Report: Cowboys' Travis Frederick Cleared for Camp After Missing 2018 Season

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2019

Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick runs onto the field before a preseason NFL Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
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Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick is expected to be active for the start of training camp after sitting out last season following a Guillain-Barre syndrome diagnosis, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Frederick announced last August he had been diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder:

According to the Mayo Clinic, Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare autoimmune disease that attacks nerves, with weakness and tingling in extremities among the symptoms. 

Frederick told ESPN's Todd Archer back in February that the disorder caused the 6'4", 320-pound lineman to struggle with balance and stamina, even making it difficult for him to walk. He had previously told Jori Epstein of USA Today in November 2018 that he had lost feeling in his hands and feet, saying, "It was pretty scary there."

It wasn't until this offseason that he was finally able to "walk regularly and lift" again.

On Feb. 12, Frederick revealed that he was "90 or 95 percent" healthy but would not know if he would be able to return to form until he resumed training, per Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com:

"Honestly we're not going to know, until we get out there and start doing some stuff, where exactly I'm at. There isn't a great way to empirically say, 'This is the point that you're going to be ready to come back.' We can do all the nerve tests we want, but without a baseline we don’t where normal is. Everybody's normal is a little bit different. So now it's just about working in the weight room, trying to continue to increase my strength and work with the team in the offseason as far as conditioning wise and get myself ready to try and meet at the same point as the rest of the team come March and April."

Frederick, 28, not only had to work his way through Guillain-Barre syndrome, but he also underwent January shoulder surgery as well.

Prior to last year, Frederick had not missed a game through his first five seasons as a pro. He had earned four consecutive Pro Bowl nods as well as a first-team All-Pro selection in 2016.

A healthy Frederick would be a boost for the Cowboys' offensive line. But at this point, it will be a work in progress as the veteran attempts to work his way back onto the field and back into playing shape. 

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