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Cowboys RT La’el Collins opts for surgery; out for 2020 season

Dallas Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins tried to play through an injury, but he has chosen to have surgery. The decision effectively ends his 2020 NFL season.


Collins was placed on injured reserve before Week 1 due to a hip injury he sustained at some point before the season began. Given the rules of injured reserve this season, Collins was expected to have a chance to return to the Cowboys after three games were played.

However, after attempting to battle his way back, Collins is opting to get surgery, immediately ending his season. Despite his efforts to return in 2020, the pain of the hip ailment was too much for Collins to deal with.

While Collins has been out, Dallas began the season with Terence Steele filling in for Collins at the right tackle spot. Veteran Cameron Erving was expected to provide the Cowboys with depth at the position, but he suffered a knee sprain, causing him to be placed on injured reserve.

With Steele struggling in Week 3 versus the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas moved Zack Martin to right tackle. With Collins now out for the season, it remains to be seen if the Cowboys sign someone or keep Martin at right tackle.

In recent seasons, Collins has been a mainstay on Dallas’ offensive line and is vital to the team’s success at running the ball with Ezekiel Elliott and protecting Dak Prescott. There’s no doubt the loss of Collins is paramount for the Cowboys. It affects what they want to do.

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