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Cowboys DT Gerald McCoy's Injury Diagnosed as Ruptured Quad, Out for Season

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2020

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Gerald McCoy suffered a ruptured quad tendon during Monday's training camp and will miss the entire 2020 season.

Cowboys COO Stephen Jones confirmed the injury to reporters Monday after Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network reported the early fear was that McCoy had torn his ACL.

Bill Jones @CBS11BillJones

Here’s video shot by @CBS11Sports photojournalist Bill Ellis of Gerald McCoy’s season ending ruptured right quadriceps tendon injury suffered in @dallascowboys 1st practice in pads today...maybe @profootballdoc can explain how this happened??? https://t.co/qceuui1r1p

McCoy later sent out a message to the Cowboys and their fans, via ESPN's Ed Werder:

Ed Werder @WerderEdESPN

Just received this incredibly self-aware text from #Cowboys DT Gerald McCoy about his season-ending injury. https://t.co/YLKU1fE2PS

McCoy's run of six straight Pro Bowls ended in 2018. He finished with 28 combined tackles and six sacks in 14 games.

Between his relatively underwhelming performance and $13 million salary-cap hit for 2019, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to release McCoy. He didn't have to wait long for his next opportunity, signing a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers.

His performance didn't improve much in 2019 as he registered 37 total tackles and five sacks. The Panthers' defensive line finished third in adjusted sack rate but 30th in adjusted line yards, per Football Outsiders.

McCoy moved on to his third team in as many seasons, putting pen to paper on a three-year, $18.3 million contract with the Cowboys. They fortified the interior of their line even further by adding his former Panthers teammate Dontari Poe and using a third-round pick on Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore.

McCoy's track record speaks for itself, but Dallas' depth along the line should help the team cope reasonably well without him in the picture for the coming season.

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