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Will Cowboys Place C Travis Frederick on Injured Reserve?

Now that the Week 3 “dress rehearsal” game is over for the , they now have to turn their attention to figuring out exactly who they want to be a part of their final . They will have some tough decisions to make, but none tougher than deciding what to do with .

If you haven't heard by now, Travis Frederick was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disease. He has already started to receive treatment and is expected to make a full recovery at some point, but his return to the field has yet to be determined.

Since there are just so many roster spots to go around, the Dallas Cowboys are going to have to determine whether or not they want to keep Frederick on the active roster or place him on . This definitely isn't going to be an easy decision for them to make, but one that could be costly if not addressed properly.

Since the timetable for Travis Frederick's return to the field is unknown, I'm personally leaning towards the Dallas Cowboys putting their All-Pro on IR. Ideally, we all hope he can return in just a few weeks time, but I don't want to rush him back before he's ready.

If Travis Frederick is indeed placed on IR, he will be forced to miss at least the first eight weeks of the . Now, that may seem like a lot of games to miss, and it would certainly hurt the Cowboys, but it may not be as bad as it seems from the outside looking in.

Here are the games Travis Frederick would miss if placed on IR:

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As you can see, Frederick might just have to miss seven regular-season games if placed on IR, at least that's the way I interpreted the NFL's injured reserve rules. The way I read it is a player can be designated to return after eight weeks, not eight games. If that is indeed the case, I think Frederick landing on IR is a much easier pill to swallow.

This of course is all speculation at this point. I really don't know how Travis Frederick is responding to treatment or the best case scenario of him being able to return to the field. I do know that there is a high possibility he might have to miss several weeks, which is the only reason I consider him an IR candidate to begin with.

We are all hoping he is able to make a full recovery sooner rather than later, but this is something that can't be rushed. I want him as close to 100% as possible, because anything less than that could make him susceptible to sustaining an because of his weakened state. That is why I would personally err on the side of caution the situation.

What do you think? Should the Cowboys place Travis Frederick on IR?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Chuck Wright

While I don’t want to over pay, Da Boys should be working the waiver wire HARD. The problem with TR’s illness is that it will cause him to lose weight and strength. Get someone to back up, frankly was impressed with Looney at center vs a VERY GOOD Cardinal front 4 and give TR the time he needs. After talking with one Dr, would not at all be shocked to not see TR till this time next year. And that’s OK, let him heal and come back 100%. If he can be back after the bye, I’d call that gravy today.

Chuck Wright

While I don’t want to over pay, Da Boys should be working the waiver wire HARD. The problem with TR’s illness is that it will cause him to lose weight and strength. Get someone to back up, frankly was impressed with Looney at center vs a VERY GOOD Cardinal front 4 and give TR the time he needs. After talking with one Dr, would not at all be shocked to not see TR till this time next year. And that’s OK, let him heal and come back 100%. If he can be back after the bye, I’d call that gravy today.

Ervinlang318

Just sit him for the year. Next Training Camp it will be like a Free Agent pickup when he comes back

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