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Cowboys Place RB Rico Dowdle on Injured Reserve

has been placed on due to his hip and will miss the . The second-year prospect was a favorite to make the Cowboys' both for his offensive potential and his contributions on .

Dowdle was an undrafted in 2020 and forced his way onto the roster. While he only got a few carries last year behind and , Rico became one of the key special teams players and was returning kickoffs by the end of the season.

After an impressive and performances Dowdle appeared on track to keep his roster spot. But now moving to IR before the start of the season, Rico will not be eligible to return until 2022.

What does this mean for the Cowboys RB position? While it could open the door for current rookies and Brenden Knox, it might also prompt Dallas to just keep two backs on the official roster.

In 2019, Pollard's rookie year, Dallas went into their first game with only Zeke and Pollard as true running backs. They also had at , who had some offensive skills and served as the emergency third RB.

We could see a similar strategy in 2021 with a new fullback, rookie Nick Ralston. It was already looking like Ralston could earn a roster spot and this situation could make it even easier for him.

With both Elliott and Pollard looking to be fully healthy going into Week One, Dallas could easily decide to just roll with them and have Ralston as an emergency option and short-yardage back

The Cowboys will host the this Sunday for their preseason finale. We will likely see a lot of Hardy and Knox at RB, perhaps battling for that RB3 spot if there's one to be had.

Unfortunately, the most deserving option is no longer available. Our best to Rico Dowdle; hopes for a speedy recovery and strong return in 2022!

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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