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Anthony Hitchens is set to make his season debut on Sunday against the Packers

Welcome to the 2017 Dallas Cowboys season, Anthony Hitchens.

NFL: NFC Divisional-Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It was just 40 days ago that Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens suffered what looked like a season-ending injury. Thankfully, it was only a tibial plateau fracture in his right knee (some type of “only” there).

This is a similar injury to the one Dez Bryant suffered in 2016. The original prognosis suggested that Hitchens would be out eight to 10 weeks, but he will make his return one day past seven.

Jaylon Smith has handled the middle linebacker duties in Hitchens’ absence, so it’s interesting to note that Rod Marinelli would have them in some sort of rotation. What’s perhaps even more interesting is if Sean Lee were to miss the game, but it stands to reason that Marinelli is of course prepared for that as well.

The Cowboys have certainly missed what Anthony Hitchens can bring to the table. Much has been made about how DeMarcus Lawrence is in a contract year, but so is Anthony Hitchens. This could wind up as quite the rewarding season as Matt Eberflus puts him in situations to succeed.

It’s pretty incredible that Anthony Hitchens is returning this quickly. Coupled with Jaylon Smith, that’s some pretty impressive work done by the Cowboys training staff at their middle linebacker spot.

Sean Lee didn’t practice today, along with a couple of other veterans.

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