After the victory against the Rams, the Cowboys are already preparing for the important duel on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. This game will require Dallas to field its best players, especially on offense. And it is in that section where there are many doubts about an important element: tight end Dalton Schultz.
Let’s remember that Schultz has been dragging a posterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee since week 2. Because of this, the Stanford product was absent in week 3 against the Giants and returned the following week against the Commanders. However, said injury was aggravated last Sunday in Los Angeles.
This was reported this Tuesday by Tom Pelissero, a reporter for the NFL Network. According to Pelissero, Schultz suffered no new damage or a new injury despite the flare-up against the Rams. The report also indicates that the #86 could play against the Eagles this Sunday, as long as he can practice without difficulties this week.
#Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz reaggravated his sprained PCL in the win over the #rams, per source. No new injury or damage. As long as he makes it through the week OK, he should be good to go Sunday night against the #eagles.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 11, 2022
Without a doubt, injuries have so far hampered a very important season for Dalton Schultz. Following the expiration of his rookie contract last March, the tight end is playing under the franchise tag. If Schultz kept up a performance similar to his the past two seasons, it was very possible he could get a big contract at the end of this season. Either with Dallas or with another team, considering how inflated the market for tight ends is.
However, Schultz hasn’t been much of an offensive factor so far this season, at least as a receiver. In four games, the tight end has just 9 receptions for 80 yards and no touchdowns. Against the Rams, Schultz went nearly blank after failing to receive the ball on his only attempt. This is worth noting, considering he was assigned to blocking duty after taking a knock to his injured knee in the second quarter.
#Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz is questionable to return with a knee injury he suffered on this play
Full details: https://t.co/emIhP1lfca pic.twitter.com/qUUbrwfDiQ
— Sports Injury Central (@SICscore) October 9, 2022
Despite this, the Cowboys seem to have Dalton Schultz for the game against the Eagles despite his injury. This is reminiscent of what happened in 2021 with the running back Ezekiel Elliott, who suffered a similar injury in week 4. Although Elliott dragged that injury and this significantly hampered his performance, the Dallas coaching staff did not give him rest at any time. In fact, he insisted on playing him over Tony Pollard.
Now, it remains to be seen if the Dallas coaching staff does the same with Schultz, even limiting him to blocking duties. Or, if they give him adequate rest. Either way, the Cowboys moved immediately to get a little more depth at tight end.
Dallas adds tight end to practice squad
This Tuesday, it was learned that the Cowboys signed tight end Seth Green to their practice squad. This was reported by Michael Gehlken, a journalist from The Dallas Morning News. Green, an undrafted rookie this year, was with the Texans during training camp last summer. However, despite impressing with his speed, he did not survive the final cut of the roster.
It’s worth mentioning that Green is a quarterback converted to tight end, a transition that occurred during his early years of college football in Minnesota. In the 2021 season, with the University of Houston, Green recorded 13 receptions for 157 yards and three touchdowns. Now, the former Texans will give the Cowboys depth at a position marred by injuries.
Cowboys are signing former Houston TE Seth Green to practice squad, person familiar with move said. They hosted the former Allen High quarterback today for a workout.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 11, 2022
Aside from Dalton Schultz, there are other Cowboys tight ends who have been dragging physical issues. Such is the case with rookie Jake Ferguson, who appeared on the injury report last week with a knee problem. Likewise, let’s remember that Sean McKeon also suffered a knee injury, which limited him during training camp. Because of this, the team chose to strengthen the position by adding Green.
Although Schultz may have the “okay” to play, the coaching staff should rest him and not risk more serious injury. Even more so, looking at how rookies Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot performed during Schultz’s absence in Week 3. While we’ll have more information later in the week, let’s just hope that Schultz doesn’t repeat what happened with Ezekiel Elliott. last year.
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Dalton Schultz could play against the Eagles despite aggravating his injury