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Report: Dallas Cowboys release DT Gerald McCoy via injury waiver

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The Dallas Cowboys held their first padded practice of the season on Monday and it was a costly one as defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was lost for the year with a ruptured right quad tendon.

McCoy was going to be a big part of the Cowboys’ defensive line in 2020 and undoubtedly a large voice in the locker room. After the news of being out for the year, he released a statement where he noted that he was still planning on mentoring the younger players. Mike McCarthy corroborated that idea on Tuesday morning.

What’s more is that on Tuesday there was an Instagram video posted by Gerald McCoy in which he noted that he was still smiling through his situation and that he was going to be cheering on his teammates. A few hours later a whole lot changed.

The Cowboys are releasing Gerald McCoy via injury waiver regarding his quad

If you had visions of Gerald McCoy roaming the Cowboys sidelines and coaching up the defensive linemen then you might want to pump the brakes a little bit. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday afternoon that the club released him with an injury waiver. The mothership’s Nick Eatman added that the Cowboys hope to re-sign him in the offseason when he’s healthy.

It is an unfortunate thing that the business side of football not only exists but often is what steers a lot of decisions. It seems as if the Cowboys, having a protection against this particular injury, chose to part ways with McCoy in the name of bettering their roster.

The biggest contractual loss for the Cowboys here literally is McCoy’s contract. He signed a three-year deal with them this past spring so they either feel very confident that they can figure something out in 2021 or are willing to roll the dice on him moving on elsewhere.

If you are wondering what the Cowboys are planning on doing with the extra roster spot that this frees up, they have reportedly signed OL Pace Murphy. And for what it’s worth, Dontari Poe has been activated off of the PUP list.