window for Professional Bowl left deal with Tyron Smith final week, and the hope is he may see motion in opposition to the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. Smith suffered a torn hamstring in coaching camp that required surgical procedure. He mentioned he felt “nice” after his first follow of the common season.
The Cowboys may go along with a break up at deal with between Ball and Peters, who’s 40, however be ok with their depth.
Steele is scheduled to be a restricted free agent after this season, and the Cowboys have hoped to signal him to a long-term deal.