The Dallas Cowboys haven’t had the services of lineman La’el Collins, who is injured and in a walking boot. He hurt his toe and had surgery this month. Now, when he goes around the Cowboys’ team facility, he’s on a scooter.
Despite it all, he’s still hoping he can get back on the field this year. When asked if such a quick return was possible, he said:
“I don’t think that’s out the window right now. We’ve just got to see how it goes, see how it’s feeling. I’m excited.”
He does have some support from his team. Both DT Terrell McClain and LB Sean Lee have had similar procedures carried out. They were out for the whole season when it happened. Collins noted that:
“I talked to those guys right after we found out what had happened. They were like, ‘Do everything the doctors tell you, stay off of it and let it heal up by itself.’ And they haven’t had any problems since they had the injury. I feel like it’ll be the same this way.”
The Cowboys have replaced Collins with Ronald Leary, who has done well as the team has moved to 5-1 on the year. When asked about their success without him, Collins said:
“It’s tough anytime you’re not out there on the field with your teammates giving them everything you got, but it’s been a great thing to see. Just the way that the team has been able to put on a show week in and week out and execute, especially the guys up front. It’s an honor just to see the level of play doesn’t drop no matter where we are.”