Despite failing to practice last week, Dallas Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins still managed to impress against the rival Washington Redskins. Leading to his recent absence at practice, the up-and-coming offensive lineman is notably suffering from a bulging disc in his back.
Although Collins could once again be held out of practice this week, it appears as though he will ultimately be playing through such a setback.
“It’s something I’ve been dealing with, a little injury,” Collins told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Sometimes it has to go that way. Sometimes you can’t get out there physically during the week but you know you have to be ready to go for the game.
“I was trying to let everything calm down and just go out there and see how it feels warming up. It felt good warming up early on. As the game was going on, kind of sitting around kind of bothered me a little bit. But other than that, I just took it one series at a time.”
Specifically, Collins admitted to dealing with the lingering back injury for about three weeks.
“I’ve been through a lot of tough things and adversity,” Collins said. “I know I’m a mentally tough guy, a physically tough guy so I knew as long as I was feeling good enough to go I was going to go out there and give everything I had. That was my mindset going into it.”
It is also worth noting that Collins is currently in the midst of his first go-round as an offensive tackle while originally breaking into the NFL as a guard.
“I thought he did a really good job all week long,” added Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. “Obviously, he didn’t practice in each of the days, but he was getting his mind right and his emotions right to play. He was able to walk-through the day before and walk-through the day of the game. He warmed up well and we gave him a chance to play. He played well. He played tough. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but he played the game the right way. He fought through it and he gave us a big lift up front.”