FRISCO, Texas, USA
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been ruled out for the entire season after suffering a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his right leg in the first team practice in Monday’s practice session.
The Cowboys added plenty of depth on the defensive line during the inter-season period, but the loss of a potential starting tackle is a serious blow to coach Mike McCarthy’s first year on the team and a virtually revamped defensive staff.
Executive Vice President of Personnel Stephen Jones said McCoy will undergo surgery shortly. Jones explained that McCoy was pairing with Antwaun Woods in individual training when Woods stepped on his foot.
McCoy was the first of four crucial defensive line additions in free agency. He and Dontari Poe were expected to help cover the midfield while Aldon Smith and Everson Griffen were added to make things easier for DeMarcus Lawrence at the ends.
McCoy, 32, signed a three-year, $ 18 million contract in March with a guaranteed $ 7 million.
“Unfortunately that’s why you have a deep roster,” Jones said. “You never know when things like this are going to happen and it is certainly disappointing. First and foremost we are disappointed in Gerald, but he is also disappointing for us.
Also defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford’s second season in 2013 similarly ended when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon during individual practice early in training camp.
McCoy spent his first nine seasons with Tampa Bay. Chosen as All-Pro in 2013, he has participated in six Pro Bowls and has 59.5 sacks in 10 seasons. McCoy played with Carolina last year.