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Cowboys Moving Frederick to IR A Vote of Confidence in Center Joe Looney

The moved and to on Saturday. Despite needing only one roster spot freed up to activate Defensive , who will not make his season debut in Houston on Sunday, both moves are not a surprise. While Williams' is a last-minute addition to this week's , allowing the Cowboys to make their desired move with the sixth year WR, Frederick continues to battle GSB and has no timetable to return.

The earliest possible return date for Frederick is the Cowboys game at the . Until then, and very plausibly beyond this point through the regular season, the Cowboys starting center will continue to be veteran .

The Cowboys allowing Frederick to focus on his recovery without the pressure of possibly returning with each passing week is a nod to Looney's admiral performance through four games this season. It should also serve as a point of reassurance for the entire Cowboys , inspired by OL play, that the team can properly evaluate depth players across the line to maintain their status as the league's best front.

Looney was signed in 2016 as insurance at both and center, playing his way onto the field in Jumbo packages as an extra . “Jumbo Joe” took on a persona of his own, mainly as a player here to stay, particularly when he showed up to practice in 's #21 jersey – pulling off the crop top look at 315 pounds.

Looney will not make four Pro Bowls. He will likely never be a first team All-Pro selection. When asked to block some of the best defensive tackles in the game this season though, the Cowboys have not experienced a noticeable drop from Looney's level of play to Frederick's.

Elliott still leads the league in rushing, and rookie has been able to develop as planned despite not starting between and Frederick. Thinking all the way back to draft night, I asked Williams about the importance of learning from two perennial All-Pros. As expected, he responded with some general thoughts on his excitement to play with all of the Cowboys linemen – Looney included.

No, Williams didn't specifically mention Joe Looney at the time, but he's become as much a part of the Cowboys culture on offense as any other blocker.

Having already dealt with Kawann Short of the Panthers (11 tackles, 2 , 4 QB hits this season) and of the Giants (19 tackles, 1 QB hit) this season, Looney faces another stout test on Sunday night in Texans D.J. Reader.

Expect the center that pulled his best Frederick impression by blocking in space on Elliott's 38-yard screen pass for a touchdown a week ago — motivated by some imaginary Krispy Kreme donuts in the end zone – to hold up just fine once again.

The Cowboys need not look past Looney when dispelling the myth that their play has regressed. More importantly, nobody in 's room would buy into this in the slightest, especially a confident starter like Looney that now has the full trust of his teammates and .

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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