The Cowboys have moved starting left guard La’el Collins to injured reserve. After several medical opinions were obtained, it was determined that Collins will require surgery on a big toe injured Week 3 against the Chicago Bears.
Ronald Leary will continue to start at left guard. Those who wanted to Dallas to keep Leary as depth rather than try to move him in a trade must feel validated now.
Collins could return later in the year. The Cowboys still have their annual one-time option to return a player from IR after eight weeks. Quarterback Kellen Moore and defensive end Charles Tapper are the only other Cowboys on IR at this time.
Moving Collins to IR creates a timely roster opening for the return of defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who is coming off suspension. Dallas would have needed to release a player if they wanted to make Lawrence active for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.