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.
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.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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