Jeremy Mincey Injury: Updates on Cowboys DE's Recovery from Elbow Surgery

Alec NathanFeatured Columnist

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey (92) rushes against Carolina Panthers' Michael Oher (73) during an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey played with bone spurs near his right elbow throughout the 2015 season, and the soon-to-be free agent is now on the mend following surgery.

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Mincey Posts Confirmation of Surgery

Wednesday, Feb. 17

David Helman of the team's official website relayed news of Mincey's surgery shortly after the pass-rusher posted a picture on Instagram confirming he underwent a procedure: 

After leading Dallas with six sacks during the 2014 season, Mincey was hampered by bone spurs to such a degree that he told reporters he hadn't been able to properly straighten out his arm since before the 2015 campaign got underway, per Helman. He went on to finish with 11 solo tackles and no sacks as Dallas floundered in the NFC East cellar. 

Although a timetable for recovery has yet to be pegged, Mincey said in January that he planned to work his way back and return to the gridiron—whether it was for the Cowboys or someone else. 

"Who knows what the future brings," Mincey said, per the Dallas Morning NewsBrandon George. "I'm just optimistic about the future. I plan on going on a real thorough training this offseason, getting my elbow fixed and take to my game to heights I know it can go." 

Should the rotational pass-rusher ink a new deal, recent history suggests he won't rake in particularly large paychecks. According to Spotrac, Mincey made base salaries of $1 million and $2 million in 2014 and 2015, respectively. 

And now that the 32-year-old is coming off of surgery, teams figure to be wary of his physical limitations as they get set to reload their rosters in March.