When the Dallas Cowboys take the field in Carolina on Sunday, Center Travis Frederick will still be a very big part of the team. Although he won't be starting a game for the first time since being drafted in 2013 (a run of 5,210 incredible consecutive snaps), Frederick's situation is much different from the offensive line injuries that did the Cowboys in a year ago. His Guillain-Barre syndrome is something the Cowboys can rally around, rooting for Frederick first as a person and second as their hopeful starting center again this season.
The 2017 nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award took to Twitter on August 22nd to announce his diagnosis of GBS. Immediately, fans everywhere began educating themselves on what this condition means for a professional football player responsible for hitting 300+ pound defensive tackles in front of him every play.
The truth of any research into GBS is that the severity of it varies too much to paint a clear picture for Frederick, who by all indications does have an acute case that will be managed more effectively given it's early diagnosis.
What symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome does Travis Frederick still experience? "I experienced numbness in both my feet and both my hands and it went into one of my arms. Currently, I'm still experiencing numbness in both my arms." He calls this constant.
Frederick is on the Cowboys active roster, meaning each week is an opportunity for him to rejoin his starters on the offensive line. More importantly at the moment though, it's an opportunity for Frederick to heal, knowing he will return to full strength in time.
"Even if I can't be out there physically, I hope that mentally and emotionally I can be a rock for them," said Frederick. The Cowboys spirits can be lifted on Frederick thanks also to his replacement Joe Looney, who performed admirably this preseason.
Looney is a veteran that the Cowboys felt good enough about to re-sign for 2018, his seventh in the league and second with Dallas. With the guidance of Frederick, Looney can be more than just a serviceable center for this team.
It certainly helps that Looney will have the best guard in football to his right, as rookie Connor Williams continues to adjust to a new position at left guard.
The Cowboys don't know when Travis Frederick will be able to play football again, but they do know when they'll be playing for the second year in a row with injuries on the offensive line. Thanks to Frederick's character and leadership ability, the team is in no position to use these injuries as an excuse again.
Frederick himself, diagnosed with GBS capable of causing paralysis, is certainly not making excuses as he does everything in his power to rehab for a shortened 2018 season.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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