The Dallas Cowboys have played the first four games of their season so far, and they’ve done so without their All-Pro center Travis Frederick.
As you’re aware Frederick was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome before the season began. Considering it is a condition where very little is predictable by science his football career was immediately placed in jeopardy, and obviously his personal health is the paramount priority.
From a roster perspective the Cowboys didn’t do anything with Frederick. They carried him on the 53-man roster and he has been inactive ever since. That could be changing soon as it’s been reported that the team is “leaning toward” placing him on injured reserve in order to make room for David Irving, who is returning from suspension.
Per source, cowboys are leaning toward placing center Travis Frederick on injured reserve to make room for David Irving. But no final decision has been made. Stay tuned— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) October 5, 2018
Should Frederick indeed be placed on IR he’ll have to remain there for at least eight weeks. Had the Cowboys placed him there before the season even began he’d be halfway through that period already, but hindsight is 20/20.
Perhaps the Cowboys thought Frederick would progress more by this point in the season, but the fact that they would even be considering injured reserve for him at all would seem to counter that idea. We’ll have to see what they fully end up deciding to do, but this is worth noting.
We’ll keep this story updated as more information continues to emerge.