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Trysten Hill Returns to Practice for the First Time in Over a Year

Cowboys defensive returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since his ACL tear on October 11, 2020.

That's right. Only a few plays after 's brutal leg that's become etched into the mind of every Cowboys fan, another starter went down with a season-ending injury — and he's only just now coming back. Trysten Hill returned to the practice field, and is excited to see what he brings to the flourishing Cowboys .

“I think he's such an explosive player,” Coach McCarthy said. “I am looking forward to seeing him work tomorrow in pads. He looks good.”

McCarthy was a fan of Hill's before he went down with injury last October. After the devastating game versus the Giants, the head coach sung praise for the injured tackle.

“Trysten has probably been – not being here last year, but coming off of last year's tape and going to the virtual spring, has probably been our most improved defensive player, definitely our most improved ,” McCarthy said after the game. “I was just so excited about the progress that he was making.”

With a clear fan in his head coach, it's possible — although unlikely — that Hill could see the field during Sunday night's game versus the . That said, the Cowboys has made significant additions in Hill's absence.

Third-round pick has been a standout for the Cowboys in his rookie season, with the third-most on the team behind and (both of whom have also made significant improvements to the defensive line in Hill's absence).

Although time will ultimately tell what Hill's role in the 2021 Cowboys defense will be, it's possible he could work his way back into the starting lineup.

Injured DT is still not “going to be practicing anytime soon,” according to Cowboys VP . Alongside Odighizuwa, has held his ground as the other starting defensive tackle, but if Hill were to outperform, it's certainly feasible that fans could see Hill return as a starter.

Nevertheless, once Gallimore returns too, the Cowboys will have a decision to make at defensive tackle. Whether that means Hill is a starter or simply rotating in on select plays remains to be seen.

Preston Moore
Preston Moore
Preston Moore is a lifelong Cowboys fan and entertainment/sports reporter. He graduated from Oklahoma State University's Sports Media program and is currently completing his master's in journalism at New York University. You can find him on Twitter at @prestoncmoore.

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