The Dallas Cowboys depth at the tight end position may have just taken a hit for the start of the season and possibly longer depending on the severity of James Hanna's knee injury.
On July 29, Hanna complained of knee soreness in his pre-training camp physical and the soreness was initially diagnosed as a bone bruise. He was put on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, but unfortunately his knee didn't respond to treatment causing him to leave Oxnard, California and return to Dallas for third opinion and arthroscopic surgery.
Cowboys' TE James Hanna to undergo knee surgery, sources say. https://t.co/5ZWBjkk56C https://t.co/v8kYed8HRi
The Cowboys placing Hanna on the PUP list gives them some flexibility when it comes down to making final cuts for the 53 man roster. They now have the option of putting him on the reserve/PUP list, which would mean he would miss the first six weeks of the season. If this is indeed what happens, Hanna would be able to return to the field against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 30.
Of course, James Hanna could possibly still be ready for the week one matchup against the New York Giants. It really all depends on the severity of the injury and the recovery time. This of course would be the best case scenario for both Hanna and the Cowboys offense.
The Dallas Cowboys and James Hanna are now in the wait-and-see part of the process in regards to how long he may be out.
This entire situation is concerning considering that James Hanna is the best blocking tight end on the Cowboys roster not named Jason Witten. Hanna's contributions in the running game is one of the reasons why the Cowboys have been so successful running the ball in recent years, which allows Witten the opportunity to be used more the passing game.
Hanna just signed a three-year $8.25 million contract on March 11, 2016 to return to the Dallas Cowboys.
In his four years with the Dallas Cowboys, James Hanna has caught 33 passes for 286 receiving yards. He started 29 games and is the second tight end behind future Hall of Famer Jason Witten.
Behind him on the depth chart is Gavin Escobar and Geoff Swaim. Swaim is regarded as being a blocking tight end and was doing a good job in training camp at becoming a weapon in the passing game, but he did have two dropped passes against the Los Angeles Rams. Escobar is more of the receiving type of tight end, but is still recovering from a torn Achilles.
So, you can see why it is concerning if James Hanna has to miss a lengthy amount of time.
He is the second best all-around tight end the Dallas Cowboys have on the roster and his absence could be a big blow to the offense.
I don't know about you but I will be keeping a close eye on what's going on with James Hanna and pray that he will be a ready to go sooner rather than later.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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