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La’el Collins Exits Practice but No Major Concerns Going Forward

After missing all of 2020 due to , Offensive La'el Collins is going to make news for even the most minor of health-related incidents. went on red alert yesterday when reports came out that Collins had to leave the practice field, but it doesn't appear to have been a major or long-term problem.

Collins' exit yesterday was due to neck and shoulder “discomfort.” This was already good news, in a way, as it meant he wasn't having problems with his hip. That was what knocked him out of last season, requiring surgery last October.

But the real good news was that even though it ended Collins' day in practice, this new issue doesn't sound like anything to worry about.

The Cowboys suffered greatly last year without La'el and manning the offensive tackles positions. Wile was the biggest loss of 2020 due to injury, Dallas might have at least made the had been able to play with a solvent .

All reports so far from this year's have been that Collins and Smith are both fully healthy. Yesterday's news was the first indication of a problem, but it doesn't appear to have any bearing on the season opener.

Another positive from this is that veteran Ty Nsekhe, who exited the last game with an injury, is apparently back and stepped in when La'el left practice. The swing tackle position is a vital one, as 2020 emphatically illustrated, and Dallas signed Nsekhe as a to bring and depth to the role.

Of course, the hope is that we never have to turn to Nsekhe during the regular season. We want to see La'el Collins and Tyron Smith play every snap as the starting offensive tackles.

Thankfully, yesterday's brief scare shouldn't threaten that goal.

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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