Chaz Green Injury: Cowboys OT to Undergo Surgery on Herniated Disk

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2016

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25:  Tackle Chaz Green #79 of the Dallas Cowboys pass blocks against the Seattle Seahawks during the preseason game at CenturyLink Field on August 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Chaz Green will miss the remainder of the season due to a back injury that requires surgery.

According to Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan, Green will undergo a procedure to repair a herniated disk. Rob Phillips of the team's official website confirmed head coach Jason Garrett's comments on Green's status.

Green was officially placed on injured reserve Saturday, per Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News.

The 2015 first-round pick out of Florida has appeared in four games and made two starts this season, but he has struggled to stay healthy after missing all of 2015 with a hip injury.

Garrett commented on Green's latest ailment and his outlook moving forward, per Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News:

We're excited about what we've seen, but you're right, over the last couple of years, he's been hurt a lot. Availability is important, but he's a very conscientious guy. He's a very hard-working guy. Hopefully these are the things like with other players we've had and guys around the league, sometimes you just get an injury-bug and you have some different things happen to you over time. It's not because he's not dedicated and conscientious. He's all of that and more and hopefully this can get behind him. We'll do this surgery with him and he'll get back to work. He's got a bright future. There's no doubt in our minds about that. And anytime he has played, he's certainly done a nice job for us for a young player.

Dallas boasts arguably the best offensive line in the NFL with Tyron Smith, Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and Doug Free serving as the starters from left to right.

Green provides the Cowboys with great depth and versatility when healthy, as he can play both tackle and guard, much like La'el Collins, who is also on injured reserve.

With both Green and Collins out, Emmett Cleary will be called upon as Dallas' primary swing offensive lineman in case of an injury.

Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott have thrived due largely to the Cowboys' offensive line this season, and Green's injury will make the health of that unit even more paramount for the remainder of the campaign.

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