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Trevon Diggs’ Injury ‘A Punch To The Gut,’ Mike McCarthy Reacts


Although the loss of cornerback Trevon Diggs for the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Thursday’s practice is disappointing, Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy insisted that the organization’s objectives remain the same.

“Obviously you feel sick [for] him,” McCarthy said Friday on a conference call. “It’s definitely a punch to the gut for our football team, but this is an opportunity for our defensive depth to stand up and continue to move forward.”

Since Diggs’ injury, McCarthy claimed to have spoken with him a few times, including on Friday morning. During one-on-one red zone drills on the team’s grass practice field, Diggs was hurt. The timing of his procedure has not been determined.

As to whether McCarthy would alter the team’s practice routine because of the injury, he said: “When you see the video, it’s something that can happen anywhere. Two guys going for the football and it looks like he came down and stepped on the foot of the wide receiver. This was not a drill issue at all.”

Tyron Smith, a Pro Bowl left tackle who missed 13 games last season due to a ruptured hamstring, was lost to the Cowboys late in training camp. Dak Prescott broke his thumb in the season opener, forcing him to miss five games, but the Cowboys went 4-1 with Cooper Rush as their starting quarterback and ended the year with a 12-5 record.

While Jourdan Lewis will see more play as the No. 3 cornerback, DaRon Bland is anticipated to go outside from the slot and take over Diggs’ position opposite Stephon Gilmore.

Bland, who scored a pick-six against the New York Giants in the season opener this year and led the Cowboys with five interceptions as a rookie, started two of his eight games as an outside cornerback in 2022.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones was questioned about replacing Diggs, who has 18 interceptions since 2020, on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Friday morning. The Cowboys have $8.7 million in salary cap space, according to the NFL Players Association website, but a large portion of that is tied to future incentives and practice squad call-ups during the season.

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